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Shadow of the Colossus

Developer: Japan Studio Publisher: SCE
18 October 2005
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A young boy travels to a far forbidden land in order to restore the life of a girl. To do so, he is tasked by a celestial voice to slay sixteen beings known as the Colossi. Armed with only a bow and a sacred sword, he ventures throughout the expanse on horseback to fell the mighty creatures one by one.
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2005 Japan Studio SCE  
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2006 Team Ico SCE  
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XNA 7 11719 74722 2 SLUS 97472
2011 Japan Studio Bluepoint  
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JP 4 948872 730716 BCJS 30071
2018 Japan Studio SCE  
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RU 7 11719 35347 8 CUSA 08809/RSC
2018 Bluepoint Japan Studio  
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XNA 7 11719 51051 2 CUSA-08034
2018 Japan Studio Bluepoint  
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This game is the golden standard of how to develop, encourage, and sustain an emotional attachment to the characters by the player. Ignoring the truly epic gameplay, ignoring the setting, ignoring the "what the hell is going on?" questions this game never answers, at the core of this game is a love story. It's not a mushy, candy-coated love story, nor is it a overtly sexual, exaggerated kind of love that a game like Mass Effect has in spades. The love story in Shadow of the Colossus is not that.

Here it is downplayed. It's low key. It's almost in the background at times, and yet, it's front and center all the time. Alfred Hitchcock was a genius, and his supposition that character actions trump everything, including dialogue, as the single best vehicle to communicate intentions and emotions of the characters, is evidence of his genius, and Shadow of the Colossus is evidence he was right.

For behold, "The Wanderer," and fittingly enough, the game fails to communicate even the name of its main character to the player, speaks very little during the game. His relationship with the girl is explained in this game's predecessor, Ico, but the grandest thing about this game is that you do not need to play the previous game to understand their relationship.

It's clear from the outset that this girl means something to "The Wanderer". There is the cold reply by "The Wanderer" of "It does not matter," when he is told he may die by trying to revive the girl, and there are subtle hints about the nature of the setting this game takes place in being "a forbidden land," hinting that "The Wanderer" is desperate to revive her, but their relationship is most explained in cutscenes.

Case and point, immediately after vanquishing the first colossus, "The Wanderer," after regaining consciousness in the temple, rises, merely glances himself once over, then hastily moves to examine this girl. He anxiously approaches her, clearly fearing for her own safety, even though he was off waging war against a being that could easily have killed or maimed him in a glancing blow. Again, it's low-key, but how effortlessly this game communicates such a pure, unadulterated form of love between these two without dialogue, and merely on actions alone is sublime. Communicating this with words does not do it justice. You truly have to play this game to understand how impressive it is.
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5 for the atmosphere built up by stunning visuals, beautiful crumbling eerie world and great musics
0.5 for the clunkyest camera and controls ever seen in a videogame
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serious biggie


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yoitu 2023-10-05T17:15:10Z
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This is a masterpiece in terms of atmosphere, ambience, music, the construction of the world; everything basically, except the mechanics.
I am not referring to the somewhat awkward controls that, as has been mentioned, are a way for the game to reinforce your precariousness around and on top of the colossi, but the battles themselves, despite being awesome as set pieces, are very bland in terms of what you actually have to do.
They are trivially easy in the beginning, and then the difficulty ramps up just in terms of making you hold on and be patient, without there being any real element of solving some kind of puzzle that the boss poses, or finding a smart way to approach it.
What you have to do is very clear most of the time, and you only have to be patient and execute.
The artistic "contour" is so good that this still ends up being a very good game, but I don't think it should be counted among the very top masterpieces in the world of gaming.
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so so so so so so so amazing
everything from the gameplay to the story, to the music, to the mechanics, to the scenery, everything about this game is just incredible. I remember the first time I finished it I immediately started a new game again, and after that run, I did another one and another one, it's just that good of a game. And that's extremely impressive for a game that only has boss fights.

10/10
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ArchivalReviews 2023-04-28T18:51:29Z
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(written mar 4, 2018)

What a chilling sight the unfamiliar is. Foreignness is one of the sturdiest pillars of fear, the stepping stone of anxiety and intimidation, bubbling over into xenophobic hostility. The unknown is the invisible hand that guides all wars, the paradoxical motive for and deterrent of nuclear holocaust.

It would be wrong to call Shadow of the Colossus a horror game, despite the conceptual boogeyman it presents. but “unsettling” is the perfect word to describe director Fumito Ueda’s quasi-prequel of ICO. When taking control of Wander, a warrior(?) saving(??) a girl named Mono from the clutches of doom(???), the player becomes literally unable to settle into the landscape he treks. Half of the game is riding the horse, Agro, in a windy silence, letting the player think while reminding that their thoughts are all they have here. Only until Wander comes across a colossus, incomprehensible beasts born from the earth, does he find purpose, but little presence, within Ueda’s world. He leaves no mark except for the final stab in the colossal craniums; no more than a pesky insect with unrelenting venom.


