The New 'God Of War' Is Out And It Looks Amazing

The New 'God Of War' Is Out And It Looks Amazing

After Kratos lost his way, Sony Santa Monica has set the God of War on a new path. Numerous games have been released on the PS2, PS3, and PSP, and now "God of War" is finally getting a new game on the PlayStation 4.

Spotted by PC Gamer, Lê Tuấn Khải's Kratos-God of War 3 Grand Theft Auto 5 mod features the Ghost of Sparta, complete with his Blades of Chaos. That's not to say that the game won't run on a regular PS4, but getting that 4K functionality out of God of War on PS4 Pro was important to many people. God of War is one of those rare titles that define the console generation.

From the moment I took control of him, I noticed that Kratos felt much more powerful and grounded than in previous games. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become.

And what heft! There is an immensely satisfying weight to God of War. Everything new it does is for the better, and everything it holds onto benefits as a result. When he tells his son that his mother was better than a god, there is no doubt that Kratos has come a long way.

I received PowerUp!'s review copy of God of War a few hours ahead of the embargo. Poignantly, the first action the game allows us to perform is to chop it down.

God of War's fish-out-of-Greek-water tale is a nonstop whirlwind of emotions. It's one continuous adventure that sees Kratos act as a mentor and protector to his son, Atreus.

"It's a little bit Witcher, a little bit Dark Souls, a little bit The Last Of Us, and a little bit old-school God of War", writes Kohler. Though a narrative reason is soon given for this act - Kratos needs the wood to build a pyre for his newly deceased wife - it's hard not to read it as a nod to the fact that some of the pillars in the previous games have been given the ax. With a body count that is impossible to calculate, does Kratos even deserve redemption?

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Players concerned over the introduction of a companion for Kratos, a man who tops the list of characters not in need of assistance, need not be.

With that kind of recommendation, it's a good thing the wait's nearly over. It's been over 13 years since the first God of War was released for the PlayStation 2. While not flawless and sometimes prone to making mistakes, Atreus usually knows what to do in certain situations. It was an entity unto itself.

God of War games have always relished a sense of sublime spectacle, with gargantuan enemies and sweepingly fantastical architecture.

But offence has never been equally matched with defence in this series, and that's where this reboot of sorts feels most refined.

Sure, the argument can be made that maybe I'm just not very good at God of War. Atreus is far from the irritating sidekick he might have been, complementing Kratos's gruff and humourless dialogue with quips and endearing observations, turning his father's intense seriousness and inability to find humour in anything into a running joke. The boy chooses to wield his mother's knife and bow as his weapons, a constant reminder that he values her kindness and empathy over his father's cold and distant demeanor.

As relayed by Polygon in their analysis, God of War on the PS4 Pro has a Performance Mode and a Resolution Mode. God of War is a standard-setter both technologically and narratively. 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.

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