Nov 29, 2012A freakin' masterpeice to say the LEAST.
Yes, the camera can be iffy at times, and getting to the colossi is a bit of a hassle, but it's all worth it to hear the heart-rate-raising music, see the gargantuan colossi (redundant, I know), and feel the odd mix of emotions come from delivering the final blow to the colossi.
Oct 20, 2013Shadow of the Colossus, might be one of the best games that i've ever played.
The game starts presenting you what appears to be a simple objective, slay the sixteen Colossus, that live in this land. It may start looking shallow already, but it starts becoming a lot more complex, and intriguing, as you progress through the game.
The game carries in between each moment a level of uniqueness, and symbolism, that not that many games can have while portraying, such a simplistic goal.
The true appeal of the game begins when you start learning the game mechanics, hold "r1" to grab meanwhile you jump with, "triangle". Sounds simple enough until you start reaching to the point, where you need to think and strategize your jumps according on how much stamina you have.
Stamina starts draining after every basic action where you would think your character is using stamina. When you are underwater, climbing, or fighting, all of those actions drain stamina, your stamina reaches to zero while clinging on the Colossus, you fall and have to start climbing again from the bottom to the top, until you get finish him off, while timing perfectly a nice, and well placed stab, on the top of his head.
All of the sixteen Colossus that you find, while playing throughout the experience, have different sets of, vulnerable points, most of which you will find in the, Colossuses heads.
Each Colossus feels unique though, every one of them resembles a mythical creature, or an animal, and each one of them, has a different set of strategies, in order for you, (the player), to discover.
Some of them can be though and cryptic to find out, while some just require you to wait for the Colossus to attack with his weapon, only for you to clinch onto it, others require you to shoot at certain sweet spots, in order for them to finally, be vulnerable, and allow you to climb on top of them.
The problem with, Shadow of the Colossus begins, when you start having to guess each strategy, for all of the sixteen Colossus.
Some of them require me to force myself into thinking, and i was rewarded for it.
While others where extremely hard to guess and require me, to go online to find out the way, to beat them.
I'm not complaining about the fact, that the game doesn't hand me everything on a silver platter, i'm complaining that the game doesn't even give you a flinch in some cases on what to do.
Aside from that each colossus feels unique, and even some of them, make you feel true empathy, after you hurt them.
The game's ending could also be one of the most powerful ending that i've ever seen on a video game, it's unexpected, tragic, and beautiful, all at once.
With that i leave you to decide, but in my humble opinion, Shadow of the Colossus, defines art in video games, you might not agree with me, but the fact is, that this game had a much more powerful and emotional connection to me, than the vast majority of movies, and music, that you hear, and see this days.… Expand
Jul 16, 2013A Genuine experience.
While some aspects don't appeal to all (Camera and Controls) the game forgets these flaws and delivers an absolutely brilliant plot packaged with arguably the best boss fights ever seen in videogames, neatly topped with a minimalist art design which immediately impacts the players emotions and continues to throughout.
Too repeat myself, the boss fights in this game are phenomenal, with an easy 'weak spot exploit' formulae mixed with difficult puzzle based climbing of the massive colossi, the game delivers an experience no gamer is to go without, an experience that truly challenges how you take on these colossi.
Shadow of the Colossus was Re-released on PS3 and to be frank, some adventures are worth taking twice.… Expand