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Parents' Guide to

Shadow of the Colossus

By Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dark, brooding masterpiece is best for teens.

Game PlayStation 2 2005
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

Brilliant and harrowing

Beautiful and serene to ride through, then harrowing platform-like puzzles which are perfectly scaled. Most of the game is PG, scaling and stabbing ancient moving creatures which spray black shadows, save one intense moment in the final cutscene. An 8 or nine year old can complete it, and any kid can safely watch.
age 13+

Great experience for gamers who are old enough to understand the themes involved

I think that this game is totally amazing. The game revolves around killing the Colossi but thatis only part of the experience. When playing this game a player cannot help but become emotionally involved in the quest that wander undertakes. As he moves across this large world in silence as he completes amazing feats in the hope of somehow saving his princess.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (13 ):

One of the most remarkable things about the game is the way it takes what is arguably the greatest cliché of the action game genre ("Save the princess!") and uses it to subvert many of the conventions of that genre. Who is this woman, and how did she die? Why does the temple spirit say only that she might be revived? Such unsettled and unsettling thoughts create feelings of ambivalence about Wander's mission -- what exactly are players getting themselves into when they take control of Wander?

The sense of isolation in the beautiful but lonely landscape furthers the unease. Even in the colossus battles, the sense of triumph is undercut by a sadness that comes from destroying such awe-inspiring beasts. Players may be bothered by the slow frame rate, which can make play choppy, and by some awkward camera angles. Overall, though, this is a fascinating and unique game that evokes powerful emotions.

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