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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. 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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  1. Positive: 78 out of 93
  2. Negative: 5 out of 93
  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. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    По сути, игра это сплошная головоломка, задачи стоят перед игроком интересные, но не сильно сложные, я только в одном месте задержался надолгоПо сути, игра это сплошная головоломка, задачи стоят перед игроком интересные, но не сильно сложные, я только в одном месте задержался надолго (на целые сутки, в ютуб не хотел подглядывать) Мне понравилась идея с девченкой, которую мы должны защищать и прорываться вместе с ней на свободу, потому-что только вместе они могут выбраться из этого плена, понравилось окружение в котором находятся герои, этот загадочный зАмок огромных размеров, с открывающимися взору не менее огромными пейзажами (аля Гад оф Вор), когда удается ненадолго покинуть мрачные залы зАмка. Битвы с врагами сделаны тут для галочки, в угоду сюжету и атмосфере игры, никакой сложности они не представляют, а боссов тут, вообще нет, соответственно, боевая система самая простая, какая она вообще может быть. Вспоминая о сюжете, можно сказать, что игра не балует игрока сюжетными видео вставками, 2-3 на всю игру, до самого конца ничего не понятно, но несмотря на это, сюжет очень хорош, да жесток, но... кажется тут стоит остановиться Что еще сказать, игра повторюсь своеобразна, как уже тут было сказано - на любителя... да, на любителя, но я заметил, что она притягивает взгляды людей, которые не шибко любят не то что головоломки а игры вообще и даже начинают "помогать" в прохождении игры

    ICO, это одна из тех игр, про которую мало что можно сказать, в нее нужно просто поиграть, прочувствовать самому эту игру, этот несомненный шедевр.
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  3. J.Nix
    Jun 22, 2002
    10
    It's an amazing game with vivid graphics and a new way of puzzle gameplay that requires watching over a computer player that plays a It's an amazing game with vivid graphics and a new way of puzzle gameplay that requires watching over a computer player that plays a vital role in the game. I keep coming back just to look at the castle and wish to venture DEEPER into it. 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. Feb 26, 2013
    9
    Ico may be a little bit un-attractive at first glance. The box art features an ugly little kid on the front holding a stick, and on the backIco may be a little bit un-attractive at first glance. The box art features an ugly little kid on the front holding a stick, and on the back it says "solve the puzzles or join the tourmented souls forever." It embraces the fact that it is a puzzle game, and you might dismiss it for that. Even if you are a fan of puzzle games, you might turn your head and look at all of the other puzzle games that might possibly be good. But I will tell you right now: ICO is a truly immersive, rewarding, magical experiance that you will remember for the rest of your life. Indeed, its games like this that make people go into deep thought at what they experienced, and very few games have ever effected me emotionaly; made me care about the characters; made me feel so satisfied; made me so awe struck. ICO is truly an experience that no developer could ever duplicate. The story of ICO is very minimaland barley there, but is so intruiging and mysteryious that I can say it is one of my favorite video game plots ever, right up there with Final Fantasy VII, and Shadow of the Colossus. You play as ICO, a boy who was born with the curse of horns on his head, and is considered a bad omen among his village, and so he is banished to a castle as a sacrifice left to die, but a small tremor sets him free of his prison, and he tries to find a way out of the castle when he meets Yorda, a girl who was trapped in a cage before Ico rescued her, and is being hunted by shadow demonds, who plan to kidnap her. Ico and Yorda go about the castle together and try to find an exit and escape the castle. You might think that this story is really simpilistic, but the story goes on after that point, and I won't say anything because spoiling the game is the last thing I want to do to you guys, and the story is just as good as you make it out to be. As you play the game, you start to build some sort of connection to Yorda and feel the need to protect her. It's things like this that make me truly care about the charcaters, instead of finding them annoying and uninteresting (*coughahemfinalfantasyXcoughahem*). The chracters are as deep as you want them to be. Take ICO for example: He is a boy who is looked down on as a cursed child, hated and feared by everyone, maybe even his parents, and having to go through life with all of this must have been a nightmare for poor ICO. I could go on and on, but I think its time for the gameplay. ICO is a puzzle game, with platform elements in the mix, and you have to examine the enviorment around you to solve the puzzles to succede. While doing this, you also need to find a path for Yorda, as she cannot do athletic things that Ico can do, and you need her to open certain doors that Ico cannot. Each puzzle is well designed and requires a lot of examination and thinking to solve, although some puzzles can be really stupidly annoying just because the game didn't explain how the controls work. How was I supposed to know that I had to press O to swing on a chain? It is satisfying to complete a puzzle that had you stumped for so long, and then you find out what to do gives a great sense of accomplishment. Occasionaly, Shadow demonds come out of holes in the ground and try to capture Yorda, which leads to combat. I'll be blunt for the sake of time: Combat is button mashing, but you do get a sense of fright when these mosters come, and it works. Moving on. The graphics for the game are breath-taking!!! I'm serious, it's suprising that Sonic UNleashed, a PS2 game that was released as a wii port in 2008, doesn't compare to ICO, a game released in 2001, a year after the PS2 launched. The lighting, camera angles, animation and detail all combine to make one fantastic looking game. I spent a good amount of time stopping and staring at the game's backgrounds, and getting lost in the scenery. The music, while like the plot, is small and barley there. A majority of the time, all you'll hear is the clmaping of your sandals, wind or birds chirping. But the rare moment music does appear, it's well done. I love the saving theme music, the acoustic intro music and the main ending theme, "You Were There". But ICO, in my opinion, didn't really need music in it's levels. I would have much rather have the silence that the game provides me, and it works remarkably well. However, ICO isn't as perfect as I make it out to be. I already mentioned the combat, but the control feels a bit clunky, and jumps feel floaty. Its not that big of an issue though, the control is tolerable. However, the lack of replay value isn't ICO took me a good 9 hours to beat, which is a satisying length, but once you beat the game, there is no reason to ever pick it up again. There is no unlockable artwork, sound test, nothing. I probably won't pick this game up again until years later when I've forgotten most of the puzzles. Bottom line, no game has affected me more than ICO has. It touched me emotionally, and no game has ever done that before. You will be amazed. Expand
  6. Mar 13, 2016
    8
    I was amazed seeing why this game is popular, im surprised i havnt forgotten this game along with sotc, its in my memory, i liked it, wasntI was amazed seeing why this game is popular, im surprised i havnt forgotten this game along with sotc, its in my memory, i liked it, wasnt that bad, confusing though Expand
  7. YourfriendNextdoor
    Dec 23, 2001
    1
    BAD!

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