Ico (PS2)

Ico (PS2)

Gnngh! Although it looks amazing, and the puzzles are great, some of it is far too frustrating to be fun. For example, today I reached a waterfall, and there’s a door which is locked. Ico can scale a wall and climb over, but Yorda can’t, so Ico has to find a way to open the door. So I left Yorda, wandered round looking for a switch, and got so far from her she got nabbed by shadow thingies and Game Over.

So I tried again, and found a switch just the other side of the door hiding off-camera.

It is also annoying that sometimes you can go miles from Yorda and she’s fine, and other times you just leave her in one room, then seconds into the next room she’s been kidnapped. And you have no way of knowing if she’ll be safe or not, or how long for, or how far you can go.

Also at the waterfall, there’s a chain you have to jump onto, but the camera means you can’t judge when you’re in line with it, so you invariably fall to your death. And have to go back miles and try again. And again. And again. Seriously – my saved game progressed from 4 hours to 5 hours today, but I played for more than two hours. ANNOYING.

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