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Submitted by leonHurley 867d ago | opinion piece

RetroStation: Shadow Of The Colossus – a PS2 masterpiece with the most awesome horse in games

OPM: As taglines go, ‘into the unknown, ride forth’ isn’t the most attention-grabbing. Even more so when you think of the alternatives Team Ico could have gone with for Shadow Of The Colossus: a game where you stand on the shoulders of giants… then repeatedly stab them to sad, stone-faced death. And yet those five little words perfectly capture the central charm of this enigmatic work of art. (PS2, Shadow of the Colossus)

miyamoto  +   867d ago
SOTC's
platforming and shooting game mechanics and elements,

in game storytelling technique,

minimalist-get rid of all the unnecessary BS-Less is More game design

colossal boss fights with real time emotional conflict on the player's emotions

intended unpredictable horse behavior and horse riding play

tons of open world secrets embedded inside the game's code

Epic soundtrack

and so much more

All these completely changed how games are made forever!

many of the game elements true game genius Ueda are all over the 7th gen video games

this is why PS2 is hands down the greatest game machine ever made!

Thank heavens for Sony.

Give me the Last Guardian please
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DoctorJones  +   867d ago
I love SOTC, but this line -'real time emotional conflict on the player's emotions' - made me want to vomit.
miyamoto  +   867d ago
dude, if killing innocent colossi makes you happy like you kill innocent people with no remorse in GTA, then I know where you are coming from.

You can vomit all day because SOTC is for gamers with conscience and morals.

SOTC is the best open world game ever made.
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DoctorJones  +   867d ago
So you've looked at my post history, worked out I like GTA, and have made a full report on my personality based on that.

You should work at Fox News, you'd fit right in.
Tiqila  +   867d ago
I love that game too, but I was not able to finish it. Too much real time emotional conflicts for me.
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izumo_lee  +   867d ago
This game as well as Ico say to me that the wait for The Last Guardian will be worth it. I believe in Fumito Ueda & his team in delivering a memorable experience unlike anything we will ever see.

They proved it with Ico & did it again with SotC. Sure they hit some development snags along the way, evident in trying to realize the vision that is Ueda & they dreamed too big for the PS3. With the PS4 they have the tools & resources to maybe realize Ueda's dream.

If that meant starting from scratch (which i think is what has happened) than so be it. After all these years & people are still talking about Ico & SotC, one can only imagine what the experience of The Last Guardian will be like.
hankmoody  +   867d ago
Finally got to play this game on the PS3's HD collection. The only issue I had with it was the controls which worked for the most part but could get pretty frustrating at times depending on what you were doing. I loved this game immensely and I had to hold back tears at the end of it. Truly a classic in every sense.
SmokingMonkey  +   867d ago
Masterpiece. Loved being a colossus!!!

Come onnnnnnn........The Last Guardian!!!!
Rikuson1  +   867d ago
Actually I think Darksiders had the best horse in video games. Then recent Dynasty Warriors 8 and then SOTC. I should have to scream for my horse minimum of 5 times before it realizes I'm trying to call it, make its easy towards me and auto-mount it. SOTC in many ways is amazing but if there was one thing that annoyed me was Argo.
mitchell1188  +   867d ago
This game was far too unrecognized like a lot of PlayStation 2 gems out there which is a real shame. This, drakengard 1 and DEFINITELY 2, Zone of the enders 2nd runner, and even okami were all not given the advertising necessary to drive those great games into people awareness. We need more games like these for sure but they NEED to be advertised so people know.
Inception  +   867d ago
Maybe i will get burn by saying this, but in terms of horse animation, SotC horse is above the horse in Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us. Don't get me wrong, i luv UC3 and TloU. But when playing / watching the chasing scene in UC3 or the Fall section in TloU, i always saying to myself 'Why ND not using the animation from SotC?'. The horse animation from SotC are veryyyy smooth. I'm sure i'm not the only one who felt like this.

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