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  • Summary: His vengeance against the gods of Olympus far behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the lands of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same. As mentor and protector to a son determined to earn hisHis vengeance against the gods of Olympus far behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the lands of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same. As mentor and protector to a son determined to earn his respect, Kratos is faced with an unexpected opportunity to master the rage that has long defined him. Questioning the dark lineage he’s passed on to his son, he hopes to make amends for the shortcomings of his past. Set within the untamed forests, mountains, and realms of Norse lore, God of War features a distinctly new setting with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. [Playstation.com] Expand
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  1. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War doesn’t just feel like the next step for the franchise, but for the entire video game industry. Phenomenal visuals, rewarding exploration, and a deep, nuanced combat system contribute to an epic adventure that should be experienced by every human on earth. Santa Monica Studio is taking us all to Valhalla.
  2. Apr 16, 2018
    100
    Kratos’ new beginning is full of heart, loaded with action and is easily one of the best games of this generation.
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 13, 2018
    100
    The return of the furious Spartan warrior was made well. God of War is already a great contender for game of the year and you shouldn't miss it. [Issue#285]
  4. Apr 17, 2018
    95
    God of War takes everything good about the franchise and elevates it. Almost every aspect is polished to a fine sheen, with a particular standout being the world itself, and the new emphasis on telling a mature and meaningful story that explores remarkably complex themes. God of War sets a new bar for storytelling and world building in games, and transforms Kratos from a one note character to a fascinating man with a story worth hearing. If you have a PS4, this is a must have title.
  5. Apr 12, 2018
    93
    God of War is a new beginning for Kratos, a different game, but still one of the best entries in the series and one of the best games of this generation.
  6. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    In crafting a thoughtful fable about a man contending with surpassing his sins to keep them from his child, the new God of War has already transcended its bloody roots.
  7. Apr 28, 2018
    75
    It’s ironic that a story about the value of discipline and restraint would feel like it needs more time in the editing room, but that’s the new God of War – promising but aimless. I like the new Kratos, but I hope his next adventure is more focused than this, and I pray that it actually gives him something interesting to do.

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  1. Aug 4, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let me preface this review with a bit of information. I cannot stand the first three god of war titles. I absolutely without a shadow of a doubt HATED them. To be fair I was never a fan of the greek mythos, but it just seemed like and edgy boi being and edgy boi. I understood the premise in the first game, which is why I played it. My interest was nearly zero after it, it's ending seemed to completely conclude itself and story. Then suprise! GOW 2, this time it's personal.

    sigh. ok i'll play it. Didn't really need this, kinda **** on the ending of gow but whatever, nothing really special here, more of the same. Don't really enjoy it. Friends are hyping it, everywhere is hyping it. Not hyped. Angry boi is angry.

    GOW 3 This time it's 3 more times as personal than the last two times.

    Oooooh boy. well it looked better, and they did add a few new things, gutting enemies was pretty neat. Really enjoyed pounding zeus face in. The ending was cringe as **** "Hope was inside pandoras box" oh my ****ing god please just stop now. Then Cringetos commits unalive but suprise he isn't unalived.

    or is he? or... isnt he? dun dun duuuuuun.

    Terrible. would not play again.

    See that new GOW is on the horizon, uh oh. see Cringtos is older noticeably. hmm. see that there is a little kid who undoubtedly is blessed with LITTLE KID POWER (henceforth referred to as lkp) ugh. See that it is set in norse mythos. DON"T YOU ****ING DARE. DON'T YOU MESS UP THE GREATEST MYTHOS IN THE WORLD (subjective and opinion based i know) this is how i felt. Extremely worried.

    I bought it. I love norse mythos, but i was also deeply afraid of what they would do to it. I avoided ALL GAMEPLAY before buying it. Avoided any leaks. I wanted my own opinion surprised this one time. (rare for me)

    I beat the game. I did it all. I fought ALL the Valkyries WAAAAAAY under-leveled. I mean i was rocking crap gear, hardly any health, i should not have done what i did when i did it. I fought Gondul when i was rocking at lvl 5 (its more of a gear rating if i think about it) point is, i did not have a lot of anything. Each loss made me better, and boy, she ****ed me up a lot. But every battle less and less, until i had her down, i beat her as she beat me. Like a little **** It was beyond satisfying.

