The Difference With Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus vs. Voodoo

Shadow of the Colossus.

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Since we launched our Kickstarter campaign, a lot of people have asked us what the difference is between Shadow of the Colossus and Voodoo. We just wanted to share a quick article to answer that.

Shadow of the Colossus vs. Voodoo

(1) Single Player vs. Multiplayer: Shadow of the Colossus is characterized by a slightly eerie solo journey. Voodoo on the other hand is completely a multiplayer game. You can say that Shadow of the Colossus and Voodoo are polar opposites in this regard. We thought it would be a fun gameplay alternative to be able to battle the huge colossi in multiplayer, coordinating with your team like a hunting party. Communication and team effort are a huge part of overcoming obstacles and challenges in Voodoo.

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(2) Open-world freedom: In Shadow of the Colossus, after defeating a colossus, the player is returned to the central point to repeat the process — that is, find another colossus. In Voodoo, there is much more freedom in exploring the landscape. Bumping into an Izimu might in fact be totally coincidental. And accidental!

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(3) Player versus Environment: Shadow of the Colossus set out to have no enemies except the epic battles against the colossi. In Voodoo‘s plan, there will be wild animals to defend against as well as hunting, food gathering, and resource gathering.

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In a nutshell, Shadow of the Colossus is a game that takes you on a personal challenge. We drew some inspiration from this amazing game. But Voodoo is ultimately about a collaborative challenge and survival as a team (or rather, a tribe). Of course, it takes place in a completely different cultural backdrop and with different objectives too.

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We hope this clarifies some of the key differences between Voodoo and Shadow of the Colossus. If you’ve backed our Kickstarter campaign and already have pre-alpha access to Voodoo, maybe there are some other differences that you’ve noticed. Please share this with us (and anybody else who asks)!

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How To Take Down The Izimu [video]

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Taking down the Izimu!


Spoiler Alert: If you’re not interested in finding out how to defeat the first Izimu (Shadow of the Colossus-type bosses) in Voodoo this article is not for you! To be fair, this is a pre-alpha version of Voodoo and the Izimu will be slightly tougher when the full game is released.

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Battling the Izimu

We caught up with KrazzykillaB who streamed his defeat of the Izimu a little earlier. Here’s what he had to say about the Izimu battle gameplay.

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Q: What was battling the Izimu like?

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Krazzy: Fighting the Colossus was super fun! Something very new, very unique, and exciting! The music made it that much more intense.

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Q: How did you know how to defeat the Izimu?

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Krazzy: While fighting the Izimu I saw 4 targets. 2 around its head and 1 on each knee. I figured that if I shot the target on its knees, the Izimu would fall down for me to shoot the targets around its head.

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Q: What do you think is lacking from the Izimu fight that would make it more enjoyable?

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Krazzy: A slingshot to shoot at the Izimu with! But really, it all felt very balanced, very smooth; it was not too easy and not too hard. It was a challenge.

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Well, this is what he said when he had already defeated the Izimu twice!

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Needed: Audio For Izimu Battles…

We couldn’t be happier that players can already enjoy Voodoo through our Kickstarter campaign. However, If you watched the video with the Izimu battle, one thing in particular is killing the vibe. As creators and gamers it’s all too clear.

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While the soundtrack is pretty amazing (gothic meets tribal!) the Izimu itself is missing proper audio engineering to really immerse you in the experience. You can’t hear the roar of the titan, the quaking when it stomps, and the avalanche of its apocalyptic fall from power!

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Audio is an important part of a rich experience and that became even more apparent when we watched this gameplay video. We’d probably become numb to it ourselves. Here is a clear example where community feedback is so vital for game development.  Please support our Kickstarter campaign so we can improve these types of aspects! The devil — we mean Izimu — is in the details!

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By the way, Cryptic Hybrid also battled the Izimu but so far has been less prosperous against its massive powers :P

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