Playing as a young boy named ICO, the goal in the game is to help a princess escape a huge castle. You see, Yorda’s mother is the queen of the castle and she wants to sacrifice Yorda to extend her own life by using Yorda’s soul –how selfish.
ICO, being a very friendly horned boy, helps her escape the clutches of the queen and the shadowy creatures that attempt to hold them back.
Just like in A Plague Tale: Innocence, most of the game is spent holding her hand in an epic escort mission that requires both of them to solve puzzles and get around obstacles.
Yorda can’t attack enemies herself, but ICO can use his weapon to protect her from the monsters. It’s very important to keep her away from danger because as soon as any of the shadowy entities touch her, she becomes engulfed in darkness, causing the game over screen to appear.
ICO is often praised for its unique graphical style, sound design, and environmental puzzle-solving, later becoming an influence for Fumito Ueda’s next game, Shadow of the Colossus.
If you loved the linear narrative that A Plague Tale: Innocence has to offer, then going back and checking out ICO might be the smart thing to do. You can play it right now by using the PlayStation Now streaming service or by playing the HD remaster on the PS3.