We're of the firm opinion that your time is too precious, too valuable to be spent reading a full review for a game that was already reviewed many, many years ago. What's the point of applying a score to a game that's old enough to be enrolled in the sixth grade? That's why we invented Deja Review: A quick look at the new features and relative agelessness of remade, revived and re-released games.
It would be difficult to think of two games that have so unanimously been labeled as masterpieces by gaming critics and consumers alike than Ico
and Shadow of the Colossus
. Each possesses a unique beauty possessed by (regrettably) so few other games: Ico
with its sense of childlike wonder and grand adventure, Colossus
with its abject desolation and foreboding. They're poignant, and sad, and (fortunately for Sony and Team Ico) inimitably timeless.
The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
pairs HD-remastered versions of the two titles in one tidy $40 package. Their visual revivification -- the most substantial improvement over the PS2 originals -- isn't quite as thorough as ground-up reconstruction of Halo: Anniversary
or the total reskinning of Ocarina of Time 3D
. But it's certainly enough to make these once-beautiful games even more staggering.