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Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection: Playstation 3 Game Review

Reviewed by on Sep 30, 2011
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Two beautiful classics, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, return in stunning HD. Read our game review to see how they stand the test of time!

Originally made for the Playstation 2, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were the forerunners in the "games as art" movement. Both games featured beautiful graphics and a story that provided the player with an amazing experience. Now the games have been remade for the Playstation 3, complete with updated graphics. While one two games has aged gracefully, the other has problems that have only gotten worse over time.


In this game, you play as Ico, a young boy who is trying to escape from a castle. With you is Yorda, a mysterious young girl who is being chased by shadow creatures. The features platforming, melee combat, and puzzle solving. However, while you do all of that, you must keep Yorda close by. You literally must hand hold her through entire levels.

With the majority of the game being devoted to interacting with Yorda, it is disappointing that her AI is terrible. Yorda is unable to figure out things like ladders on her own. Additionally, Yorda moves slowly and often stops for no reason, which can be extremely frustrating.

Shadow of the Colossus

In Shadow of the Colossus, you play as a man trying to bring his lost lover back to life. To do so, you must hunt down and defeat the 16 colossi that roam the land. They are not called colossus for no reason, these creatures are huge! Even from far away, they fill the screen. You must climb up on these creatures or dodge through buildings in order to reach their weak points. Every battle is epic and different than the last, making for an amazing experience.

The Collection

Overall, Shadow of the Colossus makes this collection worth your time and money. Ico, though frustrating to play, is thankfully short and has a pretty good story. Still, both games are indeed works of art and make for a great gaming experience.

Have Your Say!

Have you played either of these classic games? Are you excited for this remastered collection? Post your thoughts in the comments section below and discuss with other Kidzworld members!


Price: $39.99

ESRB Rating: T for Teen

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