Shadow of the Colossus User Reviews

6.8

Why I think Shadow of the Colossus isn't as perfect as everyone says it is...

The good:

Soundtrack sounds like it was taken from an A+ Box Office Movie
Amazing and vibrant open world
Fluid Motions and Animation contribute to this games movie-like quality
Decent challenge and rewarding goodies from beating Time-Attack gives you something to work towards during the Time trials
Stunning attention to detail makes players look EVERYWHERE to see if Team Ico put something out of their way into the environment just because of how much detail they put in this game!

The bad:

RIDICULOUS spikes in difficulty when playing Hard Mode (something I'll cover later)
This may just be an error on my part, but sometimes Wander will let go of whatever he's holding onto for NO REASON (I'm aware there's a stamina meter, but on one ridiculous occasion it was 2/3 of the way full but he still lets go) even when I have the R1 Button MASHED DOWN, often falling to his death
Some Colossi might as well just be riding Pogo-sticks throughout their arenas, from all the shaking they do (Something else I'll cover below)
Little to no story telling left me more confused than when I began the game (another thing to cover)
Sometimes Agro, won't cooperate, and when he (or she; honestly, if they wouldn't elaborate on the story, they should of at least gave us the horse's gender...) runs, specifically during Number 9's battle, when you need to tip him over, I ride Agro under him to shoot his feet, but when I do the Quick-Stop command, Agro will either A. Slow down a liiittle bit, or B. Not listen at all, and sometimes, during Number 10's fight, Agro will randomly run into walls when it is supposedly on "Auto-Pilot" as some people refer to it as
A ridiculous amount of controversy over a secret we all know probably isn't even there.
It's emptier than the Fallout Series, a game series that is SUPPOSED to feel empty.
WANDER SLIPS. A LOT.

Summary:

I'm gonna be swarmed by angry fans aren't I..?

*Sigh*

Okay, well if I'm gonna die today, I might as well tell my assailants my reasons for not loving their precious game...

Shadow of the Colossus is a VERY good game, in fact, it would easily make the top 3's in my top 10 favorite games if I made those lists, but, the game isn't perfect, in fact it is far from perfect...

One of my more popular reasons for saying this is that this game is so confusing; I'm aware that Ueda said that the story (or lack thereof) adds to the "Romantic Appeal" of the game...okay, come on, we buy games to play them, no...

9.0

Into the Unknown, Ride Forth... An Epic Adventure on Every Level

The good:

- Beautiful and epic graphics
- Mysterious yet engaging storyline
- Requires the player to think outside the box
- Unique and different approach to fantasy gaming. Not your standard hack and slash game.
- Realistic character animations and AI
- Music

The bad:

- Doesn't take very long to complete
- No enemies to kill other than the 16 Colossi (may not be enough for some gamers)
- Locating the Colossi can be a bit confusing at times
- Battles can be a little frustrating
- Camera work can sometimes be awkward

Summary:

"Tales speak of a distant place where creatures the size of mountains roam free. Bound to the land, these beasts hold the key to a mystical power - a power capable of bringing the departed back from the other side."

How far would you go to bring a loved one back from the dead? Shadow of the Colossus demonstrates one man's willingness to trade death for the life of another through sixteen boss battles on an epic scale.

The game begins with our hero Wanda, arriving at the Holy Land on his trusty horse Agro, carrying the body of a young woman in his arms. He has travelled to this strange land be...

9.0

Evades The Shadow of ICO

The good:

- Amazing artistic approach to visuals
- Addictive and engaging combat
- Mysertious plot

The bad:

- Navigational aspects can be time consuming
- Some bosses require well-thought strategies

Summary:


Shadow of the Colossus has been hailed as one of the most engaging games of all time, and a true swansong of the PlayStation 2 platform. Team ICO stunned us before with their debut title, ICO, but if you were looking for something more action-packed yet retaining that very ICO-specific look, Shadow of the Colossus is the one for you.

The thing I liked most about the plot behind the game, is that it drops you straight in middle of a temple without any background or explanation why the character, Wander, is here. He simply lays the fallen body of a young girl, assumedly a loved one upon an alt...

9.0

An epic adventure

Summary:

If you want to look for games that prides itself with its graphics, Final Fantasy X is your main hub. If you want a game that shows off as much gore as possible, Soldier Of Fortune is that game. If you want a game that showcases some extreme boss battles, then you may want to invest in...Well, to be completely honest, not many games really had boss battles at such epic scales. Most boss fights are either just obstacles, or not worth caring for because they're an annoyance. There's usually the rare instances in games where the bosses are awesome, but its usually outweighed by generic bosses ...

9.4

A feast for the senses :D

The good:

- Brilliant Graphics. Or, failing that, Great lighting effects that make everything look brilliant. Honestly, you could just stop and stare at some of the imagery in this game: it verges on beautiful, if that's possible in a game.
- An extremely original idea. There are a total of 16 enemies in the game. Sounds boring? Guess again.
- Massive, versatile, interesting, expansive, beautiful setting. Entirely non-linear, you can do whatever the hell you want, whenever the hell you want to do it. Destroying the Colossi is only half the story: exploring the huge area open to you is just as entertaining.
- Encourages use of the mind, not just the fingers. In order to destroy each Colossus, you'll have to find him, through use of the locater on your sword. And then you'll have to figure out how to kill something that's several hundred times larger than you are. And possibly flying, swimming, or burrowing underground. Yes, it's pretty hard.
- Unlockables, on your second play-through. Arrows that explode, a cloak of invisibility, a mask that gives you great strength... This also gives the game some replay value.
- You can increase your stats through the consumption of fruit (don't ask me how this works), or the killing of Lizards and stealing their tails (again, I'm stumped).
- A decent storyline. Nothing extraordinary, but it satisfies.
- A perfect learning curve. The first Colossus is pathetic compared to the others, but on your first time you'll find yourself at a loss about how to even scratch this massive lump of animated rock. The sense of achievement when you finally kill it is great. Also, some of the sequences you have to go through to bring down several of the Colossi (the Bird, for instance) are extremely complex, exercising the mind as much, if not more than any puzzle.
- The Musical Score. Atmospheric, perfect for the occasion, and a joy to listen to. I wouldn't mind getting the score and playing it, to be honest.
- The ending... *sniff*
- AGRO! (Your noble steed)

The bad:

- You'll have to be pretty serious about gaming to play this and enjoy it to it's full. It's not really "fun"; think of it like reading a book is to watching some casual TV. So it definitely won't appeal to all audiences. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but my friend despises it, for example.
- It's not the longest game ever. Also, despite the potential for replay value, you probably won't have the patience to complete it a second time.
- ...There's not much else to say here...

Summary:

Shadow of the Colossus: created by the same people that developed ICO, and one of my favourite games currently on the PS2. Let me tell you, whoever said football was the beautiful game obviously hadn't played this ;D

The basic storyline - and it is very basic - is that a young man never referred to by name in-game but whom the game manual refers to as "Wander" (an inaccurate translation of his nameless Japanese counterpart, "The Wanderer") ventures into the "forbidden land" with an unmoving female, who we later find out is dead. Here he proceeds to make a pact with the mysterious disembodied...

9.0

The Shadow...

Summary:

Now if someone were to come up to me and challenge me to take on over a dozen monstosities with the smallest being the size of a double decker bus and the largest being the size of a skyscraper then i would tell you where to shove that idea. But this is what must be done in the game Shadow of the colossus as your character battles against these colossi in order to bring back a loved one...awww...

The story is basically about this guy called Wanda who has travelled to a temple which from he has discovered has the power to bring a girl back to life, when he reaches the temple this booming voic...

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