Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection Review

  • Posted September 9th, 2011 at 14:05 EDT by Adam Dolge

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The masterpieces contained within the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection get a glorious HD makeover in an experience that is as rewarding, deep, and fresh as it was all those years ago on PlayStation 2.

We like

  • The deep and engaging atmosphere
  • The chance to relive two classic PS2 games in HD
  • SotC is especially jaw-dropping

We dislike

  • Ico hasn't aged quite as well as SotC
  • The occasionally frustrating control system

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(continued from previous page) ...for a weak point. These encounters are frustrating, too, because the controls are still not as precise as we are used to from recent games. It’s a fair game, though, and despite the enormous obstacle, you’ll find a way to defeat each boss—slowly, but surely.

The visual overhaul on Shadow of the Colossus is more noticeable than that of Ico. The colors are again moody and washed-out, but the graphics themselves are sharp and powerful. The audio meanwhile is absolutely outstanding, with a soundtrack so deep it truly draws you into the heat of the action.

Both games don’t necessarily stand the test of time in a traditional sense. On one hand, each game runs extremely smoothly, which is a huge benefit for Shadow of the Colossus in particular (its PS2 release suffered from some graphical issues). But the core gameplay is dated, and reminds us of the power of the current generation of titles. In many ways, that doesn’t matter, for both entries are important titles in gaming history.

With a two-for-the-price-of-one package, HD graphics, 7.1 surround sound, Trophy support, and 3D capabilities, Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection is the perfect investment for long-time fans, and indeed for those who have yet to experience any of these classic titles. Yes, there are shortcomings, but they are easy to overlook when the overall experience is so powerful, deep, and yet fresh at the same time. Needless to say, you simply must add these last-gen gems to your collection, if only to relieve the PS2 era and to get you excited for Team Ico’s hugely anticipated PS3-exclusive, The Last Guardian.

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