First released in 2001 by Team Ico, Ico is an action-adventure game thats actually a puzzle-platformer thats actually the video game equivalent of a mood piece. It was specifically designed in such a way as to distance itself from its contemporaries due to the bad image video games had at the time. Lead designer and director Fumito Ueda accomplished this through what he dubbed subtracting design: the reduction or removal of game-y elements that would interfere with story and setting. Things like any sort of HUD or interface, enemy variety, and mechanical complexity were all either stripped down or removed in order to make things as immersive as possible.
The game is called a cult classic and is often cited as an example when are games art comes up. It flew largely under the radar in North America in the face of the big names and bombast of 2001 (and also atrocious North American cover art). But nowadays its minimalistic design and use of quiet, intimate set-pieces are so well-appreciated that many consider it one of the best video games in history. It was also one of, if not the, first video games ever to use bloom lighting effect and key frame animation. In 2011 it received an HD rerelease with its prequel Shadow of the Colossus on the PS3, which is the version Ill be showing off.
About the LP
This is one of those games that really speaks for itself, so Ill do my best to let it do so; commentary will be kept to a minimum and Ill keep my voice low so as to not be too intrusive. Ill also be showing off all the secrets and surprises the game has to offer.
In terms of spoilers: not counting the opening cutscene, the game has 5 plot moments; like I said, its very minimalist. Feel free to discuss any of the set-pieces, but if you talk about any of the moments, wrap them in spoiler tags.
|Episode 1 - Coffins & Cages||YouTube|
|Episode 2 - Boxes & Bridges||YouTube|
|Episode 3 - Moms & Mad Dashes||YouTube|
|Episode 4 - Crates & Contraptions||YouTube|
|Episode 5 - Swords & Sorcery||YouTube|
|Episode 6 - Widgets & Waterfalls||YouTube|
|Episode 7 - Beatings & Bombings||YouTube|
|Episode 8 - Bolts & Breakdowns||YouTube|
|Episode 9 - Leaps & Lightning||YouTube|
|Episode 10 - Waves & Wreckage||YouTube|
|Episode 11 - Collections & Collaborations||YouTube|
|Episode 12 - Mumblings & Melons||YouTube|
|Ico - Walking in the Footsteps of Giants||YouTube|
|Ico - Prototype and Concept Video||YouTube|
|Ico - Walking With Giants: A Candid Talk with the Visionaries Behind the Games (Finale)||YouTube|