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Ico

by Sony
PlayStation2
Teen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews) 90 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00004YUWA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,944 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Ico for PS2

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Ico weaves the tale of a young boy trying to escape his imprisonment in a large, vacant castle. Along the way, he discovers another captive--a beautiful princess named Yorda. Players control Ico with the goal of escaping the castle with the princess safely in hand.

Although it looks like an adventure game and has some rudimentary action sequences, Ico is mostly about solving puzzles. Players will run, jump, and climb their way through the gargantuan castle as well as figure out which objects and environments are interactive. Yorda is very much a damsel in distress, and isn't nearly as capable as Ico. A great deal of the puzzles require the player to create a safe path for Yorda, who isn't physically able to get to the places Ico can. The puzzles are quite brilliant, although a few are so tough that players will feel like ditching the princess.

Graphics, particularly the lighting effects and animations, are fantastic. The developers did a superb job of conveying the enormity and beauty of the castle. When Ico and Yorda move and interact, their actions seem totally lifelike. The ambient soundtrack and simple controls let the player focus on the tasks at hand. Sony has crafted a very unique game that anyone can play. Few games are as elegant in their simplicity as this puzzler from Sony. --Raymond M. Padilla

Pros:

  • Excellent puzzle design
  • Aesthetically and stylistically brilliant
  • Appropriately understated sound
Cons:
  • Most players will finish it in fewer than 10 hours
  • Battles are too easy

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive proof that innovation exists in gaming. February 19, 2002
Every once in a while, a game comes along that redefines innovation and sets a standard for all others to follow. "Legend of Zelda" for the NES defined adventure-style gaming, "Final Fantasy VII" for the PSX brought RPGs to the mainstream, and "Super Mario 64" for the N64 is what all 3D platformers are compared to to this day. Joining this list of games is "ICO" for the PS2. So what does "ICO" redefine in terms of innovation? The experience.
"ICO" at its core is a platformer and puzzle-solver with some basic combat elements, but its deeper aspects make it far more than that. The title character, Ico, must lead a young girl called Yorda out of a rundown castle and protect her from shadow creatures that try to reclaim her. The gameplay is very simplistic and yet contains one of the richest experiences ever found in gaming. The way Ico leads Yorda around is so beautiful, so powerful than it makes the player forget that he's playing a game and is instead living a dream. The dual-shock controller adds to the experience by causing the player to "feel" Ico leading Yorda by the hand. Add in realistic body physics, and the feeling is one that remains etched in a player's memory.
Adding to the unforgettable experience are superb graphics, some of the best the PS2 has seen. While the characters can look a little hazy sometimes, they always look, act, and seem real. The environment itself is a work of art. Unlike games like "Myst", where puzzles are just put there with no purpose other than to be solved, the castle is a living and breathing puzzle that is there for a purpose. Textures, lighting effects, and water effects all add to the magic the gameplay already casts.
Soundwise, there isn't a lot of music in the game except during cutscenes, pause menu, and the ending.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great game that holds up over time May 5, 2003
I bought ICO over a year ago, but never completed it. That is, until recently. This weekend I popped it back in to my PS2 and finished it off...and boy, am I glad I did.
ICO is an absolutely wonderful game. It has impeccable art direction, superb gameplay, and a very charming story. I was blown away by the scope and design of the environment. Even today.
The story is simple. ICO is a small boy out to rescue a fair princess in a huge, daunting castle. Finding your way out of the fortress is just half the battle, as you are able to do things and go places the fragile princess is not. You must figure how to get her out, too, while fending off the dark spirits out to steal her back. The game is a moderately-paced fairy tale in the absolute best sense. From opening to closing credits, this game is top notch.
If you like puzzle adventure games, you have to play ICO. It's vast, cinematic, and wonderfully played out. At it's current retail price it's a bargain. The used prices are just too good to pass up.
Really. Do yourself a favor and play this game if you never have. It's an early PS2 title, but it's still one of the best, and probably one of the most genuine games you will ever play.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mysterious Masterpiece August 20, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The mysterious game called Ico never made a splash upon release, nor did it really try to. Just like its quiet and shadowy approach within the game, its marketing was just as ambiguous. While I think this game was definitely underrated by audiences, it was just a TAD overrated by critics. You control a boy born with horns called Ico, who's been banished away to an immense castle as we're told "for the good of the village." There you escape and find a white glowing princess, and you must lead her and yourself out of there while trying to avoid the princess being captured by her dark lordess mother and her ghouls, while solving puzzles along the way to get out.

