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God Of War Reviews Roundup For PS4

God Of War Reviews Roundup For PS4

When he tells his son that his mother was better than a god, there is no doubt that Kratos has come a long way.

The game is facing a big revamp including new characters, new visuals and brand new weapon for Kratos to use when defeating his enemies.

Okay but enough about how much God of War strays from the path of the original. The main story sees him teaching Atreus as the pair set out on a very personal quest and them together allows for some interesting, sometimes humorous, dialogue between combat scenes making solemn moments always intriguing as the two juxtapose each other in their perspectives on life and gods. Every animation from tender cutscenes between Kratos and his son Atreus to stunning moments like the World Serpent Jormungandr erupting from the watery deep are rendered with excruciating attention to detail.

"A lot of what goes into God of War feels as though it was cherry-picked from the modern gaming zeitgeist". But after six major titles in seven years, culminating in the relatively soft sales of 2012's "God of War: Ascension", one could be forgiven for thinking that Kratos's greatest dangers were overexposure and competition - the Bayonetta games challenged God of War's claim to the throne of the hack-and-slash genre.

When it was revealed at E3 2016 that Kratos wasn't just a daddy, bur rather a father, my eyebrows raised because everything we saw screamed of glorified escort quest.

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As the journey progresses, Kratos imparts his warrior's knowledge to his son through countless violent trials and obstacles that present themselves, such as battles with draugr, trolls, ogres, winged dark elves, nightmares and many more creatures from the Norse bestiary. With multiple difficulty settings, the game is as challenging as you want it to be.

It's also fascinating to witness the dynamic between Atreus and Kratos. Tragedy, regret, and wistfulness pervade God of War's storytelling as Kratos and Atreus make their way to the top of a mountain to bid farewell to a loved one. But for this new game, Barlog and company wanted a combat system that showed growth and a new level of awesomeness.

Different enemies require a variety of attacks to bring down, with combos requiring gamers' fingers to fly around the controller. I'll be the first to admit that I was wary of the whole familial angle, but Atreus, at his worst at the absolute start of the tale, is merely a smartass. 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. It's a surprising and thoughtful evolution for the series, showing an emotional maturity that makes it perhaps my favorite entry in the franchise to date.

'We're not really ever going to put them in a position outside of that core experience, forcing them to do something'. It's compelling and it will keep you curious, whether or not you're into Norse Mythology. They help make a long game even longer, but never boring. It's right there with Horizon Zero Dawn and Persona 5, and even though it borrows from games like Uncharted, Darksiders and The Legend of Zelda, Santa Monica Studio has built something singularly unique and surprising in an age when it's almost impossible to surprise anyone.

That's just what I did with God of War though. There are no load times in God of War. They'll wait until you've finished a swing and then attack. The inclusion of an "immersive UI" setting, which eliminates the map, compass and other HUD displays on the screen, further adds to the engrossing feeling.


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