The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection has been years in the making, and it’s something we’ve wanted to see ever since Shadow of the Colossus overtaxed our aging PS2s in 2005. Of course, games have gone through a lot of changes since then – but in the intervening years, the industry still hasn’t really produced anything quite like Ico or Shadow of the Colossus. In HD or otherwise, the games still stand as easily recommended must-plays, whether you’re a newcomer or a fan clinging to nostalgia-clouded memories. And the collection, if nothing else, is the best they’ve ever looked, even going so far as to add slick 3D visuals for those with the TVs to support it.
The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus collection takes two of the greatest games of all time and somehow makes them even more beautiful. While both of these games fall under the category of “used to be underrated but got featured on so many ‘underrated games’ lists that now everybody knows them so they can’t be underrated,” these games still deserve more attention than they get. Ico is an adventure featuring a young boy guiding a young lady through a massive, empty castle in one of the most atmospheric and artful games ever conceived.
Support has been added for the God of War Collection, which includes the classic God of War and God of War II in HD, and the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, with support for both thumbsticks and a new control system allowing players to map the R2 and L2 buttons to the rear touchpad. Both titles will run on the PS Vita's 5" OLED screen, and you won't even need to have your TV on to play them.
Today on preGame we've got an early look at Rage, hitting consoles and PC on October 4. Then we'll battle a giant colossus in our demo of the PS2 HD reboot for PlayStation 3, Shadow of the Colossus. Shadow makes up one half of the highly anticipated rerelease, the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection. For CNET's full take on the game, check out our review .