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  • Summary: Shadow of the Colossus is an action game that squares a young boy against a group of towering colossi. You assume the role of a nameless hero trying to rid the world of giant creatures and find his lost love. Armed with only a magical sword and bow, you must identify the weaknesses of theShadow of the Colossus is an action game that squares a young boy against a group of towering colossi. You assume the role of a nameless hero trying to rid the world of giant creatures and find his lost love. Armed with only a magical sword and bow, you must identify the weaknesses of the giants and figure out how to exploit them. Expand
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  1. Nov 29, 2012
    10
    A 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
    A 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.
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  2. May 8, 2014
    10
    Few games will give you a short playtime but lasting impression like sotc. Few games will ever be such a masterpiece like this one. You are onFew games will give you a short playtime but lasting impression like sotc. Few games will ever be such a masterpiece like this one. You are on an epic journey from start to finish and you never feel less than epic playing this game. It is for its best interest that this game has little story fed to you but rather lets you interpret it mostly the way you want to. An experience that must be shown to all who enjoy gaming Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2014
    10
    A Playstation classic for sure.

    I'll start by admitting that many gamers may not get into the game but I'd say that it can be appreciated
    A Playstation classic for sure.

    I'll start by admitting that many gamers may not get into the game but I'd say that it can be appreciated by everyone. Just like how some people can watch a classic movie and understand what makes it great but not enjoy watching it, everyone can play Shadow of the Colossus and see why its hailed as a masterpiece.

    As most people will describe, its basically boss battle after boss battle with no smaller battles in between. In my opinion, this sells the game short. If you only gauge a game by it's battles then you're missing the point of this game entirely.

    SotC puts you in the position of a wanderer who must save his love from a curse that appears to have put her into some sort of sleep. Each battle won brings us closer to her recovery but at the same time seems to sacrifice something of ourselves.
    The player's journey to each Colossus is a huge part of the game. This is where some people feel bored because they're not engaged by the discovery of the world and finding where the Colossus is essentially hidden. Sometimes they're easy to find, sometimes you can go a while without being able to figure out where they are.
    In some games, you look at your character and say "Why don't you know where to go. You've lived in this world forever you should know more than I do" but you ARE the Wanderer in the game. You are wandering with only the sword's light to guide you to your goal and its not GPS, its a guided direction that may take you to the face of a mountain or to the edge of a cliff. Its your job to figure out how to continue your journey.

    The game gives you a simple mechanic and puts hidden features throughout. I don't recall anywhere it telling you that finding yellow fruit in a tree raises your health slighly or that killing and recovering the white tail of a lizard raises your stamina but its there. And guess what, it continues through multiple playthroughs so if you're a trophy hunter, this is a game that rewards that.

    That is the biggest point to take away from the game, It will reward you somehow for your discoveries and your journey. Sometimes that reward is a beautiful view, sometimes its simply allowing you to unlock new equipment for the next playthrough. And upon doing so, some colossus change their places so memory doesn't always work in multiple playthroughs although I'll admit if you know where they all could be, you probably wont have much trouble.

    Probably one of the biggest undersold parts of the game is the music. No other game has had a song that appropriately matches the excitement on the screen than the 5th colossus fight specifically (for me). Not to get too into that, I'll admit that fight is hard and also one of the more interesting battles to figure out.

    This game does take boss battles and amps it to 11. Its not simply finding a weak point and stabbing it. Its getting to that weak point and dealing with the monster itself with it's personality and natural advantages.

    If you're still considering buying this game:
    Consider that this game doesn't hold your hand at all.
    That the music is fantastic and environments, while now are dated in visuals, are still some of the most beautiful in design.
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  4. Oct 20, 2013
    9
    Shadow 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
    Shadow 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.
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  5. Mar 17, 2014
    8
    i found that there wasn't much to this game, it was just running around and killing giant colossi which i found to be a tiny bit bland ati found that there wasn't much to this game, it was just running around and killing giant colossi which i found to be a tiny bit bland at times, but still a blast. i loved the story to it and practically the whole game had me on edge, i ended really caring about these characters that were involved. I think Shadow of the Colossus is an AMAZING game and i loved every little bit of it. Expand
  6. Dec 20, 2012
    8
    An excellent game to play, I would not say it is the best game I have ever played, but, it is good to pass time as well :p I didn't find theAn excellent game to play, I would not say it is the best game I have ever played, but, it is good to pass time as well :p I didn't find the camera to be that bad, the camera can be a pain in most games. Expand
  7. Nov 24, 2014
    0
    If I were to actively look for a game worse then this, and I have, I wouldn't find it. It is, without a doubt, an empty game with the sameIf I were to actively look for a game worse then this, and I have, I wouldn't find it. It is, without a doubt, an empty game with the same fight repeated sixteen times over and over again. I can't say anything bad about the characters or the story, because there isn't a story or a character in this game. Not only is it a waist of time, but it is also worse then ET, and that game destroyed the video game industry. I can literally find nothing good about this game. Personally, I think the people who like it are only saying they do because they are pretentious. Unless they like the gameplay, but even then I don't think it's worth playing for more then a fight. And believe me, if you fight the first colossus you're fighting the other fifteen. The game was just lazily developed. The horse is the worst thing about this game. It's nothing more then a Legend of Zelda clone, without any of the things that makes Legend of Zelda good. Take my advise. Don't waist your time playing this game. Play ET instead, at least it isn't activity trying to kill you. Expand

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