Shadow of the Colossus

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Shadow of the Colossus

Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Blood, Fantasy Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+
OFLC rating: M
GRB rating: 12
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan supported
GPU intensive game
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SCES-53326 & SCUS-97505 & SCUS-97472 & SCAJ-20146
Japanese: SCAJ-20146 & SCPS-15097 & SCPS-19320 & SCPS-19335
German: SCES-53326
French: SCES-53326
Spanish: SCES-53326
Italian: SCES-53326
Simplified Chinese: SCAJ-20146
Korean: SCKA-20061
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97472
SCUS-97505 (Demo)
Release date: October 18, 2005
August 6, 2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: C19A374E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-53326
SCED-53962 (Demo)
Release date: February 16, 2006 (Australia)
February 17, 2006
CRCs: 0F0C4A9C
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SCPS-15097
SCPS-19320 (PlayStation2 the Best)
SCPS-19335 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
SCAJ-20196 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
Release date: October 27, 2005
December 15, 2005 (Korea)
June 29, 2006 (PlayStation2 the Best)
May 1, 2007 (Korea, BigHit Series)
February 4, 2010 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
CRCs: 877F3436
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Team Ico
Publisher(s): SCEA (US), SCEI (JP, KO), SCE Korea (KO), SCE Australia (AU), SCEE (EU)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic91/100
Game description: Players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With a trusty horse at your side, players explore the spacious lands and unearth each towering Colossus creature. The uneasy task of defeating a Colossus relies on intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay. Armed with strong wits, a mystical sword and a sturdy bow, players use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Uknown dual core @ 2.60 GHz
  • ?
0.9.7 (r3113) GSdx 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X 1.4
  • LilyPad 0.10.0
  • Intel Pentium E5400 @ 2.70 GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce 9600GT
0.9.8 GSdx (r4600)
  • SPU2-X (r4600)
  • LilyPad (r4510)
BIOS: USA v2.00. Needed VU Cycle Stealing 3, works fine at 2-3x native res. Machina
? ?
  • Intel Core i5-3210M @ 3.10 GHz
  • NVIDIA Geforce 660M
1.1.0 GSdx SSE41 (r5622)
  • SPU2-X (r5559)
  • LilyPad (r5403)
BIOS: USA v2.20, HACKS: Aggressive-CRC, Half-pixel Offset, D3D11, EE Cycles=2, VU Cycles=2, MTVU=DISABLE, Rest as default. Because of not very good CPU & GPU (Notebook), I've had to use some VU & EE improvements. ZiZU4851
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3570K
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
1.1.0 (r5649) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), EE/VU Rounding: None/None, 1 - EE's cyclerate by DEFULT, The game running fine without any problem.
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 @ 512 MB
1.1.0 (r5726) GSdx SSE41 (r5726)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (r5695)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5403)
Still playable. Some rendering bugs (shadows & blur) with hardware mode... Software is OK.
NTSC Windows 8.1
  • Intel Core i5-3330 @ 3.00 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 270X @ 2 GB
GSdx 0.1.16 SSE41
  • SPU2-X r5830 2.0.0
  • Lilypad r5878 0.11.0
BIOS USA 2.20, Game runs perfectly fine. LeTeTeuX
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • Intel Core i5-4690K @ 4.00 GHz
  • Asus GeForce GTX-770 DCOC
1.2.1 GSdx (2014-07-14)
  • SPU2-X (2014-07-14)
  • ?
Speedhacks: None, GSdx Renderer: Direct3D9 (Hardware). Completely playable, intro FPS sags 5 FPS when at 4.0 GHz, and 10FPS when at 3.5 GHz, but gameplay is always 60 regardless. Turning on progressive scan ingame, got me an extra 3 FPS average for some reason. Roa
NTSC-U / PAL Windows 7
  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.20 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970
1.5.0 (2016-May)
GSdx SSE2 1.1.0
  • ?
  • ?
Frame Limiter: Enabled. Frame Rate: 60 FPS constant. yorotiba
NTSC-U Win10
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 stock
  • AMD RX 5700
1.7.0-20200628204837 GSdx 20200628204837 spu2-x-r5875 Hardware renderer is still borked and can't display most of the visual effects. Very questionable performance (end cutscene), can't run EE 130% without massive slowdowns. And 130% EE breaks physics. StalkerstalkerAMD
NTSC-U Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.40 GHz (Overclocked to 4.70 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (*2)
GSdx SSE2 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • Interpolation: Linear
  • Synchronising Mode: TimeStretch
Originally, I wasn't using MTVU or OPH flag and had EE cyclerate and VU cycle stealing at 1, and there was noticeable lag; sometimes framerate would drop to around 45fps, but got low as 30fps during the battle with Gaius. Lag wasn't always particularly noticeable as I was initially using Async Mix audio. Increasing EE cyclerate and VU cycle stealing to 2, enabling MTVU and OPH flag hack made the game run at full speed at all times. Only issue I still noticed was faint white lines at the left and upper sides of the screen, most noticeable in cutscenes and underwater (presumably they'd be more visible if I didn't increase the zoom). Fully playable. PandoraGTX

