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    Extremely overrated

    I get it, 12 years ago the big castle would've been epic and the escort style gameplay wasn't annoying and boring since back then people weren't spoiled but today? How is this game a 9-10 out of 10?! People talk about how the castle is a character by itself and the relationship, blah blah. It's all sounds like nostalgia to me. This game is boring due to several reasons. Bland environments; fair enough the castle has it's atmosphere but after 2 hours you notice, there's nothing more than just another set of bricks, maybe some grass. Boring and lousy gameplay; Maybe tolerable, perhaps even decent back when it came out but today it is just boring and plain bad. I get it, it's not about swinging a club at shadows. But since the game throws a lot of shadows at you, it becomes a big part of the game.

    I don't get why the game must separate the player from the girl when she'll just get attacked by shadows as soon as you leave. And you can't hurry back because the game will give you a "cutscene" of her whimpering.

    I envy you people that enjoy this game, but I don't see how someone can think it's a good game provided you have no nostalgia for it.

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    I guess it's the sentiment, for people who didn't play it before it just sucks.
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    yeah i played it when it first came out and loved it, and thought it was gorgeous.

    the whole point in HD classics, is they're "classics" which we get to enjoy again, but comparing it to games that came out this generation is just silly.

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    Not comparing it to today's games. I just can't enjoy the game. Forcing me to use it's bullshit combo against 3 shadows in a bad camera view. I'm prolly giving this up. CBa spend another 6 hours on this.

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    Now imagine beating the game in under two hours,

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    Well with any "classic" being brought back of course there's some amount of nostalgia in play, but I think your over analyzing somethings about it and simply playing a game that's not your thing, for example I just got done playing Flower awhile back... it was a beautiful and cleaver game... but I didn't find it to be particularly fun, but many have. You can't harp on the technical limatations of the game after all, that would be like saying The Legend of Zelda was an awful game because it's not like Orcania of Time or Twilight Princess. The castle is a gorgous and beautiful design, I do understand that it's also somewhat bland at times, but well like all art, you either get it... or you don't and that's not bad just means it's time to move on, the massiveness of the enviorment and the design of the game and levels was incredible for it's time you got to remember this was one of the first games on the PS2 before anyone really knew what it was capable of, and even though video games are capable of so much more these days, a well designed game will always be a fun and well made game. As far as the combat limatations go, you said it yourself, the actual combat isn't the focus, your suppose to be focusing on saving the girl and despratly trying to get at her when she's in danger, not thinking about what combo your going to use to kick the shadows ass. Your suppose to grow closer and feel more protective of the girl as the game goes on... that's why they have all the hand holding and helping her up gently when she falls and stumbles and such, that was the game designers intent, obviously it didn't work for you, you saw it as one giant escort mission it seems instead of just playing the game, that's kinda like going to the Grand Canyon and saying it's just a big ditch your not wrong... but your not looking at it in the right light either. Having said all this in favor of the game and I do and did love the game when it first game out, I bought the game maybe no less then a few months after it's initial release, even I when I finished playing it said.... "That's it?!" It's far from the "perfect game" but it is a beautiful game in it's own right, I think you just didn't sit down and simply immerse yourself in it, and it proabably wasent your thing either That's my theory anyways

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    Obviously it wasn't my thing, I did try with it however. I do like the mysterious castle, confusion and quiet relationships. But well it just didn't click with me. Deleting the game tomorrow, this rant was provoked by the girl getting dragged down again because I was apparently to far away and the camera kept f***ing me over again and again.

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    Walle, I take it you quit this game with only a few trophies left for plat?

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    Well at least u ve tried and now u know what's ICO exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by xEl_Cidx View Post
    Walle, I take it you quit this game with only a few trophies left for plat?
    Well the game only has a few trophies in total so yes. Unfortunately they all require 2/3 playthroughs. I'm having trouble finishing my first.

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    Walle, I have the game but have yet to play it, so now I got an idea of what to expect from it!

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    I started the game months ago and I still haven't finished it... not my cup of tea, a lot of times I don't see where the fun is.


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