I have tried desperately to want to like both of these titles. Ico was not bad but I finally got bored and tired with it. I was really looking forward to all the hype on SoC but my joy was soon diminished by wonky camera controls. between the horse and colosi and having to constantly rotate camera and try to reset and adjust over and over my frustration did me in. Mind you, I have been an avid gamer for over 35 years so I don't complain lightly.
There seemed to be a lot to want to like in SoC but how it rated the way it did back in the PS2 day and now has me baffled. Sadly, I give this a 4.
After hearing about how great these games were I thought I would give them a shot. I didn't really care for Ico I thought it was pretty boring dragging some girl around in a castle and solving puzzles plus trying to get her to climb ledges was a pain. Shadow of the Colossus was quite good though, fighting the colossi and finding their weak points on their bodies. Trying to control the camera and directing the horse was a bit bothersome. I think people who have never played these games, like me, would pass on this but the hardcore fanbase would love these re-releases.
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I really wanted to like this game before playing it. I thought it was a sprawling epic of crazy proportions. Unfortunately, I found it IMPOSSIBLE to like with the outdated graphics and interface used in both games.
These were both amazing when they first came out, because the whole game focuses on the "wander" dynamic. But let's just be honest here. Wandering through a desert is a pain in real life, and it's an even bigger pain in a video game. The entire premise gets very old very quick with graphics that are ten years old and controls that don't work right.
One of the most frusterating, and least controllable aspects of 'Shadow' was the horse..........which you need to use to get to any stage of the game. The horse controls are so terrible I almost destroyed my HDTV by sending a flying dualshock controller straight through the television set. The stupid horse NEVER stops when you tell it to. Instead of stopping behind a beast, i'd end up riding below it and getting killed, because the horse absolutely refuses to stop when you tell it to.
In closing, I can see no redeeming factors what so ever that make this game even remotely playable. The only time these games were ever cool were right when they came out. Sony should literally be ashamed for putting a price tag of any kind on this, never mind 40 dollars. Shame on you, Sony.
Why did they even waste their time on this lame piece of you know what!? I think less of Sony as a company for how terrible this game was.