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  • Summary: Assume the role of Ico, a courageous young boy born with horns who has been delivered to a mysterious castle to be sacrificed so that, according to legend, the community will be saved. Attempt to escape the grounds and save a princess through a variety of mazes, brainteasers, and other puzzles.
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 59
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  1. Easily the most addictive game I have played this year on either console or computer and would be a welcome addition to any adventure gamer's collection.
  2. 100
    One of the biggest things ICO has going for it is the incredible environmental graphics. The power of the Playstation 2 creates a world that you can almost feel and smell. [Grade = A+]
  3. The greatest part of the game is the final fight. The way you fight the boss is brilliant and very original.
  4. AceGamez
    90
    Visually, this game is stunning. It is one of the most atmospheric and engaging games I have ever played and the sounds fit the action perfectly with no annoying music to upset.
  5. The atmosphere of the castle is added to both by the superb sound and pacing of the game. The mellow speed of the game means that while there is the odd moment of button-hammering terror, most often you have time to sit back and rubberneck at the environments around you.
  6. Though the shortness of a game may sound like a flaw, it’s really not. In ICO’s case, a longer length would have made the game quite tiresome as puzzle solving & pulling the girl from he pits of hell could tend to get a bit repetitive.
  7. It is very frustrating at times and loads of fun at other times and on the whole well worth a play through, with the magnificent ending making it all worthwhile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  1. Dec 28, 2010
    10
    You are looking at this because its about to come out in HD on PS3. Get it now, its haunting, original and actually a beautiful game. ThereYou are looking at this because its about to come out in HD on PS3. Get it now, its haunting, original and actually a beautiful game. There are few games like this anymore with this sort of desolate atmosphere but the feeling of exposure and vulnerability when playing it is palpable. If GTA and third person shooters are your only bag it really won't appeal, but for puzzle fans and gamers who are interested in emotive experiences buy it. Thank me for it later. Expand
  2. Lev
    Aug 23, 2009
    10
    Judging from many rewievs, I thought I might find this game too 'artsy', but I was very wrong. It was a great game, a good exampleJudging from many rewievs, I thought I might find this game too 'artsy', but I was very wrong. It was a great game, a good example of minimalism done right. I don't think I should say more, it would mostly be praise, but others have already done that before me. Expand
  3. LilW.
    May 5, 2002
    10
    It may be short but this game is unique. The innocence of the two characters, and the quick-growing friendship and trust which grows between It may be short but this game is unique. The innocence of the two characters, and the quick-growing friendship and trust which grows between them is fantastic. The graphics are great, with breathtaking views and a never-ending light of hope where u can see the island no more. It may not be action of the MGS2 kind, but it makes u think about it afterwards, and the reaction from players is what counts, no reaction, no game. Play it or u won't find the light in the game world!! Expand
  4. AmandaF.
    Jan 20, 2005
    10
    One of the most interesting games I've ever played and pretty much the only game I played more than 2 times all the way through.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Aug 27, 2002
    9
    Nearly perfect. Graphics, mood, gameplay, everything. I like ICO because it actually makes you think, unlike other games coming out lately. Nearly perfect. Graphics, mood, gameplay, everything. I like ICO because it actually makes you think, unlike other games coming out lately. Why the 9? ICO IS TOUGH! VERY TOUGH! I've been stuck on one puzzle for, like, three months now. You should still play this game, somehow. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    This game is a visual treat. It can be fantastic too, if you completely forgive Yorda's dumb AI. Needless to say, the game is good.This game is a visual treat. It can be fantastic too, if you completely forgive Yorda's dumb AI. Needless to say, the game is good. Frustrating, but good Expand
  7. YourfriendNextdoor
    Dec 23, 2001
    1
    BAD!

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