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How much do you like SotC?

5/5 Best game ever 20 43.48%
 
4/5 Top 100 games of all time 19 41.30%
 
3/5 Really good game 1 2.17%
 
2/5 Quite average 4 8.70%
 
1/5 A bit annoying 1 2.17%
 
0/5 Total failure 1 2.17%
 
Total:46

It's just a very artistic game with an amazing soundtrack and top notch gameplay. I have fond memories of playing the game but yeah the overworld is mostly empty with some shiny lizards and nothing much else to do in it. It's a very good and unique game though.



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RolStoppable said:

It was branded as art from the get-go, so everybody had to like it regardless of its shoddy controls and framerate. Naturally, its improved re-releases had to be admired as well.

My favorite anecdote concerns a German video game magazine that gave the original release a rather generous score (77/100) despite the reviewers not being convinced that they were playing a good game, then years later they elevated SotC to one of the most important releases of the decade, likely due to peer pressure and a desire to fit in with everyone else.

If you are looking for games as art, then maybe this is something you'll like. The same holds true for everything else that is commonly said to be art.

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wow.....

Anyways to OP. I'm gonna try and tell you why the game is so special.

Imagine a massive open world game. Where you literally can go anywhere you see. 

Then imagine that from the beginning to end of this game you do no see a single NPC or quest marker.

Then imagine that there is absolutlely no hand holding what soever in this game or hints on where to go and what to do.

Imagine that at the start of the game you are already as powerful as you would ever be and your ability to finish the game has nothing to do with any new weapons or powerups you get (which there are none) but of your mastery of the games mechanics.

Now those bosses you mention, the game loop is simple. Navigate your way through the world to find one. Figure out how to neat it, then nagvigate your way around said boss to actually beat it. rinse and repeat.

It may not sound like much, but that too is what makes the game beautiful.... cause somehow it has enough to get you hooked.

There isn't and has never been another game like SoTC. There is an atmosphere and flow it has that no other game has been able to match. Especially when you consider that its the exact opposite in open world design that every other developer goes with. All other open world games try and give you so much to do, SoTC gives you just one thing to do.

All I can say now is that you should just try and play the game.



Personally I don't really like the game, deep in between the empty world, questionable controls and bad camera, lies some decent memorable enough moments and bosses that I can see why some like a lot. But as someone who values the gameplay polish above everything else in a game, it wasn't something I had fun with.



RolStoppable said:

It was branded as art from the get-go, so everybody had to like it regardless of its shoddy controls and framerate. Naturally, its improved re-releases had to be admired as well.

My favorite anecdote concerns a German video game magazine that gave the original release a rather generous score (77/100) despite the reviewers not being convinced that they were playing a good game, then years later they elevated SotC to one of the most important releases of the decade, likely due to peer pressure and a desire to fit in with everyone else.

If you are looking for games as art, then maybe this is something you'll like. The same holds true for everything else that is commonly said to be art.

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I agree for the most part.

It does indeed get a lot of good press more so for being "artsy" rather than being a great game but i think it's controls were good and it's bosses and soundtrack are very memorable. I think this also applies to Journey and The Last of Us but that's just me.



Well, it's very atmospheric and different from most adventure type of games. Because it doesn't have an army of minions to wipe out or a ton of dialog to listen to, ya pay a great deal more attention to the beautiful scenery and awesome soundtrack as you're traveling to the next colossus. It's sort of meditative. The fights are the total opposite of that. They are chaotic and epic. I felt like a gerbil trying to fight lions and hyenas with a tooth pick. It was especially fun when it first released because there's hardly any games like it. That's still the case today.



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Those poor beautiful giants.



I don’t know, personally. I’ve actually owned it on PS2 and 3 but never got around to playing it. I doubt I’m buying it a third time, would be great if it were BC somehow. I’ll wait for it to hit PS+ and see what the fuss is about.



Can't speak for other But I love exploring, I love the boss battles, I loved that it just put me in the game with minimal yapping and just let me explore and kill bosses.



This game is a very mixed bag. I think it should not have been released on PS2 with its tiny resolution.

It was one of my first console games and I absolutely could not stand the controls and camera - I was fighting the camera more than the colossi until decided to just watch a Let's Play. After that I felt like playing it myself on PS3 and of course it was a breeze knowing exactly how to kill each colossi.

It is not in my top 100 but I think it belongs in top 100.



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Deus Ex (2000) - a game that pushes the boundaries of what the video game medium is capable of to a degree unmatched to this very day.

Very artistic and beating up giant enemies is fun. I don't consider it a huge masterpiece like a lot of people. But its a game that should be experienced by people at least once imo



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