The graphics are stunning that you travel on horseback
across seamless miles of an ancient land, the landscapes go on
and on with no loading times at all. Exploring this land you will
find waterfalls that go down into the rippling lakes, seas and
oceans Dusty deserts with dazzling sun light shinny all around
and shadowy areas along side huge rocky cliffs to dark gloomy
narrow paths taken you to caves. The best looking place, if you
were remember the wooded area in metal gear solid 3 and the LOTR
films are the many tall trees blocking the light out apart from
some beams of light coming though on a leafy and muddy ground
that looks so real and striking is one of the best looking scenes
to hit the playstation 2. The colossi is what's it all about also
has incredible detail and staggering size that are made from flesh,
bone, metal and stone, so from afar you just think its a mounting
or a tower until it stands up at starts moving towards you.
The animation of the horse is also important
to mention, where in Red Dead Revolver the horses are good and
great in Gun but compared to Agro the horse in this game it is
remarkable. The horses hair and tail blows widely in the wind
and then there's the jumps, if you heading right of the edge Agro
will quick turn to save both of you from a dangerous high flying
death thanks to the AI they put into the horse. When you do get
him to jump non threading jumps but still dangerous he will collapse
to the ground and will have a limping leg.
There no load over the top rock music or anything like that but
calm music that flows through out the game. When entering the
battles the music does smoothly change into a more pumped up feel
that adds the the atmosphere of the gameplay and again when you
finally get onto each of the colossi, which is a more of a accomplishment
tune. The sound is even more spectacular for example, the first
colossi as you climb up the mountain, it fades into a cut-scene
and the screen shakes and the trees tremble as if there were thunder
with the foot of the giant beast steps in and walks across. There's
more too from the whirl of the wind and the whimpering howl as
you inflict the final blow into the colossi.
There's not much talking in the game, not
that it needs it but its in an ancient language which is spoken
by gods and Wanda your character and is accompanied by the subtitles.
The controls is very simply to use as there not several
actions to do. The X button will call or shout out for Agro your
horse to come towards you, Triangle is used for jump or to climb
upon your horse. O will raise your sword for light to shinny of
which will show you the direction of the next colossi. Square
is for stab, attack and fire where as d-pad changes your sword
for a bow and arrow. L1 is for lock the view on the enemies and
R2 for zoom then finally R1 that probably the most used for grabbing
and holding on to cliffs, ivy and the colossi itself.
Controlling the horse can be difficult
at times, sometimes which is because of the view though it can
be changed with the right analogue. Ones on X will make it move
and pressing is more will increase the galloping speed, pressing
left or right will turn the horse and pulling back will halt to
a stop. As well as controlling the horse you can still fire arrows
and even stand up on the horse when riding or not by pressing
X, forward and R1, from here you can now jump of getting to higher
The gameplay is simply but sensational that you must
have to think logical as its very well-thought-out the way you
most kill each colossi. You start of by the gods giving you a
few clues of what to expect, from there you must hold up your
sword where of coarse there is sun light to reflect off to give
you the direction of where to go, getting on your horse you travel
off where you may have to do some climbing to get to the point.
At the area of the colossi, they wake up to you and defend/attack
you for disturbing them. As each one stamps, slices, fires at
you and walks, runs, fly's or swims about as each one has different
personal nature you must figure a way of getting on and killing
The arrows however do hurt them but not
enough and is really only used to get there attention and anger
them, so you can get on them, others you must jump down from high
up to land on them, plus many other way like tricking them, attacking
weak points first or even using the terrain around you. As each
colossi is like a moving platform its a fun climbing up them,
they are made out of rough rocks or bone that you can not grab
onto, but there are some that are like ledges for you to climb
or even a part that is hairy for you to hold and climb up but
as you have a grip icon that decrease when holding on you will
need to rest at points on the colossi.
Though most of there colossi attacks are
when you are on the ground, he's pretty weak when you are on top
and can only swing, lean and turn to try and through you off.
Though very enormous and terrifying you do feel cruel, heartless
and brutal when killing many of them as they were minding there
own business and not hurting anyone.
Ones killed the colossi will collapse over
with there sprit released into you, which in turn returned you
back the the castle and you then carry on to the next one.
My save was of 9 hours when i completed it, so its quite
a short game though at times i did not save it when figuring out
how to get up on to the colossi. In a way its like a puzzle it
can take you long time (like with me about 2 and half hours on
boss 4), but ones you know how it can only take 5,10, 15 min's
or so to kill. The gods do give speck out after a time giving
you some hints that can be clear as daylight or just as confusing.
Ones completed you unlock hard mode and time mode, plus you can
revisit any colossi you have killed why all playing the first
time and pray which lets you replay the battle again but in a
grainy effect as if you were looking back in your memory. As the
bosses go up in difficulty, you need to improve by killing of
normal lizards that are usually around the save points that can
gain you more grip which also stands as your strength. Then there's
fruit hanging from some trees that will maximize your health,
even though it regains but you still need it.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
As this game is very short and so
may find it boring, you should enough rent/lend it, buy it cheap
or you a person that would love this game and would replay it
many time. There's a demo out, so try it to see if you will hate
it or love it (like me).