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Shadow Of The Colossus Review
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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

The landscape is vast and inviting, bereft of life apart from the huge monsters you hunt. There are no towns or dungeons to explore, no characters with whom to interact, only the Colossi to hunt. Each one has to be located with only the shining guidance of your sword and a rough map. To defeat them you must work out how to climb onto them and attack their vulnerable spots while being tossed around like a cat on a bear.

With its minimalist visual style and orchestral score, the game offers an experience that is as mournful and sad as it is full of excitement and adrenaline. Killing the Colossi almost feels like a mistake when you achieve it if it were not for the girl you must save.

This was released in a variety of iterations and forms part of a series of artistic games from developer Team Ico :
  • Ico (2001) on PlayStation 2
  • Shadow of the Colossus (2005) on PlayStation 2
  • Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (2011) HD version on PlayStation 3
  • Shadow of the Colossus (2018) remastered version on PlayStation 4
  • The Last Guardian (2016) on PlayStation 4

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Shadow Of The Colossus usually costs £14.99 to £29.99. 

Shadow Of The Colossus

Shadow Of The Colossus Classics HD (Ps3 Psn)

PlayStation Store PS3 £14.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The game was rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence towards a human character. All gameplay violence is conducted against huge Colossus. These characters are vulnerable to sustained attacks and if sufficient power of attack is available then they can be killed relatively quickly. A character is hit in the leg by an arrow, and then subsequently stabbed in the chest with a sword and despite this violence can pull the sword from his chest and then transforms into a fantasy creature. The violence in this instance is regarded as non-realistic.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can select difficulty as easy, normal, and hard but can't change after starting.

Although it's a hard game to navigate, you can hold your sword up (provided there is light) to get directed to where you need to go. Although this doesn't take into account path-finding and is an as-the-crow-flies indicator.
 
Our Shadow Of The Colossus Accessibility Report documents 8 accessibility features:

Game SeriesThe Team Ico Series

Shadow Of The Colossus is part of the Team Ico series of games:


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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