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More for those with the memories

posted by tjsmoke (NORTHAMPTON, PA) Sep 28, 2011

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20 out of 30 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I never played all of ICO or Shadow of the Colossus when they were first on the PS2. I found the controls to be a bit clumsy, the camera angle unfavorable, and the pacing a bit slow. At the time I was more into faster paced games, and these just weren't my cup of tea. Now they've been remastered in HD and released in a collection for the PS3. My gaming tastes have broadened, so I thought this would be a good way to go back and see what all the fans of these games were raving about. And- They still aren't my cup of tea. ICO in particular, being one huge escort mission, frustrated me. Having to stop and call Yorda constantly to follow me and then not having her climb when I needed her to just really became more irritating than fun. Shadow of the Colossus fared better- I found the story to be more engaging, and it controlled better, but the camera was a problem for me, especially when trying to take down one of the massive Colossi. Both games do look fantastic though- the environments are huge and well detailed, and the animations, while showing their age, still look good. Even though I didn't end up loving this, I'd still say for people who've never played these games to at least give them a try. For those who have fond memories, this is definitely a purchase. Others are better off renting first.

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Videogame Masterpiece

posted by Shrimpman (COLUMBUS, OH) Sep 29, 2011

Member since Nov 2008

12 out of 18 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This is one of the greatest videogames ever made. There is nothing else like it and it is amazingly fun and engaging. If you want a cookie cutter FPS and just wanna shoot things, then steer clear and stick to the shooter garbage you play while drinking gallons of Mt. Dew and devouring gas station hot dogs.

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Like a fine wine

posted by Game_Reviewer (ALHAMBRA, CA) Sep 28, 2011

Member since May 2011

6 out of 9 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best media experiences, movies, games, etc. I have ever experienced. This game should be placed in the dictionary next to the words "Epic" and "Greatest". I have heard of some people not enjoying this game. I guess it all depends on your frame of reference, and what you consider to be "good". For many people who have an appreciation for the arts. I would find it hard to believe that you wouldn't think this game is amazing.

But even for people who only dig mainstream, and have very little cultural enrichment. I still don't see how you are not impressed by the massive size of these Collosi, and the epic struggle that ensues when taking them down, coupled with that fantastic score. I just really don't see whats not to like.

I like Call of Duty and Halo as much as the next guy. But if I had to choose a candidate for a game that best represents what is possible for all video games. It would be SOTC. It is quite simply a masterpiece of design.

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