I finally beat SotC last night. What a game! The controls are bad, but I like that they are bad. It gives you a real sense of struggle. The part I did not like was how bad the camera was—that wasn’t necessary. I just want to aim the beam of light towards the Colossus while riding the horse… why is that SO DIFFICULT!!! But by the 10th or so Colossi, I had the camera controls down. Mostly.
I solved all of them myself with no guides (I really, REALLY try to never use guides for puzzle games), although 2 were spoiled beforehand that were unavoidable (one on Twitter with an animated GIF related to a fire weakness and the flying one in Sony’s press conference). I love that each one—for the most part—were truly unique. I’d LOVE to see a sequel to this game in the style of Hitman. You buy the base game, and new Colossi seasons are unlocked throughout the year. Forever.
Anyhoo… I still prefer The Last Guardian, as that game gave me the feels at the end, but this game was overall more fun. I’d actually play this one again, but I don’t think I’ll ever touch TLG again, just because I know it won’t have the same level of impact with a second play-through while this game begs you to play multiple times.
Oh, and it’s pretty. Like really pretty. I love the map and the openness and the sense of loneliness. So good!
Now bring on ICO.