Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection Review


Instead of writing up a detailed review of a game that’s six years old, I’m just going to give you an impassioned plea to buy the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection for the PS3. Released this week for a decent $40, the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus Collection is the latest in PlayStation 2 re-releases being upscaled to HD and slapped on a Blu-Ray. Sony is really doing this after removing PS2 backwards compatibility from the PS3. The re-releases gives people the chance to play classic PS2 games on their system in HD, allow new gamers to play them for the first time, and allows Sony to sell them to you all over again.

The God of War Collection and the Sly Cooper Collection were both great, but nothing compares to what you get on this disc.

Ico is a classic PS2 game, but a classic rooted in its time. It’s still a great game, but some of its primitive AI routines can cause some frustration. Booting it up on the disc is a nice nostalgia trip, but Shadow of the Colossus is the real attraction here.

The original 2005 release on the PlayStation 2 is still one of the greatest video games ever made. The premise is simple, climb up sixteen Colossi; kill them, and then fell bad about yourself afterwards. But the experience six years ago, as great as it was, suffered from a chugging framerate. The epic scale of the adventure was just a little too much for the PlayStation 2 to handle.

That’s no longer a problem now. The HD version of the game runs much smoother, allowing you to really take in and enjoy Team Ico’s designs for all of the Colossi. It also makes the game even more of a joy to play and is much easier on the eyes. The game’s amazing soundtrack sounds better than ever in the new multi-channel sound; and if you have a 3D display the game supports that.

There’s also a lot of bonus content including team interviews and rare trailers (such as the Nico trailer, which became Shadow of the Colossus), and dynamic XMB themes for both games.

It’s $40. It includes one of the greatest video games ever made, with better graphics and a smoother frame rate. If you own a PS3, you absolutely must buy this game.