If you are anything like us you will have watched The Last Guardian trailer more than once, shall we say, to avoid allegations of Team ICO fanboyism. Ah, who are we trying to kid. We have watched it loads of times and continue to do so. The artistry and emotion that Fumito Ueda and his team have packed into those four and half minutes of video shown during Sony’s E3 keynote is simply stunning.
In the unlikely event that you find yourself needing to justify watching The Last Guardian video again, either to yourself or another, we have found just the thing to help. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry have taken a long hard look at the trailer to try and discern whether any of it is actual gameplay footage. At least that was their justification for watching it a few more times.
Their conclusion? “The cinematic style of the whole trailer makes it difficult to pick up what might be gameplay and what might be cut-scenes, but what is curious is that some scenes appear to have anti-aliasing, while others have none at all.” So basically having spent lots of time watching and analysing the video they still do not know.
What they have produced though is an annotated copy of the video noting some of the graphics techniques they believe were used to create it. So if you know your aliasing from your alpha textures or just want to marvel at the “Physics-driven feathers!” then join them and geek out for a few minutes. The link above takes you to their main article but here is a direct link to their 720p HD version.
Go on, click it, you know you want to. It is The Last Guardian after all.