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#1 Mad_Rhetoric
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http://teamicogamers.blogspot.com/2007/12/shadow-of-colossus-versus-god-of-war.html

Recently there have been many arguments where God of War and Shadow of the Colossus were compared under different criteria. Here we are taking both games and examining them for their looks, story, characters, enemies and gameplay.

-- Looks --

God of War

Many have said that God of War II is the best looking game on PlayStation 2 and they are right. Santa Monica have squeezed everything out of the PS2 and made visuals that rival those of many next-gen outings.

Temples are imposing, forests menacing and hell, bloody and dangerous. Every level in the game looks vibrant, and full of life. Both character and enemy animations, overall, are very fluid and attacks look flashy and violent, just like they're supposed to.

Shadow of the Colossus

Not much can be said against the game's visuals. The world in Shadow of the Colossus is desolate but beautiful. Deserts, forests, lakes and the ocean - this game has it all. The sepia tones are a joy to look at.

Animations are among the best not just when compared to all other games of its generation but the current ones too. Every little thing looks unbelievably authentic - from the tiniest movement of the horse to the colossi falling to the ground after they're defeated.

Decider (God of War: 1 - Shadow of the Colossus: 0)

Both games look amazing but God of War wins for the sheer brilliance of how some set pieces look. Even climbing a rope inside the colossus is made to look fantastic.



-- Story --

God of War

Greek myths entertain so much because the stories depicted are amazing feats accomplished against all odds. And is there something more of an amazing feat than for a man to defeat a god?

God of War's story takes us all over ancient Greece, to temples in deserts looking for long hidden treasures to the depths of hell and back. Revenge is what fuels this tale and the game keeps throwing enough reasons for you to continue playing and see how it ends.

Shadow of the Colossus

Similar to God of War, Shadow of the Colossus is the story of a man set out to do what no other attempted before. One could argue that there is no plot, technically - just a man with a wish and nothing else.

Although this is what sets it apart from many other games, it's a hindrance to many players in that they're not accustomed to make up their own story when playing. This is not to say it's good or bad. It's just how the story in Shadow of the Colossus plays out.

Decider (God of War: 2 - Shadow of the Colossus: 0)

It's a very close call but God of War takes away another point. The myth of a man fighting the will of the gods is too strong of a motivation to continue playing.



-- Characters --

God of War

Kratos, the main character in God of War is a raging warrior with a past that torments him. Once a servant of the gods he's now fighting, he does not display any emotion other than hatred. Although this is enough to drive forward the story, it's not sufficient to help the player connect with him.

Every other character in the game, be it a god or soldier is there to let the story happen. They feel shallow, but serve their purpose well.

Shadow of the Colossus

There are only a handful of characters in Shadow of the Colossus. Wander the hero, Mono the sleeping girl, Agro the horse, Dormin the god and Emon the priest.

What's special about them is that each inspires a different emotion. And that emotion is totally dependent upon what the player perceives. For someone Wander could inspire selfishness and immorality while to a second person he could just be a desperate man who lost someone important to him. This can be said for the other characters as well. Each is open to interpretation.

Decider (God of War: 2 - Shadow of the Colossus: 1)

In Shadow of the Colossus, it's not the story that drives the player to continue till the end. It's the characters and the way they connect with you. The person playing keeps on going because she's seeing things through the eyes of the characters.



-- Enemies --

God of War

Enemies in God of War come in many different shapes and forms. They're there as cannon fodder, to slow the player on his quest to glory.

They do a great job. Some of the monsters are visually intimidating and their power is always enough to be a hindrance to Kratos. The gods are as frightening as they should be, with many players requiring to re-load the game more than once.

All in all, enemies in God of War do what they're there for.

Shadow of the Colossus

In Shadow of the Colossus there are just sixteen enemies. But while in other games it takes you seconds or minutes to break opponents into two, in this game it could happen that you'll spend hours on one opponent.

Each colossus is a puzzle, requiring you, first of all, to figure out how to bring it down. When you have a plan you'll have to actually get to the top of each beast because it's there that they're vulnerable.

After you thrust your sword in them for the last time, they start to fall and it's then that you learn something is wrong. These beasts are not attacking you. You're trespassing their territory. You're the one on the offensive. This, coupled with amazing design, makes each colossus an enemy to be remembered. They have a name and a story - much like the other characters.

Decider (God of War: 2 - Shadow of the Colossus: 2)

Perhaps, it's the colossi that make Shadow of the Colossus such a special game. It's like they're living creatures and not just something hurled at you to stop you from clocking the game in a few less hours.



