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Shadow of the Colossus is the best Playstation exclusive that never gets the recognition it deserves.

Shadow of the Colossus is the best Playstation exclusive that never gets the recognition it deserves.

dzdhr

This is true. But I think the reason Sony doesn't advertise too much is that SotC wouldn't be such a hit in the market like say, TLOU or God of War. This is just like so many Oscar winning movies wouldn't have a good box office either. Arts are usually appreciated by a small portion of the audience after all. Sony remade the game after so many years, which brings the game graphics to a whole new level. In this sense, if you have to pick something to criticize, I think it shouldn't be Sony, but the appetite of the majority of the players. Also, maybe SotC is "swept under the rug", but the legacy of SotC, game design ideas, can be seen in so many games up till now, like BotW or the forthcoming Elden ring. And I believe at least for game designers, SotC will never fade. Edit: there is even a ["legacy" section](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_of_the_Colossus#Legacy) in SotC's Wikipedia page. Surprised to know even Oscar best director del Toro mentioned he is inspired by SotC. Didn't intend to make this an appreciation post though...


Callme_ric

Your last couple sentences are spot on. It may be swept under the rug for the mainstream gamer/ gaming market, but it’s legacy within the gaming design industry will be forever. It’s impossible to deny its influence and continual influence in game design.


Bunny_Bunny_Bunny_

Miyazaki said Demon's Souls/Dark Souls basically wouldn't exist without Ico/Shadow of the Colossus. Ueda has influenced so much.


skrubLordD10

Can i get a link or directory to this please? i need to know when he said that lmfao that's so awesome


Bunny_Bunny_Bunny_

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.destructoid.com/ico-showed-bloodbornes-hidetaka-miyazaki-the-possibilities-of-the-medium/amp/


skrubLordD10

Thank you for this, that's so awesome


Chadderbug123

The first paragraph is pretty true. That happened with "The Thing", a film with not much reception when it came out thanks to its placement of release (E.T had come out about a week before or after, so people thought it was an instant ripoff somehow). And now, it's considered one of the best sci-fi horror films and even just horror in general. It gave off a sense of dread and emptiness since all there is is just the small crew and the alien hiding among them within their bodies, waiting to kill 'em off one by one. Also, the special effects are god-tier even for today. They might've aged some, but not too much thankfully. SotC was kind of the same. A game late to the PS2's life in 2005 and, compared to other games that came out that year, was kind of underrated. But for those who have played it was an amazing experience (notable exception being the "Gaelic Gladiator" himself, Jacksepticeye who ranks it as his favorite game of all time, Dark Souls and Bloodborne coming very close). As mentioned, now it's become a pretty large cult favorite with a community still alive today somewhat.


CyberDropkicks

That didnt stop sony from putting so much advertising and attention into Death Stranding lol


Stealthy_Facka

[Just a reminder that Bluepoint still haven't fixed SOTC broken graphics on PS5 :(](https://www.reddit.com/r/ShadowoftheColossus/comments/k4w57b/something_is_up_with_shadow_of_the_colossus_on/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share)


Pixelguin

It would be up to Sony to contract Bluepoint or another studio to fix the graphics. Unfortunately, they probably don't care enough to do that.


Then-Jellyfish5161

What the hell. That's bullshit. They should fix that asap.


Stealthy_Facka

Yeah I've given up waiting and uninstalled now. Was really hoping for some quick action on this considering Sonys relationship with Bluepoint, but I think honestly just not enough people have noticed or care


Then-Jellyfish5161

Straight to the point game. And that's the best kind of game. Hold up your sword. Follow where the light leads and prepare to start using your head to how you're gonna take these giants down. Great game.


Perryapsis

Shadow of the Colossus is a really good example of a minimalist game. It's just the main game - no side quests or subplots - and that's what makes it work so well.


Then-Jellyfish5161

Ah yea it's perfect. I love minimal games. It's why I love Limbo and Inside so much. They are simple and to the point. Also atmospheric. And they're just very enjoyable to play.


cannibalcorpuscle

It’s a shame really and agree with Jellyfish. A beautifully composed OST and emotionally driven story coupled with this simple but challenging “defeat one enemy” goal, really set it apart. At a certain point I’d find myself personally feeling uneasy as I consider the next creature to take down. Sure, The Wanderer’s goals progress. But why’d that creature need to suffer? That first play through was like after reading an amazing book. Really left me feeling the events. Hell, I named my cat after that horse lol As an aside, getting an official version of the PS4 SotC HD on PC would be a dream


Pepepeche

At least it gets some recognition. /cries in Gravity Rush


-PraiseTheSun--

Stop with the "best something" words because nothing is wrong with describing something with "great". ​ It's also a known game within the gaming community before the ps4 and xboxone era. Much people call it a masterpiece while others would call it a piece of art.


Then-Jellyfish5161

I'm a no life loser who spends a lot of time on the internet and I literally hear no one talk about this game


Ondraled

I bought this game last month and can’t wait to try it out, as soon as I finish Fallen Order and suffer some more in Sekiro. From what I’ve read and what OP says, it’s a unique game that won’t ever be a TLOU and that’s perfectly OK. Really excited to get immersed in this over the summer.


