'The Last Guardian' Questions Its Fairy Tale Morality

by Nick Dinicola

20 March 2017

 
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The Last Guardian

(Sony Interactive Entertainment)
US: 6 Dec 2016

The Last Guardian is a fairy tale: A short story (well, relatively short for a game) featuring folkloric creatures and magic. It’s a simple definition, but it works. The Last Guardian fits perfectly within that simple categorization. It also works because Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, the two previous games by developer Team ICO, could also be described as fairy tales. But they’re not simple fairy tales. Each game, in its own way, questions the simple morality of the fairy tale.

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