Remember 2005? Of course you do. It was the year the Xbox 360 was announced and launched, and the year that Sony first showed what the PS3 had to offer. In strangely current news it was the year that Pope Benedict XVI took up the Papacy, the very same Pope who was replaced just last week. It’s funny how things work out isn’t it?
In more relevant news, it was the year that Sony Santa Monica decided to unleash Kratos on the world for the first time, spawning one of the most popular PlayStation franchises to date. We’re actually just three days short of God of War’s eighth anniversary, so it seems fitting that the community selected God of War for this week’s game.
What surprised me about the title when I was doing some brief research for this piece is that it’s actually the most critically acclaimed game in the God of War series, sitting at 94 on Metacritic. That’s two points higher than God of War II, a game I tend to see a lot more appreciation for.
Unsurprisingly for a PS2 game there isn’t a formal TSA review of the game, so instead I’ve pulled reviews from the rest of the gaming press. We’ll start with 1UP, who were amongst the outlets to give the game top marks. They praised the game’s combat system, calling it “reminiscent of games such as Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry”, although finding that it perhaps could have been a little more challenging on the game’s easier settings.
The game’s visuals also came in for praise from 1UP, calling them “some of the nicest — if not the nicest — on the PlayStation 2.” Eurogamer’s review shared this enthusiasm for the game’s graphical prowess, finding the game “impossibly glorious at times,” a sentiment that won’t be a surprise to long time fans of the series.
Eurogamer also highlighted the game’s puzzles, which they felt evoked “memories of the original Tomb Raider in their levels of logical cunning,” pretty much the highest praise you can give puzzles of that style. Although they did feel that the platforming was a little poor at points, they were still more than satisfied by the title, saying it would “be held aloft as one of the true greats of this generation.” They certainly got that prediction spot on.
Ultimately though it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, it’s up to the community to judge this series launcher. If you’ve played the recent HD version of the game that appeared on PlayStation Plus then you should feel free to pile in with your views of the game, as should anyone who’s played the game anywhere really. All you need to do is pop your thoughts into a comment below. It doesn’t really matter whether you loved or hated the game, everyone’s free to chip in with their opinion. All we ask is that you rate the game on the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It scale, and that you have your view in by Sunday afternoon if you want to be included in Monday’s verdict article.