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Ubuntu 18.04.1
  • Intel Core i5-4690K Stock
  • Sapphire HD 6950 1 GB
1.4.0 GSdx 1.1.0 Sse2 SPU2-X 2.0.0 Runs well with some slowdown, no glitches, 80-90% speed chainfire
NTSC-U Ubuntu 19.04 Kernel 5.0.0
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.1 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X
GSdx 1.1.0 SSE4.1/AVX
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • OnePAD 0 1.3.0
• Runs at 100% most of the time at native res 3x.

• Goes down to 80% in constrained spaces sometimes (on colossi, inside the temple), sometimes has fps dips just as the PS2 did.
• Increasing or decreasing EE Cyclerate from 0 makes emulation slow down
• Increasing EE Cycle Skipping to more than 1 results in choppier, lower fps rendering. Increasing to 1 yields 100% speed in most areas, as opposed to 70% at 0.
• Progressive scan enabled in the in-game settings. BIOS used: USA v1.6

PAL Debian 10
  • Intel Core i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2 GB
GSdx 1.2.0 AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • OnePAD 0 2.0.0
Runs mostly at full speed but can go as low as 50% at times. Enabling progressive scan and disabling widescreen mode from the in-game settings both improve performance. Ratchet66
PAL Arch Linux
  • Intel Core i3-7100
  • Intel HD 630
1.7.3519 Vulkan Default Enabling progressive scan from the game settings runs at 80-100% speed on native resolution 1x. Quellen


  • Original names: ワンダと巨像 (SCPS-15097) & (SCPS-19320) & (SCPS-19335), 汪達與巨像 (SCAJ-20146), 완다와 거상 (SCKA-20061)
  • Also known as Wang Da Yu Ju Xiang (AS), Wander to Kyozou (JP, KO)
  • Shadow of the Colossus is one of PCSX2's most popular games, but it is one of the most complicated to emulate due to the fact that the original PlayStation 2 release pushed the limits of the console and often suffered from frame-rate losses. This game is very CPU intensive, even for PCSX2.
  • The game has a built in 16:9 widescreen mode that results in a larger portion of the world being visible. Switching to the widescreen mode has a small impact on performance.

Known Issues

Low performance

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Major
  • Description: Game runs very slowly.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Emulation Settings > Speedhacks, and increase the EE Cycle Skipping until it runs smoothly. Note: Using EE Cycle Skipping can cause certain textures to become translucent, specially when viewed from a distance.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Emulation Settings > Game Fixes, and enable OPH Flag Hack. This should lead to a noticeable boost in performance in some areas.


  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: The bloom lighting is too bright, making it difficult to see much of the screen when out in sunny locations.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, use the OpenGL Hardware Renderer and set "Accurate Date" to "Fast" and "Accurate Blending" to "Medium". Alternatively set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set CRC Hack Level to "Aggressive" (Note: this disables the bloom effect completely).

Texture misalignment

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The bloom on Shadow Creatures, Pigeons, Wander's Sword, and Mono's Dress are placed to the upper-left of their proper position.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks and enable the "Half-Pixel Offset" hack. Enabling the "Half-Pixel Offset" can result in flickering white lines along the top and left borders of the screen. Go to Config > Emulation Settings > GS Windows tab, and set the Zoom to 102.60% to remove the flickering lines. Using TC Offset(350, 350) instead of the half pixel offset hack fixes flickering borders and misaligned motion blur, but causes issues with distant terrain. Alternatively set the Internal Resolution to "Native", or set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

Dark border at bottom right of screen

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: A dark grey/black texture appears along the bottom and right edges of the screen when upscaling.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Advanced Settings and Hacks, and set "Half-Pixel Offset" to Normal (Vertex).

Fixed Issues

Weird Shadows

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: All characters in the game, including Agro cast bizarre, outlined shadows.
  • Workaround: Use the latest version of PCSX2.

Gameplay Screenshots

Gameplay Videos

  • Offical PCSX2 1.1.0 gameplay video: Link

Public compatibility forum links