Not many game have the ability to move the player deep inside and even fewer manage to reconcile innovative gameplay mechanics with poetry the way Fumito Ueda did with Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Therefore, when Sony announced The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection in HD glory, it was hard not to get overly excited. What then of the quality of the port? Is it worth spending a few bucks/quid/euro? To find out, check out our homemade videos of the two games. Update: We remind you all that the collection ships this week.
A few words to confirm what the videos will show you. No, this HD version of the two iconic games is not as perfect as we would have hoped for. 1080p and 60 fps is obviously the least we could expect but it's a bit of a shame to see that textures have not been improved over time. In 2002 and 2005, it was easy not to pay attention, but today in HD, they are too blurry to be worthy of the two titles' greatness. However, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus have not lost the magic of their visuals, and it's true that when playing, you don't really notice the poor textures anymore. Shadow of the Colossus clearly benefits the most from this port as the terrible framerate issues of the PS2 version are now long gone, making the fights against the giants even more impressive now.
All technical considerations aside, this collection features two awesome games you should definitely try if you hadn't when they were released. As for the others, if you are anything like me, you won't mind another journey in Ueda's world as it is just one of a kind. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus look rather good in HD, we just wish they had looked divine.
The SFV tournament at TGS is going to be fucking awkward if Infiltration plays. (47 minutes ago)
@Moonwalker: plus the last 2 trully great R* games were long time ago for me (Bully and SA), so they have to do a lot to top these in my list. (2 Hours ago)
@Moonwalker: even though i'm interested to see their 1st game for this gen, i'll try to not get hyped too much.It sounds good and all, but fuck lknows if all these things will work so well. (2 Hours ago)
@Moonwalker: its especially weird given the brutality of the finishers. it's like they had some weird moral objection to showing blood...after animating the violent neck stabbing. lol (3 Hours ago)
@AMDman18: Xbox One X. Been seeing the lack of blood since E3. I thought that was just for the show. But nope. Such a weird decision of them. (3 Hours ago)
@Seth: That and you can swim. It's just a little something but more and more it started to look like we wouldn't be able. But it is :) (3 Hours ago)
instead of completely optional collectibles we're forced to put up with their survival systems that affect every facet of the game...yeah, give me backpacks any day of the week! lol (5 Hours ago)