God of War Reader Review
What Is God Of War?
God Of War is an action game from Sony Computer Entertainment which is set in Greek times. You are put in the role of Kratos, a misled Spartan who was tricked into killing his family by the God Of War Ares. Kratos was cursed with the memories of killing his family and has nightmares over it. Now Kratos has teamed up with the Gods Of Olympus and is on a mission to kill Ares. If he completes his task then the memories of killing his family will go and Kratos will be free of nightmares.
What You Do In God Of War
God Of War is mostly a hack and slash game, but some platforming and puzzle elements are thrown in for some variety.
It's Hacking Time
The main chunk of the game revolves around you smacking the living snot out of mythical beasts and undead zombies. Your main weapon is the blades of chaos. These are a dagger like weapon which is attached to a chain and the chain is seared into Kratos's arms. The basic attacks of the Blades of chaos are some whip-like attacks which do a nifty bit of damage. As you progress, you start to learn combos and special moves. To unlock these things, you need to collect red orbs, which are scattered around the whole world of Olympus. The combos are not too hard to master and really are cool to watch, and so are the special moves.
The Blades Of Chaos aren't you only weapon. At a point in the game, a God of Olympus is happy to supply you with a giant blade, which is massive. You can use this to slice you enemies in half and chop their heads off. You can't do any special moves or combos while using this weapon, which is a shame as I could imagine someone chopping an undead zombie's leg off then slicing the head off after. As you play through the story, the gods will gladly assist in you in your journey through Olympus. As you meet the gods (well not Ares) they will give you a power up, for example Hades will give you the power to unleash the souls of the underworld onto your enemies. You also use a bit of magic as well. You will collect three different type of orbs-Red, Blue and Green. The red orbs are like your upgrade points, you can use them to buy moves, combos and ability upgrades. Green Orbs replenish your health and Blue Orbs fill your magic meter. Your magic meter can be used to do special moves you gain from the gods. Seeing as you'll do a lot of Hacking and Slashing, this is the best type of gameplay and it's really satisfying.
There are plenty of puzzles in God Of War. These puzzles aren't fiendishly difficult but they're certainly not easy. Seeing as the game is set in Greek times, the puzzles are modelled after some of the types of traps, mazes, and pitfalls that were legendary in the Greek times. Most of the puzzles involve pulling levers, turning cranks , stone switches, and a lot more stuff like that. There are a lot of puzzles in God Of War and they never get boring or never feel like they're tacked onto the game to add variety. And when you complete a puzzle you will feel very good.
This type of gameplay don't appear much in God Of War, but when it does it hits you in the head with a steel pole. An example of this gameplay type is when you're in Hades you have to get to the top of a mountain, but the catch is that you have to pass these chopper things that if you get too close to one of the cutters you'll fall right back down to the bottom of the cliff. They are challenging, but not too difficult.
Greece Lightin', Go Greece Lightin'
God Of War looks fantastic. Greece looks beautiful and has so much style to it as you travel through Athens, Pandora's Temple and even Hades. The enemies look great as well. There are a lot of enemy types you fight, including Undead Zombies, Cyclops and Minotaurs. Each character design has their own unique look and feel. The frame rate is very steady and stays that way for the most part and it stays steady with quite a few enemies, but if you couple a lot of enemies with, for example, a water-covered ground surface, then things get a little choppy, but you'll hardly notice this. There are hardly any load times and the game has a massive world to travel in.
Join The Choir
There's a fantastic orchestral score to be found here. It's mixes mixing energetic, epic music, the likes of which compares to any top-grade Hollywood production, with low-key, ethereal tones that set the mood for the quieter moments of the game wonderfully. The voice acting is just as good. Kratos sounds especially good as well, adding to the badass feel Kratos gives off. The rest of the cast is fantastic as well. The sound effects are great as well, with every sword slash, every splash of blood, and every roar of a mythical creature feels just as it should.
The Secret Tapes
The main mode on your first time will take you about 15 hours to complete. Now the thing that lets most adventure games down is that developers put all they can into the game, but there's nothing to do after or nothing compelling enough to last any time. God Of War skilfully avoids this, though not supplying any other modes, giving lots and lots of unlockable content. You'll unlock a chunk of the extras by completing the game on your first time. But you can unlock extras by by completing the game on other difficulties. You can also unlock 'God Mode' which is the hardest difficulty on the game and only for expert gamers.
God Of War is a fantastic achievement in every way an action game can be. It looks and sounds fantastic, plays superbly and there's lots to do after the main game. If you love adventure games, gory games or just the Greek history then God Of War will satisfy on a high level.
10 / 10