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Shadow of the Colossus is a game I would describe as epic. The number one thing it succeeds at is being fun. The game puts you in the shoes of Wander, a young man whose female friend has recently died. Wander goes to the temple in the forbidden land to ask the god-like entity Dormin to resurrect his deceased companion. Dormin accepts, but only once Wander agrees to kill sixteen large creatures, known as Colussi.
Now that I had an objective, I got on my horse and entered the world for the first time. Since I was playing the updated version from the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, the graphics looked pretty good, making the world seem beautiful. The many diverse locations where you fight Colossus keep the environments fresh and stop you from getting bored.
Although exploring the world can be fun, if that was the entirety of the game, I would have given up on the game 30 minutes in. The real excitement comes from fighting Colussi. There are sixteen levels, each level only including one Colossus. But don’t be fooled: one level could take you an entire hour. The whole game took me somewhere in between 8-9 hours, but that time can easily be increased through time trials, hard mode, and finding collectibles in the world.
Throughout Shadow of the Colossus you are only equipped with a sword and a bow and arrow. If you’re thinking this would lead to repetitive gameplay, you are dead wrong. Each level is unique due to the games focus on the Colossi themselves; no two Colossi are the same. Some are enormous. Some are small. Some walk on two feet. Some fly. It’s not just about avoiding some of their attacks, and then moving in for your own attack, but rather about puzzle solving. You really have to find a strategy before you can do any damage. This is what makes the game so fun—you feel smart for being able to murder that giant living thing (that doesn’t sound right… but it’s true).
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Ultimately, Shadow of the Colossus is an amazing game, and I’d recommend it to everyone. If you have PS Plus, you can get it for free right now. If you don’t have PS Plus, you can get it in the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection (and you’re missing out big time).
I hope you liked my review. Tell me what you thought of the game or really anything in the comments. Criticism is accepted and invited.
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