Twelve sequels we actually want

The world is full of crap sequels, so give us these instead.

Game needing a sequel: Ico

Original game format: PS2

Why it needs a sequel: Ico probably has the most inverse ratio of plaudits to players of any game. Released in 2001, there are very few games like it, and it's picked up superlatives by the boatload everywhere it's been reviewed. It did however, bomb horribly in terms of sales, and its artisticblend of action-adventure and co-op puzzling desperately deserves to reach a wider audience.

Now is the right trime for an Ico sequel. Despite low sales, the original game's post-release reputation has now grown to the degree that a follow-up would probably actually sell pretty respectably. Not only that, but Ico's hauntingly individualistic art style would be simply stunning in HD on the PS3. Well-implimented Sixaxis control could add a great deal of depth and immersion tothe already heavily involving game too.

What we want from a sequel: If it ever happens, we just want Team Ico to use the extra power of the PS3 to up the artistic expression and atmosphere of the game. Although it would need to keep the minimalist approach of the original, the extra horsepower could be used to great effect in creating ambience and bringing the game's environments to vivid life. Add an online co-op mode and we'd be perfectly happy.

Yep, it's as simple as that. Ico has that much going for it as it is.

What we want from a sequel: If it ever happens, we just want Team Ico to use the extra power of the PS3 to up the artistic expression and atmosphere of the game. Although it would need to keep the minimalist approach of the original, the extra horsepower could be used to great effect in creating ambience and bringing the game's environments to vivid life. Add an online co-op mode and we'd be perfectly happy.

Yep, it's as simple as that. Ico has that much going for it as it is.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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