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The Problem With: God Of War III

Rage and fury.

Sony have been teasing a reveal about the next God of War for some time (first details here) so what better time to go and play back Kratos’ first PlayStation 3 outing, God Of War III. Please note that there is some fruity language beyond this point but it is required to express my thoughts.

You see whilst God of War Ascension could well be a good game, there’s a few things in God of War III that annoy me beyond belief. So, in an attempt to improve Ascension let’s take a look at just what is wrong with God of War III. Let’s start with…

Everything.

If you thought Kratos gets angry in the game then you should see me when I try and play the bloody thing, it drives me into a rage that would make that annoying white Spartan cower like a baby penguin.

Kratos’ anger is a good starting point. He is angry, yes we get that, but that is the only emotion he has. He SHOUTS AT EVERYONE and after becoming increasingly pissed off with the population of the heavens it has gotten to the point where I have lost any sympathy I had for the character.

Kratos, you are a penis. A whining cry baby, a shouty faced bell-end and twat of the highest order.


Those infamous skipping ropes look a bit more dangerous like this.
I used to like you; you didn’t say that much and when you did you occasionally set the volume level to below ‘IN YOUR FACE’. Sadly those days are gone, now you can only rage and it’s very unpleasant. You have become a joke of character, a character whose solution to everything is to kill it. Sometimes with fire, but mostly with those skipping ropes you keep attached to your wrists.

Kill everything, kill everyone, kill anything; if it’s in the game then it needs to die. How could the game’s designers (who we shall get to shortly) be unaware that endlessly murderising every single living creature, as well as re-murdering those who are already dead, in existence might become just a teensy bit boring?

Dante’s Inferno, a far superior game in my opinion, gave players an option of killing or saving lost souls and granted you a different bonus depending on the choice you made. Those of us with an ounce of goodness saved at least a couple of helpless creatures and it gave the game some meaning. Dante was on a mission to save his beloved wife and could help lost souls on the way, a noble quest. Kratos? He just wants everyone dead.

That brings me on to the combat: what exactly has changed since the original God Of War? There are a couple of extra moves and a few variations on the skipping ropes but you always find yourself resorting to using the big spinning attack to keep the enemies at bay, before switching to a couple of heavy moves to finish them off. Five games and seven years in to the series and we are still seeing the same ‘shoving the knives down the minotaurs throat’ quick time event? B-O-R-I-N-G.

Let’s talk chests. Not Kratos’ frankly quite pathetic musculature (Leon Kennedy could snap him in half) but the type that hold green and blue orbs. Why in the name of all that is holy do I have to hold down a frickin’ button to open them? I have to stop and stand still for few seconds pressing a button.

Why? WHY?!?! This is an action game and you are deliberately making the action stop. It is the most annoying design concept, even more annoying that having to hammer X just to open a sodding door. I am literally facepalming as I write this as I think of just how bloody stupid those chests are.

The game’s designers helpfully dot the chests around the landscape when you have a large enemy to face but they are fricking useless. Whilst you are waiting to open them an enemy will slap you on the back and cancel the animation. Stupid, stupid, STUPID.

Lets also talk, as helpfully suggest by Salt ‘N Pepa, about sex. Back in the day we were young, innocent creatures so the sex mini game in the original God Of War was titillating. It returns yet again (yawn) for God Of War III, and as soon as baldy starts to get jiggy the camera moves off Kratos so we can watch two lesbian voyeurs get giggly with each other.

Why are you so shy Kratos? After five games slaughtering everything in sight, spilling enough blood and entrails to fill four Olympic sized swimming pools along the way, you seem to be extremely coy about sex.


Why so moody Kratos?
The only conclusion I can make is you are seriously undersized in the lady pleasing department and your contract states that the camera move must move away during the humping mini games. For all we know you could be playing Twister off camera; that would certainly explain why the two nymphs are laughing so much.

Dante has no problems with sexual imagery, and anyone who has finished his game will know he is not a shy lad. He’s quite happy to stand start bollock naked with little (actually, rather large) Dante on show. Talking of Dante I hope that the team behind God Of War IV have played his game as they would have learnt about one of the seven deadly sins, pride.

You see, although I detest pretty much everything about God Of War III, there is one ‘feature’ above all others that makes me want to punch kittens.

Punch kittens and then throw them in the path of an oncoming steam roller.

Viewpoints.

Fucking VIEWPOINTS.

They serve absolutely no purpose other than the designers want to make you look at all their hard work.

Look at it!

LOOK. AT. IT.

Engorge your eyes with the loveliness they have created, gasp in awe at the huge vistas and massive creatures that roam the landscape. They have spent time making this game you know, you should appreciate it, in fact they are going to make you appreciate it by placing viewpoints throughout the game even though they make absolutely no freaking sense within context.

Mister Game Designer please remind me, who is skipping through the gates of Hades and erecting small shrines to your awesomeness? I don’t recall there being such a character in Greek mythology. Admittedly my knowledge of myths and tales is not vast so perhaps I have missed the legend of ‘Derek, the Indicator of Nice Views’.

Uncharted has viewpoints but they are unmarked; you stop and gaze at the awesomeness of Naughty Dog because what they have created is awesome. You do not need to be told to be impressed, you stand atop the cliff and gaze across the sea because it is gorgeous to look at and worthy of admiration, not because there is signpost with ‘Hey, look at the superb view we made’ tacked to a nearby tree.

I am hoping that God Of War Ascension will rectify many, if not all, of these problems. As Kratos returns he needs a damn good slap to knock him down a peg or two and he will also require a cause to fight for other than vengeance. A new setting, new weapons and, if possible, a quick way to open chests would be most appreciated.

