My Year of Gaming: Shadow of the Colossus
At the beginning of 2017, I purchased a Playstation 4, and it was the first time I have had a console since 2011. Needless to say, I have quite the backlog of games. I played through 23 titles in my first year getting hardcore back into gaming, and still have a long way to go. Now that we’re halfway through 2018, I figured I would share what I have been playing since the beginning of the year.
Originally on the Playstation 2, a HD remaster of the classic game Shadow of the Colossus (2005, 2018) was recently released on PS4 and I decided I would give the game another shot as I was unable to beat it on PS2. And I’m glad I finally got through it all. The remaster is gorgeous, making the Colossi more beautiful and haunting. I would definitely recommend this version to everyone.
The story follows a young man named Wanderer who brings the body of a girl to an ancient temple in a forbidden land. His goal is to bring her back to life, but in return, he must appease the spirit of the temple, Dormin, by defeating sixteen Colossi. What’s so interesting about this game is that there is no background given to the characters or the world, yet you are instantly engrossed in the tale. Everything leads up to an incredibly emotional finale, and I wasn’t quite prepared for it.
This game is pretty straight-forward in terms of game play. All you do is travel the land and defeat each of the Colossi. Each massive beast presents their own challenge. Naturally, the difficulty ramps up as you work your way through the Colossi. Essentially what you have to do is climb the beasts who are covered in hair or rocks and stab them a couple of times in a few specific locations. The locations get harder to access and each battle makes you do a lot of quick thinking and problem solving. I had a guide open for some of the later fights because they get incredibly difficult. I also used a guide to locate some of them, which is the reason I gave up playing the PS2 version. I got lost trying to find the eighth Colossus.
The game is rather short, taking me about 15 hours to beat (but could take less time as I would pause and walk away, or got caught up trying to achieve trophies). The post-game material is simply returning to the remains of the fallen Colossi and fighting them again. There are time challenges and such that will yield rewards such as more powerful bows and swords. You can also travel and find lizards and plants that will increase your health and grip strength. So not a whole lot to do, but the game is pretty inexpensive and is definitely worth the first pass.