-- Gameplay --

God of War

God of War is hectic and furious. Waves of enemies will storm at you. Kratos' attacks require a mix of button mashing and combo building. Each boss fight asks for a different strategy, and although it's a simple matter of repeating the process once you figure out what you need to do, it's still massively exciting.

Puzzles come in the usual form of use the block to unlock. They're simple but logical. They serve as a nice pause from the action and while some bits can be maddeningly difficult because you need to think in a different way, they're just as enjoyable as the rest of the game.

Shadow of the Colossus

Gameplay is very simple in Shadow of the Colossus. You have sixteen battles and in each you do just the same thing. Find the colossus, look for the weak points, get to them and bring the enemy down.

What's surprising is that each of these fights requires a different strategy and they all feel genuinely exciting. Grabbing onto their fur, with stamina almost empty, making risky jumps to reach a better point to grab and finding new ways up to bring the total time taken down by a few seconds. Shadow of the Colossus is a joy to play.

Decider (God of War: 2 - Shadow of the Colossus: 3)

So different and both exciting. Gameplay is good as it comes for both games but the way each colossus is brought down gives Shadow of the Colossus the edge over God of War on this one.



god of war vs shadow of the colossus

Overall

Both games are amazing at what they do and both deserve to be in every player's collection but Shadow of the Colossus tops God of War by an inch. Truth be told, it's a bit unfair comparing two games in two totally different genres but if you had to consider which one to buy, Shadow of the Colossus is a safe bet.



Winner: Shadow of the Colossus

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I agree 100%

GOW is overrated

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#2 BioShockOwnz
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I'd take God of War over Bore of the Collossus any day of the week.
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#3 SuperMario_46
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As much as i like shadow of the colossus that game has some camera issues, God of war is close to perfection
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#4 black_awpN1
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I never saw what the big deal with shadow of Collosous. I liked it, but it want fantastic. It got a little repetitive. It got boring after an hour. GOW 2 was fun all the way through. It did also get a bit repatitive.
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#5 mr_w25
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i give it to god of war

but sotc was amazing too

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#6 Koalakommander
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They are both soooo good.
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#7 SmokieX
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I'd take God of War over Bore of the Collossus any day of the week.BioShockOwnz
HOW DARE YOU!!! FART FACE!!! Seriously though both games a brilliant. I can't choose one over the other because I just can't:(

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#8 -TheSecondSign-
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God of War II.

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#9 locopatho
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I'd give it to GOW. Simply because of SotC's technical flaws. Gameplay wise, I think they're both close to perfection.
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#10 LINKloco
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I will continue not comparing them and ignore what was posted.=P
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#11 osan0
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two completly different games. both excellent though. personally id be more of a SOTC man, some of the colossususus (colossi?) are just a hoot to go 40 rounds with. my only complaint would be a pretty dodgy framerate and controls that feel a bit sloppy and unresponsive at times.

love GOW though. i dont usually like games in the genre but GOW is very much the exception.

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#12 Mad_Rhetoric
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IMO GOW1 was much better, GOW2 was too much of the same thing but with grappling
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#13 Gunraidan
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These games are so similar to one another. What an ideal comparison. (Yes I realized the article new this)
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#14 Mardil
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I always thought GoW was overrated, and when I played GoW II I had a good time, but I had been spoiled by Ninja Gaiden before. Never played SotC, but I've been looking forward to... I think I'm going to rent it and finish it during the Christmas break.
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I never played SotC, should I? It looks boring.
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#16 Hoobinator
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SOTC. It touches on ideas which 99% of games dare not even acknowledge. GOW is a hack and slash fest in comaprison. It is of a baser nature not reaching the intellectual heights of SOTC.
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#17 Mad_Rhetoric
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SOTC. It touches on ideas which 99% of games dare not even acknowledge. GOW is a hack and slash fest in comaprison. It is of a baser nature not reaching the intellectual heights of SOTC. Hoobinator
that what I love about SotC,its like a greatfantasical dream
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#18 Swift_Boss_A
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I agree with you but GOW is still an aweome game. SoTC was just a fantastic experience as a gamer and one that no one should miss. Team Ico are in my opinion the most innovative and creative developers out there and I am anxiously looking forward to their PS3 project. GOW3 is another game which I'm looking forward to
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#19 killab2oo5
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God of War bored me after a couple of hours of play,SOTC however...wow. O_O I was amazed by that game,only thing it lacked was a good story. e_e I never thought of to make a story up along the way. SOTC>God of War any day.
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#20 ArumaStrife
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I love SotC, it's UNIQUE

I have played GoW and GoW II, so boring.... there's to many games looks alike GoW, just go around n slash everything..

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#21 skrat_01
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I like God of War, but I do rather Shadow of the Colossus.

Pretty different games....

