God of War Review: Game of the Generation

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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April 14th, 2018

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Review of: God of War

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Rating:
5
On April 14, 2018
Last modified:April 14, 2018

Summary:

While some might not like the grounded take, long-term fans should be engrossed in the changes and outstanding story elements! The god of war has returned and brings with him the best video game experience in the last decade, without question a masterclass in the PS4 echo system

Review of: God of War

Reviewed by:
Rating:

5
On April 14, 2018
Last modified:April 14, 2018

Summary:

While some might not like the grounded take, long-term fans should be engrossed in the changes and outstanding story elements! The god of war has returned and brings with him the best video game experience in the last decade, without question a masterclass in the PS4 echo system

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Sony’s hack and slash series “God of War” is one of the companies most exciting series, focused on outstanding boss battles and brutal action, allowing players to feel each blow with Kratos. It sadly just never innovated enough in the last few titles, adding pointless multiplayer modes and overall messy elements forgetting what made the original so right back in 2005. I always adored the series due to the massive focus on twisted Greek mythology, and combat that had a weighty learning curve.

In 2010, it seemed like the franchise was over with an end to Kratos’ quest for revenge, we beat countless Greek gods and partook in various QTEs. Both God of War III and Ghost of Sparta delivered on so many levels, with more of the same wonderful gameplay seen in the earlier games. But what’s next? After all that mayhem? Well, it’s a good father and son story.

The next entry in God Of War is very different, taking cues from The Last of Us in telling an emotional story about fatherhood and becoming a changed man. It also reinvents the gameplay for modern standards, with almost Dark Souls level of combat depth making each battle feel unique instead of the set-piece sequences seen before. Its story focuses on Kratos and his young Atreus, as they venture into the world of Norse gods for one big father bond session. But apparently, something goes wrong as they Norse community knows of Kratos’s terrible deeds in Olympus and want to teach him a few lessons.

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Fatherhood is about the journey in seeing your son reach adulthood while bonding along the way. God of War embraces these elements while being one of the best gaming experiences in over a decade, reinventing the extremely violent Kratos into one the most enduring characters in recent history. From the beginning to end, Sony Santa Monica pulls out all the stops in bringing a grounded God of War to our PS4 systems, pushing the console to its very limits.

I loved how the game made me care about Kratos, with wise and grizzly attitude allowing you not to judge the man on his prior actions. Sony did an excellent job in pushing for a more grounded protagonist, making his relationship with his son feel a lot more natural than before. There is a sense of growth between Atreus and Kratos in the 42+ hour campaign, which hasn’t been seen in a video game in years. Pushing towards cinematic levels of presentation, combined with sold upgrade trees and combat depth “God of War” changes up for the better.

Everything in the game feels earned, whether it’s from a substantial focus on character to a boss fight nothing ever came across forced instead compliments each other in interactive ways. Tonal it hits all the beats needed, and then some with twists in the boat lost making the player immersed in the Norse playground. It borrows elements from Metroid in the sense that each area has a reason for being, giving players surprises for back traveling through explored areas. Side missions add more weight to the already substantial experience, with various upgrades and armor to be found and thoroughly customize your experience with Kratos.

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God of War gets rid of the cinematic camera seen in prior games in favor of a more third-person action game system, allowing players to examine areas within the Norse setting thoroughly. These elements make you further immersed in the whole journey of Kratos and his son, something which the developers missed in the games set before. It also makes you able to admire the perfect levels of detail, on that shiny new PS4 Pro. And boy... is this game a beauty to behold with stunning vistas and brisk mountain rope, which feel like a Hollywood picture at points. The team behind the art direction need to be commended, with the enemy design being the best in franchise history all-embracing a lovely Norse tone.

Level design in God of War is impressive, all flowing together without any loading screens with areas that feel alive and inhabited in. Due to the camera change, you get to understand each place differently, focusing on the detailed puzzles and combat sequences that feel a bit more focused on this adventure. Sony Santa Monica has made a game that makes you think about each choice, whether that is from armor pieces or upgrades. Alongside Kratos, the player can give Atreus tips on where to shoot enemies with his blow, which all feel organic and doesn’t come across as heavy-handed distractions from the primary fight.

SIE Santa Monica Studio

God of War is one of the most groundbreaking video games in recent history; it makes us finally care about Kratos and his journey into being a real god. His relationship with his song is immersive, allowing the audiences connect with this complex bond between son and father. The gameplay is refined giving the player new tools and puzzles to solve, with upgrade trees that add a level of customization never seen the franchise before. Santa Monica deserves praise for giving the franchise another taste of fresh air, without throwing away what made it was so good all those years ago.

While some might not like the grounded take, long-term fans should be engrossed in the changes and outstanding story elements! The god of war has returned and brings with him the best video game experience in the last decade, without question a masterclass in the PS4 echo system

God of War releases April 20th on PS4 systems worldwide.

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While some might not like the grounded take, long-term fans should be engrossed in the changes and outstanding story elements! The god of war has returned and brings with him the best video game experience in the last decade, without question a masterclass in the PS4 echo system

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