Shadow of the Colossus is a role-playing and adventure game which is designed in a unique style. Unlike the same content, this game will not provide an NPC for players to communicate or towns to explore. Instead, players will use the provided items and cross many different terrains to reach the mission area. SCE Japan Studio and Team Ico developed this game. It was first available by Sony Computer Entertainment on the PlayStation 2 platform. On October 18, 2005, the game was released in North America. Also in 2005, the game was available in Japan with a different name Wander and the Colossus (October 27). This game was discovered in Europe and Australia in February 2006.
The game’s story takes place around the journey of a young teenager, his name is Wander. This young man traveled to the forbidden land with a single purpose, reviving Mono – a girl who sacrificed herself for everyone. Wander’s vehicle was a horse, and it was Argo. After entering the forbidden land, Wander picked up an ancient sword. In the land’s center – an ancient temple, Wander saw dark creatures which had shape like humans, and they tried to attack him. However, the sword’s power defeated these creatures.
Next, from the air, a voice was raised and thought to be of Dormin – an entity that was imprisoned in this temple. Dormin made a suggestion to Wander, who would revive Mono. But Wander had to help him destroy the 16 Colossus that govern the forbidden land (with the ancient sword Wander possesses). Accepting the offer, Wander moved to various areas of the Prohibition Zone to search for the Colossus and destroy them.
Combat and puzzle
In Shadow of the Colossus, players have two main weapons as a sword and a bow. In which, you will use the sword as a guide to find the location of the Colossus (by letting sunlight shine on the blade and the reflected light from the blade will guide you) . Besides, the game only focuses on the fighting tasks with Colossus, and players do not have to face other enemies. Despite not facing enemies on the way, reaching the Colossus is not easy. To reach their location, players will have to overcome many complex terrains.
After finding a Colossus, players will have to defeat it by finding their weaknesses. Each will have a specific weakness on their body. They will be marked with Sigil symbols. To see these symbols, players have to use the sunlight which is reflected in the sword and project them into the Colossus’s bodies. Determining the Sigil’s location, players will have to find a way to approach the enemy and attack continuously on this weakness. Each will appear in a certain area, and they will not leave these areas. Therefore, players have to observe carefully and use the surrounding terrain to quickly defeat Colossus.
With immersive elements and engaging combat, this game is in the list of the best games. Besides, the game’s image system also received good reviews for possessing a beautiful and artistic image quality (due to the design in a minimalist art style).