    Let me stop here for a moment and let me say this, Cringtos is no more, now he is Kratos, he has also put away the edgelord blades of professor chaos in favor of wielding something mythos appropriate and bad ass, the leviathan axe. I love it. I cannot express how awesome it truly is. wanna go hand to hand, can do, wanna use leviathan axe, can do, wanna shield bash an enemies teeth out the back of their skull? can do. wanna use the cringe blades of cringe... ok...(you have to for certain things, i avoided using them on anything other than puzzle specific blocks, yup, i killed the dead Frost hel denizens with my fists over those ****ing cringe blades, i hate them so much)

    lets talk a bit about graphics. MWUAH, love em

    lets talk about control, MWUAH love it

    Lets talk about the world, it's more open than any of the games before it, and that does it a huge favor in my opinion, there are side missions/quests put about that you dont have to do, but are definitely worth doing, you can chase them at your pace. you don't have to fight the Valkyrie, but if you do, oh boy is is rewarding and worth it. test your mettle, do it.

    gameplay links to control, i was satisfied with it, i only didn't enjoy the forced use of the cringe of cringe, that was disappointing to me.

    Story. Kratos is now Kratos and not Cringtos lord of the edge. He done a big oof and grown up. Matured. Found a wife and sired a son. One whom he has a fragile, delicate, distant relationship with. One whom he seems terrified to get too close too, but set on ensuring will know how to live, survive and one day, become a man. The love is there, the emotions that are a mixture swirl within him, yet he keeps them at bay, fear of who he once was creating this large block. Kratos is a god, a god from another place. Here in this foreign land where he has sought a new beginning his powers weakened to a degree.

    The depth, maturity and growth of Kratos instantaneously caused a 180 for me on my opinion of GOW, i experienced his angst, his anger, his rage There was sorrow there too, but it was overcome with the previous emotions that there was truly no appreciation in it. not like this. i never got to see kratos try to be anything more than the monsters he was chasing and killing. Now we inject humanity and wisdom that comes with age and experience. Humbling and so ****ing satisfying.

    there may be a sequel in the works, i wont spoil any key elements here suffice to say that this story did well, beyond well. This superseded my expectations in every way. I hope the sequel does not **** up and continues with this amazing new path.
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  2. Apr 20, 2018
    10
    Pretty much everything Ive ever wanted from a God of war game. Excellent story, deep combat and great graphics. Great experience from start to finish
  3. Feb 23, 2022
    10
    best game in ps4 the gemplay is super fun i love the skills, the world is so amzing
  4. May 8, 2018
    10
    I played God of War—the earlier versions, briefly, a few years ago. It wasn't my thing. If you felt the same way as me, there's hope for youI played God of War—the earlier versions, briefly, a few years ago. It wasn't my thing. If you felt the same way as me, there's hope for you now as this reboot of the series is absolutely incredible.

    It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a single player campaign as much as I've enjoyed GoW, at least a console generation or two. For the record I've completed (or nearly completed) a good few of Nintendo's and Sony's big hitters like Mario Oddysey, Breath of the Wild, Bloodborne, Last of Us, Metal Gear 5, and Horizon, as well as the great non-exclusives like Witcher 3 and GTA5. While those are all great titles, God of War really makes me feel like it's the killer app of the last half decade.

    God of War's mechanics don't do anything particularly new, in fact, the core exploration/world mechanic is very much like a Metroid game where the number of available paths available increase when gaining a new item from the main quest line. This was fine with me as it kept the pace of the main quest tight, and that's where the game has one of it's strongest points: the cutscenes, the set pieces, the characters and the dialogue are all very well woven into the story and provided me with entertainment that surpassed all of the above titles that I mentioned. Quality over quantity.

    Then there's the graphics; no need to explain here, it's just the best looking thing on the ps4. Period.

