Conclusion: Very good comments, Pat. Good analysis of the theme of the game, concerning the issue of playing on archetypes. I will say, though, that SOTC had enough gameplay to say it wasn’t lacking in that department.
Conclusion: sotc was definitely better than ico in gameplay, but as you say (or imply) it was more about exhilaration and the experience than the gameplay itself. so maybe lacking is the wrong word, but the gameplay was not really the reason to play that.
Conclusion: Well, you bring up a good point. I can sum it up with, "What is the very definition of gameplay?" If it’s pushing buttons and seeing something happen on screen, then you can say that. But it also be considered the experience that you have. You may not even have to push a button. Think of SOTC.
Conclusion: i was definitely one of those who didnt notice it and should have when it was first released. i picked it up in a bargain bin a couple years later and a college roommate actually played through it before i got around to it.
Conclusion: There’s a scene at the end of Ico in which the whole game has its "ah hah" moment, when the whole experience comes together and you realize just how far storytelling and emotion in gaming has to go, if such a game can be so potent with saying so very little.
Conclusion: Sometimes I put the industy in a bad light, mostly concerning the intellectual level it tries to attain, but its pretty much true. The number of games that can be considered in the same light as books or movies can be counted on one hand.
Summary: Ico is for game for puzzle and not action lovers. Your objective is essentially to escape from a castle. You are given no instructions and just have to get on with it (which is fine) (I assume this is the case I downloaded it from the playstation network and didn't have an instruction manual).
Summary: A while ago I was given a broken PS2 with instructions to either throw it away or fix it and keep it. I repaired it and then came to Amazon to look through the PS2 game reviews and eventually made my way to these reviews for ICO, which appeared to be the most consistently highly reviewed computer...