I still remember playing ICO and loving every minute of it, even if it was frustrating. The whole experience was amazing because of its non-intrusive storytelling without voice acting and text, and the references to that platformer about a boy trying to find his way around are obvious, although it’s a different story this time (and a completely different, non-Japanese developer), involving a young boy who wakes up on a mysterious island after a storm and follows a fox that leads him to a high tower amid strange ruins.
While ICO relied on pushing blocks and jumping around, the platforming elements make way for a more cerebral approach, including sound, light and shadow projection as well as time manipulation. Diving deeper into the island’s background story is done by finding collectibles and other secrets. But unlike other recent games like Yooka-Laylee, this is a more complex and contemplative affair. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic (hopefully running on my PC) and might just be what The Last Guardian promised but didn’t deliver. Taking inspiration from literature like The Little Prince (not a big fan of this one), the films of Studio Ghibli (big fan of the company) and Ray Harryhausen (also liking this one), this is certainly a unique title visually.
The game is now available on PC and consoles (the Nintendo Switch version coming soon), with a 10% discount that lasts until June 23, 1PM UTC.
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the PSN store
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the Xbox store
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