Initially released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2, God of War became one of Sony’s most significant game series.
The franchise has eight games under its belt.
Spanning from the PS2 to the PlayStation Portable — PSP if you prefer, to the PS3 and now the PS4. Before we get into the meat of this review, let me tell you, I’ve played them all and loved every single second of it.
This series follows Kratos, a Spartan who has lost everything and blames Ares, the true God of War, for these events. The series follows the basics of Greek and Roman mythology, giving you a glimpse of the entire pantheon of Olympian Gods.
However, all of that was before the newest game in the series that debuted last year on the PS4 to critical acclaim. The newest game in the series still allows you to follow the exploits of Kratos, but this time it dives into Norse mythology.
Some people questioned this change, seeing as the third game in the series seemed to bring everything to a close. However, let me tell you this much, it works so well.
Welcome Back, Kratos
This game was a surprise two years ago at E3; the entire audience cheered when the video began to play. The video introduced us to a new protagonist to the series, Kratos son, Atreus.
In the time since the third game, Kratos has moved on, seeking a simpler life and has remarried. Unfortunately for him and their son, she had passed at the outset of this game, and it’s up to Kratos and his son to take her ashes to the top of the mountain.
Such a basic set up for this game, but on that indeed does the series justice. The overall story is nothing to scoff at; it is a profound story of love and loss, and a father trying to learn what it means to be a father while trying to teach his son how to survive in a cruel and unforgiving world.
Labor of Love
The developers of the game outdid themselves this time around. Cory Barlog, the creative director at Santa Monica Studios claims this game is a re-imagining of the series. You can see the love the developers have for the series in every pixel. This game wasn’t just a paycheck to them; it was a real labor of love.
Now, I haven’t finished the game yet; life has kept me occupied as of late. However, I may say this much. From what I have played so far, this game is impressive. The graphics, the gameplay, the sounds, music, all of it is amazing.
You might catch yourself just staring off into the backgrounds, seeing the leaves sway in the digital breeze, little bits of snow might fall from the trees as well, all of it is captivating.
The combat system has been retooled since the previous games, especially seeing as Kratos no longer has his Blades of Chaos to combat the evils he comes across.
Now, he has the Leviathan Axe, a weapon forged in magic, one with a bit of a backstory too. So, I won’t go into that, just so you get a spoiler free review as usual, but let me tell you, its origin is part of a bigger whole in this Norse inspired universe.
Since the earlier games, tweaks happened. The graphics are the biggest, but, the big one for many of us has been the updated camera system. The original games camera system used a cinematic camera that occasionally would keep you from seeing enemies off screen.
This time, the camera is behind you in standard third-person fashion, but, it allows you so much more freedom in combat that it is ridiculous. The combat system is re-tooled as well as I mentioned, and it works so well. Dodging, blocking, countering, and just generally attacking are all superfluid and super fun.
All right, so here it is. This title is one of the PS4’s top five selling games ever, with over five million units sold since its release, five million people can’t be wrong. This game has steadily blown me away, and I think it might be the same with you as well.
If you’re into action and adventure games with a heavy dose of fantasy thrown in, then this is the game for you. Personally, it’s one of the best games I’ve played since buying our PS4.
It is breathtaking and fun. It has a hell of a story. For those reasons alone I’m giving this game a perfect score, 5 out of 5. You owe it to yourself to at least play it.
I know renting is an option on Redbox, but, this is one you might want to play again and again, especially since the developers added a New Game + mode, that allows you to play through the game with a harder difficulty with everything you have collected in your previous run through along playing.
Buy it, enjoy it, and pray they keep making more games in this series, because if this game is any indication, then the best is yet to come.
Wrap It Up!
So, there you go. An utterly spoiler-free review of one the best games the PS4 has going for it.
Be sure to check out my other reviews in Gothic Bites Magazine, and check back here for more reviews coming your way shortly. As always, I’ll see you in the game.
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