Shadow of the Colossus Review Compilation

Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Final Boss

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.

Shadow of Colossus Comparison

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 Fanboy4.5 / 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.

Destructoid10 / 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.

Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Beginning

DualShockers9 / 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.


A melancholy masterpiece is reborn in this faithful and breathtakingly beautiful remake.

Game Informer9 / 10.0

Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece, and developer Bluepoint has done a fantastic job bringing it to a new generation

Shadow of Colossus Beginning

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.

GameSpot9 / 10

Shadow of the Colossus is a beautiful reconstruction of an extraordinary title, a modern classic that everyone must experience.

IGN9.7 / 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

Shadow of Colossus Temple

KotakuNo 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 LifeStyle10 / 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.

Shadow of Colossus Attack

Polygon9.5 / 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.

Telegraph5 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!





6 thoughts on “Shadow of the Colossus Review Compilation

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  2. I have not played this game. I have seen only a little of the original game, but I was impressed by the size and design of one of the colossi in the game, which seemed to be the largest creature I have seen in any game. It is difficult to judge remakes because the reviewer has to decide how the new game compares to the original and whether the good and bad aspects of the game are present because the developers had to use them from the original game. The reviews seemed to suggest this game was effective at recreating the original game.
    Have you played the game? What parts did you hope would be used from the first game? What aspects did you think needed to be improved from the original?

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    • I’ve played and beat the original but haven’t beaten the remake yet. I think the biggest thing is upgrading the visuals, as I feel like the presentation is an important aspect of the impressiveness of the game itself.


  3. I haven’t yet picked this up because I’m trying (and struggling) to get to grips with Monster Hunter: World. But I can’t wait to do so – it’s one of my favourite games and the remake looks so good…

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