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Universal acclaim - based on 100 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
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  1. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2018
    100
    A fresh coat of paint spruces up an already timeless classic that still feels like a breath of fresh air today. [March 2018, p.70]
  2. Feb 6, 2018
    100
    What was – and is – most impactful about Shadow of the Colossus is its sense of scale: the immensity not only of its dramatic ruins and the sad, beautiful colossi, but of the task at hand, and its themes of death, faith, longing and the destructive selfishness of grief.
  3. Feb 2, 2018
    100
    An artistic and gaming triumph! BluePoint Games has delivered a superb remake that is absolutely faithful to the original masterpiece by Ueda-san and his team. Even if you’ve played and finished the original game or the HD remake for the PS3, you should definitely consider playing this version as well as it is the most beautiful of all.
  4. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    An already brilliant classic has been reincarnated as one of the most visually magnificent titles of our current generation.
  5. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    Rebuilt for a new generation, Bluepoint has created a stunning tribute to one of the best video game experiences on the PlayStation. I haven’t seen a quality remake of a game like this since Capcom’s Resident Evil REmake. And now that the visuals finally match Shadow of the Colossus’ grandeur and scope, there’s no better time to play it for the first time--or third, fourth, or fifth.
  6. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    In 2005 Shadow of the Colossus was a masterpiece and that remains so in 2018. This is one of the greatest games ever made and is an accolade that shows no sign of being detached from its monumental presence.
  7. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    Bluepoint Games has masterfully given new life to a masterpiece of the genre, making their Shadow of the Colossus feel in many ways like the definitive version. Porting and remaking the games of others isn't as trying as making something new, but doing so does come with significant pressure that Bluepoint have made their name dealing with. However, the studio's work wouldn't have been possible without the initial, groundbreaking efforts of Team Ico...Shadow of the Colossus is an adventure that's still every bit as breathtaking and astounding as it was over a decade ago.
  8. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    Shadow of the Colossus sets the standard for remakes with its gorgeous visuals, new extra features, and refined controls. The essence of what made it great remains pure and untainted -- the epic battles against the Colossi, the great atmosphere, the amazing sense of wonder, and one of the best soundtracks to grace a video game. It’s a class act that manages to rekindle the raw emotion of exploring the Forbidden Lands for the first time, and reminds us once again that video games can truly be works of art.
  9. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    Shadow of the Colossus isn't necessarily a game that needed to be remade in such an elaborate fashion, and yet, I'm so glad that it has been. Bluepoint's remake of this sublime and poignant adventure is phenomenal, both managing to stay utterly true to the original and bringing it up to date in glorious fashion.
  10. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    Still one of the finest games ever coded, and now fit to be seen on top line TVs. This is how remasters should be done, bringing the original content up to modern standards, without diluting what made it great in the first place. Bluepoint has effectively improved on perfection.
  11. 100
    More than a decade after its original release, and Fumito Ueda's masterpiece is still an absolute joy to play. Whether you've played it on older hardware, or you have yet to take the plunge, you owe it to yourself to play through Bluepoint's remake of one of the best games ever made.
  12. 100
    Shadow of the Colossus is, in a way, overwhelming. It’s not just that the beasts that you are fighting are so massive, and the challenge in taking them on with nothing but a sword and bow can, at first, seem monumental. It’s overwhelming for its emotive power, its rich themes, and its uncompromising vision. There’s nothing genuinely like Shadow of the Colossus out there, and hopefully this new, pretty version, as superficial as that prettiness is to what makes the game so important, encourages a new generation of players to try it for themselves.
  13. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    A timeless masterpiece that has gotten the respect and love it deserves in this new version.
  14. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    In 2005, Shadow of the Colossus was already known for being an incredible masterpiece, making Fumito Ueda one of the most talented game designers of his generation. 13 years later, the game returns to PS4 more majestic than ever, while Bluepoint has just redefined the term "remake". More than a masterpiece, it's a major and necessary work.
