Cr eat­ing the emo­tion

Give it a nest al­ready!

Games Master - - Review -

Main­tain­ing a re­la­tion­ship be­tween a fic­tional boy and a made up crea­ture is no easy task, but Sony Ja­pan Stu­dio achieves it by hav­ing Trico mir­ror the ways our real world pets might be­have. If you’ve ever formed a strong bond with a dog, cat, ham­ster, or gold­fish (hey, it can hap­pen), it’s highly likely you’ll share a sim­i­larly spe­cial at­tach­ment to Trico.

It goes a long way to have a crea­ture that mim­ics our own favourite an­i­mal friends. The de­tail and de­sign of Trico’s eyes and face in par­tic­u­lar are top notch, and his ex­pres­sions fur­ther nur­ture those fuzzy feel­ings for the feath­ered brute. When you’re in­jured, he looks con­cerned. When it’s Trico that’s wounded, he might lay down, tak­ing deep, ragged breaths. In a fight, you can see his nor­mally re­laxed per­son­al­ity swapped for an anx­ious mess. De­spite his size, Trico is vul­ner­a­ble – like you – and the shared con­nec­tion only strength­ens through­out the course of the ad­ven­ture.

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