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Shadow of the Colossus

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: Action
Publisher: SCEA

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'Shadow of the Colossus' (PS2) Gallops Into Retail

by Rainier on Oct. 18, 2005 @ 1:51 p.m. PDT

In Shadow of the Colossus, players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. Following a voice from the heavens, you embark on a dark and dangerous quest to seek out and slay the enormous wandering monsters that roam this strange world. Only you can defeat these formidable Colossi, and in doing so, only you can bring life to the girl who lies waiting on the altar.

Armed with a horse, players journey across picturesque landscapes to unearth and destroy 16 gigantic mythical Colossi. The grueling task of defeating a Colossus pits intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay against the mighty power and force of mountain- sized beasts. While traveling on horseback exploring miles of beautifully rendered ancient lands, players are tasked with a variety of difficult terrain challenges while tracking down Colossi.

"We have created the ultimate third-person action-adventure game, stripping down the genre to its bare essentials, while beefing up important gameplay features PlayStation 2 fans have been clamoring for," said Susan Nourai, director, online and product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "A gripping and immersive storyline coupled with unique cinematic environments, an enchanting score and compelling action, present Shadow of the Colossus as a one-of-a-kind experience for PlayStation 2."

Shadow of the Colossus is an emotional story of determination, resilience and ultimately triumph told through the direction of a unique visual style. Players take on the role of a young man mourning his lost loved one. In an undisturbed land, protected by a bridge of unimaginable design and a temple of untold fear, a powerful unknown voice offers an answer to the question of how to bring back a spirit lost from a cursed fate. The land is home to mountain- sized creatures that each possess the key to the power of revival.

Armed with strong wits, a supernatural sword and a sturdy bow, players must explore majestic lands, locating and fighting each of the 16 Colossi on foot or horseback, while using great skill and resourcefulness. Players must climb treacherous mountains, swim above and below wild rivers, ride and run across impossibly large landscapes to battle against with these extraordinary beasts. In addition, players use intelligence and strategy to topple each giant as they search for the answer of revival.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Shadow of the Colossus "T" for "Teen."

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