By Samit Sarkar on Oct 07, 2013 10.07.13
The high-definition upscaled version of Shadow of the Colossus will become free to PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America as of tomorrow, Oct. 8, publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today. It is the second PS Plus game of the month, following Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Other games scheduled to join the Instant Game Collection in October include Hotline Miami and Poker Night 2. In addition, Saints Row: The Third will leave the Instant Game Collection on Oct. 15. Sony is also offering discounts to PS Plus members on a number of Activision titles, including Deadpool ($39.59 instead of $49.99), the Angry Birds Trilogy ($20.99 instead of $39.99) and the three Spyro the Dragon games from the original PlayStation for $2.99 each instead of $5.99 each. You can see the...
By Michael McWhertor on Sep 27, 2013 09.27.13
PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America will get free access to five games next month as part of their membership, including two big highlights: Team Ico's epic adventure game Shadow of the Colossus HD for PlayStation 3 and Dennaton Games' gory top-down action-shooter Hotline Miami for PS3 and PS Vita. During the month of October, Sony's Instant Game Collection will also offer Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 for PS3, side-scrolling shoot 'em up Sine Mora for PS3 and action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for PS3. (In November, if you really liked Kingdoms of Amalur, you could also pick up the sequel rights.) The roll out of that quintet of PlayStation titles hasn't been announced, so keep an eye out for release dates for each.
By Colin Campbell on Sep 13, 2013 09.13.13
Even if you have never played Ico, you've played games that have been inspired by (or lifted wholesale) its dreamy, minimalistic, heart-tugging ideals. Wired's Chris Kohler is celebrating the 12-year-old PlayStation 2 classic with a series of interviews with game designers, in a feature called "The Obscure Cult Game That's Secretly Inspiring Everything." The feature looks at how the game's design principles, and some of its particulars, are showing up again and again in modern games. One of those developers, whose work is evidently affected by Fumito Ueda's 3D exploration adventure, is Raul Rubio from Spanish studio Tequila Works, which showed a demo of its Ico-inspired Rime at Gamescom last month. "Ico is not about a boy and a girl escaping from a haunted castle or fighting shadows...
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 19, 2013 08.19.13
Best Buy is holding a PlayStation sale this week, with deals on the PlayStation Vita as well as the Greatest Hits versions of a variety of PlayStation 3 games. The PS Vita is available for $199.99. That applies to the standard Wi-Fi model, which regularly costs $249, but there's an even better deal: The launch bundle with the 3G model, which usually costs $299, is also on sale for $199.99. That bundle comes with a 3G-enabled PS Vita, an 8 GB memory card and a promo code good for 250 MB of data on the 3G network that AT&T provides for the handheld. (It also includes a code for a free PlayStation Network game, but the voucher appears to have expired in May 2012.) Best Buy is also offering a bunch of PS3 Greatest Hits titles for $14.99 each. The discounted games include Gran Turismo 5:...
By Griffin McElroy on May 15, 2013 05.15.13
The European PlayStation Plus service will have its Instant Game Collection expanded with Kingdoms of Amalur: Recknoning, Demon's Souls and more later this month, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. On May 29, European Plus members will be able to grab three (technically four) games for free: EA and 38 Studios' action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Recknoning, From Software's hardcore RPG Demon's Souls and the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection. On the same day, three games will be leaving the Collection to make room: Hitman Absolution, Joe Danger 2 and Dead or Alive 5. One week later, Rayman Origins and Coconut Dodge Revitalized, two PS Vita titles, will be added to the Instant Game Collection for European subscribers, while shmup Sine Mora will be removed.
By Samit Sarkar on May 02, 2013 05.02.13
More than seven and half years after the release of Shadow of the Colossus, a dedicated group of fanatic players is still scouring the forbidden land, searching for the hidden treasures they were perhaps never meant to find, as detailed in a Eurogamer feature. The article explores the community of Shadow of the Colossus secret-seekers, a contingent of fans who long ago moved past relatively well-known Easter eggs like the hidden garden atop the Shrine of Worship. By exploiting the game's physics, including using a technique known to the community as "Agro-launching" — having the player character, Wander, jump off his horse at the right time to fling him forward — they were able to reach areas inaccessible by traditional means. In forum threads that run for hundreds of pages, the...
By Dave Tach on Jan 15, 2013 01.15.13
Redditor foxfoxwaltz, who recently posted pictures of his homemade Shadow of the Colossus-themed hard drive enclosure, has returned with a do-it-yourself guide to creating a computer speaker enclosure based on The Last Guardian, according to a post today on Reddit. "I was mad that the choices for merchandise for these games barely existed so I made some of my own," foxfoxwaltz wrote on Reddit. "They are surprisingly easy to make, just takes soooo much time." You can head over to Reddit where he's been answering questions and accepting compliments and to Imgur to see a photographic walkthrough of the process and learn how to make your own.
By Tracey Lien on Jan 08, 2013 01.08.13
The screenwriter for the action film Hanna, Seth Lochhead, will work on Sony's film adaptation of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow of the Colossus, according to Hollywood Reporter. Canadian-born Lochhead will be working on the film with director Josh Trank, who directed Chronicle and the TV series The Kill Point, while Kevin Misher (The Scorpion King, The Interpreter) is assuming the role of producer. Sony announced that it would adapt Shadow of the Colossus into a film in 2009 with Trank signing on to direct in May 2012. No cast or release date has been announced.
By Emily Gera on Sep 03, 2012 09.03.12
The HD re-release of the classic PlayStation 2 title, Ico HD, will receive PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 Remote Play support with an upcoming patch for the game, according to a tweet from Sony's Shuhei Yoshida. After tweeting a picture of the game running on a PS Vita, Yoshida explained the patch is underway for its Remote Play functionality: "Sorry to tease you," he wrote, "I was play testing ICO HD Remote Play on PS Vita. We are almost ready with a patch. Beautiful on OLED. More info soon." The re-mastered Ico HD was initially released on last September for PlayStation 3 as part of The Team Ico Collection, which combined the remastered Ico title with Shadow of the Colossus.
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 27, 2012 08.27.12
Kenji Kaido, a producer on Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, announced today that he is no longer working at Sony Computer Entertainment. "This August I retired from SCE," he wrote on his Twitter account. "Although my plans for the future are still undecided, I will enjoy my summer vacation for a little while. Kaido joined Sony in 1997 after spending a decade at Taito. Before producing Team Ico's celebrated PlayStation 2 titles, he worked on the PlayStation titles Tomba!, Ape Escape, and Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return. We've reached out to Sony for comment on Kaido's departure. His exit comes less than a year after Team Ico game designer Fumito Ueda left Sony; Ueda is finishing The Last Guardian as a contractor, not an employee. According to Wired, Kaido was not working on The Last...