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#91 rapsodist

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 09:24 AM

I think gamers en masse have become conditioned to expect games that encourage them to exert dominion over their virtual environment and advance straightforwardly by means of violence and killing.

In 2001, I reached a point at which I was searching for something more than that. I'm not pretentiously saying something better, just something different. I simply believed that the medium had potential to expand beyond what had been established and accepted, to offer alternative experiences. In some ways, I guess I was looking for a game that wasn't made explicitly for gamers. ICO fit the bill. It was slow in its pacing, simple in its game mechanics, and obscure in its storytelling. Plus it forced you to play the role of escort through the entirety of the game. ICO ran counter to everything conventional wisdom says a game ought to be. Yet it resonated with me emotionally in a way that few other games have.

And if you don't like ICO, that's fine. I don't think it has to be understood or liked by a specific percentage of the population in order for its aspirations to be legitimized. I don't expect everybody to love Ingmar Bergman films; it's totally okay to just want to watch Steven Spielberg films. Similarly, it's okay to not like ICO and prefer Madden. That doesn't make you any less of a gamer.

The video game medium can be so much more inclusive than we seem to allow it. For those of you who don't like ICO, I implore you to consider that it simply represents a type of game that does not (and I argue should not) fit your expectations. For those of you who can't understand how someone could not like ICO, recognize that not everyone wants the kind of experience that game offers.

That's not to say I won't try anyway: I'm buying the ICO/SotC collection as a Xmas present for every PS3 owner I know.

#92 Azuvidexus

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 02:19 PM

Reading the ICO comments (I get bored easily of games, and it seems that ICO and the other game that comes in the pack are not really an action-type genre, more like adventure), I guess I'll just hold and wait for Black Friday or some other day to get Uncharted, maaybe sometime GoW pack as well.

#93 strait edge follower

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

Ive never played either team ico game before so i cant wait to play them both as they seem like a great experience !. I bet those people complaining about ico being one giant escort mission loved resident evil 4.
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#94 JSD

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 04:37 PM

Really tempted to pick up the GoW bundle and the Ico/SotC bundle ... I will try to wait until they drop a little closer to $20 each though. Pretty good deal all around though!

#95 pharmacrest

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:34 PM

maybe i'm in the minority here. But I don't understand why everyone's paying 30 bucks to play shadow of the colossus.

game was boring as hell for me. All you do is ride your horse following a beam of light for like 20 minutes until you finally reach the boss. Then you scale the boss and stab its weak point a few times. rinse/repeat.

the game barely has a story and there is almost no dialogue.

I think people are afraid to give that game a negative review for some reason.


From what I heard ICO is even more boring to play - one reviewer called it "one giant escort mission."

I can't see myself ever buying them.


I actually played both Ico and SOTC back on the PS2 and I turned Ico off after the first half hour. It was so frickin' boring dragging that seemingly helpless chick along with you everywhere. But I had a blast playing SOTC, albeit it IS exactly as you said. You follow the beam of light to the colossi, stab the weak spots(which are glowing and thus clearly defined for you:roll:), rinse and repeat till done. There are some lil lizards or something scurrying around in the sand/dirt in the vast expanses between the monsters you kill that you can kill as well, but I believe that SOTC(and Ico) are both supposed to be 'showcase' games where you play for the experience and to go oohhhh and ahhhh at the purdy environments.

FYI: I'm pretty sure that copy of Uncharted 2 in the two pack is the GOTY edition and that comes with a voucher for mp shit/DLC stuff that you could likely resell to make this deal a lil sweeter/cheaper.


Reading the ICO comments (I get bored easily of games, and it seems that ICO and the other game that comes in the pack are not really an action-type genre, more like adventure), I guess I'll just hold and wait for Black Friday or some other day to get Uncharted, maaybe sometime GoW pack as well.


I HATE escort missions of any kind, yet LOVED Ico when it came out. Having said that I was much younger and had more time to play games. Now I like to breeze through games more and not have to think as much. I still bought this collection as I loved the games and will try them out again, but even I am getting worried I may be bored with them now. Its just all about perspective and where we are in our "gaming career" if you will.

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#96 FerDK

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 09:15 PM

maybe i'm in the minority here. But I don't understand why everyone's paying 30 bucks to play shadow of the colossus.

game was boring as hell for me. All you do is ride your horse following a beam of light for like 20 minutes until you finally reach the boss. Then you scale the boss and stab its weak point a few times. rinse/repeat.

the game barely has a story and there is almost no dialogue.

I think people are afraid to give that game a negative review for some reason.


^There, that´s why!!!
IMHO Shadow of The Colossus is one of the best games of the last gen.
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#97 xraytd

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 10:40 PM

anyone know what happens when your order splits due to OOS?
do they split the -$20 when they charge for the shipped item only?


Yes, they split the -$20 so you get -$10 deducted from each item when it ships.

#98 heraymo1

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:09 PM

i got both ico and unchated dual packs from amazon.

#99 JP73

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:16 PM

Hmm, this deal is actually close to the Best Buy deal. 60 dollars for 2, no tax, free shipping compared to 50 dollars, state sales tax(3.50 for me) and whatever your gas costs and however you value your time to make the trip. The difference is pretty minimal.