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Ico

Friday, December 9th, 2005
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Ico. Wow. If ever there was a game worth getting a PS2 for. Yes, I do know that I'm four years late to this particular party. But I guess now I know what the PoP team were aiming for with Sands of Time.

The graphics were adequate as low-res console games go. And there's a very consistent mood enhanced by excellent sound design, but that's all secondary. It's Yorda that makes Ico so great. Ico essentially contains one really long escort mission for most of the game. In any other game that would suck, but you really *want* to protect her in this even though you can't understand the words she says. I'm not going to write any spoilers, but there is one sequence at what I think is the climax of Ico which is more poignant than any game I can remember. (If you've played it, you know what it is.) And it's not some cutscene you're watching; it's regular gameplay.

Because of Yorda, I can overlook how short the game is and how much the NTSC version sucks compared to the PAL version (stupid consoles). The two songs composed by Michiru Oshima are also nice. I like my games filled with themes like these, but the ambient stuff worked so I cannot complain... again :)

Current Music Michiru Oshima - Castle in the Mist
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-12-09 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's on my Christmas list!
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From: zhaytee
2005-12-09 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Ico has been my favorite PS2 game since it came out. I wanna try the new game by the same folk, Shadow of the Colossus.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-12-09 08:28 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Shadow of the Colossus. But is it not actually a sequel to Ico, just kind of.. similar?
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2005-12-09 06:43 pm (UTC)
ICO has been the only game I ever regretted not being able to play because its on a console. Everyone says its fantastic but I've never been able to give it a shot. Maybe I need to find an emulator or some such..

At any rate this might amuse you.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-12-09 08:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah. It's actually not that bad. The only problem I had was that she'd get confused on ladders sometimes, climb all the way down and then start climbing back up intsead of getting off. I hear they fixed this in the PAL version.
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[User Picture]From: zombie_bites
2005-12-10 05:30 am (UTC)

i should read other's comments before posting

i vote that you should play and will like Shadow of the Colossus! it is nothing like ICO other than in art style, but it is an incredibly fun game. i know there are a few paralells, but since i haven't finished SotC i'm not sure of any definite links to ICO or not.

of course, if there were i wouldn't spoil them for you ;)
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