Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
The best PS2 remaster on PS3!
These are two timeless classics on PS2 and are even better on ps3 first Gameplay ICO has some puzzle+platforming+combat parts put in to won it all works fantastic together next Shadow of the colossus the way you have to climb up the colossi is a really great gameplay mechanic so on to Graphics has a watercolor type of look to it but shadow on the other hand has graphics that sort of look like Zelda twilight princess so over all fantastic graphics next sound in ICO thare is not really any sound but only when you fight the shadow monsters do you hear a kinda scary type of music in Shadow the music only comes when you fight the colossi it is fantastic! next lasting appeal in ICO the only real reason you should replay it is becaouse (Sorry if i spelled that wrong) you can now read the text and see what yorda is saying for Shadow thare is a hard mode a time attack mode so thare is a lot of replay value in Shadow overall this collection is a must buy.
I have never played ICO but have read and heard great things about it.
I have played Shadow of the Colossus and it is one of the most inventive, unique, artistic, and addicting games i have ever played. If you told me I had to play a game where there are no minions to kill or platforming levels to conquer, and my only objective was to kill 16 bosses(that sometimes take a 1/2 hour to find) I would have said "BORING!!!".
Oh my friends... I would have been sorely mistaken! Not only is finding them fun, but the battles with these monsters are absolutely epic. Each time you destroy a colossi you get an immense feeling of satisfaction. Not just because you are 1/1000 of its size, but because navigating on the colossi itself is like traversing a platforming level on its own.
Take my advice, if you were too young when this game was released on PS2 or you let it pass you by the first time, don't be foolish enough to repeat that mistake.
Both of these games are at the pinnacle of gaming experiences. They embody a side of gaming most miss out on. With its moody art direction, simple yet challenging game play, and easily accessible characters. These games fire on all cylinders to be sure. Ico stands out in this writers opinion as one of the very best games ever put out on the PS2. The attachment you end up feeling for the young horned boy in Ico is done so masterfully and without any intelligible dialog ever spoken. The language spoken by our hero is not understood by the player, but this fact only adds to the overall ambiance of this stellar title. Shadow of the Colossus, is an equally artfully done game, and has some of the best boss battle concepts I have ever seen. Also challenging, but for all the right reasons. These two games by Team Ico, are a standard of gaming, and a must play for any gaming enthusiast, no matter how casual or hardcore- they're fantastic for any kind of gamer. I for one I absolutely gonna buy this game, and will smile every time I see it in my collection.
Perfect if you missed them the first time
I actually missed these two games the first time around. I was too young to keep up with the gaming seen and was a Nintendo fan to boot. When I saw this being released, I bought it knowing it was a risky purchase. However, this is a truely excellent compilation. In ICO, you play as a boy and girl trying to escape a castle. It has some nice gameplay and an unforgettable story, but it's a bit on the short side. Its graphics also show some age, but the art style is what matters, and the art still shines. Shadow of the Colossus, however, is even better. It is around twice as long as ICO and has similar gameplay, only more advanced. You need to kill 16 colossi to resurrect a loved one. The story isn't quite as magnificent, but that is easily replaced with the "EPIC" feeling you get when you slay colossi. Shadow of the Colossus honestly looks like it was a Ps3 game. Both of these games are excellent, and although ICO may not be your cup of tea, Shadow of the Colossus will keep you mesmerized for hours on end.
Shadow of the Colossus was one of the most incredible gaming experiences I think I've ever had. I played Ico later, and it was a good game, but I just loved those colossi boss battles. I never could master the shortcuts I saw on YouTube for the timed attacks, but managed to play it enough to finally shave off enough time in both normal and hard mode timed attacks to succeed. Now I guess I'll have to do it again to get the trophies! The music was so awesome that it was my first game music CD purchase. I hope for this remastered Sony game collection that they also remaster the cutscenes. That was one thing that was disappointing about the God of War Collection remastered for PS3. Before, the cutscenes were better quality than the game, then after the gameplay was better than the cutscenes. The cutscenes really make Shadow, especially the intro and ending. It would be a big letdown if there are left the same.
So it looks like shadow of colossus is back for it second shot to take gamer's minds into a mystical world where size doesn't matter. The awesome deal with this game is that it's very challenging but easy to learn. I had pick it up and tried to play through it for a 3rd time about 2 months ago and I'll admit i don't remember all the strategies I used to beat the game before but i beat it again and of course the most memorable battles are the hardest ones trust me you be swept up in the excitement of trying to defeat the many colossus
All Sorts of Awesome!
I have fond memories of playing Shadow of the Colossus for hours on end back in the PS2 days. It's going to be all the more better playing this again in a higher depth setting, trophies are a plus, and the battles would definitely be challenging at times but in a good way. I hope this may actually inspire a sequel to be born, here's to hoping that will happen. Cheers!
2 Amazing PS2 Classics.
I remember I would always watch my uncle play video games. I was 10 the year it came out and when my uncle had bought it. He would play the game over and over, and to this day, he has deemed it has one of his favorite games. I was always in awe at the epic, monstrous battles, but I never got the chance to play it. Instead, he bought me ICO one Christmas. Only being eleven, I wasn't able to fully enjoy it (and fully complete it). But I picked it back up again a little over a year ago, and finished it. I can honestly say, ICO is one of the most emotional games I've ever played. I cried. I was haunted by this silent, but heartbreaking, game that I played it again two times. Then, I asked my uncle if I could borrow Shadow of the Colossus. Another stunning game, Shadow of the Colossus is also an artistic and beautiful journey that made me cry. Like ICO, I replayed it and replayed it. Sadly, they're short games, but its story makes up for it. I was super excited with the announcement for The Last Guardian, but ticked after being pushed back so many times. Then they announce this. Yes, I've played the games many times before, but they never get old. I was at the point of tears of happiness at the announcement of this collection. I cannot wait for September, and with the announcement for the $500 3D HD TV at Sony's E3 press conference, I'm going to be saving up a lot of money so I could play Shadow in 1080p 3D HD. I would recommend this to everyone who has some, or lack thereof, appreciation of art. Basically, everybody should try these games out. Can't wait!
It's fun, but in my view, I've played better games
It could just be me, but I'm not the biggest fan of the way ICO was made at all. For me, it there was too much running around and no actual plot behind it. Others find it enjoyable and I don't begrudge that at all. It just isn't on my list of games. Shadow of the Colossus, however, did have some potential. I would've liked to see more to it, but it did have some "Ah" moments.
Man I've been hoping they would do this ever since they released the remastered god of war collection but this will blow that out of the water shadow of the colossus was one of the most epic games of all time cant wait to get this then play the last gaurdian what else do you need?