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Initial post: Nov 2, 2012 12:21:13 PM PDT
I'm thinking of picking this up. What is it like game play wise? Like what game is it similar to. How long is it? Anything else you think would be helpful, please let me know. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:23:41 PM PDT
I actually haven't played it yet but it's on my list. However I don't feel like I even need to know much about it to spend the money. I can find it for $20 if I look which puts it at $10 per game. Just going off of how beloved and praised these games are I'm willing to drop that much money just to see what people are talking about.

Even if I end up hating the game it will have been worth it to me to play one of the highest praised games of its day that has been very influential.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:25:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 12:25:36 PM PDT
Meth Panther says:
I loved Ico. I can't get into SotC for the controls

Ico is short. Maybe 4-5 hours?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:26:52 PM PDT
YES. That's all you need. Beautiful games, they are.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:27:07 PM PDT
S. Brown says:
There's a deal at Gamestop right now where you can pick this up for $10 if you're a Powerup Rewards member, FYI.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:27:17 PM PDT
If you like Zelda you'll love these.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:27:44 PM PDT
PacinoBully says:
Good luck dealing with the shenanigans of that deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:28:37 PM PDT
GarionOrb says:
This game is magnificent.

ICO is about 4-5 hours long, and is kind of a puzzle escort mission game. But unlike most escort missions, this one doesn't give you an escortee that gets in your way. The game is simply beautiful and quite sweeping.

Shadow of the Colossus clocks in at about 10-15 hours. It takes place in the same universe as ICO, but isn't a direct sequel or prequel...though if you beat ICO first and watch the ending to SotC, it's references are very cool. This game only consists of 16 boss battles, while the rest of the time you're traveling to where they are by yourself. The game is quite challenging, especially later on, but the payoff is worth it. Also a gorgeous game.

The only quibble I have with this package are the controls. They're a little antiquated...but at least SotC has fully customizable controls.

Anyway, this game is definitely worth playing.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:30:03 PM PDT
Kin-foot says:
Both games are fairly different from one another. Both do have great atmosphere and just beautiful to look at.

If I had to compare ICO to something, Prince of Persia is the closest thing I can think of. It's pretty short yet worth a play through. More focused on puzzles though.

Shadow of the Colossus is amazing IMO. I really can't think of anything else to compare it to. Take one of those epic boss battles from your favorite video game, that's pretty much what you do. 16 bosses = 16 epic boss fights. Nothing like the awe you get from walking up to one of these giants and thinking to yourself "I gotta kill THAT?!"

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:30:35 PM PDT
S. Brown says:
Yeah, I can't be bothered and I don't have that membership, but I read about it on CAG so I figured I'd pass it along.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:32:08 PM PDT
GarionOrb says:
"Nothing like the awe you get from walking up to one of these giants and thinking to yourself "I gotta kill THAT?!""

Agreed!

And the ending to SotC is one of the best I've ever seen.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:41:38 PM PDT
LogJam says:
If you hate magical, mountainous monoliths and want to mount and murder them, then Shadow of the Colossus is your game.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:53:07 PM PDT
"If you hate magical, mountainous monoliths and want to mount and murder them, then Shadow of the Colossus is your game."

Rofl. I don't think SotC would work as a game if you didn't feel both awe and pity for your quarry.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:54:12 PM PDT
is it anything like God of War?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 12:54:34 PM PDT
ICO is the opposite of BRO-Dude games. There are no guns, no blood, and it's very moody and methodical. It's about emotions and artistic vistas with environmental puzzles. One of my all time favorites.

SotC has horrible controls, but it basically invented the modern boss battle that is in almost every game now. At the time it was truly groundbreaking. Because so many games have outright copied it you might not get why it was so cool when you play it now because the controls are so oldschool.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:58:52 PM PDT
"is it ANYTHING like God of war"

Well yes, it's in third person, you use a controller, there are enemies, and even a plot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:59:05 PM PDT
Kin-foot says:
Find it odd I had no problem with SotC controls and everyone else seemed to. I just beat the collection 2 months ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:01:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 1:04:20 PM PDT
I'm very sensitive to bad controls but fine with odd or different controls. I'm curious to see how I end up liking these games.

EDIT: For example RE4 is a game with near PERFECT controls that gets a lot of crap for its controls.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:02:21 PM PDT
GarionOrb says:
It is NOTHING like God of War.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:02:40 PM PDT
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That Emu Kid says:
Honestly after playing Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, I couldn't bring myself to play through ICO again. ICO's controls are extremely clunky, the combat is dum, and I just found it unfun the second go-round.

SotC is still amazing, though. I don't remember having many issues with its controls.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 1:04:40 PM PDT
GarionOrb says:
If the controls on SotC bother you, you can simply change them. You can customize everything.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:04:56 PM PDT
Kin-foot says:
Sands trilogy is one of my all time favorites. This was my first time I played ICO and I did ok. It was odd of course. Triangle to jump? Ok, funky. Luckily ICO isn't required to do half the acrobatics the Price does.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:17:21 PM PDT
Donkey Punch says:
It's on sale for cheap at Gamestop if you're a power up rewards member.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 1:26:31 PM PDT
To of my favorite games of all time. ICO is a puzzle escort mission type game. Shadow of the Colossus is just fighting boss battles. If you can beat either 1 without looking at a strategy guide then you're a better man than me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 1:27:42 PM PDT
GarionOrb says:
I went on GameFAQs quite often playing SotC. A little bit on ICO...mostly figuring out how to beat the Evil Queen.
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