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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. Jun 27, 2020
    10
    Few days ago completed this game. Man I thought I won't like it... Turns out it's now one of my favorite games of all time!
  2. Dec 30, 2018
    10
    Full disclosure; I bought a PS4 to play this game and Red Dead Redemption 2, so I already had a pretty strong feeling I it. Thankfully, IFull disclosure; I bought a PS4 to play this game and Red Dead Redemption 2, so I already had a pretty strong feeling I it. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed.

    The game has a solid fighting mechanic, that favors fast and chaotic combat -- this is not Dark Souls. It combines the combat with satisfying puzzle solving, and the well known mechanic of slowly giving you more gear, allowing you to backtrack and open previously inaccessible areas. The RPG elements allows you to tailor your character build to your play style, but you don't have to on the lower difficulty settings.
    Finally, I love the story. It shows the dysfunctional relationship between Kratos the murder machine, and his son, and has a pervasive sadness.
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  3. 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
  4. Apr 23, 2018
    10
    Let me start off this review by saying that I have never liked the God of War series of hack and slash games. I mean, I guess they were funLet me start off this review by saying that I have never liked the God of War series of hack and slash games. I mean, I guess they were fun but I could never really commit to them. So when I saw the game was changing perspective both visually and in the narrative I was very intrigued and after playing the game all weekend, I feel I can make a fairly sound judgement on the quality of the game.

    As I start to write I am having a hard time deciding where to start. Do I like the graphics? Yes. Do I like the story? Very much. Do I like the combat? Yes, yes I do. Exploring, levelling and character design, crafting, side questing? Yes! Yes! YES! It is hard to find one part of the game that is better than any other. I guess what it is about this game that makes it so special is that one very desired but every elusive concept in video games, Balance. Cory Barlog and Santa Monica Studios have done what so many developers strive to do, create a game where all the systems integrate so well you never struggle to understand what you need to do and at the same time, does not feel like the game is holding your hand. One of my favourite way the game has done this is near the beginning of the game. Just after the player opens the map for the first time, Kratos and Atrius' dialogue suggests that since the map has more to see maybe we should go see whats on the map. I like this because not only did the conversation sound natural between these characters, but because it hinted at how the game can be played.

    I like a lot of different games for many different reasons. God of War I love because there is not any one reason to love it. The vision that Cory and his team had for this game feel like it is complete. Nothing was left out or added for no reason, everything carries weight, everything is in Ballance.

    Final Note: Hey Santa Monica studios, early 3D Legend of Zelda called, they want their design back.....not exactly but Dare to Compare....lol...BALANCE!!!!
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  5. Apr 21, 2018
    10
    Wow what a Game just stunning, this has to be game of the year will take a lot to beat this ignore 0 scores,EA single player games are DEAD LOL
  6. May 20, 2018
    10
    Una obra maestra en todos los sentidos. Una historia que te tiene enganchado durante toda la aventura, el sistema de combate es un gustazo. AUna obra maestra en todos los sentidos. Una historia que te tiene enganchado durante toda la aventura, el sistema de combate es un gustazo. A nivel gráficos es de lo más bestia que vas a poder ver. En definitiva, un imprescindible para todo poseedor de una PS4 Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2020
    0
    You didn't deserve the GOTY. Game totally different from the previous ones with small campaign and exploration time. I do not recommend.

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