Shadow of the Colossus comfortably sits in the Push Square Towers Hall of Fame – it’s, without a doubt, one of the greatest games ever made. So the fact that it’s being remade for the PlayStation 4 by conversion kings Bluepoint is exciting. However, the office is divided over whether this all-new version has lost some of its identity.
Fumito Ueda’s games have a very distinctive look, defined by their heavy use of fog and bloom. A lot of these effects were probably used to mask the limitations of the hardware at the time; Shadow of the Colossus pushed the PlayStation 2 far beyond its limits after all. But with the PS4 being a much more capable console, there’s no doubt that this remake has a different look to it.
Now, when considered in isolation it's clear that the game is looking stunning on Sony’s new-gen machine, but when you compare it to the PS2 version in these side-by-side videos, it is lacking an ethereal quality that made the original so memorable. We’re divided, but we’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below.