God of War Catch All

farley2k
farley2k
edited April 12 in Video Games
Reviews hit today so I thought we should get a dedicated thread up. I am planning to pick it up when it comes out on the 20th

Gaming Trend review

The apple doesn’t fall far from Yggdrasil — God of War review


God of War (PS4) - Easy Allies Review



Great title for a review!

"God of War PS4 Review - One of the Greatest Games of This Generation"




God Of War Review - Spoiler free




IGN Review




God Of War: 6 Things We Love - Kotaku
*liked the tone a lot in this one

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  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member edited April 12
    Sounds like it's pretty good. I really need to power on my PS4 and get it all updated before this one comes out, it's been months since I played anything on there.
  • farley2k
    farley2k
    GT Moderator
    This is a bit spoilery about mechanics but not story. Still I have limited gametime so I like to watch this so I can get the most out of my limited time.

    God Of War - 11 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Played

  • Gratch
    Gratch
    GT Member edited April 12
    I’ll be honest, I completely forgot this was coming out. I’ve played through and really enjoyed all the previous games, looking forward to this one as well.

    Does anyone know if there are multiple difficulty levels? Most importantly, an Easy option? I doubt I’d get through it if there’s not.

    EDIT: another review mentioned that there is an Easy option. Whew. :)
  • farley2k
    farley2k
    GT Moderator
    Here are the details straight from the team's latest blog post:

    Give Me A Story: lets you experience the story without too much of a difficult gameplay challenge. You won’t be taking a gondola to the top of the highest peaks in all the Norse Realms, but you will have a far greater margin for error in enemy encounters.

    Give Me A Balanced Experience: is the mode we’d recommend most players start with. The name says it all. We’ve tuned it to deliver a balanced, challenging playthrough.

    Give Me A Challenge: is harder and less forgiving. It is recommended for players who find action games extremely intuitive, and for confident long-time God of War series veterans who’ve beat past games on harder difficulties.

    Give Me God of War: is the sort of thing reserved for people who wrestle polar bears in their undies. Maybe not quite that, but it’s the most difficult mode in the game. We haven’t just made you weaker or enemies stronger; we’ve looked at enemy behaviors and placements in encounters as well, tweaking everything to make it as threatening as possible. Best of all, you cannot change difficulties once you start a game on this mode, so if you suddenly realize you’re in way over your head, you’ll have to start a new game. Don’t be sorry, be better?
  • uxFOOL
    uxFOOL
    GT Manager
    Believe the hype on this one, folks. I honestly can't stop playing it and I finished the main storyline 2 days ago.

    Mike Dunn
    Executive Producer & Editor-at-Large
    GAMING TREND

  • farley2k
    farley2k
    GT Moderator
    *I would skip this one since it spoils more locations, monsters and game mechanics than any review I have see so far. Still there are not story spoilers so I watched and am happy I did.

    God of War Review "Buy, Wait for Sale, Rent, Never Touch?"

  • farley2k
    farley2k
    GT Moderator
    Oh my god! Kratos is Teal'c! Inever really put it together until I saw a review that mentioned it but now I can hear it so easily.

    Why can't Jack, Sam, and Daniel join him?

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  • MonkeyFinger
    MonkeyFinger
    GT Member
    While I've played all of the other GoW entries in the series, I'm not sure I would have jumped on this one if it was basically MOTS but in 4K and HDR. However, I am completely stoked for one in this 'open world' format. Pre-ordered! =)
  • Bullwinkle
    Bullwinkle
    GT Member
    I posed this question in the WAYBTW thread, but I'll toss it in here, too:

    Is anyone getting the Deluxe version? It doesn't seem worth it, but I'm curious what others think.
  • coopasonic
    coopasonic
    GT Member
    God of War Digital Deluxe includes:
    - God of War Digital Full Game
    - God of War Digital Mini Artbook by Dark Horse Comics
    - God of War PS4™ Dynamic Theme
    - “Exile’s Guardian” Shield Skin
    - God of War Digital Comic – Issue 0 by Dark Horse Comics
    - “Death’s Vow” Armor for Kratos
    - “Death’s Vow” Armor for Atreus

    Does nothing for me.
  • EngineNo9
    EngineNo9
    GT Member
    While I've played all of the other GoW entries in the series, I'm not sure I would have jumped on this one if it was basically MOTS but in 4K and HDR. However, I am completely stoked for one in this 'open world' format. Pre-ordered! =)

    Yeah, I am exactly in the same boat. I wasn't a huge fan of the old God of War games for several reasons (quicktime events, static cameras, button mashing, etc), but this one excites me.

