Critics Sing Praises For New God Of War Game

Ismael LynchApr 13, 2018

The additional visual output seems to take a toll on performance. Sharpen your ax, and get ready for a trip that you will not forget so easily.

The linearity of the previous chapters has given way to exploration: the God of War world for PlayStation 4 is larger, composed of micro areas in which we move freely in search of resources and side-quests. Sony and Santa Monica Studios have wasted no time highlighting the game's cinematic nature, showing off a technique called the "Single-Shot" Effect that makes the game progress without cutting, giving the player a truly immersive experience. That being said, the game still looked terrific on my regular old PS4 and on my regular old TV. Recalling your axes is purposeful in every sense too, with a single button press allowing you to send it through the air and back into your hands - knocking any poor soul unfortunate enough to be in the way.

God of War also features one of the most competent AI companions in recent memory. When the original God of War came out in 2005, players were more likely than not to be sprawled in a student bedsit.

God of War has returned to reclaim its throne atop the rank of third-person action video games. And the rewards of doing so are quite worth it. After all, Greek mythology is dominated by stories of fathers killing their sons, children betraying their parents and endless war punctuated by short spells of peace. We can consider his introduction as a catalyst to Kratos' shift. This is still the same, brutal Kratos we've met in the past. Best of all, you can not change difficulties once you start a game on this mode, so if you suddenly realize you're in way over your head, you'll have to start a new game. Their interactions and conversations are a highlight of this game. You brought something so special to the character of Atreus. The game does an admirable job of easing you into what turns out to be a rather involved system, and within a few hours, I was opening every chest I saw and picking up every item I found to give Kratos an edge. Throughout a playthrough, one should not be surprised if they are constantly pausing to read the latest entry Atreus makes in his journal after discovering a new rune, artifact or beautifully carved depiction of Norse myth and then pulling up a Google search to get further information about the game's inspiration.

But is it still violent? Yes. With sprawling vistas, screen-filling bosses, and visceral combat, you will want every pixel of processing power available to you to enjoy God of War in its fullest glory. The game still looked good too, although it obviously didn't match up to the PS4 Pro with 4K and HDR. Combat is just a little more complex now with the inclusion of a couple of fancy tricks from the Leviathan. Coupled with Kratos' ever-expanding list of moves is a button (square) devoted exclusively to the control of Atreus, which seamlessly weaves the young companion into the action. While, to complete the game in its interests, including all secondary activities, it will take more than 40 hours. You're in control of when Atreus fires, and must manage how many arrows he has at his disposal carefully during a lengthy battle. You can command him to make summons. It's a great compromise because while there is some light bloat (the map constantly reminds you of missed riches and collectibles), it never reaches gargantuan radio tower levels. There's a chance that all the changes in this game would cause polarizing opinions, especially for purists of the game.

"I was looking around at how incredibly talented our systems and combat team was, and I was like, 'I need them to take on the challenge that we had on God of War 1.' That challenge of nobody really knows what that system was when I first got there in 2003".

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