Game Room: September Roundup

The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Photo: Sony

The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Publisher: Sony
System: PS3

Two of the most prominent games in the "videogames are art" argument are Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, originally released on the PS2. Both games have been rereleased on a single disc, remastered in HD for the PS3, and, while they show their age, they are genuinely unique experiences.

Ico is story of a young boy exiled from his people for a physical deformity (he has horns) who meets a young girl with whom he attempts to escape. Shadow of the Colossus has a similar grim tone, with a young man who must travel a barren wasteland and kill 16 giant creatures in order to have a chance to resurrect a dead woman he loves. Both games embrace a similar, lonely tone, and a sense of being an outcast in an unfamiliar world.

The games are both graphically enhanced for PS3, but still have fairly low-resolution textures compared to more modern games. As one would expect, the performance of both titles is vastly improved over the sometimes-choppy framerate on the PS2. The biggest frustration with both games is that you may find yourself fighting with a frustrating camera and awkward controls, but the experience is definitely unique and worth the trip.

Score: 8 out of 10

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