CaptainBlighe

Agreed. Also Pelagia is a great boss fight


funroll-loops

Pelagia often gets a lot of hate. Understood as it can be one of the more frustrating boss fight because sometime the games AI kind of goes stupid (next to Phaedra), but Pelagia is one of my favorite boss fight especially to try the speedrunning skips on.


danielkunxiv

SotC is YOUR best Playstation exclusive, there fixed it for you. The whole time I was playing this game felt like a PS2 game with PS4 graphics. I hated the camera and the horse. But I read somewhere that Bluepoint was actually aiming for that; to preserve the feel of the original and let the new generation experience the game. I liked the game, but it's far from the best. To each their own, I guess.


shadowwarriorx2

When I heard about the remake, I was seriously hoping that they would fix the camera. I know myself, my dad and a few of my friends were disappointed when they didn't fix the camera. Also with Agro, the aim of her controls were to make it realistic. And I like that cuz it gives the feeling you're actually riding a horse.


Energyc091

Yes, a spanish youtuber explained this perfectly. In most games, when you ride a horse you are not playing as the rider, you play as the horse. In SotC you play as the rider instead.


CyberDropkicks

Yea thats the point of the game...to remake a ps2 game. You just dont go around and change mechanics and feel of one of the best PS2 games of all time. And yes, it is highly regarded by many sources as one of, if not the best ps2 game of all time. Its not a personal opinion, thats a fact. Theres a reason the game can still be played 2 consoles down the road with the ps3 remaster and ps4 remake...theres still a lot of interest and long term love for the game. The remake has more of an impact on people who played the original on PS2. Its harder to appreciate the ps4 version when not having played the original... not saying you cant appreciate the beauty of the game right off the bat, but its like restoring a classic car...seeing it in its original aged form makes it all the more sweeter when you see it updated and polished up.


CyberDropkicks

Im pretty sure it was voted best ps2 game of all time...its gotten a revamp on 2 successive consoles, id say its gotten a lot of recognition from sources that matter. Not every average joe on the street may know it like they know call of duty, but i dont beleive its lacking in recognition at all. Shoot i just googled "best ps2 game of all time" and first one that comes up is SotC lol. https://ibb.co/XbNgqCk


Energyc091

I understand what you mean, but SotC is a niche game. Mainly because of it's minimalism and it lacks something very important for a great part of the casual players: the feeling of being powerful. In GoW or Halo or Doom, for example, you will end up feeling like you are the most powerful being in all of existence, you enter a room with 15 enemies and you take them out by yourself. In SotC this doesn't happen at all, so every player feels tiny and weak (which is something I and everyone who likes SotC loves) but simply doesn't appeal to the rest of the public.


Then-Jellyfish5161

I am curious about what the average person would think about this game. My cousin is a CoD player when he has free time and is not really a gamer but he like God of War when I let him borrow it. I wanna let him borrow this game when I have the chance to do so. I'd be surprised of either outcome. ​ I showed an old friend of mine (not really a gamer) to watch me play a little bit of the game and he said it looked like Zelda. That's a compliment


ashleyfloofyfoxo

Kuromori best boi ✨💗✨


Ratat0sk42

My opinions on simple games vs complex ones are conflicted. On one hand, this and Outer Wilds are some of my favorite games ever. On the other hand so are Subnautica, Doom Eternal, and Borderlands 2


Ratat0sk42

Ultrakill was No. 1 rated game on Steam for a bit, and it still doesn't get any verbal recognition


DeathDiety

First ps4 game I bought. A beautiful experience which showed me what the ps4 could do. Don't know if I should platinum it tho cause man it's a grind


Then-Jellyfish5161

If it's a grind I wouldn't bother. That ruins the experience. I never looked at the trophies for this game.


DeathDiety

Basically just beat the game 4 times


CyberDropkicks

You dont get a trophy for it, but collecting all 79 hidden coins was something i really enjoyed. It encourages you to really search through the forbidden land and see some locations you werent aware of. Even after 17 years of playing the game, those coins showed me some spots i otherwise wouldnt have seen. Plus getting that bad ass sword of Dormin and seeing a brand new section underneath the temple is something i couldnt pass up. Also the game does give you reasons to play thru the game multiple times as well. Start a normal playthru, afterwards do both normal and hard time attacks, start your hard playthru with your new items, do a 3rd playthrough in mirror mode, by that time you should be getting near max stamina if youve been eating lizard tails that youve come across. Such a great game!!


DeathDiety

Fair point. Your right


Naisaga

I see it being under acknowledged as a good thing. Why? Because then it stops it from getting the wrong kind of attention. It's a game that has a specific kind of audience, and that audience is not most people who play games. The way it works for Team Ico is that they don't spend a lot of time and money showing it around. Just a few announcements. It attracts a few people, but those few people who come to the game, stay with the game. That's better than getting millions of people on to one game for a couple months, I mean look at the sotc community, people like Nomad. He's been with the game for over a decade. Needless to say, the game has lasting power.


funroll-loops

If minimalist is your style, the SotC is the game for you.


PetersonCalloway

I love you. This captured my opinion and I’m thankful you share it


PetersonCalloway

The only think I need to see is a secret update that doesn’t change anything about the game yet sets us on another massive mystery to solve. I absolutely love the mystery that this game is so beautiful about creating. I only wish I could discover more and relive just one more new experience