  15. 100
    Whether you're climbing a colossus for the first time, or revisiting an old friend a decade later, the legacy lives on. Shadow of the Colossus is even more amazing today than it was when it first released, and earns itself a spot as a must-own for anyone with a PS4. I've never been as enamored with this game as I am in 2018. Bluepoint Games has successfully honored the original while completely making it their own, a balancing act that only the most devoted of fans could pull off. It's awe inspiring. It's colossal. It's the perfect remake. It's Shadow of the Colossus exactly as I remember it, yet it's Shadow of the Colossus like it's never been before.
  16. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    One of the greatest games ever made resurrected in one of the greatest remakes of all time. Shadow of the Colossus remains faithful to the 2006 original, but its presentation is on par with the very best that the PS4 has to offer. A masterpiece.
  17. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    This remake's fresh coat of paint isn't there to hide any flaws, it's there to highlight its perfections.
  18. Jan 30, 2018
    98
    While Bluepoint has made a lot of improvements, the core game, the soul of it, remains unchanged, as I mentioned earlier. As Wander, you’re trying to resurrect a young girl whose body you have carried to the Shrine of Worship. The gods that be are willing to help, but you must first defeat all of the colossi (the number of which I don’t want to spoil). Few games can have such a simple premise and gameplay design, yet are flat out good enough, timeless enough, to be remastered — twice. So, whether you have played SOTC before or not, you can rest assured it’s an all-time classic, and that for the PS4, Bluepoint has done a fantastic job with this remaster.
  19. Jan 30, 2018
    98
    Even 12 years later, Shadow of the Colossus still transmits those feelings that made this game one of the best in videogame history. An unexplored world full of detail and beautiful lighting creates a setting that everyone should experience.
  20. Jan 30, 2018
    98
    Shadow of the Colossus is one for the books. Twelve years later, it's still a powerful, immutable, singular experience. A masterwork of the genre.
  21. Jan 30, 2018
    97
    The definitive way to experience one of the best adventure games of the past 15 years. On the PS2, it came off like a game that was too ambitious for the hardware. The PS3 version was hamstrung by being too close to the PS2 original for authenticity, while the remake takes the core game’s concept and shows you how it can be done with modern-day hardware. The experience is incredible on both PS4 and PS4 Pro hardware and a must-buy for anyone who always wanted to play the game but didn’t have either the hardware to do it or the time to play it before.
  22. Jan 30, 2018
    97
    The true definition of a classic, the gameplay and story of Shadow of the Colossus are every bit as great and emotional today as they were in 2005. This outstanding remaster skillfully enhances those qualities with improved controls, performance, and sheer graphical beauty. It remains one of the best PlayStation games ever made, and it’s wonderful that Sony has brought it back to the fore so a new generation of gamers can experience it without having to look past its aged facade.
  23. Feb 13, 2018
    95
    Despite my reservations about whether or not Shadow of the Colossus needed a remake, I came to a realization during the course of my playthrough that I was simply asking the wrong question. As I toppled one colossus after another, I often found myself stopping in my tracks, awe-stricken by what was on display. I felt the rush- the exhilaration that came in those moments where I was clinging desperately to the colossus and as the sweeping melody washed over me like a wave, I knew that if I could have an experience like this on my fourth playthrough of a game, this was a masterpiece that did not need but rather, deserved a remake as expertly and loving crafted as this one.
  24. Feb 11, 2018
    95
    Shadow of the Colossus on PlayStation 4 looks amazing and the modern control scheme makes it more playable than ever. No matter which way you slice it, Shadow of the Colossus remains one of the most enjoyable and cinematic games of all time.
  25. Feb 5, 2018
    95
    Shadow of the Colossus is a veritable masterpiece from top to bottom and will surely be remembered as one of the greatest games ever made.
  26. Feb 2, 2018
    95
    It is unbelievable how intensive the experience feels after all these years. One of the best games of all time is back with a vengeance in this exemplary remake that delivers a sublime adventure from the first to the very last minute.
  27. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    This is how a remake should be. The original remains intact, but with beautiful graphics, slightly adjusted controls and some nice extras that do not change anything. Fans of the original can therefore take a breath, because the remake is made with all due respect and love for the eleven-year-old game.