    And finally, the combat; God of War's combat surpasses games like Bloodborne, Breath of the Wild and Horizon. Kratos' axe throw, in particular, feels great with the rest of his move-set, as well as his son's arrow mechanic. Your moves can be fast or strong and the over the shoulder camera brings a sort of hefty feel to your actions. The game can be a serious challenge (on the Challenging difficulty) that rivals a Souls game. Blocking, dodging, and knowing your enemies' moves are required. The enemies are varied, and some are introduced in really cool ways (like the Revenant cave). When a certain enemy was around, I found myself prioritizing and flinging them into another stronger enemy for stun value. I found myself orienting so that I could push them into walls, and off of cliffs—things that were necessary to survive. I can't stress how much I enjoyed the combat and exploration, which rewarded me with the gear to be able to kill off the final valkyrie.

    Buy this one, it's a must have.
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  5. Apr 24, 2018
    10
    No microtransactions, no online, no seasonpass, great game, that is how you do it! Congratulations to Santa Monica (and Sony?), you did a great job!
  6. Apr 20, 2018
    9
    This Game Is not the Holy Grail of Gaming like some people say... but its near to that.
    The Graphics are absolutely great and shows what the
    This Game Is not the Holy Grail of Gaming like some people say... but its near to that.
    The Graphics are absolutely great and shows what the ps4 can offer, the combat system is a lot of fun and a good fresh start for the "new series".
    I also think, that to give Kratos more depth is also a way in the right Direction.
    I just give a 9 because the Game did´nt do something totally new, it isn´t an innovation of gaming compared to the first 3 parts of the series.
    But it is definetly a must have for every owner of an ps4!!!!
    KRATOS IS BACK!!!!!!
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  7. Dec 30, 2021
    0
    One objective great part of the game, it's visual presentation is incredible. Everything else is just flipping the bird at what made GOW suchOne objective great part of the game, it's visual presentation is incredible. Everything else is just flipping the bird at what made GOW such a popular series in the first place.

    I feel like every good review is from people who didn't like the series before and now that its been filtered and altered to more "serious" and "mature" and "boring" it fits what mainstream audiences want from games now.

    What really bugs me about the story and gameplay is how the narrative between Kratos and Atreus is so apologetic about Kratos's actions in the previous games. Like he was the bad guy and *now* he's the good guy teaching his son better. And gameplay wise they removed all the "video games" elements so everything is more stifled and restrictive so it feels more in line with AAA games now.

    It just incredibly undermines every aspect of GOW. The games, all the emotional beats of the story from the last series, etc. It's like it was written and made by people who only heard about the GOW games rather than actually experienced them.

    Speaking about narrative, how it handles Kratos's past like he was some evil villian back in the day. He was extremely justified in his hatred and revenge against those gods for everything they did to him. They were conniving and manipulative **** who deserved to be wrecked by Kratos. It was only by GOW 3 where it went too far and he destroyed the world (and that was after he was betrayed by his supposed allies, there is literally no one Kratos can trust in the world).

    But for 3-4 games prior (if you include the cannn psp titles) the Greek gods thoroughly **** with him the whole time. He was a monster they made, not something Kratos is inherintly. No one even bothers to treat him like a person except Athena, even knowing how powerful he is.

    And this is not something just brought up in this game. A number of the games directly explore why Kratos became so violent, but it's even shown in GOW 1 that at worst before Aries uses him he's no different than any other Spartan warrior and that Aries started the decent.

    He even tried for a decade iirc to do it by the book and follow the god's lead just for them to pull the rug and use a technicality to not grant him peace from his nightmares. The guy tried. He was even tries to kill himself and the gods won't let him.

    The gods: tricked him into killing his own wife and child, lied to him constantly to use him as their hit man, sent his brother to hell for eternity, tried to kill him on multiple occasions, attempted to genocide his people, etc.

    And every time he tried to deal justice he has to deal with the **** of all the people defending the evil gods. I mean wouldn't you be pissed? Not even that often Kratos attempts to talk before attacking when faced with a new obstacle and they always basically tell him to **** off even knowing who he is.

    The only justification to him being an **** is how he treats regular people in the series as cannon fodder, but that I'll admit is probably a consequence of "edginess" they were going for but is rarely ever in canonical cutscenes. The reason this game turned me off outside the gorgeous presentation is that it feels like it was made by people who didn't like the original games and considered them to be low art. There are connections but it feels so pretensious that this slower paced over the shoulder bearded dad game is the more respectable game.
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