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User Info: funkadelius

funkadelius
1 year ago#1
Start from the last save point in Chapter 1 and go through the courtyard, cemetery, and windmill areas. There's a save point near the windmill, which marks the end of this chapter.

Share your thoughts, feelings, observations, etc.

This week's question has more to do with the pacing of this GP, so your answer will have an impact on how the rest of the game is divided up.

The next two sections, Symmetry and Water & Wood are rather brief, is it ok if I combine them in the next chapter?
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User Info: gamemaster712

gamemaster712
1 year ago#2
Combine them man.
It’s all pretty short.
On my second run I finished with just about 3 hours.
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User Info: funkadelius

funkadelius
1 year ago#3
@gamemaster712 yeah, looking back, I think I should have just split the game into two halves instead of chapters like this. There's not really a whole lot to talk about with ICO. Guess that's something to keep in mind for future GPs.

Well, I finished the section. Like I said, there's not much to say. The appearance of the queen was a bit of a surprise and it's interesting that she can speak Ico's language. The windmill was a cool idea and I appreciated the pool of water the devs conveniently placed under the spot you have to jump from to catch the blade.

Yorda's AI has its quirks, but it's very good, especially considering the age of this game. As someone whose suffered though more than his fair share of escort missions in MMOs, I would add that ICO would probably have been unplayable had they not made sure her AI was on point.
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Cardamomok
1 year ago#4
This is more or less the part where I dropped the game the first time: I kept misinterpreting what it wanted me to do, but this time I didn't get stuck anywhere for long. Maybe it's just because I vaguely remember how to progress.

I'm still having trouble with combat (didn't expect to face that many shadows at once) but it's nothing impossible so far. Plus I'm curious to see where the story goes now that the queen has been introduced.

Something I've noticed is that even though the language is fictional, some of what the boy says sound strangely similar to Japanese - like "koko!" ("here"!) when calling Yorda or "daijoubu?" ("are you all right?") while approaching her in a cutscene. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can confitm/refute?

Also I'm liking the castle's architecture, particularly the big empty spaces and sober colours, which enhance the feeling of loneliness in contrast to the relief of having a travelling companion.

The next part should be uncharted territory for me, so I'm looking forward to that.

funkadelius posted...
The next two sections, Symmetry and Water & Wood are rather brief, is it ok if I combine them in the next chapter?


My vote is yes. If it amounts to a couple hours I don't think it's too demanding, and would probably benefit the pacing.

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gamemaster712
1 year ago#5
My first clear was only about 5 hours...
Without being stuck too much because I just said screw it. YouTube was the dope
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funkadelius
1 year ago#6
@Cardamomok I was also curious about what Ico was saying. Koko seems like a likely possibility.

The combat is very derpy for lack of a better word. I usually try to swat at the shadows as they swarm Yorda, then combo a single enemy. By then the shadows will have started mobbing her again and I just repeat the process. You can use their habbit of grabbing Yorda to get cheap hits in, just be careful with the flying shadows.
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gamemaster712
11 months ago#7
I can’t stress this enough btw...

You must have yorda in order to save...

Btw safe often... helps a lot because of crappy checkpoint system
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User Info: Ajogamer

Ajogamer
11 months ago#8
I'm unsure if I'll get to finishing this chapter before Wednesday or not (if not, I'll just double up, so no worries), but just wanted to say that I'm also fine with the next 2 chapters being combined, especially if they're shorter ones. Chapter 1 only took me something like 40 minutes, so it actually felt a little short to me. I wasn't sure if that one was a bit shorter due to being the intro chapter (so there was still plenty to talk about, along with the need to get our bearings), but if the next two are similar length or shorter, I'd definitely say to combine them.

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fatbaldguy0
11 months ago#9
Hey guys, just chiming in here to let you know that work has been crazy, so I've not been able to jump on share my impressions with you all just yet. However, I plan on catching up during this next session.

In fact, I had a crazy idea that I mentioned in another thread and just wondering if anyone else would be interested in me doing this...

I'm thinking of broadcasting my playthrough this Saturday night. I could even archive the GP sections for rewatching.

Normally, I'd just do this, but I'm checking here to see if there's any interest in because it means I'll have to find my capture card and set up a streaming box. But, I think it could be fun!

If no one cares, then I'll just catch up on the GP myself. Either way! :)
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gamemaster712
11 months ago#10
@fatbaldguy0
Sure I’ll give it a watch...
No commentary pretty please?
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