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  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Shadow Of The Colossus

    For over a month now, Game Informer has been taking a look back at the video game industry's most important titles. Dubbed the Essentials, these games aren't just a ton of fun: Their quality, innovation, and industry influence make them must-play experiences for anyone who wants a greater appreciation... More
  • Blog Post: The Last Of Us Leads Geek Out Over Creators Of Ico And Resident Evil

    When visiting game studios during our cover story visits, one constant refrain is developers citing the influence of Ico on their concept of game design. We've spoken with David Cage about it in the past, and Naughty Dog's game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann discussed... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Ico

    Ico is one of the titles most commonly used in the "games as art" debate, but regardless of your opinion on that issue, you can appreciate this mysterious and charming adventure. What starts as a simple puzzle game evolves into a memorable journey unlike anything else in gaming. You control... More
  • Blog Post: Can Assassin's Creed Unity Pull Off A Love Story?

    We've already focused on the new gameplay that can be found in Assassin's Creed Unity , but for last week we wanted to highlight the game's story. You can learn much more about the characters of Arno and Elise in our dedicated profiles that we posted. While visiting Ubisoft Montreal for our... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Climbing To The Top Of The Tower In Shadow Of The Colossus

    Shadow of the Colossus released when I was in college and it commanded the attention of everyone both in and nearby my dorm room. I brought Shadow of the Colossus to the dorm shortly after release, and everybody was intrigued by it. People would come by to watch me play, putting off plans and classes... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – The Bridge Scene In Ico

    Ico begins with a young boy (presumably named Ico; the game never says it explicitly) being exiled into a castle for reasons that are never explained. The boy finds a pale, ethereal-looking girl named Yorda locked in a cage, again, for unexplained reasons. You free the girl and try to escape together... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Ico

    Few titles in recent memory are as revered as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. With gorgeous visuals, striking atmospheres, and solid gameplay, they're both considered classics of the PS2 era for good reason. We may be a ways away from hearing concrete information about Team Ico's next title,... More
  • Blog Post: Traditional Wisdom: Mark Cerny And The Allure Of Japan

    While it didn't make the cut for the longer video interview covering Mark Cerny's career , I wanted to share this clip of Mark Cerny discussing his time in Japan. As the system architect for the PlayStation 4 and creative director on Knack , Mark Cerny's career in the gaming industry has... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

    Josef Fares never made a video game before Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, but you wouldn’t know that by playing the game. It feels like the veteran effort from a designer with a story that he is determined to tell. Fares’ history is in filmmaking, but he has always been fascinated by interactive... More
  • Blog Post: David Cage On Self-Doubt And Admiring Team Ico

    Whenever people talk about storytelling in games, the name David Cage isn't far away. As the director of Heavy Rain and the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls, Cage has spoken at length about the power of interactive stories and the need to advance the maturity of the medium. We sat down with him recently... More
  • Blog Post: Minimalism Done Right

    Some of the most memorable titles in gaming are the ones developers strip down to the core. Even with simplistic control schemes and less emphasis on polygon counts, minimalistic games provide the type of experience that stick with you long after you put down the controller. Here are a few titles that... More
  • Blog Post: Awesome Games You Can Beat In A Day

    True gamers turn to their favorite pastime whenever presented with a day off from school or work. Sure, you could fire up your favorite FPS and grind a few ranks online or gain a few levels in your favorite RPG, but wouldn’t you rather experience a game in its entirety? We here at Game Informer... More
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