It’s almost impossible to engage in the ‘can video games be art?’ debate without Ico and Shadow of the Colossus arriving as weapons for all those in the ‘Yes’ camp.
Their argument is about to get stronger as Team Ico’s cult hits arrive remastered in HD on the PS3.
Both classic PS2 games were huge critical hits at release with Shadow of the Colossus achieving a Metacritic score of 91 and Ico a score of 90. They will now arrive on one Blu-ray disc. Along with high definition visuals, both titles will also boast 7.1 Surround Sound, PS3 trophy support and 3D capabilities for those who own a 3D?TV.
The bundle is an enticing prospect for fans who are awaiting Team Ico’s next release, The Last Guardian, which is due next year.
Arriving in 2002, Ico sent players on a mystical adventure that walked a blurred line between reality and fantasy. Gamers stepped into the shoes of a boy on a mission to save a princess from evil forces residing in a fortress.
The game featured 30 levels full of exploration and puzzles that left Eurogamer claiming: “In an industry justly accused of leaning towards style over content, Ico is a beacon of light and a bastion of superb game design.”
Four years later, Team Ico produced Shadow of the Colossus, a spiritual successor to Ico that retained the breathtaking visuals and emulated the game’s critical acclaim. Shadow of the Colossus sent players across stunning landscapes on a horse, armed with just a sword and a bow and arrow, in a bid to hunt 16 gigantic roaming beasts known as the Colossi.
It was met with almost universal praise, with IGN saying: “From the fights with the Colossi to exploring the world and standing back and letting it all soak in, Shadow of the Colossus is an amazing experience and an absolute must-have title.”
For products that were deemed two of the most incredible looking games at the time, a HD makeover can only serve to make Ico and Shadow of the Colossus must-haves again – this time in one PS3 bundle.
This collection is the latest in a series of two-game packs to arrive on PS3. Others include Resistance 1 and 2 and Uncharted 1 and 2.