The Colossi — Shadow of the Colossus (Sony, PS2, 2005)
Shadow of the Colossus is a game that consists almost entirely of boss battles. Every foe you meet is a gargantuan powerhouse of twisted horn and muscle, with no pint-sized underlings to hamper the sense of fear and awe. These ancient goliaths are some of the most beautiful and striking creatures ever to grace a video game — which makes their callous butchering at the hands of your ‘hero’ all the more tragic. That’s right; we’re including the colossi on this list because they actually made us feel bad for killing them
Presumably, if Wander hadn’t wandered in on some half-arsed quest to resurrect a dead strumpet, the majestic beasts would have plodded the earth for all eternity. Instead, every last one was reduced to lifeless rubble — including the gentle giants that actively tried to avoid you. It made each ‘victory’ taste empty and bitter-sweet. There be giants, no more.