    The fact that it's Norse mythology is like an awesome cherry on top as well. :smiley:
  • Rumpy
    Rumpy
    GT Member
    Hmm, so is this one really different than the others? Those never interested me, but this looks more interesting.
  • uxFOOL
    uxFOOL
    GT Manager
    Rumpy wrote: »
    Hmm, so is this one really different than the others? Those never interested me, but this looks more interesting.

    Yes. Considerably different.

    Mike Dunn
    Executive Producer & Editor-at-Large
    GAMING TREND

  • Rumpy
    Rumpy
    GT Member
    Will it have RPG elements? One thing that's impressed me with AC: Origins is that with them turning it into an RPG and paying more attention to the culture and lore of a country, they've made a more interesting game with more depth than it ever had going for it, beyond the Templar/Assassin dynamics.
  • uxFOOL
    uxFOOL
    GT Manager
    Rumpy wrote: »
    Will it have RPG elements? One thing that's impressed me with AC: Origins is that with them turning it into an RPG and paying more attention to the culture and lore of a country, they've made a more interesting game with more depth than it ever had going for it, beyond the Templar/Assassin dynamics.

    It does. Tons of lore.

    Mike Dunn
    Executive Producer & Editor-at-Large
    GAMING TREND

  • Rumpy
    Rumpy
    GT Member
    Well, that convinces me. I'll eventually get it, but first I have to get to Uncharted 4 among other things :)
  • Isgrimnur
    Isgrimnur
    GT Member
    The review actually piqued my interest.
  • Jimmy the Fish
    Jimmy the Fish
    GT Member edited April 21
    Still early in the game but holy crap, the graphics are stunning.
  • Dante Rising
    Dante Rising
    GT Member
    Can I enjoy this without playing the previous games? They are speaking of it as a reboot, so I may jump in, but I don't want to be an outsider in terms of storyline.
  • uxFOOL
    uxFOOL
    GT Manager
    Can I enjoy this without playing the previous games? They are speaking of it as a reboot, so I may jump in, but I don't want to be an outsider in terms of storyline.

    Absolutely

    Mike Dunn
    Executive Producer & Editor-at-Large
    GAMING TREND

  • MonkeyFinger
    MonkeyFinger
    GT Member
    Those dang three bells! :#
  • EddieA
    EddieA
    GT Member
    Can I enjoy this without playing the previous games? They are speaking of it as a reboot, so I may jump in, but I don't want to be an outsider in terms of storyline.

    I would at least read up on the basic backstory. I haven't played enough to know if they mention the events of the previous games in the new one, but it will definitely add to the experience if you know Kratos's story.
  • farley2k
    farley2k
    GT Moderator
    I am .... underwhelmed. It is very, very good but at some point when I was pulling crystals out of one area to put in another area to make a path I realized this is the same mechanics dressed up very pretty. That isn't bad but it ... I don't know it doesn't blow me away like I expected.

    Also many people have talked about it compared to Horizon: Zero Dawn and when you think about that game you notice how lacking God of War's combat is. The combat is all run in and smash, smash, smash. It was great fun (for me) to set traps in H:ZD. To scan enemies for weakness, to target specific parts. I felt like I was a hunter and that made combat really exciting right up until the end. Meanwhile in GoW it is really just hit them until they don't get up.

    Oh well there is enough space on my shelf for both so there is no reason not to enjoy them both.
  • MonkeyFinger
    MonkeyFinger
    GT Member edited April 23
    Funny, I was thinking much the same thing about this versus HZD. Granted, GoW is gorgeous and I am enjoying it and the lore (well, except for those damn bell locked chests) but the combat does fall into the button mashing camp, makes me think of games like Bayonetta where you have large collections of button combinations to well, mash. I too really enjoyed the nuances of HZD combat and then there was (for me) the totally freaking awesome story. B) Probably not a big selling point for some folks but I for one was blown away by it.
  • whiteboyskim
    whiteboyskim
    GT Member
    Is it just me, or is Naughty Dog looking at all the praise for this and thinking, "We've been doing this for years, kids." I also am underwhelmed by the combat, which is especially weird in a GoW game where the combat was, you know, sort of the point to the whole thing. Gorgeous, absolutely. Fun... sorta. As others mentioned, Horizon Zero Dawn does all of this only much better and in a more involving way. I'm not that far into it yet, but I have yet to see why all the ZOMG BEST GAME EVAR!!! coverage is warranted.
  • whiteboyskim
    whiteboyskim
    GT Member
    Can I enjoy this without playing the previous games? They are speaking of it as a reboot, so I may jump in, but I don't want to be an outsider in terms of storyline.

