Bring down the beasts
SotC, a game in which your only goal is to topple the 16 lumbering colossi which populate the land - you’ll traverse magnificent peaks, valleys and plains, all of which look breathtaking in HD - fares even better when compared to modern ventures.
Quite a climb
Battles of such epic scale have seldom been seen before or since and yes, while Castlevania: Lord of Shadows and others have copied elements, the climbing up of a wriggling leviathan has never been done as well. It would be a spoiler of epic proportions itself to go into details on how to defeat said colossi, suffice it to say then that the imagination which goes into every encounter is breathtaking, more than making up for the fact that these fights are the game’s only action scenes.
Both games might on occasion have you pulling your hair out with frustration. Imagine falling from the top of a colossus just before administering the telling blow (again), or witnessing Yorda dash into the path of a nasty, for example. And, in Ico’s case especially, the restart point after deaths can be a little too far from where you were. But these faults are known, and woven into the games’ tapestry to the point where it might have been detrimental to make adjustments.
Two great - and complementary - games rejigged with full HD visuals, better sound, trophies, even the odd video interview with the developer; what more could any devoted fan, or even Team Ico newbie ask for beyond a concrete date for their next title The Last Guardian?
Both titles might be showing their age a little but the quality on show, and the bonuses of the enhancements, far outweighs any misgivings in a collection which truly shows off the merits of the HD remaster. If you’ve played either before then consider a revisit, if you’ve never played either then you’re in for a treat. ®
Off the wall!
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Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
...this isn't about the Information Commissioner's Office and rebuilding a war-time computer?
Colour me disappointed.
Now we just need an HD remake of Okami.
How to explain
Quite simple as Naughty Dog explained - one of their main influences is Team ICO
I played Shadow of the Colossus in the PS2 years ago and there are not enough superlatives to describe the experience. Truly one of the very best games I've ever played, and I'm much more into the shoot-em-up, arcade action genre. It is a masterpiece.
I never played Ico, but I've read reviews of SotC where they claim that is not as good as its predecessor. So, with an endorsement like that, my expectations are very high.
I've been waiting for this remake for years now and I'm glad it's finally out. My Amazon order has just shipped, and I can't wait to play both games soon. I look forward to re-living the magnificent, yet bitter-sweet experience of playing SotC.
SotC is nothing short of beautiful. Even on the PS2 it looks fantastic. I remember playing the demo when it first came out on an OPS Magazine coverdisc and stopping dead when I first saw your initial colossus. Cries of 'How the bloody hell are you going to kill THAT?' echoed around the room, along with plenty of 'whoa' and 'woo!' sounds when you get Aggro within stomping range.
Right, I'm gonna finish at 2 and hit the gameshop on the way home!