Good Game: Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

A Good Game a day for the rest of time perhaps?

Today it’s Shadow of the Colossus a 2005/2006 action-adventure video game developed by Team Ico (Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. It was directed by Fumito Ueda and developed at SCEI’s International Production Studio 1, also known as Team Ico; the same development team responsible for the cult hit Ico, to which the game is considered a spiritual successor.

The game’s storyline focuses on a young man named Wander who enters a forbidden land. Wander must travel across a vast expanse on Argo his horse and defeat sixteen massive beings, known simply as colossi, in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono. The game is unusual within the action-adventure genre in that there are no towns or dungeons to explore, no characters with whom to interact, and no enemies to defeat other than the colossi. Shadow of the Colossus has been described as a puzzle game, as each colossus’ weakness must be identified and exploited before it can be defeated.

Cited as an influential title in the video game industry, Shadow of the Colossus is often regarded as an important example of video game as art due to its minimalist landscape designs, immersive gameplay and emotional journey. It received wide critical acclaim by the media and was met with strong sales compared to Ico, due in part to a larger marketing campaign. The soundtrack was also widely praised. The game won several awards for its audio, design, and overall quality. Shadow of the Colossus is also referenced numerous times in debates regarding the art quality and emotional perspectives of video games. Today, the game is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time.

An HD remastered version developed by Bluepoint Games, that collects both games was released as Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD for the PlayStation 3 in September 2011; it features high-definition graphics, PlayStation Network Trophies, and 3D support. The HD version was released separately in Japan.

A remake of the game with ultra-high definition art assets is currently in development by SIE Japan Studio and Bluepoint Games and scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 in early 2018.

Watch the video I made below showing about the first 32 minutes of the game.


Shadow of the Colossus Gameplay.

Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio.
Publisher:  Sony Computer Entertainment.
Platform: PlayStation 2.
Release : 18th October 2005 (NA), 27th October 2005 (JP), 17th February 2006 (EU).
Genre: Action-adventure.