Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Shadow of the Colossus, called Wander to Kyozou (ワンダと巨像) in Japanese, is a fantasy adventure game by Team ICO and Sony. It was initially released on Playstation 2 in 2005 and then remastered on Playstation 3 with bonus content and HD graphics in 2011, and then once again on PlayStation 4 in 2018. Team ICO also released The Last Guardian, or Hitokui no Owashi Toriko (人喰いの大鷲トリコ), in 2016.
Shadow of the Colossus is still one of the most well-known and respected games there is. It has no dungeons, interact-able characters or side quests, yet still delivers a spectacular gaming experience; it deserved the BAFTA Games Award for Artistic Achievement and the BAFTA Games Award for Action & Adventure. It also has one of the most spectacular soundtracks of all time in a game.
There is a huge difference in graphics quality between the PlayStation 2 and 3 versions and the newly-released PlayStation 4 remaster. Veteran players, as well as new players, are enjoying the gorgeous HD scenery as well as smoother gameplay.
Although by no means a horror game, some of the bosses that feature in Shadow of the Colossus are a little frightening, whether it be because of speed, power, or the ability to attack you at long-range. This exciting adventure includes some creepy monsters that make players sweat when they battle them. Here are the top five scariest colossi monsters that feature in Shadow of the Colossus.
5. Barba (The Goliath)
"A giant lurks underneath the temple . . . It lusts for destruction . . . But a fool, it is not."
Upon entering an underground temple, Wander looks around before the wall behind him collapses and a humanoid, bearded colossus, Barba, steps out. The first minute or so of battle number six is terrifying.
Barba stomps after you as you have to run and jump over three different walls to safety before he crushes you. This battle is fun once you're safe, but the first portion of this battle always has me screaming at Wander to move faster.
4. Celosia (Flame Guardian)
"An alter overlooks the lake . . . A guardian set loose . . . It keeps the flames alive."
Celosia, colossus number eleven, is the smallest of all the colossi, but he is quick and can really mess you up if you don't get a move on. When you first see him, he jumps from his hiding place and in front of Wander, enough to give you a heart attack before the battle even begins.
To defeat Celosia, you have to grab a flaming stick and use it to make him back up until he falls from the temple. Doing this is scary too as the flame can go out any second. As soon as the fire goes out, Celosia will swipe at you. Not only that, but even after he falls from the temple, you still have to get yourself onto his back to defeat him. This is definitely one of the more tense battles of the game.
3. Dirge (Sand Tiger)
"An isolated sand dune . . . ts tracks are well hidden . . . Shaking the earth, its gaze is upon thee."
Colossus number 10 resembles a giant snake that swims beneath the sand. You need Agro for this battle because Dirge is quick and doesn't hesitate to slam into you. As you're running away, you have to turn Wander so that he's looking behind him and back at the monster; it's the last thing you really want to do. The first time I saw those huge, orange eyes staring back at me, my stomach dropped.
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Battling Dirge is really fun, and not too difficult if you time it right, but it makes number three on this list because of how much it terrified me the first time I experienced it.
2. Kuromori (Wall Shadow)
"A tail trapped within a pail deep within the forest . . . A shadow that crawls on the walls."
I beat colossus number eight for the dozenth time just the other day and I was still sweating buckets. Take your pick of what makes Kuromori terrifying: its quick movement, its ability to climb walls, or the fact that it can shoot poisonous projectiles at you that leave toxic, health-draining gas clouds.
To beat it, you have to get close enough to shoot its legs so it falls, and then stab its belly while it's down. The tension and heart-stopping music make me always dread this battle.
1. Cenobia (Destruction Luster)
"A guardian set loose . . . A closed-off city beyond the channel . . . It lusts for destruction..."
Cenobia takes first place as the scariest monster in Shadow of the Colossus. It movies quickly, sends you flying if it runs into you, and repeatedly tries to knock you off any platform you find yourself on. It's impossible to outrun colossus number fourteen, and you have to be clever to get past it.
Each of the colossus has its own charm and clever puzzle to defeat them. It really is one of the best games of its time, and I'm delighted to be able to play it again. Which of the colossi is your favourite?
© 2017 Poppy
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 09, 2017:
...I think I would have cried if they'd kept a spider enemy
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on June 09, 2017:
Hi Poppy, sweet countdown! Kuromori creeped me out the most thanks to its unpredictable speed, though it's been awhile since I played.
I read about many colossi the team had to cut, some of which also sound pretty frightening. For example, a giant Spider enemy named Aberth had an instant-kill move and was removed for being too difficult.