Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: (Also known as "Wanda and the Colossus" or "Wanda to Kyozou" in Japan) In Shadow of the Colossus, players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and(Also known as "Wanda and the Colossus" or "Wanda to Kyozou" in Japan) In Shadow of the Colossus, players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With a trusty horse at your side, players explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. The uneasy task of defeating a Colossus relies on intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay. Armed with strong wits, a mystical sword and a sturdy bow, players use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth. [Sony] Expand
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  1. Positive: 76 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. These battles are INSPIRED. Seriously. Take your favorite boss fight from each of your favorite games, and imagine them mashed together into one incredibly breathtaking environment that requires you to think, explore, and ultimately act.
  2. This game is a true masterpiece, comparable to only a handful of incredible games...The gamer who has the patience and courage to plunge into the game will, without a doubt, find a truly wonderful experience, of such impact that it will live in his or her memory forever.
  3. PSM Magazine
    95
    Bottom Line: if you care enough about games to read this magazine, you owe it to yourself to play Shadow of the Colossus. [Dec 2005, p.96]
  4. It's a game that'll remind you why you got into games in the first place. Essential. [PSW]
  5. 90
    Original, gripping, and outstandingly produced, Shadow of the Colossus is not to be missed.
  6. Everything that an epic adventure needs to be. Memorable enemies, a story that allows the player to use their imagination, tight controls, and one of the most impressive soundtracks of recent note.
  7. Shadow of the Colossus has more style than real substance and it is slightly baffling why Fumito Ueda, the game's creator, didn't develop this into something a little more Zelda-esque in order to make best use of the world he has created. He might have had a classic on his hands.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 240
  1. JoeyD
    Oct 21, 2005
    10
    A 10, even coming from someone who didn't like ICO. This game evokes feelings that other games could only dream of. A must buy for any A 10, even coming from someone who didn't like ICO. This game evokes feelings that other games could only dream of. A must buy for any gamer who can appreciate good art, and doen't have to be shooting aliens, zombies, or hookers to stay entertained. Expand
  2. Steve
    Jan 28, 2010
    10
    Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece. The art direction, story, and characters are amazing. This game is the best to be released on any Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece. The art direction, story, and characters are amazing. This game is the best to be released on any previous generation console. Expand
  3. Niveche
    Jul 3, 2006
    10
    if there were any higher score than ten this game would get it. the most beautiful game EVER. and i thought iCO was great too. seemsif there were any higher score than ten this game would get it. the most beautiful game EVER. and i thought iCO was great too. seems repetitive but each colossus IS different. and the visuals - spectacular. more art than arcade - but thats the beauty, appeal, and splendour - and experience like no other is the best way to put it. simply wonderful. GET THIS GAME. the PS2 is on its last breath and this game is the finest way to let it rest. i repeat GET THIS GAME!!! Expand
  4. ChubbyWookie
    Oct 30, 2005
    10
    This is truly what "next-gen" gaming should have been about. Instead of just making the same old games "prettier", this game creates This is truly what "next-gen" gaming should have been about. Instead of just making the same old games "prettier", this game creates something that cannot be explained - it simply MUST be experienced. It is without a doubt the greatest game I have ever played - this is the one by which all other games should be judged. Expand
  5. May 24, 2014
    10
    I don´t care how cliche it sounds, to me this game is a work of Art. The beauty of its designs and art direction; the effectivity of itsI don´t care how cliche it sounds, to me this game is a work of Art. The beauty of its designs and art direction; the effectivity of its simple, yet incredibly polished gameplay mechanics; the melancholy and sense of wonderment that its story conveys; and its absolutely GLORIOUS soundtrack; it all just blends up to make one the more incredible gaming experiences that I have ever had. A true classic for the ages. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2012
    9
    This game is good. However, it is REALLY overrated. The gameplay is fun but awkward and clunky. The soundtrack is glorious and the game looksThis game is good. However, it is REALLY overrated. The gameplay is fun but awkward and clunky. The soundtrack is glorious and the game looks great. I enjoyed this game and felt both a strong sense of attachment and a strong feeling of frustration. Those Colossi are tough. Expand
  7. JeffD.
    Oct 22, 2006
    0
    What an absurd waste of $20. I'm all for different -- I love all sorts of very unusual games, but different doesn't *always* mean What an absurd waste of $20. I'm all for different -- I love all sorts of very unusual games, but different doesn't *always* mean good. This game is a perfect example of that -- what it is, is essentially a climbing game. But the camera and movement controls are terrible, making climbing the colossi a real chore. And why did the designers think it would be such a great plan to have a game which had only bosses, anyway? Boss fights are exhausting, and hardly the fun of most action/adventure/rp games. The music is nice, but repetitive (how come the music clip for a colossus fight is only 30 seconds long, when the fight is guaranteed to last 15 minutes?), and the translations from the Japanese are straight out of an early 90's NES game. Yuck. A great example of why games should be returnable. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#4 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005