Summary: I'll admit it. I didn't think I
was going to enjoy this game. When I first heard about it, I thought-
"Eh, just a puzzle game." Then I loaded the game up and was completely
blown away. The graphics are exquisite, the gameplay is simple yet fun.
Pros: Excellent puzzles, graphics to drool over.
Cons: A paper-thin story, no replayability factor.
Excerpt: A few weeks ago, the mailman delivered a package from Sony. Once I opened the wrapping I saw a tower-shaped box with in it a real candle and the game cd for ICO. I don’t know why, but the appearance on how Sony presented the game to me made me know that I was going to be in for a special treat.
Excerpt: ICO is a game that received massive attention from the gaming media as well as those who are truly passionate about games. Unfortunately titles like ICO aren’t welcomed by the more casual player (it doesn’t feature guns, breasts, vulgar language or exhausts), so the attention it received did not...
Excerpt: Videogames as art is a debate that has been brought up many times, with varying results. Some say that bringing artistry into video games can deny their primary function as entertainment, while others argue that video games must evolve as an art form to be taken more seriously as a medium in...
Conclusion: Simply put, the game is a marvelous experience for anyone the least bit interested in video games. If you can get passed the laughably basic combat, you’ll see that Ico is one of the best experiences you’ll have in the current generation, on any console. If you can find it, buy it.
Excerpt: Everyone knows ICO. It is the game held above all others by the gaming press and public as the ultimate neglected classic, a game which - they say - broke new ground, delivered an incredible and deeply emotional experience and, tragically, was all but ignored at retail.
Excerpt: There are games, and there is art. Are the two fated to be mutually exclusive? Personally, I'd say the answer is no. There are some who would disagree with me, but I think that any case I'd make is strengthened by games that come along and really question and explore what the definition of a...
Excerpt: ICO is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous games I've seen on the PS2, if not the most beautiful. This doesn't come from a polygon count of either the environment or the characters--undoubtedly, Final Fantasy X sports more in both categories--but from the sheer artistry of the title, the way...
Excerpt: First of all, this game is not for everyone. If you like games that are packed with action, are light-hearted and humorous, or follow complex stories with dozens of characters, you will probably find this game boring.