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  • Summary: This collection provides HD and 3D updates for PS2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 58
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 58
  3. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Feb 2, 2012
    100
    If video games aren't art, then ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection is not a video game. It's a staggering compilation of two of the most creative, intimate and emotional pieces of interactive entertainment ever conceived.
  2. Sep 26, 2011
    100
    Whether you're new to this unique pairing or you've played one or both before, this splendid collection is pretty much a compulsory purchase.
  3. Oct 9, 2011
    95
    ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are two of the greatest games ever made, and they're still as emotionally gripping and visually astounding as before. This is the closest you'll get to perfection in 2011.
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    90
    A must buy for every single PS3 owner. The lack of extras is a shame, but the quality of the two original games and the good HD conversions grant to every Ueda fan what they're looking for. Enjoy this gem and wait for The Last Guardian.
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Oct 7, 2011
    90
    Both games are certifiable classics, and the HD visuals amplify all of the emotion Team Ico tenderly weaved into them. [Nov 2011, p.80]
  6. Sep 9, 2011
    90
    These are brilliant, memorable, inventive and emotionally involving adventures, and the combination of remastered visuals, 3D options, Trophies and a $40 price tag make them more irresistible than ever.
  7. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    It's difficult avoid feeling nostalgia after playing Ico and Shadow of the Colossus again after all these years, and while the core of each experience withstands the test of time, the control issues that were easy to overlook the first time around simply can't be ignored today.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 91
  2. Negative: 7 out of 91
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    10
    Let me start by stating the facts: not everyone will understand these games, not everyone will enjoy them, and there's nothing wrong withLet me start by stating the facts: not everyone will understand these games, not everyone will enjoy them, and there's nothing wrong with that. Certain people can't watch a movie unless it has explosions, certain people can't watch Public Television because it educates rather than entertains, and certain people will pick this up on the recommendation of another and feel 100% cheated because it doesn't involve wanton killing, busty women, rampant foul language and guns.

    If you are one of these types of people, it's okay. I'm not going to judge you or your tastes. I'll just let you know that i feel sorry for you, because whatever "eye of the beholder" thing it takes to truly enjoy these games, you don't have it, and believe me, your life is worse because of that. You don't know what you've missed.

    Ico is definitely the harder game to get into, out of the two games in the collection. It will involve you solving puzzles and leading a girl to safety by escaping the castle where the both of you are imprisoned. It will involve her speaking in a language you don't understand, and it will tax the part of the brain that won't help you fire a gun. For those patient enough to brave the journey, you may find yourself with an incredibly emotional experience at the end of the road, and you'll be amazed a video game could make you feel that way. I'm trying to spoil as little as I can for you, and I'm sorry if this sounds a bit paltry, but this is the gist of the experience.

    On the other hand, Shadow Of The Colossus is the most beautifully haunting game I've ever played. It too is about solving puzzles, but the goal in this game is not to figure out how you'll escape a castle, it's how to kill sixteen giant beasts that dwarf you in scale. No other game has made me feel so overwhelmingly powerful by making me feel so insignificant throughout the entire process - the expansive overworld with no enemies or even epic travel music, the loneliness between your character and the horse he rides, it all seems so pointless until you find your next enemy. The silence is the calm before the storm, and that storm is the next giant beast you will have to locate, climb and somehow kill. It will give you a sense of wonder, dread and most of all, it will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that video games deserve to be called an artistic medium. As I said, it won't be for everyone. But if you find yourself looking for something that could make you proud to own your PlayStation, and you don't mind not shooting a gun or scoring a goal, then you may find yourself in for the best games that the previous generation had to offer. There's a very good reason why the PlayStation 2 was the home of the best franchise titles of the last hardware generation, and that didn't have as much to to with Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, Madden, Final Fantasy or God Of War as it did games like Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus. Now, these games have been given a 1080p HD facelift, and given trophies for the player to earn as well. Any individual who considers themselves a gamer, in any sense of the term whether broad or niche, needs to try these two games. You may find that you don't like them, and like I said earlier, that's okay. Caviar isn't for everyone, and one man's delicacy can be another's poison. If you're in the mood for something besides controller McDonalds, though, this is your wake-up call.

    For those who do pick it up and find themselves lost in the most incredible worlds, your curiosity will be rewarded hundredfold. Then, you'll understand why people like myself are so excited for The Last Guardian...and chances are, you will be too after playing through these two games (and especially SotC). Don't pass this up, whatever you do.
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  2. Jun 28, 2017
    10
    You very rarely will find a remaster this good that changes and adds only what is required for the previous to be better. In the case for IcoYou very rarely will find a remaster this good that changes and adds only what is required for the previous to be better. In the case for Ico and Shadow of The Colossus, the remaster is able to improve on all outlets without sacrifice to the experience. Ico now has co-op to control Yorda, the final blow Wander deals to the Colossus is slowed down to be climatic and both of their framerates are now consistent at 30 FPS. A trophy system is added too, but if you are not big on achievement systems than it won't bother you.

