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Shadow Of The Colossus (2005) is an action-adventure game where you play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

The landscape is vast and inviting, bereft of life apart from the huge monsters you hunt. There are no towns or dungeons to explore, no characters with whom to interact, only the Colossi to hunt. Each one has to be located with only the shining guidance of your sword and a rough map. To defeat them you must work out how to climb onto them and attack their vulnerable spots while being tossed around like a cat on a bear.

With its minimalist visual style and orchestral score, the game offers an experience that is as mournful and sad as it is full of excitement and adrenaline. Killing the Colossi almost feels like a mistake when you achieve it if it were not for the girl you must save.

This was released in a variety of iterations and forms part of a series of artistic games from developer Team Ico :
  • Ico (2001) on PlayStation 2
  • Shadow of the Colossus (2005) on PlayStation 2
  • Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (2011) HD version on PlayStation 3
  • Shadow of the Colossus (2018) remastered version on PlayStation 4
  • The Last Guardian (2016) on PlayStation 4

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shadow Of The Colossus 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Narrative, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Identity as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence towards a human character. All gameplay violence is conducted against the huge Colossus. These characters are vulnerable to sustained attacks and if sufficient power of attack is available then they can be killed relatively quickly. A character is hit in the leg by an arrow, and then subsequently stabbed in the chest with a sword, despite this violence can pull the sword from his chest and then transforms into a fantasy creature. The violence in this instance is regarded as non-realistic.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The open world requires navigation and perseverance from the player to find the large beasts. They then need good coordination and planning to work out how to take down each foe and then execute that plan. Older players also get more from the game's narrative and strange sad moments just when you are succeeding.

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CostsCosts

Shadow Of The Colossus usually costs £29.99.
 

Shadow Of The Colossus

PlayStation Store PS4 £29.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Out Now: PS2, PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 8 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Sony Japan Studio (@SonyJapanStudio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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