A lot of people I talk to rarely ever have heard of the game Shadow of the Colossus. Originally made for Playstation 2, Shadow of the Colossus is an exclusive game with a simplistic, yet graphically stunning, storyline and game play released on October 27th, 2005 (Japan).

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You are Wander, a young boy who has travelled, or runaway, to a forbidden, barren land. Not much background information is given, but you have with you a girl, named Mono, who had been sacrificed and are there to resurrect her. But first, you must defeat the 16 colossi with aid and warning by an entity named Dormin. After each defeat, Wander's appearance changes; he becomes more pale, dirtier, and darker hair. It is revealed that Wander is being pursued by a man named Emon, and several other warriors. After having defeating the 16th colossi, you are now back at the temple where Mono is, along with Dormin, when Emon and his warriors arrive. At this time, Wander is completely pale and two little horns that are now visible on his head. Dormin possesses Wander's body and reveals that by Wander defeating the 16 colossi, Dormin's spirit could be born again along with his ultimate power. Emon flees, but first seals off the temple, concealing Dormin's power and Wander`s body inside. The end follows Mono, awakening, and finding an infant with horns in the pool within the temple.

 A brief summary of the game does not at all do it justice. Besides defeating the colossi, which is all the of what you have to do in the game, the map in absolutely huge, and you can take your horse Agro and explore the land. The scenery is stunning and the music is also very beautiful. 

Fighting the colossi can sometimes feel repetitive, as there are 16 of them, but they are fun to figure out where to find them and how to defeat them. 

I would definitely recommend this game, especially if you are the type of gamer that likes RPG with unique and emotional story lines and visually stunning graphics. It has been remastered for the Playstation 3, as a two-pack game along with the somewhat prequel game, Ico. 



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