A QUESTION I’ve been wondering ever since I played the remake of Shadow of the Colossus, is can you give the game of the year to something released 12-years ago?
Back in 2005, Sony Computer Entertainment launched this action-adventure blockbuster on the PlayStation 2 to critical acclaim.
Unfortunately, it was bypassed by a large amount of today’s modern gaming audience, and the title deserved another shot at the big time.
I went into my first hands-on session with Shadow of the Colossus with low expectations, after all, it was a game made more than a decade ago.
This is exactly why though, you should never judge a book by its cover.
Shadow of the Colossus isn’t a remaster in any shape or form, it’s a complete overhaul, a brand new game, that’s kept to what its fans know and love.
If you haven’t played it before, it’s very simple in terms of gameplay, but a masterpiece in terms of game design.
You take control of Wander, traveling the world in order to kill 16 different bosses, called Colossus.
They range from hulking monsters, 150ft giants with huge stone swords to winged beasts who require leaping off your horse to mount.
You’re challenge is to work out each tactic to take down your enemy, every one have their own puzzle to solve and finally defeat.
The Colossus will attempt to shake of you them as you climb their bodies, and kill you along the way.
It’s all very simple to explain, but just wait until you’re trying to avoid the 20ft boot of a giant monster.
In essence, Shadow of the Colossus is there to make you feel epic, giving you a sense of achievement as you progress.
The world is simply stunning, probably the most beautiful I have experienced on the PS4 Pro to date.
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The camera work is still slightly clumsy, and takes some getting used to, but it’s a minor fault in a masterpiece.
I only saw a glimpse of what it had to offer, but my instant reaction was, this is a 2018 game of the year contender, for sure.
All this with both the Last of Us Part II, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War and numerous others being released.
Next year is already shaping up to be a great one, and this little gem just adds to the excitement.