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Review: The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection photo
Review: The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
by Dale North

Two of the finest PlayStation 2 titles I know of were created by the same team. Both Shadow of the Colossus and Ico were crafted by the creative minds at Team Ico, a group that is slow to release games, but makes masterpieces each time. I hold both in such high regard that I've been known to force people to play them. One friend of mine in particular came to my city for a short visit not too long ago. I insisted that he play Shadow of the Colossus, and I monitored his progress throughout, clearly stating that he was forbidden from doing anything else until he completed what I consider to be one of my favorite games of all time. If he didn't love it, at least he knew better than to tell me otherwise.

Obviously I was excited to hear that both games would appear on one compilation, remastered in high definition on the PlayStation 3. My heart wants to say that the original PS2 titles were perfect, but the game critic in me knows better. While both games are still among the most expressive, artful and influential titles ever created, they had their issues. Even this die-hard fan will admit that there were hardware limitations, graphical glitches, low frame rates and some control issues. So again, news of a HD remaster for PS3 was a dream come true for me. 

Yes, a dream has come true. I said that. I think you know where this is going.

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2:15 PM on 08.28.2011

Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Link/Sonic porn, and more now in 3D

One of my favorite features of the 3DS is the ability to explore the world of mainstream media in 3D. Unfortunately, other than the still expanding Nintendo Video (which has some good stuff from college humor and few quality ...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 AM on 08.24.2011

Sony: 3DS doesn't work very well

Sony has offered some snarky commentary on the 3DS, attempting to avoid a direct assault but very clearly letting the world know what it's talking about. The attack comes by way of Mick Hocking, who expressed no surprise...

Jim Sterling



Review: 3D Classics: Urban Champion photo
Review: 3D Classics: Urban Champion
by Jonathan Holmes

A 3D update of Urban Champion? How did this happen? Here's how I think it went down...

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata (the responsible one) heads over to the house of Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto (the rambunctious one) on a bright and sunny Saturday, toting a briefcase. It's filled with notes and suggestions on all the aspects of the company that need to be assessed if Nintendo is to survive into the next era of gaming. Stuff like beefing up the online experience on Nintendo consoles, developing portable games that are competitive with smartphone games in both price and quality, creating new IP that captures the imagination of gamers brought up on Mass Effect and Halo, and a myriad of other things that gamers have been begging Nintendo to look at for years.

Cut to twelve hours later. The briefcase remains unopened. Miyamoto and Iwata are both in fuzzy pajamas, eating brownie ice cream, listening to Beatles records, lying on their bellies, staring up at a SD TV, playing old Famicom games on their original cartridges. After spending hours replaying Clu Clu Land and Gyromite, they finally hit upon Urban Champion.

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10:15 AM on 08.16.2011

Batman: Arkham City will be in 3D for PS3, 360 and PC

Warner Bros. Interactive announces today that Batman: Arkham City will be in stereoscopic 3D in all versions: PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. This means that any display that supports 3D with active-shutter glasses will be compatible w...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 08.15.2011

Gears of War 3 to support stereoscopic 3D

If you've got a 3D television, hordes of Locusts are gonna be coming right at ya' this September when Gears of War 3 ships. Epic Games has announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive will support stereoscopic 3D. "It's still fledgling technology," executive producer Rod Fergusson told Eurogamer. "It's still a niche feature. But it was something we could support, so we felt, why not?"

Nick Chester

6:30 PM on 08.10.2011

Kingdom Hearts 3D will be playable at Tokyo Game Show

I should cosplay in honor of Kingdom Hearts 3D being playable at next month's Tokyo Game Show. Keyblade, belts and all. No. Not really. Man, if I did that, I'd want to be impaled by a key blade.  Still, I'd like to check...

Dale North

7:47 PM on 08.05.2011

MotorStorm game replaces Resistance 3 in PS 3D TV bundle

Remember that PlayStation 3D display that was announced during Sony's press conference at E3 this year? They told us that the 24", $499 set bundle would come with a pair of 3D glasses, an HDMI cable, and a copy of Resistance ...

Dale North

1:45 PM on 08.04.2011

Sony: Adding 3D to games costs as low as half a percent

I wouldn't suspect that adding a 3D mode to console games would cost much, but I didn't realize it could be this low. SCEE's senior development manager Simon Benson makes it sound like adding 3D is the cheapest, easiest thing...

Dale North

3:03 PM on 08.03.2011

Iwata: Future 3DS titles may not use 3D feature at all

What I love about the Nintendo 3DS is that I have the option of shutting the 3D display off. I like to look at it for a few minutes, but then when it comes to getting into the game, the 3D slider gets pulled down. I'm more in...

Dale North

12:45 PM on 07.29.2011

Electronic Arts turns back on 3D gaming

Despite some companies going so far up 3D gaming's arse it would need a rescue team to escape, Electronic Arts isn't impressed. The publisher sees no reason to invest in the concept and will focus its efforts elsewhere. "We s...

Jim Sterling

1:45 PM on 07.22.2011

Skyrim director 'couldn't care less' about 3D gaming

Todd Howard, the main man behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has declared that he doesn't give two hoots about 3D technology, despite those who claim it to be the next big thing.  "Honestly, I couldn't care less - having...

Jim Sterling





1:45 PM on 07.21.2011

Square Enix: 3D gaming with glasses a huge problem

Publisher Square Enix has claimed that, while glasses-free 3D is a great idea, the ocular requirements that 3D consoles like the PS3 represent a "huge" problem.  "I think 3D without glasses is a win; 3D with glasses is a...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 07.07.2011

Ewww: Wii U will support 3D televisions

Got a fancy new 3D television set? I know. No one does. But the Wii U will support 3D sets. Just don't expect 3D games from Nintendo. According to a post on Joystiq, "the Wii U will support 3D televisions but Nintendo itself ...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 06.22.2011

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds to get Move, 3D support

One of my most played games ever is the PS3 title Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds. It's my go-to game when I'm not really gaming. It's my crack. And now it's getting Move support? Great! Oh, and 3D.  Famitsu says that HSG ...

Dale North

11:20 AM on 06.14.2011

Rest easy, Tetris for PSN is now playable in 3D

I bought Tetris on PlayStation Network when it launched awhile back. Don't look at me like that, I really like Tetris. Now, Electronic Arts has announced, it's getting a 3D update.  Yes, that's right, the PS3 version of ...

Nick Chester