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 :)
posted by gman11 (HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO) Apr 7, 2013
Member since Jun 2012
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
ICO had a cool concept but nothing that great. It's pretty much a puzzle game, while escorting a girl out the entire time. Yorda, the girl, AI is pretty bad when youre trying to call you instead of holding her hand, and she follows at the wrong times, as well as standing on wrong things. The game had a couple very frustrating puzzles that took me a half hour just to figure out I had to do a certain thing.
Shadow of Collosus, in my opinion, was much better than ICO, but it got boring throughout the middle of the game. The concept is so cool, and the collosus' art is amazing, but you have to slay 16 collosi, but when you reach 8, you kind of get bored with the boss fights. Also, the final collosus fight is absolutely frustrating and took me an hour to beat him.
posted by NapalmSFS (PLEASANTVILLE, NJ) Mar 6, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
For anyone looking for a great gaming experience, I highly recommend they check out these two classics. The plot, gameplay and visual style for both of these games is unlike anything I have experienced before. You will become immersed in the worlds while getting your heartstrings tugged by the plot twists.
Sure, both games can become tedious and highly frustrating at times (mostly due to awkward camera angles) but this is a minimal issue to the rest of an extraordinary gaming experience. I invested an approximate 12 hours on both games with some exploring for those extra trophies.
Don't forget to stay after the credits for both games!!!