When the player feels Shadow of the Colossus, they feel emptiness. Stairs and pillars are tripled in size. Feeling the pierce of a sword in mossy flesh is a rough and ugly experience. Everything about Shadow of the Colossus screams “you shouldn’t be here,” but the words fly past Wander and land on player’s ears. Riding horseback across chasms of dirt and scaling coats of colossus fur become one in the same action: a provincial rape far worse than any political pillage. This is Shadow of the Colossus‘ narrative, not meant to center around the player but to invade them. The game wouldn’t continue if not for the inky tendrils that pierce Wander’s heart.

Critics have debated the complicity players have in playing Shadow of the Colossus, but there seems to be little choice for player’s to agree or disagree with the game. I believe Shadow of the Colossus to be a story spoken through play, but spoken nonetheless. It’s a story meant to be felt around, get a sense of it’s scope, not for immersion but to read deeper into the tragedy. Even then, Shadow of the Colossus isn’t afraid to admit that, at the end of the day, it’s pretty damn cool to fight the colossi, and provides extra difficulty and time attack modes post-game; a dissonant design choice, sure, but that appreciation of design is something many games with this bleak of a tone opt out of.

Now for the meat on these once-ancient bones: Bluepoint does a remarkable job in this remake. There’s no question that this is the definitive version of Shadow of the Colossus, it looks and plays more beautifully than ever, but there’s a part of me that can’t help but feel something is lost in translation. I played the PS3 version to prepare for this remake, and I find myself almost missing the bleached muddiness, the emptiness left by a lack of rendering ability of the original. The remake adds meticulous detail to every inch of the world, but sometimes luscious scenery doesn’t quite seem to fit.

There’s much to be said about the preservation of game history, but I digress. What matters is that even when given a brand-new facelift, Shadow of the Colossus can still stand on it’s own monstrous legs as an epic tragedy told like no other.
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Essdubz Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-25T13:01:24Z
2024-02-25T13:01:24Z
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noyade Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-22T19:28:18Z
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ZachGM Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-20T21:15:44Z
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Monni_Nicola Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-19T15:34:52Z
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raiskolnikov Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-19T13:33:54Z
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hyperhaxorus ワンダと巨像 2024-02-18T17:12:43Z
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chikin Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-18T07:28:25Z
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Bjork666 Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-17T05:06:51Z
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Sir_Zebulon Shadow of the Colossus 2024-02-17T01:18:45Z
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  • Paycheck 2023-09-09 17:02:39.874641+00
    Idk I love the gameplay tbh. Makes me feel small, just like the visuals do
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  • BrushedRed 2023-09-11 22:10:22.824971+00
    I don’t get what everyone likes about this. I played it and Iko on PS2 and never understood what everyone was screaming about, but I was also 16 or so, so I figured I’d give it another try. But man this game is so hollow and empty. Barely anything to do. I’m convinced people rate it well due to its reputation, but they don’t actually enjoy playing it.
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    • Molten_ 2023-11-26 13:56:15.0113+00
      man Idk what to say, every time I replay this game it becomes more and more magical
    • Jodas 2023-11-30 14:28:58.297257+00
      "Stop liking what I don't like!"
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  • ashbandicoot 2023-11-20 12:25:42.350884+00
    Even if the gameplay is the same for the most part i definitely think the PS4 remake should get it's own entry. If Demon Soul's remake is considered it's own game on here, so should SOTCPS4
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    • Juanjaramillom 2024-01-06 03:55:34.373166+00
      Demon Souls was reworked by a whole other studio. This game, however, was worked by its original studio and, as far as i know, didn't change any fundamental gameplay mechanics to an extent of considering that version a whole different game
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  • Granul5000 2024-01-04 09:39:12.67566+00
    The disco elysium of giant monster
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  • babyclav 2024-01-08 20:36:08.237582+00
    This should have its own page as Demons Souls does. "The gameplay is the same" is irrelevant when the aesthetics are so different and its not even made with the same vision
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  • AzeXiR 2024-01-14 16:52:51.970851+00
    I'll admit there may be some flaws at times but i genuinely enjoyed the gameplay quite a lot, gets emotions across very well.
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  • PepoTX 2024-01-24 12:10:01.48327+00
    One of the greatest experiences I ever had with a game
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  • duncedoof 2024-02-20 23:03:40.762113+00
    the ps4 remake is not the same game at all what is that doing on this page
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