Sunday, September 03, 2006

Shadow of the Colossus

This is by far the best PS2 game I have ever played! It is not like your average game in which you go around driving cars, beating people up or shooting aliens. Shadow of the Colossus is unique. The plot is simple, yet engrossing. The graphics amazing. I've never been hooked to any game as much as this. In fact I got so emotionally involved in the game that I used to look forward to coming home from work to continue the adventure and hunt down the next colossus!

Let me tell you about the game. You play the part of a young man called Wander whose mission is to seek and destroy 16 colossi that inhabit the forbidden lands, in order to revive the body of a dead girl. Wander only has his faithful horse Agro as his companion and is armed with only a sword and bow. At first you might think that the game would get boring and repetitive after you've fought the first few colossi but thats where you're wrong! The game just keeps getting better and better. Each colossus is different and you have to use your skill, wits and environment to figure out what strategy to use to defeat it. There are big ones, small ones, flying ones, swimming ones, burrowing ones...

I loved the game's graphics. The terrain is magnificent and so are the colossi. Details are so fine that you can see individual hairs on a colossus blowing in the wind, and the colossi’s movements are so graceful that while clinging to one of the creatures you feel as if you are moving yourself!

Its really hard to choose my favourite colossus. I found the 16th one the most challenging because you have to use everything you've learnt from the previous wars in order to kill it. I also liked fighting the one in the desert, in which you have to use your horse riding skills to get close enough and then leap off onto its wings! And then there was the small but fast dog-like colossus which you have to send crashing off a cliff using a torch.

On the whole, Shadow of the Colossus is a fantastic adventure. I felt so sad when it was all over and there were no more to fight. If you haven't played this game, go out and get it!

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