Ico's original debut saw a cult classic get overlooked by many gamers, while Shadow of the Colossus pushed the PlayStation 2 well past its limits near the end of the console's lifetime. But thankfully, the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection brings some new life to both games. Each adventure, now in glorious HD, gets the proper tribute it deserves on the PS3 hardware, and not a moment too soon--they're just as brilliant as they were years ago.
In Ico, you play the role of a young boy cursed with horns on his head, banished from his village thanks to a cruel ritual. Left alone in an immense castle to die, Ico escapes his bonds and meets Yorda, a mysterious girl with magical powers that can open the various barriers within the castle. What follows is the ultimate escort mission, as you must guide Yorda over dangerous obstacles and through hordes of shadowy enemies in order to escape the dark -- she can't defend herself, and without her, you're sunk.
Shadow of the Colossus, however, is both similar, and yet, the polar opposite -- playing as a young man called Wander, the entire game consists of boss battles with titanic creatures called the Colossi. Armed with only a bow, a magical sword, and your trusty horse, the game makes each boss battle a puzzle, as you must mount, climb, and slay each giant without losing your footing and getting crushed. Although the world is devoid of anything but Wander and the Colossi, it's still somehow rich with life and beautifully rendered.