Shadow of the Colossus has been remade and released on the PlayStation 4. Meaning, the game has now released on PS2, PS3, and PS4. The PS3 version was the same game as the PS2 version, a few textures cleaned up. The PS4 version that came out, yet, is in many respects, a new game.
|Title||Shadow of the Colossus|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|Release||February 6, 2018|
|Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.|
The team took the base game engine and updated it. They redid all the art and design while working hard to keep it true to the original. The controls have been updated and the sound is remastered. They rebuilt all the environments and Colossi from the ground up. All using the original wireframes and models as a reference.
Why bother making and releasing the game so many times? Because it is both a great game and an artistic masterpiece. Everything about the game is created and crafted with purpose and care. The game definitely shows and makes for an immersive experience.
In Shadow of the Colossus, you play Wander, a hero who makes a deal with spirts to bring a girl named Mono back to life. To do that, you need to fell many huge creatures. Each of these Colossus has their own design, environment, and strategy.
There are no towns to explore. No NPCs to deal with, and no other monsters to fight. The simplicity is a strength in this case. It keeps the game focus on your character and your horse Argo. And the gigantic creatures you need to defeat.
The basic Shadow of the Colossus gameplay cycle begins at the central temple. There is a statue representing each colossus and the altar where you placed Mono. Wander must seek out and defeat a colossus.
To find a colossus, Wander may raise the sword while in a sunlit area to reflect beams of light. The sword will focus into a light beam when it’s pointed in the correct direction towards the next fight. The ride on your horse to a colossus is never a straight line. Obstacles and difficult terrain must be overcome. Cliffs must be climbed, and forests explored. Once Wander finds a colossus, he must discover its weaknesses to defeat it.
The colossi are large. Even larger than the biggest creatures in the open-world action role-playing games like Monster Hunter: World. Each colossus is a level in and of itself, and in a unique lair. Many colossi cannot be defeated with your sword and bow. You must make use of the surrounding environment, other cleaver and innovate strategies. All colossi have a weak point. You need to find that glows when you shine the sunlight from your sword on it as well.
The Colossus has areas covered with fur or protruding ledges. Wander may use to grip and scale the colossus while it thrashes about in an attempt to shake him off. While climbing a colossus, you need to be aware of your stamina as Wander has a limited stamina gauge. If you depleat all stamina, will cause him to fall.
Each colossus is much like a large puzzle as you figure out how to fight them. T the charge around, through the air, burrow through the sand or other obstacles and behaviors. Once you defeat it, you return to the temple to get hints on where to find the next.
As stated before, the sound design, imagery, and music are all top notch. The landscape is beautiful. The colossi’s design is amazing and the whole story as well. The music works with the landscape to set the mood and feel of the game. The world itself is a character in Shadow of the Colossus story and design is masterfull.
One big improvement in this game over previous editions is the upgrade to the control scheme. The original game had a bit of an unorthodox controller setup that was unchangeable. The PS4 default mapping is more in line with most other games of this type. Also, it has several other options including the original for those who enjoyed it.
Shadow of the Colossus was an amazing game when released on the PS2. Remaster takes that amazing game to modern consoles and keeps the feel and spirit alive. While adding modern touches it makes it as worthy a game as it was then. We cannot state enough this game is a masterpiece. A true work of art that it can stand shoulder to shoulder to a fantastic adventure game – Uncharted 3.