One of the most hype PlayStation 2 games got an ultra-high definition remake of its art assets, and Shadow of the Colossus has seen quite a lot of success on its re-release to the PlayStation 4. The game debuted at the top of the charts, and in about a week it has already managed to beat the sales of the original title from many years ago.
Aside from higher-quality visuals, Shadow of the Colossus on the PS4 comes packed with new features like Easy Mode, New Game+, and Photo Mode. One of the most interesting new play modes is the Mirrored World, or Mirrored Mode, and in this guide I’ll explain exactly what it is.
What Is the Mirrored World in Shadow of the Colossus?
If you’ve played the Zelda series, you may have encountered this style of alternative play mode. Once you’ve played enough Shadow of the Colossus, you get a vivid picture in your head of the game world around you. Any game with a large and open world that you’re going to find yourself venturing through time and time again begins to imprint in your head, and like you do with familiar locations in the real world, it almost becomes instinctive in the way that you travel through it.
However, many of us don’t consider how foreign and confusing things would get if everything were mirrored. Left streets on the right, and things of that nature, are more of a brain cramp than they sound. That’s what the Mirrored World does to Shadow of the Colossus.
Everything is the same, just … backwards. In the Mirrored World, Wander wields the Ancient Sword on his left rather than his right. It’s little changes like this that will throw you completely off and leave you feeling disoriented and lost in a world that you once knew so well.
How Do I Get the Mirrored World in Shadow of the Colossus?
To unlock this game mode, you’re required to beat the game in any normal play mode. This prerequisite is a sensible touch to the Mirrored World because it’s going to guarantee that you’re fond of Shadow of the Colossus just so that it can literally turn your world upside down!
After you’ve beaten the game, all you have to do is select New Game or New Game+ and you’ll see the option to play the game through the Mirrored World.
While a lot of the game modes in the PS4 remake were available in the original title back in 2005, the Mirrored World is completely new and is guaranteed to offer a play experience that you haven’t felt before. A lot of Shadow of the Colossus fans are calling this the “true Hard Mode” of this game due to how it warps your perception of everything you knew about the game. It’s a really cool touch to a great game.
What are your opinions on this game mode in Shadow of the Colossus and the reverse or mirror-style mode in general? I’ve seen mixed opinions saying that it offers a fresh new way to play the game and others claiming it’s a lazy way of throwing another mode into the game. Let me know of any thoughts or questions in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to get back to you.
Be sure to check out some of our other Shadow of the Colossus content:
- Shadow of the Colossus: A Novice’s Review of the Remaster
- Shadow of the Colossus Will Feature a Photo Mode
- Shadow of the Colossus Dormin Sword Guide
- New Weapon Discovered in Shadow of the Colossus Remake