As I mentioned last week, Shadow of the Colossus is one of my favorite games of all time. And now, we’ve got a remake for PS4 (which is more extensive than the HD upgrade from PS3).
Remakes are tough to review — is it more important to judge the game’s ability to stand on its own against modern peers, or should review give credence to its past success and focus on the modern translation aspects? It’s a viewpoint that can be argues either way, and I think it warrants one a review compilation to get a diversity of opinion.
The early reviews are looking good for the game. Most outlets are quite pleased with how the game has been redone, and that the game can stand on its own merits without the nostalgia. Let’s take a look (and once again thanks to OpenCritic for all the info):
Attack of the Fanboy – 4.5 / 5 stars
Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best games of all time and it has now received a truly worthy remake on PS4. There aren’t any major shifts in the gameplay or content additions, but the game needed neither. Instead Bluepoint has taken the original classic, upgraded the visuals, and only touched what needed to be touched. Fans will want to have this on day one, and if you’ve never experienced the magic of Shadow of the Colossus before, this is the way to do it.
Destructoid – 10 / 10.0
Not to diminish the accomplishments of this remake, but it’s all possible because Team Ico’s Shadow of the Colossus is so impossibly perfect. It’s epic and majestic and emotional and imaginative and breathtaking. There are so many superlative adjective you could attach. Shadow of the Colossus’ reputation is as great as some of its tallest colossi. This remake might just help some people see that a little more clearly.
DualShockers – 9 / 10.0
The legacy of Shadow of the Colossus has never been in question, but this PS4 edition has just further solidified its place amongst gaming’s masterpieces.
Remakes can seem like the low-hanging fruit of game development, but Bluepoint does Shadow of the Colossus justice with an evolution of the classic game that improves the overall experience while maintaining its familiar spirit.
Eurogamer – Essential
A melancholy masterpiece is reborn in this faithful and breathtakingly beautiful remake.
Game Informer – 9 / 10.0
Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece, and developer Bluepoint has done a fantastic job bringing it to a new generation
Game Revolution – Jason Faulkner – 4.5 / 5 stars
I’ve rarely seen a game received such an extensive makeover while being so faithful to the source material.
GameSpot – 9 / 10
Shadow of the Colossus is a beautiful reconstruction of an extraordinary title, a modern classic that everyone must experience.
IGN – 9.7 / 10.0
The true definition of a classic, the gameplay and story of Shadow of the Colossus are every bit as great and emotional today as they were in 2005. This outstanding remaster skillfully enhances those qualities with improved controls, performance, and sheer graphical beauty. It remains one of the best PlayStation games ever made, and it’s wonderful that Sony has brought it back to the fore so a new generation of gamers can experience it without having to look past its aged facade
Kotaku – No Verdict
By lovingly recreating that feeling from scratch, this remake is not just a means for Sony to sell you Shadow of the Colossus again—it proves that its appeal is not rooted in mere nostalgia but is a lasting work of quality that transcends its era.
PlayStation LifeStyle – 10 / 10.0
It’s the perfect remake. It’s Shadow of the Colossus exactly as I remember it, yet it’s Shadow of the Colossus like it’s never been before.
Polygon – 9.5 / 10.0
This isn’t a restoration — the team isn’t simply retracing the lines and rejuvenating the colors — and yet it sets out, intentionally, to reproduce the source text, warts and all. Each time I battled with the camera and controls, I imagined the creators of this new Colossus considering niche theories on restoration that you’d expect from a city zoning board trying to protect a historic building. How much of the bad stuff must be kept? Where a classic building often retains the exterior, the answer for a classic game appears to be all interior.
Telegraph – 5 Stars
In 2005 Shadow of the Colossus was a masterpiece and that remains so in 2018. This is one of the greatest games ever made and is an accolade that shows no sign of being detached from its monumental presence.
How do you feel about Shadow of the Colossus? Does the game hold up after all this time? Was the remake true to the original? Comment below!