  28. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    Shadow of the Colossus is a great example on how to remake games. The Bluepoint work is respectful, impressive, and it’s ready to inspire a new generation.
  29. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    Shadow of the Colossus is a prime example of how a remake is done and presented at its finest. It is indeed a must for every gamer to experience this adventure of a lifetime.
  30. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    There was a lot to admire in the original Shadow of the Colossus, and this remake is a clear improvement over one of the best games ever.
  31. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    The Shadow of the Colossus remake is "simply" the love letter from Bluepoint Games to Fumito Ueda's timeless masterpiece. In the work there is so much of that passion that you can safely perceive it in every single pixel that gives life to this production: it is not just a trivial polish of memories, but a tribute with all the honors of the case, the authentic testimony that with commitment, devotion and respect can be achieved results that even exceed the original work.
  32. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    If you love video games, you have to play this, and if you are one of those who have already done it on more than one occasion, then believe me that this is a wonderful excuse to do it again.
  33. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    Bluepoint remake of the astonishing Shadow of the Colossus in more than a simple graphic upgrade. It's the real embodiment of Ueda's vision, the best version of one of the most important and beautiful games of the medium. It is a must-have for new and old players.
  34. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    I’ve come to appreciate the realistic look of Colossus, which felt crass at first, but has over time expressed a warmth that I never quite felt from its predecessor. But it’s still respectful, recognizing that, however great the visuals, the magic is under the surface.
  35. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    Bluepoint has brought one of the best games to ever grace a Sony console back to life on the PS4, and has done so with tenderness and care.
  36. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    An outstanding graphical improvement and some gameplay tweaks make for a great rebirth of one of the all-time classics. Forget its PS2 origins: Shadow of the Colossus was and still is a true celebration of epic adventures and gaming itself as a medium.
  37. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    Shadow of the Colossus is nothing less than a masterpiece, a game that’s fun, artistic, sumptuous and intelligent all at the same time. Every gamer should have played it at least once. The PS4 edition is gorgeous in 4K and the improved controls are a welcome addition (although there’s still room for refinement).
  38. 95
    The new and improved Shadow of the Colossus brings the game into the modern era successfully. It carries over a few flaws and annoyances, sure, but it's been refined where it matters most, and the net result is a return to the forbidden lands that's just as achingly beautiful and magical as it ever was.
  39. Jan 30, 2018
    95
    The Shadow of the Colossus remake enhances the themes of the original, stirring up a crushing sadness in the player in their actions only moments after taking them to heights of excitement. It’s a master class in how to remake a true classic.
  40. Jan 30, 2018
    93
    One of the most memorable adventures of all time returns with a complete remake that enhances the experience in all the possible ways you can imagine, not only visual: it even adds new content and tons of unlockables that will make fans and newcomers even happier. A classic adventure that still amazes twelve years after it's original release.
  41. Jan 30, 2018
    93
    Shadow of the Colossus returns on PS4 and it’s more amazing than ever. A classic cult game improved for the new generations.
  42. Jan 30, 2018
    92
    This timeless fantasy is as emotionally compelling as it was all those years ago. A stunning adventure that still has plenty to offer.
  43. Feb 5, 2018
    91
    Shadow of the Colossus was very worthy of a remake if only just to ensure that a new generation of PlayStation gamers have the opportunity to experience it. To spite a couple of minor camera and gameplay issues, Shadow of the Colossus is a highly recommended, magical and memorable journey for PS4 owners.
  44. Apr 24, 2018
    90
    A tribute to the Fumito Ueda will delight the veterans of the original game same as introduce this classic to the newcomers, who are not tuned on a nostalgic note. An ideal opportunity to improve your video game education and a wonderful experience in the same time. Some clumsy controls and occasionally stubborn camera can’t ruin the great experience.
  45. games(TM)
    Feb 22, 2018
    90
    A marvellous game, beautifully remade. [Issue#197, p.84]
  46. Feb 16, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus isn’t just a successful remake of a beloved game. It has set a new bar for what a remake should be in the first place, and left me optimistic, for the first time ever, about the prospect of revisiting old games on new systems. This is how every remake should be.