However, if I spot so much as one “Press X to admire the view” sequence I shall be round to your offices, flaming skipping ropes attached to my wrists, and I will teach you what real fury looks like. It’s big, bear shaped and it will arrange your scatter cushions in the most unattractive ways.

You have been warned.

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45 Comments
  1. alonemusic
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

    as long as the script is not “INSERT GOD/BOSS/FATHERS NAME HERE” shouted before everything it should at least be fun. I hated GoW 1 and 2 but liked 3 just because it was stunning to look at and had just enough variety in the combat to carry it through.

    and whats wrong with admiring a view once in a while?

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:05.
    • JustHonour
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      @alonemusic There is nothing wrong with admiring the view. The author (nice article tuffcub) states this clearly. It’s just when the game is telling you to admire it, rather than simply letting you discover the vista – or ignore it if you wish.

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:21.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    God Of War is my favourite Sony franchise, but I too preferred Dante’s Inferno, come on EA commission a sequel!

    The problem… & only problem with GoW, particularly by the time GoW3 came around is that Kratos’ is fuelled by anger, hate & revenge and it just makes him unlikeable. Yes, he’s badass but so what, at some point you need empathy for the character.

    It looks like we’re going to get it with Ascension but GoW3 was all the poorer for not having it. Still great of course but not like the former titles in the series when the anger issues hadn’t worn on that bit too long.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:07.
  3. scavenga
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I liked GoW3, I liked it a lot. That doesn’t mean I don’t agree with absolutey every point made in this well-written article.
    Good job, Sir :)

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:07.
  4. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Couldn’t disagree with this more, I don’t think. GoW is the perfect ‘gamey’ game for me, total escapism. Sure, the fighting isn’t subtle, but who the hell has time to learn millions of combos?

    Bayonetta might have the better overall fighting mechanics, but GoW III was amazing.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:12.
    • Nickboss1
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      I agree gow 3 was amazing. No bosses have even come close to gow 3’s.

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:50.
    • philzy85
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      I disagree with a fair bit of the article too, although it did make me chuckle!

      Bring on more Kratos!!! Bring on more God Of War!!!!!!!!!! :D

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 13:07.
    • Jakster123x
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      I have to say, i disagree with Tuff too. I don’t feel that i really need much story with Mr Kratos. I know he’s angry and wants to murder everything to avenge his family, so that’s exactly what i do.

      All of the problems mentioned in the article don’t really bother me in any way at all. In fact, i might even say i like some of them. Epic vistas? Thanks, i’ll take a look. Massive boss battles with appropriate QTEs? Go on then. Refined combat? Yes.

      I understand your points, but the only thing that frustrates me about the games are the higher difficulties. Other than that, bring on Ascension.

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 16:38.
  5. Eldave0
    andUandU
    Since: Aug 2008

    Glad someone else thought Dante’s was a better game. Much more variety, better storyline and far, far, far better pacing. God of War 3 sure it pretty though.

    God of War 2 > Dantes > God of War 3

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:20.
  6. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    This article Reflects my opinion perfectly. Highly overrated in my opinion. Not bad, but definitely not worth all the praise it receives.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:23.
  7. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    I stopped reading when you said dante’s inferno is a superior game, you offended me right there alone

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:29.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Why, because he was right?

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:45.
      • Nickboss1
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        No because he was wrong.

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:51.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Well, that’s subjective of course – I think you’ll find about a 50/50 split over those who preferred GoW3 & those that preferred Dante’s Inferno.

        Personally, i am in the Dante’s camp, as it just felt ‘fresher’.

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:53.
      • Taylor Made
        Member
        Since: Oct 2011

        no like the guy above said, he is wrong. I played Dante Inferno, it was a cheap kncok off of GoW the difference was the main character wasn’t out to kill the Gods apart from that Dante is a fraud.

        I liked the Hell design though that was creepy & amazing

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:55.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Oh right, I stand corrected then. Of course if you say he is wrong, then he of course has to be. Whether anyone agrees with him or not. :/

        You know what subjective means right?

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 10:01.
      • Taylor Made
        Member
        Since: Oct 2011

        sure I respect his opinion but I don’t agree with it but like you previously said its going be a 50/50 between the 2 games & am a GoW guy.

        The only game similar & I respect is Darksiders

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 10:05.
      • DirtyHabit
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Now, at the time I prefered Dantes’ But I have to admit I only played it through twice, where as Gow I played 3 or 4 times.

        The more I played GOW the more cracks it showed up in Dantes’. Although I still prefer Dantes’ premise.

        The one thing I really can’t get my head around tho, is the Darksiders comparison. To me Darksiders felt like a different game entirely and have never ‘got’ peoples comparisons to GOW or DI.

        Great article as always tho TC :D

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 10:43.
      • Taylor Made
        Member
        Since: Oct 2011

        I compare Darksiders with GoW puzzle wise, it has that GoW feel to it

        Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 11:48.
  8. MadBoJangles
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Safe to say it wasn’t your cup of tea then??
    I mean, holy shit dude, the game isn’t THAT bad?? is it?? :O

    I quite enjoyed 3, it’s a no brainer button masher that looks stunning. It was what I expected and it didn’t disappoint.

    Really good read, honestly loved the article, but Dante better than GoW?? Seriously??

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:32.
  9. MrJimmy
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Funny how I skipped 3 after the fun Kratos and I had on PS2 and PSP – I remember trying the demo and thought “come on guys, shiny but this is exactly the same”. If I had to guess what the whole experience was like, it would be like you’ve said TC.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:33.
  10. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    I fully understand why he’s constantly angry, I think I would be too if I had been through everything he has.

    I love it and everything about it, the mythology, storylines, characters etc. But you’re right the gameplay is rather repetitive. Still love it though.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 09:38.

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