The Art of Video Games: Shadow of the Colossus” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: “Shadow of the Colossus” presents a modern-day fairytale in which a young man named Wander seeks to bring his girlfriend, Mono, back to life. Distraught, he makes a deal with a dark entity and must strike down sixteen enormous, mythical creatures known as Colossi, which inhabit the barren, empty world of the “Forbidden Land.” The vast, ancient landscape of plains, forests, deserts, and caverns impose a sense of isolation as Wander searches for the Colossi accompanied only by his horse. Each giant creature has a unique and creative design and must be defeated in a different way.

    The true power of “Shadow of the Colossus” is the tension between the player’s selfish need to destroy these great, innocent creatures, and the dramatic sense of loss in witnessing them fall. The scale of the Colossi and the dazzling, haunting artwork combine to create epic yet devastating battle scenes.

    Shadow of the Colossus Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

    This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.