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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: 27 out of 278
  1. 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
  2. ChasM.
    Oct 17, 2005
    10
    Beautiful.
  3. WesleyE.
    Apr 26, 2006
    10
    Shadow of the Colossus will likely not sell well in the US. We Americans don't seem to appreciate art when we see it, living in a Shadow of the Colossus will likely not sell well in the US. We Americans don't seem to appreciate art when we see it, living in a slightly inhibited society where videogames, among all forms of entertainment, are somewhat dumbed down. Shadow nof the Colossus invites you to leave your world, and experience one of the most involving and emotional experiences ever created within the binds of electronic nentertainment. Shadow traverses above the tumultuous masses of lackluster games, and becomes a true work of art. It's likely the only game of this console generation (besides ICO) that manages to do so. A true masterpiece. Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2013
    10
    Now to start this review, I realize that this is not a type of game that would appeal to all audiences of gamers. If I were to include thisNow to start this review, I realize that this is not a type of game that would appeal to all audiences of gamers. If I were to include this factor (As I have rated it based off of my own opinion of the game, which I believe it is very intriguing and everything awesome) I would rate it at about 9.
    The game is very fluent from start to finish and keeps the player enveloped in the deep storyline and overall feel of it. Even when you first begin you are being launched as this mysterious person who has but the bare essentials of combat and his friendly horse. This game keeps you interested in what is going to happen to this character and what his past was in only the first five minutes of play! I was instantly filled with questions when I first started playing. Who was this person? Why was he carrying a body? What is his goal? It gives you the basics of what you need to know in the beginning so that you can figure it out later through your own experience. Clearly the developers know what they are doing.

    So already we have a storyline that is taking liftoff. What about the surroundings of the player? As soon as you gain control you are in a cathedral that looks and feels ancient. Large stone totems line the walls providing a small glimpse at what is ahead. Once you step outside you are struck by a beautiful landscape that is difficult to find in most games. Along with the setting, the graphics are intense and adds to the whole beauty of it all. Two more things that are nailed in this game; setting and graphics.

    Once I was finished admiring the area in which I was in, it was time to take charge and attempt to defeat the first colossus. It gave me the basics of control and then sent me off to war against this massive beast that truly felt as though it could truly exist. The colossus looked, felt, and acted exactly as a real colossus would in real life. Not only that but when you are fighting you are invigorated by music (In my opinion the best soundtrack for a video game that I have ever heard) that is fit for the situation you are in. You must explore the arena, discover the weakness of the colossus, and plot your way up to the weak point to slay it. Two more gaming elements that are perfected; level design and soundtrack.

    Overall this game is very unique and by far one of the best games I have ever played. It kept me playing even after beating it the first time, and I still enjoy playing it to this day. However I can still understand that this sort of theme is not for every gamer. Continuing through to discover how the colossus looked and was like was one of the few truly great gaming experiences I have had and is difficult to come by. Well done, Team Ico!
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  5. RandyM.
    Jul 4, 2006
    9
    Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most epic games ever made. This game has a light story, but it all makes sense at the end where the Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most epic games ever made. This game has a light story, but it all makes sense at the end where the heart breaking cutscene plays. This game is also dark, you'll find no happiness or funny stuff here, but it fits the overall mood. Did I mention it was epic? Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2014
    9
    I had heard that Shadow of the colossus was one of the best games in history, and now that i have finally have it and beaten it. I agree withI had heard that Shadow of the colossus was one of the best games in history, and now that i have finally have it and beaten it. I agree with them. Besides fighting Cronos in God Of War 3, and Mecha Bowser in Super Mario Galaxy, i have never battle giant bosses like Shadow Of The Colossus's bosses. There isn't any enemies in this game, it only contains 16 boss fights, and locating each of them. And trust me, those 16 boss fights are the probably some of the best bosses i have ever faced, it actually made me feel like i was batting these giants myself. And locating them ISN'T easy, sure you can use the ancient sword to locate them, but that doesn't mean you will just able to locate them without breaking a sweat, for example, i had a hard time trying to locate Hydrus and Palega. As for the boss fights against each colossi, they were outstanding, as i said earlier. When i first played this game, i died once on Valus because i was getting used to the controls, but once i did, the fun i had with this game began. My favorite boss in the game is the final boss, Malus, it was emotional, fair, challenging, and fun. I when i say it was emotional, I MEAN IT! I mean, before the battle begins, Argo, your only friend and companion, falls to her apparent death, and you are forced to face Malus alone, and most of all, the music, Demise Of The Ritual, is one of the best final boss themes i have ever hear, it really sets the mood for the fight, and as autarch and obisdious fan once said, "This is for my horse!" And finally, the story for the game is pretty decent, Wander, the game's main protagonist, is forced to kill 16 colossi in order to revive his friend or love interest, i can't really tell because the game NEVER tells us, Mono. I won't spoil the ending for you, but the ending WILL make you feel sorry for Wander, and make you HATE Dormin, i mean it, Dormin should burn in HE............. Sorry, got carried away. Anyways, now here's the game's flaws. Some times the game could be very frustrating, for example, it took me about a HOUR, to beat Argus, ONE, FREAKING, HOUR! Plus it took me forever to find how to beat Galus, Phaedra, and most of all, Basarn! THE MOST DIFFICULT BOSS IN THE ENTIRE GAME! AND THE MOST UNFAIR BOSS IN THE ENTIRE GAME! Of normal mode. After beating the game there is a mode called Hard mode that is unlocked, along with time attack. Hard mode is fun, but it was very frustrating, that includes you Argus. WHO WAS THE HARDEST AND UNFAIR BOSS IN HARD MODE! The most frustrating part of the game is that you get a bar that indicates how much you can hold on to a colossus, NOW THAT SEEMS FAIR! Though you rest on the colossus when your not trying to attack it's weakspot so it really doesn't matter. Despite these few problems, Shadow Of The Colossus is a fun and awesome game, if makes you feel sorry for the hero and hate the villain, it has excellent boss fights, and it's story is a emotional classic, and if you haven't played it yet, i recommend getting it now, and trust me, you won't regret, and thus i give this game a 9 out of 10. 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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