• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2013
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  • Summary: Ascension is a prequel to the initial God of War. 6 months have elapsed since Kratos stood before the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood - duped by Ares into killing the only people he ever loved. Vowing to avenge them, Kratos shattered the blood oath that boundAscension is a prequel to the initial God of War. 6 months have elapsed since Kratos stood before the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood - duped by Ares into killing the only people he ever loved. Vowing to avenge them, Kratos shattered the blood oath that bound him to Ares. 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 89
  2. Negative: 0 out of 89
  1. Mar 17, 2013
    96
    Ascension is another 'instant classic' entry into the amazing God of War series.
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    90
    God of War Ascension is one of the most beautiful, brutal and funny action games you can play these days. This prequel definitely lives up to its predecessor, proposing an astounding adventure, and a climax of action and brutality with no equals. On the top of that there is a new multiplayer mode that brings over the character of the series.
  3. Jun 16, 2013
    85
    God of War: Ascension does exactly what you would expect from a God of War title.The sheer amount of violence and tension is simply breathtaking, especially when taking place right on top of a giant creature. The entire experience is accompanied by stunning graphics and an impressive soundtrack. While the multiplayer is somewhat disappointing, it is apparent that Kratos is still this generation's most fearsome warrior.
  4. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Ascension isn’t a reinvention of God of War; it’s a refinement. It plays on its strengths – exciting combat, great visuals, and huge levels — even when those strengths might overshadow some of the new things it tries to accomplish (like adding emotional depth to its lead hero).
  5. Mar 14, 2013
    80
    Ascension is exactly the God of War you'd expect: colossal in its scale, technically majestic, insanely gruesome and fun to play. A huge production that shows the brute horsepower of the PS3, while denoting the weaknesses of a series that has reached its peak and needs a breathe of fresh air.
  6. Games Master UK
    Apr 10, 2013
    75
    Despite some incredible set-pieces, the single-player is God of War on autopilot. [May 2013, p.72]
  7. Mar 21, 2013
    60
    God of War III introduced the scale and spectacle capable on modern hardware with a massive budget, but without the same wads of cash and sense of purpose Ascension feels like a step back. A safe bet that’s simply going through the motions, padding out the end of the PlayStation 3s lifespan with one last hurrah for its angriest protagonist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 279
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    10
    So i wasn't expecting too much out of this game as it wasn't getting the best "pre-release" feedback, which did have me worried. But afterSo i wasn't expecting too much out of this game as it wasn't getting the best "pre-release" feedback, which did have me worried. But after playing through the story mode, (i got an early copy) i came to realize that the ONLY thing this game does wrong, is that it has to be compared to god of war 3. Thats it. The multiplayer is original (for the most part) and fun to play, and the story mode offers a new side of kratos which i'm very happy to see. This game in my opinion though is the second best in the series, with GOW3 still being the best. Ascension was screwed right from the beginning for being a prequel about the furies... That will, no matter what, ALWAYS be less entertaining than scaling mt. Olympus in order to kill zeus an the other gods, which is the only reason i can't/won't score this game any higher than it's well deserved 9/10. Very well done *clapping* Expand
  2. Mar 16, 2013
    10
    my question is that we all know taht god of war is a very good game but why is there sex in it why just they dont make a good game withoutmy question is that we all know taht god of war is a very good game but why is there sex in it why just they dont make a good game without sex .this game has destroyed the minds of new generations and children who are engaing in such activities.so this means that god of war have such destroying effect on life Expand
  3. Mar 14, 2013
    9
    A great addition to the God of War saga, certainly not the best regarding the story since we've have already experienced the most epic partsA great addition to the God of War saga, certainly not the best regarding the story since we've have already experienced the most epic parts of Kratos' journey but still pretty compelling and exciting! Also adds a pretty cool multiplayer and of course stunning visuals and great gameplay. A must buy for the fans of the series and a game that other gamers not very fond of the series should definitely check out! Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2019
    8
    Just as i thought, Best Combat gameplay but worst story from all GOW series.

    Am No1 fan from GOD OF WAR series i have all GOW games, and if
    Just as i thought, Best Combat gameplay but worst story from all GOW series.

    Am No1 fan from GOD OF WAR series i have all GOW games, and if i will rate this game with others its No1 in gameplay combat is really amazing and they fixed the combat better then ever.
    Story is really disapointed it has nothing connected with the others GOW, even in GOW Chain Of Olympus we killed Hades wife and he mentioned that we killed his wife in III, we chained Atlas holding the world and in II we faced him again, these kind of things that this game has no connection from the others.
    and the bosses and the enemys are 100% new except cyclops, and here you will not see a greek methology, there is alot animals beasts, includes midusa looks like beast not like III.
    Graphics in my opinion is not better then III, its like 10% less, in example in III when we catch midusa kratos slice her body and she escape but while we slice her we can see a long scares, but in ascention we dont see a scares while kratos slice her.
    Multiplayer is just fun to play but its not to play all they day like when we play FPS online game.
    after alot of complaining about this game ive enjoyd it like all GOW Series i recommend this game like all GOW but just to have fun not to know whats gonna happend in the story.
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  5. Nov 4, 2014
    7
    I'd honestly give the game a 6.5, but it all depends what I'm basing it from. The game gets rather repetitive and can be quite boring once youI'd honestly give the game a 6.5, but it all depends what I'm basing it from. The game gets rather repetitive and can be quite boring once you get about half way through. The graphics are amazing which is why I went with a 7 overall. I feel the game could of been longer as well as different stuff instead of the same stuff just slightly changed. The controls are easy enough and they have added some great stuff, but honestly once you beat the game it's something you're likely to not play again unless you're extremely bored with nothing else to do. Expand
  6. Apr 19, 2013
    7
    after playing GOW 3 i buy the collector edition of this one and i was really disappointed because is the same as GOW 3 with a bad story andafter playing GOW 3 i buy the collector edition of this one and i was really disappointed because is the same as GOW 3 with a bad story and same moves even inferior than the ones in GOW 3, is a good game, but fans will know this is just Santa Monica trying to make money for their next project. Expand
  7. Jul 15, 2021
    0
    The game is subpar compared to previous gow titles, weird camera angles ( sometimes you cant even distinguish the kratos from that far awayThe game is subpar compared to previous gow titles, weird camera angles ( sometimes you cant even distinguish the kratos from that far away and stuff goes in the way during the fights ) It is laggy, troubled with bugs. Art style is boring and most of the fights are also just button mash rather than fun with stupid fighting mechanics.

    Whoever given this game a score of higher than 6
    a- biased by being a fan etc.
    b- havent played the previous GoW games.
    c- just plain stupid like most of the people out there.

    Dont get me wrong, i am a huge fan of GoW games, having played all of them i could easily say that this game is just hot stinking garbage compared to them.
    GoW 1,2,3,4, chains of olympus and ghost of sparta... All of them was much much better than this crap.
    Being a GoW fan i had to play this game to and see the story etc but what a **** torture it was...

    To sum up, this game is just a shame to GoW series and Santa Monica studio.
    Dont get fooled to the comments and points given by the majority over here.
    Play it if you are only a GoW fan like me and want to know the whole story of Kratos.
    Peace out.
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