posted by MizoOfOz (SHERMAN OAKS, CA) Jan 31, 2014
Member since Apr 2009
I missed getting to play these two titles when they were originally on the PS2, and all I ever heard was how great they are. And visually, yes, they are awesome looking games. However, everything else about them is horrible. Bad controls. Horrific camera. And as for the story, most of the time, I had no idea what was going on.
I'll start with Ico. You play some kid with horns that gets locked in some castle. Why? No idea. The game doesn't explain. It was later explained to me by a friend that it's because he has horns... Um, okay. I guess that makes sense. Anyways, you try to leave and run into a girl that is prisoner in the castle. Why? No idea. She doesn't have horns. The game has no real dialogue to explain these things. The object of the game is to escape with the girl. Simple, yes, but a tried and true gameplay idea. The problem is the girl is so incompetent that she can't even walk without you holding her hand. And if you leave her for more than a few seconds to solve some puzzle, shadow monsters come out and drag her away while she just screams for help, offering no resistance at all. After an hour of this, I gave up on the game and moved onto...
Shadow of the Colossus. Once again, I had no idea what was going on. Some girl was dead? Asleep? And you go off and kill giants because of it. Thankfully, this time I didn't have to escort someone that was dumber than dirt. Instead, I had to deal with a hugely annoying camera and controls that made it very difficult to play. I gave up around the fifth giant monster.
Like I said, I have no idea why these games are so loved by so many people. They're some of the worst I have ever played, and I've played a lot of bad games. And everyone keeps waiting for the developers next game, The Last Guardian, which has been delayed many times. Based on these two games, I hope it never comes out.
posted by Toast4Twenty (PARK CITY, KS) Oct 3, 2013
Member since Jun 2013
You are a young man who has traveled far to meet with an Ancient god whom lives at the end of the world. You lay before the god a woman who you wish to bring back to life. The god demands you kill 16 mysterious 'colossi' using your sword of light to guide you through a vast and beautiful land the epic journey begins.
If you are wanting something different, original, and epic this puzzle/strategy game is for you. It has a very original concept and a rich story that pulls you in. The beginning of the game sets out your overall goal but you do not know why the god wants this done and what will happen when you complete your quest. The slaying of a Colossus is down right epic. You slay the colossus by finding a way to climb on it, that is part of the puzzle aspect of the game. Each colossus is unique and there is some kind of trick to accessing it's vulnerable points (somewhat like the bosses in Zelda). Once you've learned how to get a hold on it, you will proceed to climb up, around, or sometimes over a the Colossal foe. It will be frustrating at first because the controls of this game take time and practice to master, once you've learned how to use the control scheme properly you will feel rewarded by how much your skills have improved (there is no leveling up in this game it is all based on how well you learn the controls). The graphics are not High definition but the developers did a great job of creating a landscape that gives a spiritual, mysterious, and somewhat eerie vibe. The replay value in this game depends on if you are a 'record breaker' or not. It keeps track of how long you've played and how many colossi you've killed in that time frame. When you complete the game it records your time and the objective is to do it faster the next time. This is not an RPG at all. There are no new items, skill branches, or magic. You use nothing but your instinct, reflexes, and problem solving skills. I will do a review on ICO later. Please thumbs up this review :)