Rated 9 out of 10 by Squishtavious 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by retrofanboi 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.
Rated 0 out of 10 by fastafrazzle Pure Genious
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.
Rated 0 out of 10 Gaming Masterpieces
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.
Rated 0 out of 10 by katanagirl Ico/Shadow Remastered
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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Sy777 And RPG that stands above all others
This game (Shadow of the Colossus) is probably one of the most interesting and moving games of its time. I am not too fond of ICO, but SOTC is AMAZING. The controls are a bit frustrating some times, and the camera view can be a pain when on the horse traveling. It can sometimes be hard to see things, and killing lizards is frustrating as well. Sometimes they get stuck in unreachable places. As far as the game goes, each colossi is unique and very fun to fight. The music is moving and the simplistic feel to the game is very calming. There is just one objective, defeat the colossi. The only problem about the game is that some colossi are extremely cheap. The 10th colossi, if I remember correctly, kept hitting and ramming me. I was paralyzed for about 7 seconds each time, which gave him time to hit me again and again until I was killed. Otherwise, the game is great.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Randomhobo22 Ico and Shadows
Although i cant play it any more on my beat up dinosaur of a PS2, from what I did play i have to say it was fun. Although in the american version you dont ever know what Yorda says (which was disappointing) I didn't take away the fact that i still had a lot of fun playing. Theres one boss battle, and a lot of minions to fight while protecting Yorda. There are many fun puzzles to figure out and it has what Shadows of the Colossus didn't.
Shadows of the Colossus
What can i say that hasn't been said by any one who has ever played this. The land map Is hung and great to explore. The Colossus fights are fun for the most part and the music, koh ohtani is a genius. the only down side to it is theres not really much story besides the protagonist trying to bring back his girl friend, and the only enemies are the colossus. Which is fine with me because that is all the game needs.Heck it could me like L4D with no story at all and it would still be amazing.
if i had to rate these games they would be as the following
If you cant afford the PS3 version definitely get the them for the PS2. you wont regret it
Rated 0 out of 10 by zeldahero Sweet !!! Shadow of the colossus !!! :)
I'm not surprised they decided to remake these . I mean I guess I really don't Know much about ICO . But Ive played shadow of the colossus for like 6 hours at my friends house on his PS2 when he got it , and I have to say it's really quite an amazing game , especially for PS2 They have alot of kinda old not so good games and also a Small group of insanely good classic games . This game is in a word well... I cant describe it but When I played it totally reminded me of Zelda for some reason . you know with the heroic swordsman and the girl to save ... and its somewhat difficult and challenging battling the collosi . But overall the game is really great . Having it with a few tweaks like better graphics and for the PS3 is just plain EPIC... so yeah I'm totally going to try and buy this !!! :)
Rated 10 out of 10 by hdbcxbvks great game... but......
shadow of the collasis is a great game and the first time i ever played it i was blown away by the graphics and the huge amounts of landscape. At first i thought this be a farlely easy game to beat but once you meat the giant creature you have to beat you may think otherwise. IT IS HUGE OMG i had no idea how to beat it and where to start so i had to look at some videos of how other people took it down and that makes it alot easier. It took a few trys but after you figure outt how to beat the first one the others will be less of a challange but still a hole lot of fun. I have not even bought it on the ps3 i played it on the ps2 and i was blown away even then. It was great in ps2 vesion so it will be even better in ps3 version. -all in all a great game that takes a little patience to master.
Rated 6 out of 10 by AZscorpion 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.