Shadow Of The Colossus Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson and @JonahMonaghan.

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

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

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

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

 

CommitmentCommitment

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

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Rated TEEN by ESRB with blood and violence. To defeat these enemy creatures, players scale their bodies to search for weak points. Players repeatedly thrust a sword into the giant creatures' weak points until their health bars diminish; large sprays of black blood-like fluid are depicted when they are injured/killed. In one sequence, a character is shot in the leg with an arrow and impaled through the chest with a sword.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.



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