My Connection with Team Ico and genDESIGN
On July 1st, 2016, I decided to buy The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection (both games were remastered in high definition) for the PlayStation 3. Over the years, I’ve heard about how Team Ico’s games have been hailed as some of the best video games ever made by fans and critics.
When I finished both games in their entirety, I understood why fans hold these games up to such high standards. Team Ico’s games are different because they are unique, artistic and offer emotional experiences.
Team Ico’s characters don’t have a lot of dialogue, but rely more on the characters’ motivations and actions to tell their story, which in my opinion is more powerful to me as a player.
The last game Team Ico released was “Shadow of the Colossus,” which was released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2.
Their next game “The Last Guardian” was announced in 2007, but went through an almost 10 year in the making development process due to delays, company name change from Team Ico to genDESIGN and a console change (The Last Guardian was supposed to be released on the PlayStation 3).
Buying The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection this year (2016) worked out perfectly for me because both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus games were still new experiences for me and it was an easy transition to play “The Last Guardian,” which was released Dec. 6, 2016 for the PlayStation 4.
I instantly became a fan of this video game developer after completing The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection. The Last Guardian was an amazing experience and fits perfectly with previous games.
I’m glad Sony realized how important it was for The Last Guardian to be released because it was a different experience that the video game industry needed.
I will forever be a fan of whatever Lead Designer and Director Fumito Udea and his development team releases in the future, and I’m excited to see what is next by genDESIGN.
To find out more about my experience with The Last Guardian, click here: The Last Guardian: A Tale of Boy and Beast