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More of the same, but still great.,
This review is from: God of War: Ascension (PS3) (Video Game)
In God of War: Ascension gamers join Sony's perpetually enraged antihero Kratos on another blood-soaked adventure full of great vistas, environmental puzzles, brutal hack-and-slash combat, massive enemies, and for the first time in the series, multiplayer action. This really is a game only die hard fans will thoroughly enjoy, everyone else would probably care less. But I'm not complaining, the more GoW, the better.
The Game: The story is made up of present day situations and flashbacks, throughout the game I started to forget which was which, the game is also a prequel so it starts from the beginning before you fought Areis. The opening level pits you in a prison built on top of a titan, which was a pretty cool idea, but you don't get to fight the titan, instead theres another monster that offers little to no excitement. Lets just say that some of the bosses weren't that great, although the sub bosses were better, some of the larger ones were rather forgettable. Nothing will ever beat those awe inspiring boss's in GoW 3 and let's face it GOW 3 was an amazingly epic game which I didn't think they would really top off.
Kratos is still the same as in the previous games, constantly angry and tearing people/creatures apart, although they did add some parts where he shows abit of humanity in the flashback scenes with his daughter and wife but they were very brief. The Blades of Chaos are once again Kratos's primary means of attack, but now Kratos can also steal weapons from some enemies, use a tether attack to swing foes like a giant mace and use the new Life Cycle mechanic to alter time, solve puzzles, and freeze enemies in the middle of combat. By the way, the combat in this game was really satisfying and had some really cool moves. The level designs were fantastic and had some great environments, I especially enjoyed the oracle level where you end up riding these giant snakes till you reach the top of a mountain, and the graphics were really top notch stuff.
The biggest addition to Ascension is undoubtedly the online multiplayer action, which finds gamers swearing an allegiance to Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, or Ares and building up their character by engaging in combat across a variety of modes. This was alot of fun and I found my self playing the online segments for hours. While not as thrilling or exciting as the previous games I still enjoyed this great entry in the series. Those who haven't played any GOW games before then I suggest you get the GOW collection and GOW 3 first.