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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: 84 out of 100
  2. Negative: 4 out of 100
  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. Jun 3, 2019
    10
    There was never a game ilke ICO when it was released and only a few since (most of which were directly influenced by or paid homage to ICO -There was never a game ilke ICO when it was released and only a few since (most of which were directly influenced by or paid homage to ICO - hello Rime!). It's combination of level design, animation and story-telling are things I've not seen matched in any other game. Players can take as much or as little as they want to from this play experience and, for me personally, ICO will always be a lovely vignette into a world I revisit every few years.

    Look beyond the date controls and camera scheme for this game that was launched in the early 2000s and you will be treated to a unique fairytale love story and creative partner-puzzle-solving experience.
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  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. Tearstomy...MeikatoEndlessinlove
    Mar 2, 2004
    10
    Hi, everybody, I have once lost a contact to my girfriend and this girl ico, in the game look like her,I've been playing this game all Hi, everybody, I have once lost a contact to my girfriend and this girl ico, in the game look like her,I've been playing this game all over again and again, this game have an efffect and haunt me, one day she will return from Japan and met me and i'll tell I love her. Nei ma hei sai ei sa, Expand
  5. SiW.
    Apr 22, 2002
    9
    One of the best looking most atmospheric games ever! Really damn clever and fresh. Don't even consider touching if Devil May Cry is your One of the best looking most atmospheric games ever! Really damn clever and fresh. Don't even consider touching if Devil May Cry is your cup of tea. There is NO shooting, guns, masses of crazy monsters etc ... its a PUZZLER! Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2012
    8
    I picked this up in 2011 because I had heard so much about it... late I know. I really liked it despite a few frustrations with theI picked this up in 2011 because I had heard so much about it... late I know. I really liked it despite a few frustrations with the platforming. It doesn't focus too much on any one particular aspect of the gameplay, there is combat but it takes a back seat for the sake of exploration and solving puzzles in order to proceed to the next area. I think I still would have enjoyed this game had the combat been completely removed. The graphics are quite good for it's time and I liked that the whole game world is so well designed that you could look over a ledge and see a location in the distance you had been before hours ago. I prefer shadow of the colossus to this but Ico is still a charming game that shouldn't be overlooked. Expand
  7. YourfriendNextdoor
    Dec 23, 2001
    1
    BAD!

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#8 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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