  47. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 13, 2018
    90
    Melancholy and masterful, the PS2 great deserve this remake. The stripped-down premise will put some off, but it remains a Playstation titan. [Feb 2018, p.87]
  48. Feb 13, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus was a generation-defining game for a reason. Even now, a decade after its release, it's one of the most interesting games to ever be released. The PS4 remake is just about everything one could ask for. It retains the same gameplay and same plot but makes just enough upgrades, modifications and changes so the game feels a lot more playable without losing exactly what made it special. There's absolutely no better way to experience Shadow of the Colossus than the remake, and it's a must-play for any PS4 owners.
  49. Feb 13, 2018
    90
    A wonderful retread into this world for fans of old, an epic new adventure for uninitiated.
  50. Feb 12, 2018
    90
    An excellent remake of one of the most critically acclaimed video games in history.
  51. Feb 11, 2018
    90
    The concept of Shadow of the Colossus is unique and full of charm. The remastered version on PS4 is remarkable, which means it is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to try it, no matter whether you are an existing fan or a new player. However, Fumito Ueda's works are always a little bit cult, so it is also understandable if you may not get into this game.
  52. 90
    I’d be completely lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit disappointed that there weren’t one or two new Colossi featured in the game (even after finishing it, or perhaps as time trials only).
  53. Feb 6, 2018
    90
    This is the Shadow of the Colossus that you thought you played over a decade ago, unfolding before your eyes. Every second as sad, as spectacular, and as exceptionally unique as it ever was. And worthy, indeed, of creating more memories with.
  54. Feb 3, 2018
    90
    Following the somewhat disappointing The Last Guardian, this is an astonishingly good remake of a classic PS2 game and one that everyone who owns a PS4 should play.
  55. Feb 2, 2018
    90
    Perfect remake for a perfect game. Bluepoint outdid themselves with the remake for a game that will always be remembered as one of the greatest pieces of art ever created.
  56. Feb 2, 2018
    90
    Still one of the best games ever made... Made even better by PS4 technology. Shame the camera still doesn't entirely act the way it should, but besides that an absolute must have thanks to the unique experience, magical soundtrack and outstanding overhauled graphics.
  57. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus is as astonishing as it was back in 2008. Bluepoint Games has reworked its visuals keeping the essence of Fumito Ueda's game, and make this game ascend to be among the best games ever remade. It has a solid framerate, wich solves a particular issue of the original SotC and results in an all-round superb game.
  58. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4 is every bit as gorgeous, memorable and tremendous as it was when it debuted for the PS2 more than a decade ago. It’s a graphically stunning piece of art with a narrative that drives you forward with a sense of wonder despite its vagueness.
  59. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    This remake is everything we could have asked for. The original game is a masterpiece, and Bluepoint Games have done a wonderful job adapting the experience to 2018's standards. If you haven't played Shadow of the Colossus yet, please do it, regardless of whether it's the original, the remaster or the remake.
  60. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 makes the original game and its PS3 remaster obsolete and is the version of the title to play from now on. For longtime fans, it retains the entirety of the original with nothing taken away, and for those who are playing for the first time, it has tight controls and smooth gameplay that makes it approachable.
  61. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Even if this PS4 version is all about new (and clearly stunning) graphics and doesn't fix some issues with camera and controls, it is a fantastic way to discover or taste once again one of the most extraordinary, emotional and impressive games of all times. Shadow of the Colossus deserves this second life, as it really well executed thanks to Blue Point's work.
  62. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    The original Shadow of the Colossus is easily one of my favorite games. It was among the first that made me want to violently point at the screen and yell, “Look! Video games are art!” at anyone within earshot. Bluepoint’s remake feels different in some respects, but is exactly like Shadow of the Colossus in the important ways. Scaling beasts feels appropriately epic, and the few story moments that exist still tell a heart-wrenching tale of sacrifice in the face of impossible odds.
  63. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus is a tremendous journey, and one well worth taking and retaking. The visual overhaul is stunning, thoroughly enhancing every facet of Wander and Agro's excellent adventure. Galloping through the tranquil world is always breathtaking; felling a monumental colossus is always humbling. Shadow of the Colossus is a beautiful reconstruction of an already exceptional title. It continues to be a modern classic and is an extraordinary game that everyone must experience.
