ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection - PS3

Game Description: Two of PlayStation 2's highly acclaimed action adventure games return and remastered in high definition for the PlayStation 3. Team ICO brings you the ICO and Shadow of Colossus Collection
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ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Hands-On Impressions

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection Hands-On Impressions

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Jun 08, 2011

Of all the HD remastered collections that gamers have been begging and pleading for, the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection is the one they’ve been screaming for the loudest, and on September 27 of this year, loving fans will get their hands on Team Ico’s beloved masterpieces. During E3 2011, I managed to get some brief hands-on time with the Shadow portion of the collection in stunning HD and in stereoscopic 3D. Given that I haven’t seen this game in action since it first appeared on the PlayStation 2, you better believe that taking on a sky-high colossi on a big HDTV in 3D was simply spectacular.

Shadow of the Colossus

My hands-on time was spent playing the opening 10 minutes or so, which doesn’t actually include much gameplay to speak of, but gave me the perfect opportunity to soak up the visual feast on display. Not only are the textures smooth and the particle effects like dust kicking up from your horse’s hooves and lighting work top notch, but the 3D is that perfect blend of just enough depth to fill out your field of view but not intrusive to the point of distraction. This becomes even more impressive when I tracked down and took on the game’s first towering foe.

It’s worth mentioning though that the controls are a bit loose, which can probably be attributed more to the character’s uneven animations. Trying to mount my horse proved unnecessarily difficult in that way that just reminds you of last-gen games. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but you just know it when you see it. This was also the case when trying to climb on ledges and/or the first colossi for that matter. Something about the delay when hitting R1 to grab just felt a little off. Thankfully, the sheer glory of seeing such an epic and gorgeously presented battle more than made up for any frustrations I might have been feeling.

The ICO/Shadow HD remastering was handled by Bluepoint Games, the team behind the stunning God of War Collection, so obviously it was more than capable hands. But the team didn’t stop at simply uprezing the textures (and making it 3D). They also introduced new presentation elements like the lighting and particle effects I mentioned before. For ICO, they had to essentially fill out the screen to make it widescreen, since the game shipped in standard definition 4:3. And Shadow is based on the European edition, which, according to the Sony rep showing me the game, was Team ICO’s preferred edition.

Shadow of the Colossus

Clearly, a lot of love has been poured into this collection, and it absolutely shows. I can’t speak to ICO, but seeing Shadow of the Colossus presented in such grand fashion and in a way that its original creators no doubt envisioned, given its still admired scope, makes it all the more affecting. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I might have to sneak back and find me another colossi to topple.

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  • CrackpipeSymptoms

    i first played Shadow of the Colossus. and it amazed me to the fullest. never had i experienced such a game. then i heard of Ico, and couldnt wait to play it. this collection is a must have for all gamers. even if u have a Xbox360, i think its a mush have.

    Posted: June 13, 2011 9:17 PM
  • The Monkey King

    In my honest opinion, "Shadow of the Colossus" is the best game ever made. This is coming from a gamer who usually plays FPS's and Action/ RPG's.

    Definitely aiming to get this collection.

    Posted: June 11, 2011 8:58 AM
  • kaychan

    I enjoy both these games, so much i kept my PS2 just so I can go back a play these games.

    Posted: June 9, 2011 9:27 AM
  • nivlac978

    Everyone that I have met that has played this game ranks it in their top 3 games of all time, both of them in the top 10 or 5. The experience from these games can't really be adequately put into words that a human being can understand. It may sound like I am exaggerating but that is exactly how I feel and I can't describe it any other way.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 11:19 PM
  • MasterNoble6

    Shadow was my favorite experience from a video game and now gets to be all over again.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 1:05 PM
  • REloaDkIllJr

    i havent even played the first one, just seen screenshots, and i dont even own a ps3, but im getting this game for sure..

    Posted: June 8, 2011 12:53 PM
  • Hypoman

    Shadow of the Colossus is actually one of the best games i've ever played..... A must have. Maybe worth buying a PS3 for, for those who want a unique experience.... Knowing that The Last Guardian is coming next year!!!!

    Posted: June 8, 2011 12:53 PM
  • teac77

    Be sure to find out how Ico looks, too.

    Posted: June 8, 2011 12:27 PM