gamers (95%) found this review helpful
I am entering my 30's and I have played many a game. This game somehow hit closest to my heart than any other game I have ever played. Something about the seclusion of just you and your only friend, your horse, is very endearing but also frightening. I enjoy games for a lot of reasons: gameplay, graphics, music, etc. but very rarely does a game capture me emotionally. This game did just that. After completing Shadow of Colossus I was informed of ICO, an earlier release I was unaware of, and jumped right in. I enjoyed it as well, but more for the concept than anything. Both games felt very personal with their execution and I would like to shake the hands of the men and women who made these games possible. Job well done... times a thousand.
gamers (94%) found this review helpful
Shadow of the Colossus is the closest that a game has ever come to approaching art. In every way, this game is a beacon to how video games are the new dominant form of artistic creation.
The game's premise is pretty simple: there are 16 Colossi between the Wanderer and the revival of his girlfriend. Each fight is essentially a puzzle to solve, as each Colossus requires a different strategy to defeat. Some of the fights will take 15 to 20 minutes to finish, particularly the later ones in the game. The Colossi are the only "enemies" in the game, there are no other creatures to fight.
Graphically, the game is gorgeous. Considering that it is close to 4 years old now, the game holds up surprisingly well. Played on the PS3, frame rate drops did occur, but it was never detrimental to the gameplay. Everything from the lighting effects, animation and the Colossi are painstakingly detailed, and proves that a game doesn't need raw horsepower to look good, artistic direction will go a long way.
The gameplay is very unique, requiring a lot of climbing to scale the massive Colossi. The Wanderer's grip is very important, and as such, will always have to be managed. If the grip meter runs out, the Wanderer will fall and will have to begin the long climb again. Riding on the horse also takes some getting used to, as well as the fact that the sword is relegated almost entirely to stabbing the Colossi instead of swinging it like a typical sword would be used. The slower pace of play may turn off some players who want quick thrills, but the pace fits perfectly with the story and the overall feeling of the game.
The story is the main draw of Shadow of the Colossus, and it is one that will keep driving the player to the end of the game, constantly wondering what will happen next to the Wanderer. The ending is fantastic as well, a perfect bookend to a superb game.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
First of all let me say I think its absolutly hilarious reading bad reviews of this game by people that have no idea what they are talking about. I can't tell you how many people think that you don't level up or that there is nothing to do besides kill the bosses. How wrong they are. To all of them: IF YOU DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT DIFFERENT GENRES OF GAMES, KEEP YOUR REVIEWS TO YOUR FPS OR YOUR FIGHTING GAMES. DO NOT GIVE SOMEONE A REASON TO MISS THIS BEAUTIFUL, UNFORGETABLE GAME!
Ok now that I've got that out of my system let me just say this: Never, before playing SOTC that is, have I been emotionally effected by a storyline in a game. This story is top notch and it isn't even much in the way of time spent collecting pieces of the narrative. It leaves so much to the player to imagine its like reading a book almost.
Secondly, cinimatics. The developers at team ICO spent a lot of effort in making sure that the world traversal was beautiful and interesting. There's a vast desert, a wild jungle, a huge spanning beach and almost any other type of land you can think of all open for exploration as soon as you start. Not to mention how epic the battles are. There's a cinimatic button that positions the camera to show both your hero and the collosus on screen. I spent most of my fights in this view and the movie like feel you get from it is wonderful.
I potentially could go on forever but I think this should be enough for you to want to give it a try. It's not like any game. period. (no to all you idiots that compare it to zelda. come on.) This is my favorite game ever. It may not be yours but you owe it to yourself to try it.