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Shadow of the Colossus (2005)

Wanda to kyozô (original title)
A young man brings his deceased love to a forbidden land inhabited by colossal beings said to house the power to revive the dead.

Director:

Fumito Ueda
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kenji Nojima Kenji Nojima ... Wander (voice)
Kazuhiro Nakata Kazuhiro Nakata ... Dormin (Male) (voice)
Kyôko Hikami ... Dormin (Female) (voice)
Naoki Bando Naoki Bando ... Emon (voice)
Hitomi Nabatame Hitomi Nabatame ... Mono (voice)
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Storyline

A young man who is named Wander brings a dead woman to a forbidden, mystical land inhabited by colossal stone creatures and is told by a being known as Dormin, that to revive the dead, he must destroy these legendary stone creatures. However, he is told that the consequences may be dire... Written by Keeley

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Some mountains are scaled. Others are slain.


Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of the Colossus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This game plays a significant role in the 2007 Mike Bender film Reign Over Me. In the film, Charlie Fineman plays the game to cope with the death of his family in the 9/11 attacks, as the imagery of each Colossus falling to the ground was considered reminiscent to the collapse of the World Trade Center. With the approval of Fumito Ueda, the game was included in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Before the battle with the 16th colossus, Wander and Agro cross a bridge that begins to collapse and Agro falls to her apparent death. When Agro is falling, large splashes of water can be seen in the river below. Obviously these splashes were caused by the already-collapsed pieces of the bridge. However, when Wander looks over the ledge just seconds later to see Agro falling, there is not even a ripple in the water. See more »

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The Best Game I Have Played This Year
12 December 2006 | by DeadSetMisawaSee all my reviews

So the premise is that you play as a character that goes around and attempts to defeat these sixteen colossi in order to save a girl. And that's all he does? Nothing else? Sounds simple, and yet, there is much substance to be found in Shadow of the Colossus. I know this game is older now, but I just got around to playing it about a month ago. I can safely say that this is the best game that I have played all year and the only one that has made me sit down for up to five or six straight hours. Time absolutely flew out the window, that's how captivated and intrigued I was.

You play as Wander, and with your faithful companion and horse Agro, you traverse a vast and beautiful landscape, which is rich with almost every kind of landscape you can think of, and buildings that are marvels of architecture. There are times when all you do is ride for about ten to fifteen minutes, just trying to get to one place. Sounds boring, and believe me, I thought it would be, but it isn't one bit. You'll find yourself just looking around as the scenery changes and even stopping a few times to take a good look around at the marvelous land.

But like I said, the whole objective is seeking out and defeating these sixteen colossi, and that is where the true fun begins. Some are giants (and by giant, I mean like you can barely see their head if you're looking up), some take to the air and some to the sea. No matter the shape and size of the magnificent beast, each one of the battles is breathtaking, and I found myself fighting some of them for an excess of a half hour. It brings the term 'battle' to a whole new level that a video game rarely sees. And because of the story, you'll actually find yourself feeling bad for some of these colossi.

All in all, like I said, the game is incredible. To paraphrase something that another user said, 'if you're a video game fan, you absolutely have to play this game. and if you don't play games, you should still play this game.' It's just an experience that you may not find in a game for a long time.


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