The PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus is one of 2018's most anticipated games. The achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the game is indeed a remake; the 2005 original is already considered one of the best games on the PlayStation 2. Despite all this, the game remains borderline obscure, a cult favorite that many people might only recognize as the one with the big monsters. But the story behind Shadow of the Colossus is so much deeper and richer than that.
SotC is a unique puzzle game: there are none of the stereotypical towns or buildings through which players have to travel, nor are there other characters with which a player interacts, other than the 16 massive colossi that stand in the way of the quest: trespassing forbidden land to bring a dead lover back to life. The game is minimalist in both its art and story: how can a game with less than 20 characters be great or even compelling?
But it's the enigmatic world sprawled before the player (a character named Wander) that makes the game not only great and compelling but also a true gem: each of the 16 colossi has different characteristics that have to be explored, identified, and exploited in order to defeat it. Many of the colossi don't even want to fight, and Wander's internal struggle becomes apparent as he kills more colossi and breathes more and more life back into his love even while he drains his own life in the process. It is a true, emotional journey, a lonely quest made captivating by hulking forms on the horizon and the puzzle-challenges you have to solve along the way, all set to a soaring soundtrack.
Shadow of the Colossus is back and better than ever — here's why the game continues to thrill, enthrall, and stand out even in a very saturated selection of video games.
'Shadow Of The Colossus' Starts With The Main Character Committing A Sacrilegeous Act By Trespassing On Forbidden Lands
The Abandoned God Dormin Appears To Wander
With Each Colossus Killed, Mono Regains More Life While Wander Becomes Weaker
The Colossi Come In All Shapes, Roaming Their Own Territories In Solitude
Eight Colossi Already Passed From The World And Their Remains Litter The Grounds
Many Of The Colossi Do Not Want To Fight You; By Killing Them, You Are Causing The Extinction Of A Species