If you’re unfamiliar with the latest game receiving mass praise from critics, let me give you the lowdown. Shadow of the Colossus was originally released in 2005 as a PlayStation 2 exclusive but has just copped a sensational remake.
When I say remake, I mean an entire, from the ground-up remade game, and it shows, folks. Not only is it visually stunning, it runs at a silky smooth frame rate, but you can sacrifice a bit of that smoothness for a higher resolution if you’d prefer.
Having never had a chance to play the original (I never had a PS2), I was especially keen to give the title a whirl. I’ve always heard such good things about the original release and the premise was really interesting to me – destroy 16 gigantic beasts and nothing else.
Frankly, they’re fucking huge. A sense of scale has always impressed me as a gamer, like the first time I took on a truly giant boss in a Zelda game, or stepped into an open world so big I found it hard to comprehend.
While I can’t compare the remake to the original in terms of gameplay, I can sure as shit tell you climbing up the hair of a massive beastie and stabbing it in the head is one of the most satisfying gaming experiences you can have.
Unsurprisingly, it’s getting fantastic reviews across the board, with the majority of larger publications giving it a 9 or higher. I’ve rounded up a few examples of these below.
Awarding it a whopping 9.7/10, IGN says SOTC “remains one of the best PlayStation games ever made, and it’s wonderful that Sony has brought it back to the fore so a new generation of gamers can experience it without having to look past its aged facade.”
Polygon gave it a 9.5/10, pointing out a respectful recreation of a classic, even if it does include a few of the shortcomings that came with it.
“As wonderful a game as this is, the lesson mustn’t be that we need more games that look like this Colossus — rather, that we need games that feel like it: a decade later, pushing against what we expect from games, warts and all,” the review reads.
GameSpot sums up the experience well, giving it a solid 9 – “Galloping through the tranquil world is always breathtaking; felling a monumental colossus is always humbling.”
Finally, Destructoid gave SOTC a perfect 10/10. “Shadow of the Colossus’ reputation is as great as some of its tallest colossi,” it says. “This remake might just help some people see that a little more clearly.”
To top all that off, the title is currently sitting at 93 on Metacritic. In other words, the successful remake is a banger, folks. Play it when it comes out on February 6.