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Shadow of the Colossus is such a outstanding game. Epic boss battles, awesome art design and music, this game really is one of the best PS2 games.
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I'd take God of War over Bore of the Collossus any day of the week.BioShockOwnz

I gotta agree. I bought it cos of all the great reviews, and I just got bored of it. I got to the 5th or 6th colossi and just had no will to soldier on. Whereas God of War is a fat fat game.

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#24 MyopicCanadian
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Shadow of the Colossus: 5

God of War II: 0

Not saying GoW is a bad game, it's a fun action game time killer, hack n slash type thing, but that's all it is. Shadow of the Colossus is gaming ART.

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#25 Cedmln
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Two different games. Invalid comparison.
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#26 Private_Vegas
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I have never played a God of War game. But from what I've heard if at any point you scale the side of a giant and lop something off it a quicktime event. Therefore I'll stick with what I know. Shadow of the Colossus is my pick.
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#27 Lionheart08
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Playing both games I can honestly say God of War was the better title. Shadow of the Colossus, while fun, was really just a game with nothing but bosses. The first 15 had their own annoyance factor, but the only real hard one was the last one. The story was kinda weak and really only made some sense to those who played Ico.

God of War had a great story, and fantastic boss battles, but it was extremely short. But still, God of War was the better game.

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#28 armin0jrpg
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Shadow of the Colossus For me! havent plyed ANYTHING half Eoic as SOC! same goes for Uniqness

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#29 ArisShadows
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Ewww God of Bore.
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#30 Michael0134567
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Both are masterpieces.

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#31 zassimick  Moderator
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Talk about resurrecting a thread.

Eh, I'll go with God of War (series), though Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece.

Fun fact: When this thread was created God of War 3 wasn't even out yet; crazy, huh? :P

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#32 1PMrFister
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Was going to come in here and make a post on how silly this comparison is because both games are very different from each other, but then I saw it's a thread from 2007. Instead, I have to wonder just how people dig up these old threads without realizing it.
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#33 deactivated-5cd08b1605da1
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Wut? Why would someone compare two games that barelly have anything in common? 0_o

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#34 clr84651
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God of War>>>Shadow of The Colossus. I played both.

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#35 mems_1224
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I've only played the first GoW and a few hours of the 2nd and Shadow of the Colossus was a much better game.
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#36 insanewolfninja
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Shadow of the colossus was innovative and brought something new to gaming.
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#37 Nengo_Flow
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I'd take God of War over Bore of the Collossus any day of the week.BioShockOwnz
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#39 Rocker6
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Shadow of the Colossus For me! havent plyed ANYTHING half Eoic as SOC! same goes for Uniqness

armin0jrpg

Sure feels like 2007 in here...

What's up with all the necros, saw a bunch in the last few days...

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#41 ShadowMoses900
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They don't even play the same. Shadow of the Colossus is very similar to Zelda but on a far bigger scale, God of War is a hack and slash masterpiece.Only thing I can compare them in would be their epic boss fights, which in that case God of War wins again.

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#42 Renegade_Fury
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I hate both, but at least I consider GoW a game.

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[QUOTE="armin0jrpg"]

Shadow of the Colossus For me! havent plyed ANYTHING half Eoic as SOC! same goes for Uniqness

Rocker6

Sure feels like 2007 in here...

What's up with all the necros, saw a bunch in the last few days...

It's the second BioshockOwnz thread that popped up. hmmmm.
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Dat 6 years bump.

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#47 deactivated-5d6bb9cb2ee20
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I like God of War more. Also, lol necro thread.
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I hate God of War so much. I'm not even going to say it's terrible or anything (tho I don't think it's great by any menas) because I can see the quality in it. But my god, it's so fvcking boring.

So SoTC it is.

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#49 Rocker6
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[QUOTE="Rocker6"]

[QUOTE="armin0jrpg"]

Shadow of the Colossus For me! havent plyed ANYTHING half Eoic as SOC! same goes for Uniqness

freedomfreak

Sure feels like 2007 in here...

What's up with all the necros, saw a bunch in the last few days...

It's the second BioshockOwnz thread that popped up. hmmmm.

Who's this Bioshock guy?

He used to be a famous troll back in the day, or something?

Heard him mentioned plenty of times...

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[QUOTE="freedomfreak"][QUOTE="Rocker6"]

Sure feels like 2007 in here...

What's up with all the necros, saw a bunch in the last few days...

Rocker6

It's the second BioshockOwnz thread that popped up. hmmmm.

Who's this Bioshock guy?

He used to be a famous troll back in the day, or something?

Heard him mentioned plenty of times...

He wasn't really a troll. He played a lot of games. In one thread they found out he was a bandodger. It was pretty crazy.