Shadow of the Colossus by Nick Suttner
Release Date: December 15, 2015
ISBN 13: 978-1-940535-10-4
Foreword by Craig D. Adams
A massive, open world, brimming with mystery. A gauntlet of giants to overcome, living levels that must be destroyed... but to what end? Since its 2005 release, Fumito Ueda's minimal-yet-epic masterpiece, Shadow of the Colossus, has often been hailed as one of the greatest video games of all time.
But why is Shadow still utterly unique over a decade later? Nick Suttner examines this question and others while journeying across Shadow’s expanses—stopping along the way to speak to developers about the game’s influence, examine the culture around its unfinished mysteries, and investigate the game's colossal impact on his own beliefs about games, art, and life.
Bearded indie game advocate Nick Suttner has written for EGM and 1UP.com, brought tons of rad games to PlayStation, and is an unlockable announcer in Johann Sebastian Joust. He lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend, his cat, and some plants and candy bars.
"Suttner's Shadow of the Colossus captures the essence, both mechanical and emotional, of what made the game so special." - IndieGames.com
"A fascinating way to relive Shadow of the Colossus in a way that both felt familiar and new." - TNBBC
"I found this [book] to be refreshingly contemplative and a wonderful reflection on the art of video games which is more commonly reserved for finer films and stage plays." - Gaming with Swag
"Well-written, well-researched, and enlightening ...I loved the book." - Cultured Vultures
"A fascinating look into the quiet majesty of the game and will appeal to ardent fans and newcomers alike." - Small Press Book Review
"Shadow of the Colossus is an outstanding game worth playing, and Nick Suttner’s book by the same name is a worthy complement. [...] It helped me get a little closer to finishing an endless journey to understanding those parts of my experience that transcend words." - This Old Neon
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