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    Shadow of the Colossus Hasn't Aged Well

    I recently played through the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus.

    The graphics are really fantastic on the PS4 build, to be sure.

    I think that the shitty controls were something we just sort of 'put up with' because the scope of the game was so vast and unlike anything we'd ever seen before.

    The horse controls like garbage.

    The camera control is frustrating.

    Wander is a clumsy fuck that controls like he's always drunk.

    The monotony of the game's core mechanics expose how threadbare the gameplay is.

    Should have been a Ghibli movie and not a game, though.

    Also, The Last Guardian was absolutely NOT worth the wait. That game was a steaming pile.

    Oddly enough, Ico may be the best game out of the three.


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    I never played this back in the day. But since I got a nice multiformat BVM setup with PS2 over RGB, and this was one of the few 480p PS2 games I wanted to try, I decided to buy this game since it had such a great reputation. ...couldn't get past the first hour or so...just couldn't get into it whatsoever. Maybe it was awesome back in the day (and my tastes have changed from back then), but I found it kinda boring playing it for the first time in 2017.

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    i mean.. it's no dead island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdamm View Post
    i mean.. it's no dead island.
    Few things are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdamm View Post
    i mean.. it's no dead island.
    I think I could die a happy man if a game with the somber, heavy themes of Shadow of the Colossus were promoted and then when it came out it was a wacked out, buggy mess with hilarious game physics like Dead Island.

    And I'm talking AAA, first party levels of marketing and promotion.

    Like, God of War levels of manufacturer hype.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiso View Post
    The horse controls like garbage.

    Wander is a clumsy fuck that controls like he's always drunk.
    I think you've become too accustomed to video games. Wander and the horse control like what a person and a horse would control like in the real world. Wander isn't some buff rambo figure, he's quite clearly a thin average person, no crazy jumping ability or anything like that. The horse has its own pathfinding scripting and is pretty good about going where you are most likely going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyMachineGun View Post
    I think you've become too accustomed to video games. Wander and the horse control like what a person and a horse would control like in the real world. Wander isn't some buff rambo figure, he's quite clearly a thin average person, no crazy jumping ability or anything like that. The horse has its own pathfinding scripting and is pretty good about going where you are most likely going.
    They control like ass and it's not fun.


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    I was never all that enamored with the game back when it originally came out (and I picked it up in a bargain bin). I really appreciated it on a technical level, and I liked a lot of individual elements and what it was going for, but it was a big fucking slog in all honesty, I kept playing basically because I kept hearing people rave about it in videogame publications and I felt like I needed to keep playing, then I got to the last Colossus and after falling off his stupid fucking back the 60th time I took the disc out, put it in it's case and stuck it on the shelf, where it's pretty much stayed. I bought the remake, because I thought maybe this time I played it I would see what everyone loved so much about it in the first place, it's currently also sitting on the shelf.

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    I enjoyed the game back in the day, but can't imagine playing it now. The ending though... really haunts me. I think I will just youtube it.

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    They changed a lot including a bunch of lighting effects and colors along with the control scheme. I feel like it's inferior to the PS3 version.
    Hit detection. it's all about hit detection.

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    Best thing about this game was the soundtrack imo. Hopefully they didn't alter it for the PS4 release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Rockie View Post
    Best thing about this game was the soundtrack imo. Hopefully they didn't alter it for the PS4 release.
    It's the same music but I believe it's an all new arrangement/orchestration. It actually sounds excellent. But I believe there is an option to use the original version of the OST if you prefer.


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    another overrated game hyped up by pretentious fags, just like Ico was.
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    Shadow of the Colossus is one of my favorite games of all time. Stripped down to its most basic structure, it really is nothing more that just a series of boss fights (with a little lizard and fruit hunting in between), but I still love it and always will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M View Post
    Shadow of the Colossus is one of my favorite games of all time. Stripped down to its most basic structure, it really is nothing more that just a series of boss fights (with a little lizard and fruit hunting in between), but I still love it and always will.
    Same, it's one of my favorite games. Surprisingly I never noticed how badly it controlled until the PS3 version on hard mode, as I was accustomed to the control style and never felt anything was inherently wrong with it. I know when I play the PS4 version I'll have my rose colored glasses on and I'm fine with that
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    I never found the controls to be *that* bad.
    they weren't great, but they were far from the worst I'd seen.

    I also never understood why people praised the graphics so much; they just seemed reminiscent of polished Prince of Persia Warrior Within.

    The biggest problem by far with the game is the fact that it's SO GOD DAMNED BORING.
    yeah some of the boss fights are cool, but that's only like 1/2 of them.
    and what is there to do between? walk around and find lizards and fruit. meh.

    I'd much rather play No More Heroes; similar concept - mostly based around boss fights, some filler crap in between, better visuals - The stylized visuals just appealed to me much more, odd controls - yeah the PS3 version lets you just use a PS3 controller, but even there I prefer the Move.
    oh, and the filler crap was way better in NMH, just got a tiny bit repetitive at the end.
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    i think shadow of the colossus is one of the greatest games of all time. and it looked amazing for a ps2 game.

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    I have the PS3 version around here somewhere, I should give it another chance some day.

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    The last colossus should have been a defenseless baby that cried each time you stabbed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Shroom View Post
    another overrated game hyped up by pretentious fags, just like Ico was.
    Yeah, it ain't no Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash that's for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_moe View Post
    Yeah, it ain't no Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash that's for sure
    Senran Kagura takes way more chances than Shadow of the Colossus and isn't touted as an argument for video games as art. The series knows exactly what it is and it's not afraid to proclaim its right to exist.

    That said, it's weeb pedo bullshit.

    Oh wait, all the girls are 18 years or older.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Taiso View Post
    Senran Kagura takes way more chances than Shadow of the Colossus and isn't touted as an argument for video games as art. The series knows exactly what it is and it's not afraid to proclaim its right to exist.

    That said, it's weeb pedo bullshit.

    Oh wait, all the girls are 18 years or older.
    So what you are telling me is that I should feel guilty for masturbating when playing Shadow of the Colossus, but not when I play Peach Beach?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneSage View Post
    The last colossus should have been a defenseless baby that cried each time you stabbed it.
    TAISO agree disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneSage View Post
    TAISO agree disagree.
    I actually agree with the idea.

    The colossi are essentially portrayed as helpless. Even falling from the tops of their heads doesn't kill Wander.

    The only challenge is in climbing.

    They are essentially victims and the point of their melancholy deaths is precisely to instill in the player a growing anxiety over Wander's actions as guided by your hand.

    Strip away the artifice of the giant menace and what you really have are gentle giants out in the wasteland of a long forgotten and abandoned countryside minding their own business, not hurting anyone and not even stirring until you find them in most cases.

    I don't know about repeatedly stabbing them, but I think that the last colossus should have been a direct representation of the game's combat themes.

    Neo Moe:

    I knew you pounded it furiously to baby killing. I'd say you disgust me but I knew it all along so my reaction is muted.


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