Eyes and Ears: 4/5: On a simply artisitc level, Ico is brilliant and beautiful. It's apparent with both graphics and sound the designers were trying to go for a more artsy approach rather than a straight-out bar-none eye-popping design. The graphics in this game are gorgeous, but not to the casual observer, as most of its inspired level design, attention to detail, and polished glitz are greatly overshadowed by a misty fog, or a layer of light calming "fuzz." This effect gives the mysterious world at some mysterious time a sense of surrealistic ambience, almost as if we were dreaming this whole adventurous ordeal.

Sound I can summerize in one word: quiet. The ONLY music that ever plays during the game is when you're loading your game, if you die, and during the ending. The other 95% of the time there is no sound but various doves flying around, footsteps, clanks during battle, the main character's mystery language, and other sound effects.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best demo I've played July 24, 2001
The demo is amazing.. if you look for the "summer jampack" disk which is only 7.99 - then you can experience this (if it sounds like your kind of game). What follows has no spoilers.
It starts with a good setup movie, which explains how the horned boy got locked in the castle (inside an urn).. the movie is rendered with the game engine! (it is not silicon graphics pre-rendered footage).
After the movie setup leaves the camera alone in this huge prison room in the castle, the floor crumbles and your urn spills open tossing you (the boy) onto the ground.
The initial room is *huge* with 36 of these mysterious urns lining the wall. Since one assumes each urn has a (presumably dead) person in it, this is a spooky setup indeed.
The sound of ICO is very striking.. there is no music while playing, but with brilliant footfalls, torches and other sound effects who needs music?
Movement of the boy is almost flawless.. beautifully animated he walks, trots, runs, trips, jumps and a dozen other things with high realism.
The resolution of the view inside the castle is high (unlike the comment left by another poster), although the rough hewn stones that form the walls and floor, slightly shifting camera, and misty corners to the rooms can give a negative impression to some.. but if you take time with the 2nd analog stick to move the view up and around, looking at the high roof and the detail you will be amazed.. having a quality TV with S-video or better connections helps a lot as well.
Moving through the demo you are required to solve some very simple puzzles and bring down the cage holding the mysterious girl, who is animated with a soft glowing quality that is quite wonderful..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
The only reason it does not get 5 stars is because it is soooo short. This game could have easily kept my attention if you quadrupled the length.
Published 4 hours ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great game and the worlds are amazing
It's a great game and the worlds are amazing. I really enjoy the puzzle solving aspect to the game. It is a time consumer and that is the only thing keeping me from sitting down... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Greg Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The game is in very good condition. I am satisfied with purchase.
Published 1 month ago by Hector
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, but aged a little more than 'average'
Quite good, but aged a little more than 'average'. If I had a PS3, I would have gone for the Ico/Shadow HD bundle if I had known about it.
Published 2 months ago by ~Xuncu
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, a little too boring, predictable...
I'll admit this is not my kind of game, but after the reviews, I bought a cheap, used copy. For me, this is a total snooze fest, but if you like puzzle solving games like Mist and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Troy Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic
I must say, that this game was way ahead of its time. My favorite game of all time is Shadow of the Colossus, but this game has a very similar artistic feel that is non-existent in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Shadow of the Colossus but, in a way sadder.
If you played SOTC, then you MUST play this one. With a story that frankly made me cry and its just as beautiful as SOTC. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars didnt work
got it, was super excited, popped it in, played the opening scene, but it froze up and wont load past it. it was pretty disappointing.
Published 9 months ago by sarah schleicher
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game !!!
This game is amazing, one of the first PS2 titles and one of the best yet, emotional story and characters, i recommend this game.
Published 11 months ago by Fabio C. Degrossi
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this game came on time and i started to play it, cause i am a fan of shadow of colossus, short game but i really enjoyed it.
Published 12 months ago by Magno A Garcia
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