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God of War: Ascension (PS3)
- God of War: Ascension (PS3)
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Edition: Standard Edition
God of War: Ascension is a Hack N' Slash Action game and PlayStation 3 exclusive that serves as a prequel to the popular God of War video game series. The game is the seventh release in the series, and reveals the details of Kratos' initial betrayal by Ares while human, and the source of his rage. Game features include: eight-player online multiplayer support, new combat and puzzle mechanics, HD video output and bluetooth headset support, and new enemies to battle.
Before He Was a God, He Was a Man
Vengeance is born in the fires of betrayal in this prequel to the best-selling God of War franchise. Six months have passed since Kratos stood over the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood - tricked by Ares into murdering the only people he ever loved. Swearing to avenge them, Kratos broke the blood oath that bound him to Ares, but oaths to Olympus are not so easily broken...
Sentenced to an eternity chained within a prison for the living damned, Kratos battles insanity at the hands of the Furies. He will be tested as he seeks freedom, redemption for his sins, and the clarity to avenge his family.
Updated Single-Player Combat and Franchise First Multiplayer
God of War: Ascension features a variety of new gameplay mechanics. In the single-player campaign these include a new prompt-free button input system, the ability to pickup and switch weapons, time manipulation and new enemies. In addition, God of War: Ascension features franchise first multiplayer, supporting up to 8 players in online play in which players have access to different weapons, armor, powers and control mythological characters in certain scenarios.
Key Game Features
- Experience Kratos' quest for freedom from the very beginning with an epic new single-player story.
- Multiplayer comes to God of War for the first time. Take the epic God of War combat online with 8-player objective-based combat.
- Align yourself to Zeus, Ares, Poseidon, or Hades and earn their favor to unlock new customization options for your multiplayer gladiator.
- New combat and puzzle mechanics build on the award-winning God of War gameplay.
Franchise first multiplayer.
Revamped gameplay mechanics.
New bosses and baddies.
Classic GOW dramatic scale.
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I was really looking forward to this game as i'm a huge God of War fan.
I was not disappointed, but I wasn't blown away either.
The story was a bit low rent after the promises we were given about Kratos having a sensitive side. He barely spoke in the game but when he did it was bonerific, as you might have guessed. But still, I wish he said more awesome lines. Even though the story wasn't up to standard, you still get some sense of how it all started. You even get to see Kratos smile for the first time.
The game-play has been slightly changed but in a good way. Now you don't have more than one weapon in your arsenal. You pick up a bunch of disposable weapons along the way like a sword, spear and hammer etc. Magic is back but you don't really get the more powerful stuff till later. Combos have been made weaker now. You have to get a hit streak going before you can pull off the more spectacular moves.
Voices acting is great. I didn't expect any less from the voice behind Kratos. The other characters were just as good.
In terms of fun, the bosses were absolutely fantastic. They were what you would expect from a God of War game. The finale was one of the best boss fights in a game I've ever played hands down. That fight made me shout "**** yeah! That's what i'm talking about!" I'll leave it at that because it's too good to spoil.
But between bosses, that's a different story. It gets borderline boring after the first boss for a solid 3 hours. For example, you have to get 3 gigantic snakes attached to a tower to progress and it felt like a chore. You'll jam a monster's tail into it's own face along the way but it didn't make up for it. There were a few back tracking moments that were annoying also.
The executions were definitely a highlight. Especially the Elephant/man Minotaur thing and the new version of the snake ladies. Whoo are you in for a treat when you make Kratos tear them a new one!
Over all, I'd give this game 4 stars.
Well worth a buy if your a fan.
If your not a huge fan, give it a rent or borrow it of a friend.
Gameplay wise I couldn't help feel Kratos has been speeded up but also dumbed down even with the extra moves. My old Gow playing methods were out of the window and the new throwing moves made it almost too easy to get through any sticky situation but the one major downfall of the game was for me is that you have to have certain heavy weapons upgraded to get past certain points namely the Trails of Archimedes which totally relies on slo-moing enemies with Amulet of Uroborus rather than any tactical thrashing and after this point the end of game baddie seems very tame and is over very quickly. The puzzles are so simple even the most modest retard won't find any challenge in this department and they felt more like time wasting with pretty set pieces.
The story could never match the epic scale of the original trilogy but isn't too bad and better than the PSP versions but still leaves you a little flat.
The online stuff is fun for a while and I can see why they speeded up the moves and added a few more but for me Kratos was at a fine pace for tactical scrolling slasher and trying to make it into a dedicated beat em up results in a basic half way between both.
Ok I have been harsh but don't let this put you off, it's still Kratos, still an awesome looking game that takes the PS3 to the max however I think Sony were trying to attract a new audience with this one and although die hard GoW fans will buy it anyway it's not one I'll go rushing back to replay like the original trilogy.
The gameplay is still great, but it is no longer the overpowered Kratos that players were used in the triology. Nevertheless the combat mechanics are still all there, entertaining, engaging and good looking, speaking of good looks, this game is once again visually amazing, so well detailed from giant creatures to amazing enviroments.
The only complain I can give to the singleplayer mode is the story, the developers decided to pick a less interesting part of the past of Kratos, it would have been way more amazing if they decided to tell the tales of Kratos when he was a general of the spartan troops. Instead players are left with a kind of side story, for when Kratos decided to have his revenge on the god of war.
Multiplayer comes for the first time for the series and it's so much fun, there is the usual team deathmatch and capture the flag modes, but with the combat mechanics of the singleplayer game. Players gain levels which gives them new skills and gear to use in battle.
Overall another great God of War game, with the only flaw being the less epic story.
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