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Game music of the day: ICO

Game: ICO

Song: You Were There

Composer: Michiru Oshima, Koicih Yamazaki, Steven Geraghty

       
Above: You Were There from ICO

Truly one of the PS2's most brilliant titles, ICO has gone on to become one of the most adored adventure games of all time. The heady puzzles, dreamlike visuals and tangible bond between cursed Ico and the ghostly Yorda would be standout features in any other game - to have them all in one, plus a stirring, subdued soundtrack, is a once-in-a-generation event.

The above music plays during the ending, which you can watch here. Ico, who had literally led Yorda around by the hand for most of the game, now lays battered and weakened. In a touching reversal, Yorda must now carry him out of the crumbling castle, repaying him for the constant peril he endured while protecting her from the tyrannical Queen. Already a memorable sequence, made even better by this song.

Up next is "Heal," which plays while you save your game. It's an extremely quick and almost inaudible tune, but no less emotional. Something about it cuts right through all the jaded moments of your teen or adult years and really makes you feel the connection between Ico and Yorda. I... I think I have something in all of my eyes...

And then here's a badassss remix of Heal from SuperGreenX, also found on OverClocked ReMix. I love this just as much as the original song, so enjoy it with maximum feeling.

 

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24 comments

  • talkraider - January 30, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    I haven't even played the game and these songs made me cry
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 5, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    I always found Shadow of the Collosus a better game with a better score, but Ico was more beutifal by far.
  • screwball08247 - August 2, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    Love it, that was great.
  • Clovin64 - August 1, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    Goddamit, I still havnt finished Ico, and now I no longer own the game. I must whip myself 400 times as punishment, beg Team ICO for forgivness and then buy the game off Amazon/ebay and GODDAMN FINISH IT.
  • elpurplemonkey - August 1, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    Goddammit that is a great version of Castle in the Mist that CH3BURASHKA linked to.
  • MotokoAramaki - July 31, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    Fun bit of trivia: the same person who did the music for Ico also did Fullmetal Alchemist's score.
  • SenatorPepper - July 31, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Call me Mussolini, but something about the violence of the SOtC score speaks to me on unwholesome emotional levels. But not as much as Ico's (pronounced WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEco) score. It is so very haunting. The whole thing reminds me of the song "Into the Alley" on the Japanese band Ghost's album, "Lama Rabi Rabi" (minimize your browser so as not to be distracted by the bizarre movie footage): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAwPF_3khdo Now that I think about it, they really ought to score a Team Ico game.
  • fkafl - July 31, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    ICO truly is an amazing game and listening to the music made really miss playing it. Excuse me while I go try to dig out my PS2.
  • RonaldRayGun - July 31, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Wow that was awesome. On a side note, There are still so many games I have yet to play and Iko's music is moving it the top of my list.
  • JoeMasturbaby - July 31, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    first time ive heard this music, just sent a shiver down my spine for some reason. recaptcha: dressing objection
  • WheelchairBoundCommando - July 31, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    The music in Ico was truly beautiful in every sense of the word.
  • DrSanchez - July 31, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    Ah Ico...without doubt the best game ive ever played! Was beggining to wonder whether GR had forgotten all about it, what with all the Shadow of the Collossus love that said game has been getting recently (Also a great game, but not as good as Ico in my opinion.). Good to see you have redeemed yourself with this feature. @Ampatent The correct pronounciation is E-co, but some people (Myself included) prefer to say Eye-co. It just sounds better that way.
  • philipshaw - July 31, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    One of my favorite games and soundtrack, you hit the nail on the head when you were talking about why that ending song is so great
  • bjt2012 - July 31, 2010 6:26 a.m.

    Great Song!
  • toastile - July 31, 2010 5:46 a.m.

    Yay, I was hoping this would get into GMOTD at some point. Great stuff.
  • mgkyo666 - July 31, 2010 5:29 a.m.

    Saw the article while I was listening to Save Me. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!
  • ThePrivateer - July 31, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    Castle In the Mist is possibly the greatest video game song, ever.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 31, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    A fuggin' travesty that ICO has taken this long to be featured, but you are forgiven. After discovering that OCRemix had only two paltry (but great) remixes, I hunted the Youtubes for some. I'd like to direct everyone to two of my favorite: Castle in the Mist Jam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R22LpmS-GY&feature=PlayList&p=5050F3B3102126FB&playnext=1&index=42 Girl In The White Dress http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFx58xDy-8U&playnext=1&videos=ov0Th0S4aHM I'd appreciate if these two get included in the actual article, because copy-pasting links is a limiting factor for many.
  • goochbiscuit - July 31, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    What a great finale to one of the best weeks of gmotd. It IS so good that it's stupid.
  • StickyLungs - July 30, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Awesome! Everything they make is gold. I can't wait to play The Last Guardian...

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