developer: Bluepoint Games
publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PS4:
Comprehensive remake of the cult action game from 2005, which in the course of several years since the premiere has been given the status of a legend. The production was created with PS4 platform in mind, and Bluepoint Games studio is responsible for its development. It is worth noting that this is not the first meeting of developers with this title - the team created a remastered version of the original, released on PlayStation 3 in 2011.
In Shadow of the Colossus the player takes on the role of Wander, a young man trying to bring back to life a girl named Mono, dedicated to a mysterious ritual. In order to accomplish his intentions, the hero crosses the borders of a Forbidden Land separated from the rest of the world and enters into a pact with a dark force known as Dormin. It turns out that there is a possibility of resurrection of his beloved - but for this to happen, the protagonist must annihilate the sixteen title Colossuses, creatures resembling gigantic, animated statues. With only a sword and a bow at his disposal, the heros sets off on a dangerous journey in the company of the faithful Agro horse.
In the Shadow of the Colossus released on the PS4 platform we observe the action from a third party perspective (TPP). The foundation of the game is the exploration of a vast, open world (which consists of desert, the ruins of ancient buildings or even a forest and picturesque valley) and the fight against the sixteen title Colossus. The selected target should be tracked down using a light-emitting sword wedge (a narrow column means that there is an opponent in this direction) and reach it. After winning, Wander wakes up in the temple, where he accepts Dormin's task of annihilating another opponent.
The fights take place in real time and in different sceneries (on land, in water, in the skies). Individual enemies differ not only in appearance and size, but also in their individual characteristics and weaknesses, on the basis of which tactics should be developed. While some Colossuses walk majestically on the surface or fly calmly in the air and do not attack unprovoked, others behave more chaotic and aggressive. The latter is especially the case when Wander climbs over their furry parts of the body (in order to avoid a painful fall, pay attention to the endurance indicator, as the hero hanging on his hands, quickly falls off his strength), trying to reach one of the weak points - such a one should stab with a sword several times to weaken a mighty enemy. Often the protagonist is also forced to use the help of Agro - the mount is a real support on the battlefield, because it can distract the opponent's attention (for this purpose we can also use a bow) and allows him to get to hard to reach places, from which, for example, we jump on the back of the Colossus. At the same time, the creators tried to bestow on him the characteristics of a real animal, so that our companion sometimes refuses to obey, and in a situation of direct danger, he is forced to flee.
It should be noted that the creators were tempted to adjust the control scheme to the standards prevailing at the time of the release of the described item. The whole thing is designed to be handled not only by veterans of the genre and people familiar with the works of Team Ico, but also by new players.
The three-dimensional graphic design published on the PS4 Shadow of the Colossus platform presents a solid level of workmanship. Just like the original at the time, the production is characterized by momentum and memorable style. Nemesis, new high quality textures and advanced visual effects are also striking, with a realistic lighting system at the forefront.
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Game score 7.96 / 10 calculated out of 714 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 79 players' votes.