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I’ve already written that I think that the Shadow of the Colossus remake on PlayStation 4 looks too refined. But I’m trying put that aside so I can play this new version on its terms. I do admit that when I look beyond the stylistic choices, these giant beasts look really sharp. I recorded footage of my fight with the first colossus in 4K on a PlayStation 4 Pro, and you can see just how much detail is the fur and stony surfaces of these creatures.

You can watch the 4K clip right here:

I’m playing in Resolution mode on PS4 pro, so you should see some extra fidelity in texture and objects at a distance. But I really like the way everything works together


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In one moment in the clip, you can see the hero climbing through the beast’s fur. In an attempt to shake you off, the colossus does a little shimmy, and its fur bounces around realistically. At the same time a group of birds fly overhead and their shadows streak across the top of the head of the monster.

Shadow of the Colossus may not have that ethereal feel that I associate with director Fumito Ueda’s games, including the 2016 PS4 release The Last Guardian. But it still is a technical achievement.

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