    Oh it is very much a sequel to the originals while still being a reboot for the current gen. In the first trilogy, he fought against Greek gods. In this one, they tackle Norse mythology but from the view of he's restarted his life as the story picks up. You might miss some details (like his wrist coverings) but otherwise you'll be fine.
  • uxFOOL
    uxFOOL
    GT Manager
    EddieA wrote: »
    Can I enjoy this without playing the previous games? They are speaking of it as a reboot, so I may jump in, but I don't want to be an outsider in terms of storyline.

    I would at least read up on the basic backstory. I haven't played enough to know if they mention the events of the previous games in the new one, but it will definitely add to the experience if you know Kratos's story.

    They are touched on, but not in a considerable amount of detail. Really they mostly focus on one event that is fairly relevant to the current story, and to be honest, I only remembered that event in the abstract anyway. It was sufficient.

    Mike Dunn
    Executive Producer & Editor-at-Large
    GAMING TREND

  • farley2k
    farley2k
    GT Moderator
    Can I enjoy this without playing the previous games? They are speaking of it as a reboot, so I may jump in, but I don't want to be an outsider in terms of storyline.

    Here you are....


    God of War | The Story So Far... Everything You Need To Know (2018)


  • rittchard
    rittchard
    GT Member
    Well, I for one am absolutely blown away. I was able to spend some quality time this weekend with it, and it was just fantastic. Finally a game that makes me feel like it was worth getting the PS4 Pro - playing on a 75" screen in UHD is just a beautiful experience.

    It's not just the graphics though, it's the overall presentation. The characters are amazing and immediately engaging. While some may say the adult-child team-up has been done before, I don't remember ever being this impressed with it. The little touches are what impress and engage me the most. Like every time Atreus jumps on his back when they crawl up a wall, or the way he throws the little guy around. Or the moments he is about to touch and offer his son content but pulls back, which makes you wonder what it's like for the boy growing up without any sense of affection. But knowing that it's for his own good, or so his dad thinks. I love that they don't shove these things in your face, but they are there for your appreciation. A lot of it reminds me of early Walking Dead Rick/Shane and Carl, and of course the wonderful musical score from Bear McReary helps with that.

    As for the gameplay, thus far it's been solid for me. Some minor challenges and puzzle frustrations, but for the most part I've been able to progress and keep moving forward. The problem with a lot of games of this type is just when I'm getting into it, they throw some puzzle or boss or wall I just can't get around, and even with a guide/walkthrough I get frustrated and give up. That happened to me in both HZD and the last Uncharted game. There have been a couple of moments that came close in this game, but so far I'm still going. The combat, even on easy mode, can be a challenge, and some of the big fights have been breath-taking. I really like that I can specialize in different combat options, and I like the way the 2 characters work together in combat. I'm trying to boost Atreus as much as possible since I'm really a fan of the kid, but also because I know my sucky player skills need as much AI help as possible. As the reviews have mentioned, there's a fairly wide amount of choices you can make, giving it more of an RPG feel.

    Some minor nitpicks: often there are spots that look like you should be able to just walk over or jump across/over, but you just can't, even though moments ago you just jumped far higher or further or whatever. It's usually a way to force you into a "puzzle" situation to get to the next area/challenge. Frankly I'm not a big fan of puzzles in these games, so I almost wish they'd just give an option to bypass them so I can continue with the story and combat. I realize that might cut out a big portion of their proposed gameplay, but really all I'm interested in is the story, environment, characters, progression and combat. If I wanted to play a puzzle game I'd go play a puzzle game lol. But that's just me.

    I thought the reviews may have been overblown but after playing, I am totally on board.
    The game continues to surprise me with big and small moments, and I just feel a really special connection for whatever reason. Honestly, even if I don't make it any further, I still love what I've already played.
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