    On top of that you get 2 excellent games that still provide outstanding art, music and an experience that feels entirely different than most games even still today. The issue for this however is this will not appease everyone. As all games people have a certain preference for how they play their games. If you want shooters, big open worlds filled with quests and such, or anything like that then these games will not likely be played or want to be played by you. The calmness and more art-like style they bring is what Fumito Ueda (director of those games) wanted.

    If you are a art gamer and have yet to play this, then buy this or rent this on a PS3 or PS4. You will honestly love the experience for both. Taking a girl out of a castle or riding in a landscape taking down 16 giants might not sound exciting, but sometimes less is more and every confrontation and event feels far more powerful as you progress. They are not long either, but length has always been a dirty term for games saying if it isn't giving you 60+ hours of content it isn't worth your time. This is not even close for Ico and Shadow. They both are superb at what they accomplish and achieve with such little to go off of. It brilliantly allows your own interpretation to take place where it's never trying to be too smart or witty with itself. It respects the ideas and conversation players will come up with universally and that is really special to me and many of Team Ico's fans.

    The Ico and Shadow of The Colossus Collection serves as a bundle of great art games that deserve your attention if you like that certain type. The updates and fixes the previous might have had add more to the greatness those games bring. While not graphically great when held to modern standards it has concepts that far exceed those same standards with ease. Shadow of The Colossus especially is one that I consider to be one of the best games of all time and even playing new games today, they are only shadows to this colossus of a game.
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  3. Sep 27, 2011
    10
    Shadow of the Colossus was one of my all-time favorite games and nothing has changed. There's not much else that's needed to be said, theShadow of the Colossus was one of my all-time favorite games and nothing has changed. There's not much else that's needed to be said, the games are beautiful, fun and full of life. This collection is well worth the money spent. Expand
  4. May 26, 2012
    9
    Two amazing games. Ico is much harder to get into compared to it's twin brother Shadow of The Colossus, but both games are worth a shot if youTwo amazing games. Ico is much harder to get into compared to it's twin brother Shadow of The Colossus, but both games are worth a shot if you have an open mind to something different. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    Great HD remix of these delightful games. These games are story based, fairy tale adventures. ICO is a puzzle-based, exploration game withGreat HD remix of these delightful games. These games are story based, fairy tale adventures. ICO is a puzzle-based, exploration game with light platforming. Shadow of the Colossus is much like the boss battles in Castevania, where you must find weak spots on giant titan-sized bosses. While gameplay in the latter can get repetitive, getting both of these triple-A titles is a bargain for the price.
    One last note, the 3D effect is nice and most impressive in Shadow of the Colossus. Definitely bust out the 3D glasses if you have this available.
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  6. Oct 3, 2011
    8
    It's amazing how mood and atmosphere, combined with intriguing gameplay, can make a game timeless. Despite being ported over from the PS2,It's amazing how mood and atmosphere, combined with intriguing gameplay, can make a game timeless. Despite being ported over from the PS2, and the most recent of the two games included is 6 years old, one could still get completely immersed in this world. Granted, Ico has suffered a little more from aging, and even Colossus is starting to show its age (Colossus animations aren't quite as awesome as the mind's eye remembers them, and geography/geometry pop is more obvious in HD than ever before), but once you start playing, all technical criticisms seem to vanish and it's easy to get drawn into the gameplay. Both of these games were highlights of the PS2's game library, and they still hold up great today. My only criticisms are the aging factor (as I mentioned above) and the camera (though there are manual controls, it often has a mind of its own, and it's frequently stupid); the controls take some getting used to, and are not always intuitive, but they are very customizable so this can be negated. But so much is right with this collection: Both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are presented in widescreen HD; though this serves to show some of the imperfections and limitations of the old platform, it also shows just how much detail they put into the games that wasn't even obvious on the PS2's limited resolution (which was, at best, 480p). Throw in 3D support (for those of you who have the setup) and these games are even better than before. That said, should you get them if you already have them? Yes! Definitely! Had they been priced at a full $60, I may be slightly harsher, but $40 is a great deal for both of these games presented as such, not to mention the handful of cool bonuses that come on the disc as well (a few documentaries and a couple of dynamic themes). If you liked the games before, you will like them just as much now, and if you've never played them before, you will probably be pleasantly surprised at just how awesome these games are (even if you are slightly underwhelmed at the technical aspects). Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2014
    0
    Shadow of the Colossus was horrible. The controls were bad and unwieldy. The sound track was good and the graphics were OK but that does notShadow of the Colossus was horrible. The controls were bad and unwieldy. The sound track was good and the graphics were OK but that does not excuse the game for its poorly designed controls. The game was so horrible that it has killed my love for the PlayStation 3. I would not recommend this game at all. Expand

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