When does acting upon your love for someone become wrong? This is the most interesting of Shadow of the Colossus’ questions and the one that embeds this masterpiece with intrigue and continued relevance 13 years after its initial release.
The power in Fumito Ueda’s work comes from the questions it asks, not the answers it gives. Like its siblings, ICO and The Last Guardian, Shadow of the Colossus is at its best when it provides space where player speculation can take hold. This is a game that understands that the most powerful answers come from what is found within you, not what is explicitly told to you.
As such, even if you played Colossus when it emerged in 2005 this technically-tinkered PS4 edition is well worth your time and effort. The visuals have taken a massive leap forward and the sounds and animations are crisper than ever, but it is the questions that remain key. And the answers may come from the person you are today, meaning the answers might be different to those you offered over a decade ago.
We play as Wander, a warrior whose life revolves around a young girl, Mono, who has been sacrificed after being labelled as cursed.