REVIEW NOTE: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD
If you have never played Shadow of the Colossus when it originally launched way back in 2005 on PS2 or when it’s PS3 HD remaster arrived in 2011, then you still have another chance to play it, this time on the PS4 from 6 February. With the power of the PS4, it makes the best use of HDR, it’s simply stunning and beautiful cinematic scenes makes this a must-have game of 2018.
Gorgeous scenery & super detailed Colossi
The world feels as colossal as it did with the previous games, but the more powerful hardware from the PlayStation 4 has made the overall detail displayed and showcased in the game even more enjoyable to watch. Thanks to HDR and improvements made by Bluepoint, most of the Shadow of the Colossus mountains and distant pieces have been enhanced to provide even more detailed when viewed from a distance, ultimately making it look as real as possible when in full motion. What’s great about the new artwork is how closely it maintains the look and feel of a Team Ico game.
As this is a ground-up build we see there are tweaks and changes to the lighting throughout the game with various other enhancements that add more visual depth to the environment including shadow maps. In addition, some of the lightings create such a cinematic feel you get enthralled in the scenes of rays of light that beam through the temple and onto the valley floor. Some of the upgraded details are awe-inspiring and fully compliment the power of the PS4 from the richly detailed stonework of the temple you can see the dedication that went into almost every colossus in the temple.
Many improved and fluid mechanics
Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 4 plays exactly as it did in the previous iterations, however, the game is now way more fluid and is fully up to date with current gen expectations. The movement controls feel great, and getting around the environment feels smooth. The movement in combat is on point and easy to navigate, the camera keeps up with rapid movement well, which is crucial in those all-important Colossus battles. The battles are even more enjoyable thanks to the power of the PS4 and HDR enhancements.
As with the previous version Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 forces you to dive in head first and if you don’t know what you’re doing you will learn the basics very quickly by trial and error. There will be a couple of times during the game where you will be stuck and you will need a combination of skill and wit to master those situations, if you really are completely stuck, then the best solution would be to check the guides as you will want to complete this game to the end to truly appreciate its beauty.
One of the best remakes ever, exceptional work by Bluepoint
Bluepoint’s work with Shadow of the Colossus is exceptional, delivering a technical marvel that not only keeps some of its original atmosphere that was in the previous iteration but has also produced an even more polished and cinematic experience that is both nostalgic and yet a new experience. Shadow of the Colossus is a must have game in 2018.