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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 7 July 2010
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This review is from: God of War 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
I liked:
-The opening is epic. Kratos really hits the ground running in an epic fight with Gaia against Poseidon. The sense of scale and graphics at this point are very good.
-The gore. They don't hold back on this one. Some of the deaths are ridiculously gory, but also ridiculously satisfying. My faves are an eye-gouging, a decapitation with bare hands, and faces being smashed in.
-The combat is, most of the time, very good, and basically a more refined system than God of War 2. The weapon switching is done particularly well, as it can be done mid-combo, allowing for some deep attack combos.
-The setting and style are really good. Anyone who knows anything about Greek mythology will be surprised to see so many different beasts in a video game that are (reasonably) faithful to the mythos as a whole, even if the story isn't.

I disliked:
-The graphics and level design are quite inconsistent, some levels are great but others look like they obviously spent less time on them. The early levels are spectacular, but the middle levels are less so. Overall, it seems a little rushed, which is disappointing especially considering the short play time.
-The boss fights for Hermes and Helios are disappointing, and lack the imagination and amazing character design of Hades and Poseidon. I'd have preferred it if they spent more time on them rather than some of the less inspired levels.
-Is it necessary for Kratos to go to the Underworld again? He's already been there, seen it, got the T-Shirt. To me this felt like a way to stretch out the length of the campaign.
-Come to think of it, The game is pretty short - about 8 hours.
-It's a bit QTE-heavy for an 'action game'.
-Kratos is such a douche. He hates absolutely everything, and is the most violent and angry video game character ever. Imagine if Marcus Fenix had steroids for breakfast, that's what he's like. I just can't empathise with Kratos or his plight which pretty much destroys the whole world as well as Olympus.
-There are A LOT of plot holes, including a ridiculous explanation which is meant to explain why Kratos is 'Good' while the Olympians are 'Evil'. From my point of view, Kratos is the evil one, and the Olympians are probably more a shade of grey than anything else.
-The weapons are pretty limited and all more or less come down to metal bits on chains. Therefore most of Kratos' attacks are simply sweeping with said chains. This makes it very easy to take on many enemies, but when fighting only one I would have preferred a more focused, duellist-like combat style.
-The combat is very similar to God of War 2. Although that was one of the best action games on the PS2, there seems to be more competition on the PS3, and other games have more fluent and varied combat systems, and God of War 3's can seem a little aged in comparison.
-I've never been a fan of control schemes which use the control stick to dodge. I'd much rather prefer it if the stick were used for camera control instead.
-There are a couple of loading glitches.

Overall, I did enjoy the game, but felt a little disappointed. For me, it failed to deliver on the hype, and also on the promise of God of War 2. There were moments of pure genius, but there were too many flaws (although none of them game-breaking). It felt a little rushed. And I can see why: Some of the other games in the same genre are beginning to move ahead and innovate, whereas God of War still retains the same formula as it did in it's PS2 days. Despite all this, it is a fun 8 or so hours, and when it comes down in price, to maybe £20 I would say it's definitely worth a try, even if you haven't played the previous versions.
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