  64. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Without a doubt, this is the best way you can experience Fumito Ueda's best game.
  65. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Shadow of the Colossus is now easily the biggest achievement that the studio has ever had and stands as arguably the greatest video game remake of all time. The legacy of Shadow of the Colossus has never been in question, but this PS4 edition has just further solidified its place amongst gaming's masterpieces.
  66. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Fumito Ueda's masterpiece comes back in a glorious Full HD/4K with better controls and better graphics, in an overall improved experience. It was “Kind of magic” more than 10 years ago; it's nearly perfect magic now.
  67. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    With production value equal to any first party AAA game, Shadow of the Colossus is a technical masterpiece. This is the new benchmark for what a remaster should look like, standing as the best remaster ever released on any platform. Put simply -- this is how it’s done.
  68. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    In the end, Shadow of the Colossus is poetry. It ebbs and flows with its addictive gameplay loop of searching out and besting each Colossus. It's a beautifully murky tale of love and sacrifice, punctuated by pangs of loss with each giant toppled.
  69. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Living the experience of Shadow of the Colossus is still as magical, surprising and attractive as it was in 2005, and the face wash that has been submitted makes us feel like it's a new game. Maybe the new uses and customs in gaming make us feel crude and empty at times, but we had the same impression with The Last Guardian and it is a game from last year. If Ueda had developed the game in 2018, it would be exactly the same.
  70. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    Even though Blueprint have re-made everything from the graphics to the animations they’ve manage to not only make Shadow of the Colossus playable in 2018, but also to keep the feeling from the original game – and added some great extra features on top of that. One of the best remakes ever made.
  71. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    A stunning recreation of one of gaming’s most enduring classics, and what remains a towering example of the art of interactive entertainment.
  72. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    To say this remake is worthy of its namesake would be to sell it short - it's a tremendous achievement that goes well beyond expectations. While I am not a fan of every artistic decision Bluepoint has made, overall the essence has been preserved brilliantly.
  73. 90
    Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best games of all time and it has now received a truly worthy remake on PS4.
  74. Jan 30, 2018
    90
    To answer my own question, Shadow of the Colossus is (still) the gold standard for artful expression in interactive media. It’s packing serious technical chops and doesn’t get in its own way, allowing the player to find their own path. The minute to minute activities are undeniably simple, but there’s obvious intent behind it - creating a tight and focused package that somehow lets the player feel truly free. It’s a remarkable achievement, even ignoring the 12-year-old core design.
  75. Jan 30, 2018
    89
    We're lucky to live in a world with Shadow of the Colossus.
  76. Jan 30, 2018
    88
    The action-adventure has never been better, never was it more meaningful than in this remake. With the help of a modern presentation aimed at promoting the strengths of the original and not just obscuring legacies, the Bluepoint Games developers have managed to bring the feel to the PS4. Even those who have already killed all 16 colossi will find, here, a new level of melancholy, which was not felt on the PS2 or even the PS3.
  77. When you are at the shore and see hundreds of pebbles. You will recognize one specific pebble that is brighter than the others. That pebble is Shadow of the Colossus.
  78. Jan 30, 2018
    88
    Fumito Ueda’s masterpiece comes back to life. Shadow of the Colossus is one of the greatest remakes ever made: a unique and original game which will leave its mark on the minds of the players.
  79. Feb 6, 2018
    85
    For modern players, Shadow of the Colossus may seem blank and dull, but for those who enjoyed it back in 2005 it will be a great nostalgic journey to the past.
  80. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    It remains so close to the original that all weaknesses - despite the improvements - are still present. Once again, it turns out that every work of art has its imperfections.
  81. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    Shadow of the Colossus AD 2018 is a model remake. All the things that made the original so very special have been masterfully rebuilt and are as appealing as ever. In addition, some archaic elements have been replaced by solutions that are more in line with today's standards.
  82. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    Shadow of the Colossus ranks among the best works this medium has ever produced, so giving it new life in this way is both giving players everywhere a gift and erecting a monument to its greatness.
