Sunday, March 22, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 266 - Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)

Shadow of the Colossus is one of those games that most people knew was going to be special the first time they saw it. It was so epic in scale and impressive and awesome that it just had to be good, right? Right! It's another PlayStation exclusive that I actually like, too! Read more and watch gameplay of the PS4 Shadow of the Colossus remake here.

Looking back, it's kind of amazing that Shadow of the Colossus actually did take off like it did. That original PS2 version is blurry and ugly and had an atrociously bad framerate, but somehow we all played it and enjoyed it. I think it probably had something to do with the fact that it was a realistic looking Zelda-like at a time when Zelda was cel shaded and kiddy looking with Wind Waker so we were all desperate for something a little more grown up. Shadow of the Colossus isn't quite a Zelda game, but it's great in its own ways.

Then the PS3 remaster came out and made it better. Then the PS4 remake came out and totally blew everyone's minds. The remake is Shadow of the Colossus as it was always meant to be. This is what we were all imagining the game really looked like while we squinted at our blurry crappy CRT screens playing on PS2 back in the day. It is so gorgeous looking and awesome. It's a damn treat.

Like every remaster / remake these days people bitched about it, though. They changed the character's face and now it looks dumb (it's fine). They changed the gameplay slightly (it's fine). Bitch bitch bitch. No one is ever happy.

I'm happy. Shadow of the Colossus is still an incredible game.