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Two visually stunning and unique classics return to PS3!,
This review is from: The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection (Video Game)
It's difficult to believe that over 10 years have passed since Ico was first released, alongside other 2001 classics like Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy X. Unlike those two games, Ico fared poorly in the sales charts, despite its incredible graphics, great story and gameplay.
However, this was not the end, as 4 years later, the second game by "Team Ico", Shadow of the Colossus (SotC), was strongly promoted and achieved much better sales figures.
Now, Sony has breathed a second life into these games, thanks to this hi-def PS3 re-release.
Both games have been significantly enhanced in this PS3 remastery by Bluepoint Games (who also remastered the God of War Collection and the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 games), with the most important changes being:
+ 720p or 1080p @ 30fps framerate, with very little slowdown as found in the PS2 version during intense Colossus battles
+ Native widescreen support for Ico
+ Gameplay is ported from the European version, with the extra puzzle, weapon, and other small changes
+ Trophies! [16 for Ico, 31 for SotC]
+ 7.1 surround sound
+ Behind the scenes videos + 2 dynamic themes (yours to keep!)
+ Reversible cover insert containing original cover art for both games
= 3D support (but only at 720p, and framerate reduces down to 15fps during some of the battles in SotC)
- Textures appear to be more detailed, but they still look blocky close up, and the polygons look the same
- The menu/map in SotC is stretched on a widescreen TV, while the menu for Ico looks sharp and completely redone
I have already beaten Ico and the first few battles of SotC on PS2, and am finding this remake just as enjoyable, especially since there is virtually no slowdown even at 1080p. Do realize that both of these games are relatively short with limited replay value (<5 hours for Ico and <10 hours for SotC, much more if you want all of the trophies). The high production values of both games is maintained during their short stories, and you will likely spend several hours just looking at the beautiful environments in both games (especially Ico). The orchestrated music during each battle in SotC is terrific and fitting, as are the ambient sounds throughout both games. The controls are very simple, but some of the puzzles/colossus battles are incredibly challenging the first time around.
An in depth comparison of the various graphical settings can be found at eurogamer.net [...]
For the $40 MSRP, you are still getting a good bargain, even if the games have been out for 6-10 years, as the visual experience is so much better on an HDTV (if you don't have an HDTV, get one).
Now go out and save a "princess"!
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2011 5:39:27 AM PDT
Ricardo Vergara says:
Thank you! i´m gonna get it.
Posted on Sep 27, 2011 11:16:02 AM PDT
Great review info. I pre-ordered the game months ago anyway, but I recommended this so other people will know what they're getting into.
Posted on Sep 27, 2011 12:44:30 PM PDT
Philip A. Porreca says:
Since you mentioned it, the Metal Gear Solid remaster also includes MGS Peace Walker, and is rumored to also contain MGS 1.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:35:01 AM PDT
The MGS Collection will not include MGS1. The European version for PS3 will contain a voucher for it, but the U.S. version does not. It has to do with Microsoft's rule that a game has to include equal or greater content on Xbox 360 in order to release it for that system.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 1:09:10 AM PDT
How can that be true, since Dead Space 2 for PS3 contained Dead Space Extraction but the 360 version didn't?
Posted on Oct 7, 2011 7:15:31 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Lookd fine 2 Me ~ visually ~ was pretty well-refined @ 1080 P :)
Boxey yes ~ pixelated no :)
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 1:00:51 PM PDT
A. Rangel says:
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 2:50:42 AM PST
William Baker says:
GarionOrb the fact that mgs 1 didn't release with mgs collection has nothing to do with that stipulation at microsoft so please dont spread around disinformation.
If it were true then it wouldn't release with a voucher in europe either since microsoft has the same rules there and last I checked the game was releasing on 360 there.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 8:41:30 AM PDT
Bret Ronald Strunk says:
That's correct William. The reason they didn't include the first Metal Gear Solid is that they don't do HD remakes for games from 2 generations ago. This is also why the Silent Hill HD Collection doesn't include the first Silent Hill game.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 3:30:08 PM PDT
What the hell does Microsoft have to do with this?