Shadow of the Colossus first launched on PS2 in 2005, quickly becoming a critical darling and fan favorite. An HD remaster arrived for PS3 six years later and was similarly loved. So surely the PS4 remake would follow in the game’s own footsteps?
We enjoyed it in its pre-launch state and thought it felt better than ever on PS4. But with the remake’s release date now just days away, final verdicts have started to appear. Read on to see a selection of reviews, or check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic for a wider view on critical opinion.
If you prefer to make your own mind up, check out some 4K Shadow of the Colossus gameplay, or see us mess with the game’s visuals using a bunch of filters. You can also watch the remake’s reveal trailer or watch us take down its first five bosses.
- Game: Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)
- Developer / Publisher: Sony Japan Studio, Team Ico, Bluepoint / Sony
- Platforms: PS4
- Release Date: February 6
- Price: $40 / £30 / AU $55
GameSpot — 9/10
“Shadow of the Colossus is a tremendous journey, and one well worth taking and retaking. The visual overhaul is stunning, thoroughly enhancing every facet of Wander and Agro’s excellent adventure. Galloping through the tranquil world is always breathtaking; felling a monumental colossus is always humbling. Shadow of the Colossus is a beautiful reconstruction of an already exceptional title. It continues to be a modern classic and is an extraordinary game that everyone must experience.” — Edmond Tran [Full review]
IGN — 9.7/10
“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 skilfully 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.” — Marty Sliva [Full review]
GamesRadar+ — 4/5
“Despite a couple of minor quibbles, Shadow of the Colossus works on both its intended levels–as a returning nostalgia blast for those who remember it, and an enjoyable game for newcomers. The apparently disparate parts, those long journeys filled with solitude and massive boss battles, are tied together by a strong personality that develops and draws you in. It’s like poking around a house where someone died, looking at things you know are important but with no one left to ask why. It’s still a mysterious thing to play, that feels as thought provoking and artful as it did all those years ago on PS2.” — Leon Hurley [Full review]
Polygon — 9.5/10
“Sony’s big PlayStation exclusive of the season is this recreation of a PS2 classic. As wonderful a game as this is, the lesson mustn’t be that we need more games that look like this Colossus–rather, that we need games that feel like it: a decade later, pushing against what we expect from games, warts and all.” — Chris Plante [Full review]
The Telegraph — 5/5
“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.” — John Robertson [Full review]