Ico - PlayStation 2
- For the PlayStation2
- Platform: PlayStation2
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
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Ico [PlayStation2] For the PlayStation2
Ico weaves the tale of a young boy trying to escape his imprisonment in a large, vacant castle. Along the way, he discovers another captive--a beautiful princess named Yorda. Players control Ico with the goal of escaping the castle with the princess safely in hand.
Although it looks like an adventure game and has some rudimentary action sequences, Ico is mostly about solving puzzles. Players will run, jump, and climb their way through the gargantuan castle as well as figure out which objects and environments are interactive. Yorda is very much a damsel in distress, and isn't nearly as capable as Ico. A great deal of the puzzles require the player to create a safe path for Yorda, who isn't physically able to get to the places Ico can. The puzzles are quite brilliant, although a few are so tough that players will feel like ditching the princess.
Graphics, particularly the lighting effects and animations, are fantastic. The developers did a superb job of conveying the enormity and beauty of the castle. When Ico and Yorda move and interact, their actions seem totally lifelike. The ambient soundtrack and simple controls let the player focus on the tasks at hand. Sony has crafted a very unique game that anyone can play. Few games are as elegant in their simplicity as this puzzler from Sony. --Raymond M. Padilla
- Excellent puzzle design
- Aesthetically and stylistically brilliant
- Appropriately understated sound
- Most players will finish it in fewer than 10 hours
- Battles are too easy
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Top Customer Reviews
This is my all time favourite game ever created. I've never played a game so intriging and amazingly fun. The puzzles were hard but beatable and the fighting was something unique that I've never seen before.
I can't remember how long it took me to beat Ico but I think it was somewhere around 8 hours. But those were the best 8 hours of my life (I'm not kidding). Why hasn't there been a sequel to this game? I have no frickin idea. Ico was incredible. Instead of focusing on making crappy sequels to crappy games, why not make a sequel to one of, if not thee, greatest game ever made.
Graphics - 9/10
This graphics are some of the best I've ever seen in any game. I don't know why old games like this and the Bouncer have such incredible graphics.
Gameplay - 10/10
What's there to say, the puzzles are amazing, the fighting is unique and fun and don't forget the collection of sweet weapons to use.
Sound - 9/10
The music is... well there isn't any music, save the rare few in cutscnes or the ending theme. But the sound effects make up for the loss of tunes immensely. The sound is perfect, the clashing of metal, the lowering of a bridge, the splashing of water, it all fits in perfectly.
Replay - 4/10
Sadly, the only downfall I can see in this game is the replaying of it. The puzzles lose most of thier lustre the second time through which was the funnest part the first time. Though it still is fun the second time using the secret weapon which I wont mention to spoil those who haven't seen it yet.
Overall, this game is a must and should be bought immediately. Screw renting, go buy now, you don't know what you're missing.
Most recent customer reviews
This product is simply amazing: an excellent story and plot, lots of challenges, and unique graphics. I would highly recommend it.Published 19 months ago by Nicholas Kokorudz
I'm surprised at all of the 5 star ratings for this game. I do agree that the environment of the game is impressive, but, the games stumbles in its gameplay, as I found it rather... Read morePublished on July 27 2005 by Chris
I got this game based on the reviews and was not disappointed.
Once I started, I could not stop. The graphics are beautiful. The pan and zoom views were detailed. Read more
When I first picked up ICO I couldn't believe it. The beautiful graphics, the amazingly intelligent puzzles, the involving story, the great control, and the epic feel of the... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by brokenbukowski
Well, having just bought this game for very cheap, and all the great ratings (including all you whackos in Amazon) it recieved, I thought I had made another good deal in getting a... Read morePublished on July 6 2004
But it sure ain't free
Packed with puzzles
Pretty addictive gameplay
beatin the heck outta enemies is pretty... Read more
Ok, I know I'm probably not going to be very popular for this review but......the game was just "ok." True the graphics are amazing as well as the atmosphere.....but... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Scott Kennelly