Shadow of the Colossus

released on Feb 06, 2018

Tales speak of an ancient land where creatures the size of mountains, roam the majestic landscape. Bound to the land, these creatures hold a key to a mystical power of revival - a power you must obtain to waken a loved one.

Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With your trusty horse at your side, explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. Armed with your wits, a sword and a bow, use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth.

A remake of the critically-claimed game of the same title. Also from the minds that brought you The Last Guardian & ICO

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I have played through SOTC three times now; the original game on PS2, the remaster on PS3, and the remake on PS4. I have enjoyed each play though of the game, but this last remake definitely improved the game in a lot of ways - primarily with the visuals, the the gameplay was enhanced as well. This was a truly stunning game on the PS4! I thoroughly enjoyed my time it (with the exception of the final boss). I would say it is not a perfect game, but it is a one of a kind title for sure. Glad that I checked it out again on the PS4.

🎮 Platform: PS5
⌚ Time played - 8h
⭐Score: 4/5
🏆Trophy completion - Game requires multiple play throughs and time trials. I generally don't try to plat such games.
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I never got to play this on the ps2 and went straight to remaster in ps5. I can only imagine that when this came out on ps2 it was unlike anything at that time. i wonder if god of war got inspiration from this because the only other game i played where you are scaling gigantic beasts is GOW.
Overall it was a fun game and I really enjoyed it. The boss battles are tense not because you are getting your ass beat, but because of the mechanics of having to crawl and grab large areas of fur clinging on to dear life while the beast tries to get you off. How to defeat each boss is a puzzle. Most are pretty intuitive once you think about it which I appreciated. There are some obscure ones but the clues they give help alot.
Music is great, tense, and immersive. The world is beautiful too as you traverse it.
The controls are clunky but i didn't have too much trouble with it. The camera unnecessarily pans also didn't bother me. I know for others these were show stoppers.
Definitely experience this game. Meet the different and varied colossi that show up. Leave thinking about the touching and simple story. The game has this fine balance of telling you just enough but not everything to leave you with a sense of fulfillment yet wonderment. Its really interesting how they did that.

Jank physics, but awesome boss battles that make you feel like the most epic badass when you take them down

Beautiful graphics, great music, amazing game.

Shamefully misses the point of the original by ruining its art direction, putting visual fidelity over playability, and adding [spits on ground] meaningless collectibles.