I am contributor IphisAria from the TeamICO Wiki and this is my blog. Here I showcase games made by Fumito Ueda, creator and head of TeamICO and GenDESIGN.
For those who don’t know what they are, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian are PlayStation titles released through Sony’s JapanStudio. Each are characterized by a very 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. Click here to read my post “What is TeamICO?”
Prologue sequence from Shadow of the Colossus. Music by Kō Ōtani.
The centerpiece of my blog is the page Plot of Shadow – A Thorough Explanation. Time and time again I scoured the internet in hopes of finding a theory deep enough to encompass every last detail of the story. As I did not find it out there, I decided to create one of my own. Plot of Shadow is thus the culmination of several years worth of studying the tale. Every element including dialogue, sound effects, cut-scenes, character design, and changes in the Land and sky, are scrutinized.
A second point of interest is my Internet Database, a resource containing over 350 entries. Media includes: blog posts, articles, reviews, videos, interviews, FAQs and forums.
Lastly, there is Sheet Music for those who are interested. Current arrangements include solo pieces for flute, as well as 2-part and 3-part compositions for piano, flute and violin.
How far can I read without running into spoilers? ~ Good question! As there is no substitute for experiencing the games themselves, I have written each topic as a brief introduction, just as they would be introduced in an official website. Plot Explained pages and individual posts are the only exceptions. Avoid them if you don’t want spoilers.
All PlayStation4 screenshots (including header images) are solely my work. PlayStation3 and PlayStation2 images sourced from user uploads in the TeamICO FANDOM Wiki. Japanese header images sourced from Playstation-Japan’s official websites for ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian.