Shadow of the Colossus was my first Fumito Ueda game and having finally finished Ico, it will remain my favorite game of his as well. I never played Ico before the HD release because back in the early 2000’s, I was less willing to experiment with games. I knew so little about it and that hideous cover did not help its appeal either. I was also a primarily a PC player at the time.
I found Ico had a handful of flaws that kept it from resonating with me. The animation and finicky controls around ledges constantly reminded me that it was from 2001. It wasn’t an unplayable game by any means but those regular reminders were detracting from the experience.