Shadow of the Colossus

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Shadow of the Colossus
ShadowOfTheColossus boxart.jpg
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97472
Release date: October 18, 2005
CRCs: C19A374E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-53326
Release date: February 16, 2006
CRCs: 0F0C4A9C
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SCPS-15097
Release date: October 27. 2005
CRCs: 877F3436
Windows Status: Ingame
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Team Ico
Genre: Action-Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Link
Game review score: Metacritic: 91/100
Game description: Also known as "Wander to Kyozou" in japan.

Winlogo.png Test configuration on Windows:

PCSX2 version: 1.1.0
Graphics by GSDX SSE41: r5622
Sound by SPU2-X: r5559
Pad plugin is Lilypad: r5403
BIOS version: USA v2.20


  • Test Config : Works great with r5559 SSE41;
  • DX VERSION = 11;
  • EE Cycles = 2;
  • VU Cycles = 2;
  • Rest as default.

Hack comments: Aggressive-CRC, Half-pixel Offset

Linlogo.png Test configuration on Linux:

PCSX2 version: untested
Graphics by ZZogl: untested
Sound by SPU2-X: untested

Pclogo.png PC specs used to test the game:

CPU: Intel i5-3210M
GPU: Geforce 660M

Comments: Because of not very good CPU & GPU (Notebook), I've to used some VU & EE improvements. I typed my settings in the comments above. This game is extremely CPU and GPU intensive, it was running at about 30 FPS even on the original Playstation 2. Setting VU cycle steal to 2 or even 3 helps the game tremendously

  • Offical PCSX2 1.1.0 gameplay video: Link

Known Issues:


A common emulation error is that the bloom is too high, making it difficult to see much of the screen when out in bright locations.

  • Solution 1: Use 2x, 3x or higher internal resolution in the GSdx plugin settings.
  • Solution 2: Use Software mode for perfect fix.
  • Solution 3: User-modified GSdx plugins (r4893 or higher) are available for download and are designed specifically for the game. Download these plugins and unzip the files into the plugin settings for PCSX2. The over-bloom will be significantly reduced if this is used in GSdx.
  • Solution 4: Use newest release of PCSX2.

Texture Misalignment

Unfortunately, raising the internal resolution to eliminate the bloom may cause certain textures to become misaligned. This causes the bloom on Shadow Creatures, Pigeons, Wander's Sword, and Mono's Dress to be placed to the upper-left of their proper position.

  • Solution 1: Open up the GSdx plugin settings and search through the configurations until you find the "Half-Pixel Offset" hack. Enabling this hack will re-align the texture.
  • Solution 2: Use software mode