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  • Summary: Tales speak of an ancient realm where Colossi roam the majestic landscape. Bound to the land, these creatures hold a key to a mystical power of revival – a power you must obtain to bring a loved one back to life.
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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. Jan 30, 2018
    100
    A timeless masterpiece that has gotten the respect and love it deserves in this new version.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jan 30, 2018
    89
    We're lucky to live in a world with Shadow of the Colossus.
  7. 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. Mar 25, 2018
    10
    THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED: Shadow of the Colossus is not only a game, is a masterpiece and can be seen like one classic of the entireTHE BEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED: Shadow of the Colossus is not only a game, is a masterpiece and can be seen like one classic of the entire world, with the all the things behind the gameplay, becomes another thing that i can't explain... Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2019
    10
    Gameplay : 10 (No enemy except bosses, and bosses are coolest things in whole universe :))
    Story : 10 ( Team ICO )
    Art : 10 ( Team ICO )
    Gameplay : 10 (No enemy except bosses, and bosses are coolest things in whole universe :))
    Story : 10 ( Team ICO )
    Art : 10 ( Team ICO )

    Best game of all times tied with the witcher 3.
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  3. 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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  4. Nov 29, 2020
    8
    Sound track: 9/10
    Open World: 7/10
    Story:6/10 Gameplay: 10/10 Great remaster/remake and i'm really proud to say that Demon's Souls remake
    Sound track: 9/10
    Open World: 7/10
    Story:6/10
    Gameplay: 10/10
    Great remaster/remake and i'm really proud to say that Demon's Souls remake is in good hands.
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  5. Mar 2, 2019
    7
    Everyone told me that this game would be incredible, but when I bought it it kinda dissapointed me. I never played the original on PS2 so thisEveryone told me that this game would be incredible, but when I bought it it kinda dissapointed me. I never played the original on PS2 so this game holds no nostalgia for me. I do like the exploration (sometimes I got really lost and had to look for a guide but that besides) and the game also looks amazing, but the gameplay gets a bit repetitive and I think that the enviromental story is a bit to vague. Its still worth picking up, but just not what I expected. Expand
  6. Dec 16, 2018
    5
    Wow, I'm really shocked about how disappointed I am with Shadow of the Colossus. I have always heard so many rave reviews about this game andWow, I'm really shocked about how disappointed I am with Shadow of the Colossus. I have always heard so many rave reviews about this game and its remasters over the years. I bought a PS4 just to play this game, Spider-man, God of War and the other slew of highly acclaimed exclusives for this console. Out of all of these games I will say SotC has not lived out to the legendary status.
    One thing that ruins 90% of game are the controls and camera. They are absolutely the worst I have ever seen in any 3rd person game. Where ever you would like to look, apparently the game kwos better than you. Racing on your horse at full gallop and the camera drops to the ground where you can't see any obstacles in front of you. Weird. I enjoy standing completely still and moving the camera a tad and watch the game quickly switch the view to some neutral position that doesn't make sense. Watch any video on any YouTube gameplay and watch the the fans gushing about the game still struggle will it. In fact many often comment on the several downsides of this game and yet still call it one their favorites, if not THE favorite of all time. I don't get how such a major drawback still can be overlooked even after 2 remasters. It's practically criminal.
    It's not just the camera controls, the hero and horse controls are terrible too. Watch players on a YouTube video fight the controls while trying to cross the narrow land bridges. It's a good thing your horse won't run off the edge because that would be game breaking. It's because your horse kind of has a mind of its own and will run his own path if you let him and don't fight it. But if you like to think you have control, that's where you'll mess up. What makes matters worse is that there are Colossi that need the horse for combat. Even just controlling your elfish hero that prances across the prairies like a ballerina is not that intuitive. People would put up with bad controls like this a couple decades ago but now this can't be forgiven.
    I didn't really know much about this game and what I was getting into but after defeating the first 4 bosses I realized that that is all this game is. Defeating large tedious bosses. There is nothing else to fight or do that really matters. I've learned from watching walkthroughs that there are items and shrines to find out in the world. I don't know where they are because the world is pretty huge but barren. The gamer I watched even said that he wouldn't bother getting them until AFTER he defeated the Colossi. What is the point then?
    The game is really MAYBE a couple hours of actual interesting gameplay surrounded by things out of your control that just slow you down or make you start over. Long travels times to boss locations that will be redone if you die. Fall in water? Expect a very slow swim back to land. Prepare to wait for each Colossus to perform the action needed so you can begin your ascent to his sweet spot. If you miss it, prepare to wait again. Need your hero to rest on a safe spot during your climb? Get ready for him to flop all over the place like a rag doll from the slightest movement. I also wonder what percentage of SotC players have used videos and wikis to defeat a Colossus because many times things are unclear. I rarely ever go online for hints but I did more on this game than in most other games played in my lifetime put together. The hints the game gives you are vague and sometimes misleading. In one, the voice tells you to knock off the beasts armor to defeat him but in actuality he knocks his own armor off by striking a metal plate instead of soft ground. Something the game expected me to figure out at random, I guess.
    And the one thing that shocked me the most is the Colossus battles get tedious very quickly. There is no tension because even a direct strike by a colossus might do less than 25% damage which quickly automatically rejuvenates. You can fall from some of the tallest places and still not even take 50% damage. I guess that's good because you would just be restarting from the main temple or last shrine each time but it also means there are little to no stakes involved.
    This game isn't a test of skill really but a test of frustration. If you are the type that doesn't get easily frustrated by challenges then this is the game for you. I'm not that type of person.
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  7. Jul 28, 2020
    0
    Jesus christ
    dont play this thing ffs
    i wonder how someone enjoy play this "game"

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