  83. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    While it’s true that Shadow was starting to show its age in 2011 and is continuing to do so in 2018 — even rebuilt from scratch — those who’ve played the title before will revel in the new life that Sony’s breathed into the classic. For those unfamiliar with the game, it’ll be a harder sell — but that said, stick with it.
  84. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    Remakes can seem like the low-hanging fruit of game development, but Bluepoint does Shadow of the Colossus justice with an evolution of the classic game that improves the overall experience while maintaining its familiar spirit.
  85. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    The work done by Bluepoint Games for Shadow of the Colossus shows their skills and awareness. The remake is surprising and offers a lot of graphic customization, proving to be beautiful to see. The game is full of gorgeous graphic effects and runs at high performance, loosing a little bit the charm of the original title, which remains unchanged in its story and game content.
  86. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    Bluepoint Games’ remake loses some visual style when compared to the original, but its revamped controls and incredible attention to detail are more than enough to make up for it. The new release manages to keep the heart and soul of the franchise while making it more accessible than ever.
  87. Jan 30, 2018
    85
    Every bit the genre-defining, captivating adventure that it was 13 years ago, Shadow of the Colossus reminds you yet again just how masterful design and keenly focused art direction never age. But it’s Bluepoint’s respect of these elements and the smart decisions to tweak and improve them that make this the most definitive version of the Team Ico classic you’re likely to ever get.
  88. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 24, 2018
    80
    Perfectly polished and improved cult game – even with better controls! Killing giant monsters has never been so much (melancholic) fun. [Issue#283]
  89. 80
    Bluepoint have done a fantastic job of remastering Shadow of the Colossus from the ground up. Taking down giants has never looked, sounded or felt better. Some niggling issues remain from the original such as the controls and pacing, however this does not take away from the sheer cinematic spectacle that more than makes up for it.
  90. This remake is an excellent way to experience an outstanding game, although returning players may find some of the magic lacking if they remember all the answers, or have a specific fondness for the indistinct graphics of the original. Conversely new players will find this version much more palatable from an aesthetic point of view, but may find some design quirks annoying and outdated.
  91. Feb 8, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Colossus is available on three generations of PlayStation hardware, but this latest version is the best. The splendid facelift here can't disguise some of its creakier gameplay, but if you've never played it, there's never been a better time to tackle Team Ico's signature game.
  92. Feb 6, 2018
    80
    Overall, I found the new Shadow of the Colossus a pleasant journey peppered with some frustrating moments, especially when battling the colossi. If you can get passed that, Shadow of the Colossus can offer some epic moments and a beautiful world to explore.
  93. Feb 2, 2018
    80
    Such reworkings beg the question of what constitutes the definitive version of a game. I think for now that’s still an open-ended question.
  94. Feb 1, 2018
    80
    Shadow of the Colossus has its place in videogame history. It’s not indelible, but it is much-loved and for a number of good reasons. It’s just a barebones experience that can get tiring quickly, and feels like it needed just a little bit more “oomph”. I’m not here to rag on what it meant as a game back in 2005, but I am here suggesting that a visual overhaul of this nature -- in that it is glorious -- could have also come packaged with camera and gameplay fixes, at the very least. You’ll need patience and determination above all else, but if you’re an eye-candy sort of person, Shadow has it in spades. I just wish it also had a little something more as well.
  95. Jan 30, 2018
    80
    It can be both profoundly beautiful and anxiety-inducing at the same time. Just realize that while the looks are on par with modern releases, the controls and camera are still stuck in the past. But they are not so dated as to truly deter from the game’s overall quality. Just maybe make sure there’s someone around to give you a hug after it’s all over.
  96. Jan 30, 2018
    80
    Both a great remaster and an enjoyable ‘new’ game in its own right that takes you on a journey in a way few things can.
  97. Jan 30, 2018
    80
    Even as it shows its age, Shadow of the Colossus is still a classic, and worthy of our time. Should you feel an urge to go back to it, the remake is definitely the best, most beautiful version of the game to date.
