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All Articles: The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Well kiddies, it’s about that time… time to bid a fond farewell to the seventh generation of our favorite hobby. And what a generation it was! Lasting longer than any console cycle before it, this generation brought more than just some amazing titles. The console has become an all-in-one entertainment hub, as opposed to being “just a gaming system.” From apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus to the advent of motion control and the renaissance of indie games, there hasn’t been a better time to be a gamer. We have come so far in these past eight years, and the future looks brighter than ever.
As we play our Wii Us, and eagerly anticipate Microsoft and Sony’s consoles with bated breath, I feel it’s prudent to take a look back at this generation and discuss some of my favorite video games. Titles that left a lasting impression on us. Titles that will forever live in our collective memories as some of the most enjoyable experiences we’ve ever had.
Since there are so many amazing games, I’ve decided to list my favorites based on genre. In this article, I’m going to go with a new genre that emerged this generation: HD remakes. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, HD remakes helped older gamers relive fond memories, and gave a beautiful history lesson to people who recently discovered this hobby. Here are my favorite HD remakes of this generation. (more…)
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection is something many gamers have anticipated for a long time. Hardcore fans of the series and those who never had a chance to play these two masterpieces were equally excited at the opportunity to play the games remastered and in high definition. The highly awaited Blu-ray disc also includes some bonus features, including the ability to play the game in full stereoscopic 3D. It’s a perfect package, with enough here to fill the appetite of nearly any gamer. (more…)
A soccer showdown highlights this week’s batch of new games as EA plans to release FIFA Soccer 12 on nearly every platform imaginable (3DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360) while Konami brings Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
But the biggest new release this week has nothing to do with the beautiful game… well it is a collection of beautiful games, that’s for sure. I speak, of course, of The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection. Two of the greatest and most acclaimed games of all-time have been remastered in high definition and are now finally available on the PS3. Oh, and speaking of HD remakes, Ubisoft is bringing Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Trilogy to the PS3 as well.
Check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)
If it already wasn’t awesome enough that two of the greatest PS2 games are being remade in splendid high def, Sony and Team Ico decided to sweeten the pot with some bonus content right there on the disc. September 27 is going to be a great day.
When you get your copy of the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection for a bargain $40, you will be treated to a code for two XMB dynamic themes (one for each game) as well as a host of video content squeezed in right there beside both games on one Blu-ray disc. This includes an extended look at the upcoming The Last Guardian.
This remastered collection will give people a chance to play two amazing games that may have slipped under their radar. How can they fit so much awesome on one disc?!
We already heard about Monster Hunter and Peace Walker coming to PlayStation 3 in high definition. Now, SCEA President & CEO Jack Tretton has confirmed the release date for two other highly anticipated PSP Collections. Both God of War: Origins Collection (compiling the formerly PSP-exclusive Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta) as well as the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection will release in September for PS3.
Many were worried once Ico & Shadow was delayed with an unspecified new release date, but it doesn’t seem like we’ll have to wait long.
While it’s no surprise that the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection and The Last Guardian have both been delayed, it certainly is a disappointment to have the delay made official. According to the PlayStation Blog, both games have been bumped from their expected launch dates – Spring ’11 for the Collection and Holiday ’11 for The Last Guardian. Fumito Ueda cited the postponement as needing more time “to provide more challenging and better quality of content to users and to fulfill First Party Studio’s obligations.” He also apologizes and begs for our patience, adding that “all the members of my production team are working together at a fast pace to develop and release the game in First Party Studio quality.”
As I said, I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am disappointed. I’ve had the Team Ico Collection pre-ordered since it was announced, and I was really looking forward to replaying both games with all the added features. Here’s hoping that will at least be released in time for the holidays.