Mastering Shadow of the Colossus: Tips for Epic Gameplay

Shadow of the Colossus
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Shadow of the Colossus became a huge sensation when it was first released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2, thanks to its captivating soundtrack, tragic story, and innovative gameplay. After gaining improved graphics on the PlayStation 3, the game was re-released on the PlayStation 4 in 2018.

The game’s sales in the first week of release surpassed those of the original by over 70%. This game promises to be a nostalgic trip down memory lane, but it’s also a terrific gaming experience. Here are some essential tips and tactics to help you get the most out of your experience, whether you’ve played this classic before and want to brush up on your skills or are new to the game.

1. Hold, Don’t Mash

Playing as Wander’s horse, Agro, is essential to the Shadow of the Colossus experience. Though less clumsy than in previous versions, the controls can still be difficult to use. Press the triangle to make Agro move more quickly. However, you are not required to mash it incessantly (like you would when riding Epona in Zelda: Ocarina of Time). In fact, by holding down the triangle button, you can keep up Agro’s speed. It makes things much easier and spares you from having to watch Wander smash his thighs on Agro’s sides hysterically every few seconds.

2. Eat Fruit

The world of Shadow of the Colossus is covered in trees. Don’t simply speed by them! With his bow and arrows, Wander may shoot fruit from these trees. After eating them, the player’s life bar gets longer.

While some trees produce multiple pieces of fruit, others only produce one. Examine them carefully, use your arrows to bring down the fruit, then stand in front of it and hit R2 to consume it. Your life bar will be permanently increased for you.

3. Eat Lizard Tails

Wander’s endurance even exceeds his life bar! The strength of your stab is determined by your stamina, which is also required for climbing and clinging to flailing beasts. Although white lizard tails are an amazing benefit, every Colossus you defeat also gives you a slight, everlasting boost in stamina. There is always a white lizard and a save point at each modest shrine. If you see a little lizard in the shrine, look for it. It has a flashing silver tail. The beast can be killed with your sword or arrows, but it can also be left alive if you simply chop off its tail. It makes no difference in your level of stamina.

When enough of these lizard tails are consumed, Wander gains superhuman endurance that will enable him to overcome any obstacles! After all, there aren’t many things in this game that are more unpleasant than Wander running out of juice and having to plummet back to the earth.

4. Make Use of Jumping and Rolling

Rolling isn’t strictly required for Shadow of the Colossus, but it’s much more beneficial than you might think. A Colossus’s stomp or punch to the ground can knock Wander off his feet or possibly render him temporarily unconscious. Timing your leap correctly will save you from reeling from a monster’s stomp or fall, and timing your rolls can be the difference between a close miss and a smack across the face.

5. The Sword Tells You Weak Spots and Colossi Locations

We all know that Wander can use his sword to point you in the right direction of the latest foe. If you can’t find the monster’s weak point, the sword can also point you in the right direction. Just make sure that when you’re standing there brandishing your sword at the Colossus, it won’t strike you in the jaw.

6. Pray at Shrines

Shrine prayers not only end the game but also provide other benefits. The location of the shrine will show up on the map when you press R2 in front of its gravestone-like structure. This should ideally be done after you’ve consumed the white lizard’s tail so you can determine whether you’ve already visited or not. When attempting to locate and eat every tail, this is helpful.

7. Press L2 to Keep an Eye on the Colossus

Holding L2 will cause the Colossi to center on you while you are engaged in combat. In the unfortunate event that the monster disappears, this will come in handy. To make sure the monster doesn’t surprise you by ambushing you from behind, you can change the camera by pressing and holding the L2 button.

8. Equip Your Sword During a Fight

Wander’s sword should only be used to stab the Colossi at their weak points, so make sure it’s equipped when you’re scaling them! A few of these monsters require arrows, so make sure you store the bow away as soon as you’re through using it.

You can observe the Colossi’s weak points if you equip the sword. They become invisible without it, making it impossible for you to see where to go.

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