Shadow of the Colossus review

  • Boss battles like you've never seen
  • Impressive (though chuggy) graphics
  • Moody, artistic atmosphere
  • Controls and camera fight too much
  • Chuggy (though impressive) graphics
  • Some in-game hints aren't too helpful

The world of Shadow of the Colossus is rich and detailed, but drably colored. Everything looks undeniably lush and exotic, but the poor PlayStation 2 is crushed under the weight of the math required to draw these landscapes and animate these gigantic colossi around it. As a result, the scenery often pops abruptly into existence, and nothing moves remotely as smoothly as it should, even if the movements themselves are artistically beautiful.

While we're complaining, we should also mention that both the camera and Agro's controls fight the player as much as the colossi. On horseback, rather than just pointing the analog stick in the direction you want Agro to go, you press up to go forward and left or right to pivot. It can get tricky when the camera is moving around; and the camera is always moving. It wants to be cinematic and artistic, even if that means giving you a poor view of what's going on. You should plan on repositioning it constantly.

More Info

Release date: Oct 18 2005 - PS2 (US)
Feb 17 2006 - PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Adventure
Published by: SCEI
Developed by: SCEA
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Fantasy Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • mai-pussay - August 9, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    Imagine, being able to kill statue of liberty with only a sword
  • PapaPessi - September 22, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    bery noice!
  • Sukururu - June 20, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    I am getting this game tommorow. I don't know how I don't have it yet. It. Looks. Sounds. Awesome.
  • Kazmohdim - August 5, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    all your comments are so full of truth ^^ I 100% agree with all comments. Did you guys know that They are making a movie?
  • rafa_slash - April 13, 2009 6:17 a.m.

    when people say videogames cant be art, rub this game on their faces!! i wanna see them prove me wrong!
  • phaymus2 - April 11, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    dude this game is the shit. the grapphics could use some work but thats okay cuz its a reely erly ps2 title.the open landscape is reely fun to explore believe me i took the time. the gameplay is phenomenal and the game i just unique by itself. and ya it could have used some more flying booses or maybe one more water creeture
  • Kerfluffle - February 26, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    4 comments now And actually I was thinking the same thing. This will be the thing that sells me the PS3 if a sequel is released for it. I want more flying colossus in a second game.
  • CManx815 - February 26, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    great game and this game is three years old now and only 3 comments..... come on this game deserves better
  • skyguy343 - January 18, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    i will buy a PS3 just for this game if Team Ico decides to make a sequel...other than Ico
  • oreopizza47 - January 18, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    how long ago was this review for this amazing and aggravating game, and i'm still the only person to comment? oh well, amazing game as i said and one of my favs.

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