After playing Shadow for a second time, nothing has really changed. I probably felt more annoyed by it this time. I've heard numerous opinions of the game, and they're all different. Some people think it's amazing, some think it's just a piece of crap. I think this game just isn't the hype people make it sound to be.
I never did get much more story out of it. Every Collosus you kill, the god tells you to kill another one and gives you a riddle of where it is located. I will give the developers credit that the fights are never figured out the same way as the last boss you beat.
Again, I just never felt connected to the main character as I thought I should be. Going out and looking for the monsters just felt like a huge chore, cause lots of them are somewhat hard to find. I probably won't be finishing the game, cause it's just not that replayable.
Let's start big. The level design for this game is what was put in the most. The play area is just absolutely huge. Probably just a little to huge, for there being nothing at all in between the Collosi. They did a fantastic job with what you could climb and what you could not.
Another good thing about the game were the bosses. Each fight was different and challenging and required you to think. The only things that were the same were that you had to climb on the monsters and stab them in certain areas to do damage, but getting there required some strategy.
But the good things about the game just don't weigh out with the bad things about the game. Absolute worst thing is the camera. It felt like I had to do whatever the camera wanted to go, even if it's blocking my view of what I'd like to look at. Another horrible thing is your horse. Zelda: Ocarina of Time has better horse control than this game. Starting out your horse is a chore because of all the weird commands it thinks your telling it, when you're just telling it to go forward and to the right a little.
The story itself is just bad. There's very, very little depth to it at all. You're a boy who takes a girl to an alter, and the only way to save her is by killing big ol' monsters that will kill you. It doesn't say at all whether this girl is the main character's love or if it's his mother, or if it's just some random girl he found and wanted to rescue. If you're looking fo a storyline, don't have this game at the top of your list.
Going from boss to boss is just annoying. You have to look EVERYWHERE to find it, and there are no challenges standing in the way of you, like enemies. It's just a really boring game of hide and go seek, cause the bosses can hide really well. I am not a fan of the game, though it's not a bad concept. If it had been processed better, I probably would have enjoyed it.
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In Shadow of the Colossus, you are a man who takes his fallen lover to an alter to bring her back from the dead. A god confronts you and tells you that the only way to bring her back is by slaying Collossi - huge living statue creatures that roam the world. You then take your sword, bow, and climbing physique to slay these creatures.
I really didn't know what I was expecting when I started playing Shadow. The first thing that annoyed me right off the bat was that I didn't get to actually "play" the first 10 minutes or so because of a really really long cutscene that tries to explain the story, which doesn't really help much. But afterwards, I was out fighting the camera and horse controls and slaying huge monsters at the same time.
I didn't think it was really that exciting. All you do is kill huge statue things. There's nothing in the middle that you confront on the way to the monster, so there's not much excitement there. I was really having a hard time with the camera controls and riding the horse. The controls just didn't feel right to me.
I didn't have any real connections as to why I had to complete these ridiculous tasks. Yes, the character wants his lover to live again, but there's no backstory to either of the characters of how they know each other. I felt that it would have been a waste of time killing all these monsters to just let one person live. I'm sure there might be more to the story further on, but after killing four of the monsters, there hasn't been any revealings yet.
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