I feel that to be a hero, you need some kind of partner… If the main character were by himself, it would be really sad, but the horse is there with him, and as they work together, a strong relationship develops between them. Continue reading The Design of Companionship
You know that the story in front of you is not your own, that you are merely being invited to see it as the main character did. But you still get the overwhelming feeling that the booming Deity is living and breathing and speaking to you. It makes you feel unsettled and, at times, desperate. These are the best moments in Ueda’s games. Continue reading When Thunder Comes
The Colossus then walked straight into a column of the great Bridge; it stopped, hesitated, and tried gingerly turning around. This beast wasn’t ferocious at all! But I had to kill it. Dismounting and drawing my bow, I ran up and stood right in front of its feet. Continue reading Giants Walk the Earth: A Look at ‘Shadow of the Colossus’
Ueda’s games have a rather unique feel. They are characterized by a small cast, strong but minimalist storytelling, atmospheric use of bloom and HDR lighting, a soundtrack that plays only during key sequences, fictional spoken languages, and a distinctive art style. Continue reading What is TeamICO?
The audio has been remastered, additional strings and brass added, chorus re-balanced, and percussion brought forward. A new track “43 Medley: Prayer-Hope” was composed specially for this version. Continue reading A Majestic World: The Soundtracks of Fumito Ueda