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Ico for PS2
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
- Excellent puzzle design
- Aesthetically and stylistically brilliant
- Appropriately understated sound
- Most players will finish it in fewer than 10 hours
- Battles are too easy
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Get this game if you have a PS2. I know the PS3 version with SHadow is coming out soon, but if you don't have a PS3 then get this version. It is cool, clean, beautiful, and has an ending so tender and soft that you might just cry.
More than that, this is an excellent action puzzle game. Most of your time is spent figuring out interesting and novel ways to solve your way out of a mysterious castle while assisting an interesting companion.
This probably isn't a game for everyone: if you are easily frustrated, or are looking for non-stop action, or tons of witty dialog, you might be better served by something like the Prince of Persia series. But there is no arguing that this game is a complete gaming work of art.