  98. CD-Action
    Apr 3, 2018
    70
    It’s a good remaster, but frankly I find it unnecessary. Those who have already played the game on PS2 or PS3 will find nothing new here, and those who didn’t have the chance to get acquainted with it probably will not understand what we saw in Shadow of the Colossus 12 years ago, when gaming reality was completely different. [03/2018, p.66]
  99. Feb 5, 2018
    70
    Shadow of the Colossus gives you a fantastic scenario with impressive colossi that become very challenging later on in the game. Nevertheless, smooth gameplay still remains absent with this remake. The game can blow you away at times, but also makes you want to destroy your controller when it doesn’t deliver what you can expect from a good game these days.
  100. Mar 29, 2018
    65
    The best way to experience Shadow of the Colossus — play a couple of levels at a friend’s or use the Share Play function. This game was a hit in its time, on its original platform, but we all moved on, and now the remastered version feels archaic, especially its gameplay.
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  1. Jan 30, 2018
    A melancholy masterpiece is reborn in this faithful and breathtakingly beautiful remake.
  2. Jan 30, 2018
    By lovingly recreating that feeling from scratch, this remake is not just a means for Sony to sell you Shadow of the Colossus again—it proves that its appeal is not rooted in mere nostalgia but is a lasting work of quality that transcends its era.
  3. Jan 30, 2018
    The right memories are allowed to linger. This is more than just a Shadow of the Colossus remake; it's a definitive take, the game as it was always meant to be in our heads.
  4. Jan 30, 2018
    Shadow of the Colossus lives up to the legacy of the original and provides a brand new presentation for fans to experience. Newcomers will get the best playing version of the title while veterans will get the version they always dreamed of. The game is smoother to play, the presentation is top notch and the minimalist storytelling from the original isn’t embellished or altered. This is exactly what you’d want from a remake and I couldn’t be happier with the final result.
  5. Jan 30, 2018
    A decade later and totally remade, it’s still a game of gobsmacking, devastating beauty, with moments and images that haunt you long afterward.
  6. Jan 30, 2018
    While this PS4 remake might not be the best way ever to experience Team Ico’s timeless classic, it offers players old and new an experience that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else.
  7. Feb 6, 2018
    With a new look and some tweaked controls, I actually found it more approachable than Ueda’s The Last Guardian, which came out a decade after the original Shadow of the Colossus. The core of the game is timeless; it just needed a few changes to help its world come alive in 2018.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1378 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 6, 2018
    10
    A masterpiece reborn

    Ever since i heard shadow of The colossus was getting a remake i was overjoyed. I've played it on ps2, loved the
    A masterpiece reborn

    Ever since i heard shadow of The colossus was getting a remake i was overjoyed. I've played it on ps2, loved the remaster and now im able to play the remake of one the best action titles ever created. I couldn't be happier that this remake happened.The graphics, sound,  everything has been remade running on a brand new game engine entirely. The colosi and environments have been overloaded with amazing detail and the world feels very alive despite the quieting emptiness of it. With detailed texture work and lighting this game looks absolutely gorgeous. It's also butter smooth hardly ever dropping frames even when giant colossi are thrashing about. The story has been left untouched retaining the same emotional journey the original offered. No new colosi or extra story but Everything else however has been improved to the MAX. Bluepoint games did a phenomenal job of remaking this classic. ID even go as far to say this surpasses the original and is one of if not the best game remakes ever created. A masterpiece has been made even better i can't wait to see what bluepoint games does next. Absolutely incredible job. 10/10
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  2. Feb 7, 2018
    3
    How could you even think of releasing a game with such a bad camera and bad character controls? 20 years ago Nintendo showed the world how toHow could you even think of releasing a game with such a bad camera and bad character controls? 20 years ago Nintendo showed the world how to ride a horse in a video game and the programmers of this game learned nothing from it. Climbing is also a joke. This is not a masterpiece, not even close. Is just a game which desperately wants to be a masterpiece but couldn't even master the basics of video game design. Full Review »
  3. Feb 7, 2018
    4
    Great OST. Great graphics. Horrible characters, Colossus and a fine history. OVERRATED.