Shadow of the Colossus is a modern remake of the acclaimed PlayStation 2 action-adventure classic, telling the story of the Wanderer and his quest to save his dead loved one by exploring the world to slay gigantic colossi.
Pro Climbing each colossus is like solving a thrilling puzzle
Upon approaching a new colossus, the player must first observe how the boss moves and behaves while searching for a weak point. After shooting an arrow at a glowing spot beneath the beast's foot, for example, the enemy will fall forward for the player to then parkour on top of. Depending on where the colossus has ledges of stone to climb or patches of fur to hold onto, the player will need to navigate these obstacles while managing their stamina meter. Upon reaching another glowing weak point, there's a precarious thrill in striking this point and depleting the beast's HP while struggling to hold on and not run out of stamina.
Pro Faithful rendition of a masterpiece
Everything looks and feels like an updated copy of the game that first released in 2005, with options for more intuitive control schemes, better draw distance that expands the scope of the world, and the breathtaking scale of the gigantic colossi preserved in-full.
Pro Heartbreaking story and ending
The Wanderer's quest to bring back his loved one is a tale that will resonate with anyone who has lost someone that they care about. He defeats each colossi in his determination to challenge his loved one's fate, but he pays a heavy price for his actions that you'll discover as you progress through the plot. His journey to defeat each colossus culminates into an unforgettable, heart-wrenching ending.
Pro Beautiful environments
The world is as wide and wondrous as the PlayStation 2 version, now with more vibrant colors and intricate details. Traveling across the world by horseback is inspiring: riding over ravines of running waterfalls and traversing the expansive desert puts into perspective how varied and gorgeous the environments are.
Con Gameplay can get repetitive
The bulk of Shadow of the Colossus surrounds the Wanderer's quest to defeat each beast, and with over fifteen colossi, things can feel repetitive after a while. Although the way you approach each battle is different, depending on the boss' design, it essentially boils down to finding a way to climb each one's back and strike their weak points.