| Second hour of Shadow of the Colossus was spent solely on the ninth colossus. I spent a great deal of time trying to find it, completely missing the huge cave that it resided inside. Made me feel pretty dumb. After trying to evade its missiles on foot and dying twice, I concluded that riding the horse would be the best way to stay clear of heavy damage. It also became apparent that the geysers would be useful in beating the colossus. Since it didn't appear to have any accessible weakness, I assumed, correctly, that my strategy would involve luring the colossus over the geyser to flip it over(its turtle-like shape also gave it away). With some help from a friend, it was revealed to me that I would have to shoot the beast's feet as well. After a long, long time of luring the colossus over the geysers, and failed attempts at shooting its feet, I finally managed to climb on top of it. After that it was easy going. I'm coming to realize that the actual killing of the colossus is not the difficult aspect of the game, so much as finding each colusses' weakness, and then managing to find a way on top of it.
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| Started playing Shadow of the Colossus a few months ago, and then restarted today. I restarted where I had saved at a shrine on the way to finding the seventh colossus. I really enjoy the format of this game. I initially found myself bored with running around from colossus to colossus, but I soon became enveloped in the procedure. When I think about it, most adventure games involve traveling to an area, fighting a series of weaker enemies, and then a boss. Shadow of the Colossus simply eliminates the weaker enemies. This is appealing because the boss fight is always the most fun part of a dungeon to me. The game mechanics are also very good. The protagonist (I don't know his name, or if he has a name, I'm kind of in the dark on the back story) is very easy to control. The system of jumping and grabbing works very well. It's very easy for me to imagine a game where the player is often cursing at the fact that he/she knows that they pressed the grab button, only to find the character falling to the ground. That doesn't happen in Shadow of the Colossus. I reached the seventh colossus fairly easily. It was the most difficult so far, as it was a fishlike creature that swam in the water, and I always find water levels in any game to be the most difficult. It took me several tries before I was able to grab onto the beasts tail, and I died on my first run. On my second try though, it was the familiar procedure of grab, run, grab, and wait, before victory. During my first hour, I also fought and defeated the eighth colossus. This was an interesting battle, and relatively fun due to the multiple steps of provoking the colusses, shooting its feet, and then stabbing its weak points. Fun game, second entry pending.
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