Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus
SotC English Boxart
|Publisher||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Release Dates|| Oct 18, 05 (NA)|
Oct 27, 05 (JP)
|Re-releases|| Jun 29, 06 (JP)|
Aug 6, 06 (NA)
|Reprints||Feb 4, 10 (JP)|
|Ratings|| ESRB: T|
|Platforms||PS2, PS3 (HD)|
Shadow of the Colossus (Team ICO's critically acclaimed "spiritual successor" and prequel to their original title ICO. The game was directed by Fumito Ueda, produced by Kenji Kaido, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, first in the US, shortly followed by Japan, then released worldwide over the course of the following two years. The game was recently re-released in HD on September 22, 2011 as part of the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection for the Playstation 3. The game features vast, beautiful landscapes and unique gameplay, involving the scaling and slaying of giant titans. It lacks typical gameplay elements such as interactive characters and side quests, giving it a barren yet realistic feel.) is
The story of Shadow of the Colossus revolves around the main protagonist Wander, a young man who travels great distances on his horse Pablo to the Forbidden Lands in hopes of reviving the soul of a girl who was sacrificed for reasons unknown. He seeks the power of a spirit of legend who is able to control the souls of the dead. He will do whatever it takes to bring her back, no matter the cost.
Inside the Shrine of Worship, a holy structure in the center of the lands, Wander places the girl Mono on the alter and is greeted by an ethereal voice. It warns him of the dangers of the lands and scoffs at him for being so foolish as to oppose the natural cycle of death. This spirit, known as Dormin, tells Wander that if he can destroy all of the statues in the temple, that it will revive Mono's soul. In order for him to complete this task, he must scour the lands for sixteen colossi and slay them all. In doing so, the corresponding statues in the shrine will fall. Wander sets out without question or hesitation with nothing but his horse, an ancient sword, and his bow.
As Wander slays the colossi, a shaman Emon and a group of men are hastily traveling to the lands in which Wander fights, fearing a grave danger in some sort of ritual. The more colossi Wander slays the closer they get. Once Wander defeats the sixteenth and final colossus, Emon and his men finally reach the shrine, and the truth is revealed. Wander was being used by Dormin, a powerful spirit that was fragmented and sealed in each of the statues, only to be freed if someone were to slay the colossi with the magic sword. Wander was being used.
When Emon orders his men to kill Wander and one stabs him through the heart, Dormin takes form from its host and towers over the men. As Wander fights for control with the beast, Emon's men seize the magic sword, after which it is thrust into the pool at the back of the shrine, creating a vortex to seal the spirit once again. Upon leaving the shrine, Emon and his men destroy the arc bridge, the only thing that connects the Forbidden Lands to the outside world. Back in the shrine, Dormin is quickly sucked into the light vortex, leaving a struggling Wander who fights against the pull, reaching out toward Mono. His attempts fail, and he is sucked in as well.
Mono awakens and looking around the shrine, hears sounds from the other end, where the pool was. She finds a baby in the depression, small with red hair and a little pair of horns, the same kind that Wander had after being possessed by Dormin. After being joined by Agro, she cradles the baby and travels to the top of the shrine where sunlight and wildlife greet them, and the game ends.
In Shadow of the Colossus, players spend most of their time exploring the Forbidden Lands in search of fruits, lizards, save points, and of course, the colossi. Wander is able to travel on foot or on horseback and fights with either his bow or the ancient sword. When approached, each colossus awakens and presents its strategically designed body of which Wander must devise a strategy to defeat.
Combat typically involves scaling each colossus in search of a weak point that Wander must stab with the ancient sword to inflict damage. Most weak points are located in hard to reach spots like the top of the head or on the edge of a wing or tail. The colossi will struggle by shaking or reaching toward Wander in attempts to obstruct him. Some colossi are impossible to defeat without the utilization of the surrounding environment and some battles require Agro. It is important to approach each colossus with attention to structure and detail.
