After much rampant speculation, it looks like ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, two stone-cold classic PlayStation 2 games, will be getting a high-definition makeover and for a release on PlayStation 3. In a word: YESSSJKGHJKGJGFJ.
In June, Sony heavily hinted it was ready to bundle these two gems in a hi-def package for the PS3. Over the weekend a listing appeared on Walmart’s site for “ICO / Shadow of the Colossus“, and a “source” has since informed Eurogamer that the title will release in April, for around $40 / £25. Basically, this is totally happening.
Why should this be exciting?
Well firstly, both games are flippin’ great – so great they BOTH featured in my top 10 PS2 games of all time. ICO has players trying to escape a huge, maze-like castle with a young girl in hand and, nine years on, virtually no other game can match it for atmosphere; it drips with the stuff. Shadow of the Colossus, meanwhile, has you fighting monsters the size of skyscrapers, scaling their hairy hides and stabbing them in strategic weak spots. “Epic” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Check it out:
See? EPIC. Secondly, even though it was a remarkable achievement on the PS2, Shadow of the Colossus‘s frame-rate did always look like a tad jittery. With the added grunt of the PS3, you’ll be fighting six hundred meter flying serpents (seriously) at 60 frames per second.