Players can also spend time exploring the vast Forbidden Lands in which they can find fruit hanging from trees that will increase health capacity. There are also lizards, mostly around save points, with glowing tails that can be eaten with the side effect of increased stamina. The more a player explores, the less clouded the map becomes. The colossi must be fought in the order in which the ancient sword guides the player, however once a colossus is defeated, the battle can be relived if the player visits the physical remains or the statue in the Shrine of Worship.
Shadow of the Colossus began as project Nico (Next ICO), a direct sequel to ICO.
 Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Since its first release on the PS2 in 2005, Shadow of the Colossus has remained one of the most highly-revered PS2 games to date. When the game released in Japan in 2006, it sold 140,000 copies during its first week, which were much higher figures than its predecessor ICO. This is believed to have been the result of a massive advertising campaign pushed by Sony to increase exposure, which is something they failed to do previously.
On August 6, 2006 the game was added to Sony's Greatest Hits collection. It currently holds a score of 91.43% on GameRankings.com, based on 94 critic reviews.
 The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PS3)
The HD collection continues to receive the same praise.
 In Other Media
In the 2007 film Reign Over Me which features Adam Sandler as a depressed widower.
 Other Media
Please see our page Shadow of the Colossus: Roar of the Earth for information on the official soundtrack.
 Film Adaptation
On April 7, 2009, it was announced that Sony Pictures would be adopting Shadow of the Colossus into a film. Kevin Misher, producer of The Scorpion King and The Interpreter is set to produce while Josh Trank (director of Chronicle) is set to direct. Game creator Fumito Ueda will be involved in the film's production. As of 2014, there have been no announcements reveling casting or a release date.
 Game Credits
|Director and Game Designer||Fumito Ueda|
|Planning & Game Script||Junichi Hosono, Masashi Kudo, Takashi Izutani|
|Planning & Camera Testing||Takeshi Asano|
|Planning & Sound Testing||Makoto Yamaguchi|
|Character Design||Shunpei Suzuki, Hitoshi Niwa|
|Character Animation||Atsuko Fukuyama, Masanobu Tanaka, Daisuke Uchikawa, Sousuke Honda, Tatsuhiko Tachibe, Rory Little|
|Effects Design||Hironobu Nakano, Yuta Kimura|
|Field Design||Koji Hasegawa, Masanori Kajita, Kazuhiro Numata, Takeshi Okazawa, Kayoko Sato, Kibi Wakisaka, Atsuhiko Terada, Takeshi Ochiai, Nanako Omura, Mitsuhiro Shimooki, Katsuhiko Abe|
|Field Collision||Jun Tsubuku, Takashi Kawashima, Nao Yamasaki|
|System Programming||Jinji Horagai|
|Motion System Programming||Hajime Sugiyama|
|GUI Programming||Takuya Seki|
|Script System Programming||Takeshi Nakagawa|
|Camera Tool Programming||Teppei Ikeda|
|Animal System Programming||Kazutomo Sasaki|
|Tools Programming||Toshihiro Ito|
|Line Producer & Project Manager||Kenji Kaido|
|Executive Producer||Yasuhide Kobayashi|
|Supervisors||Ahira Sato, Fumiya Takeno, Masatsuka Saeki, Tomikazu Kirita|
|Music Composer||Kō Ōtani|
|Recording Producer||Yuji Saito|
|Recording and Mixing||Toshiyuki Yoshida|
|Music Supervisor||Tomonobu Kikuchi|
|Sound Design||Keiichi Kitahara, Kouji Niikura, Noburo Masuda, Tsutomu Fuzawa, Tsubasa Ito|
|Sound Manager||Shinpei Yamaguchi|
|Voice Recording Director||Takatoshi Yoda|
|Voice Recording Coordinator||Junichi Umehara|
|Voice Recording Engineer||Masatsuna Chubachi|
|Voice of Wander||Kenji Nojima|
|Voice of Mono||Hitomi Nabatame|
|Voice of Dormin||Kazuhiro Nakata (male), Kyōko Hikami (female)|
|Voice of Emon||Naoki Bandō|
 Box Art
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