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WeView: God of War

Digging back to the PS2.

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.

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  1. SpikeyMikey23
    Since: Jul 2009

    Never played this until I had the HD collection 2 xmas’s ago. Thoroughly enjoyed it…… and the boobies! Kratos is one hard bastard! Been playing through GOW2 over the past few days (when ive had the time) hoping to finish it soon so I can finally take the plastic wrapping off 3!

    Comment posted on 19/03/2013 at 17:02.
    • SpikeyMikey23
      Since: Jul 2009

      one thing though! Those F**kin’ spinning blade towers! F*** You!

      Comment posted on 19/03/2013 at 17:03.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Since: Jul 2009

        Buy it

        Comment posted on 19/03/2013 at 17:04.
  2. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Kratos is Sony’s answer to the Hulk, only 10 times more pissed off and more likely to rip you in half. He only consists of one emotion, anger. He was tricked into killing his wife and kid by Aries, the God Of War so he seeks his revenge on him. It’s a simple revenge plot. If i remeber correctly. It’s not the best game in terms of story telling but it does tell a good plot. But Kratos is not a likeable character and is just there for the plot.

    The gameplay is just like a typical hack and slash game. You can form combos, use different weapons, once you’ve unlocked it and so forth. The higher your combo, the more red orbs(the ingame currency for leveling up your weapons) you will recieve. GOW is famed for it’s boss battles and it is easy to see why. From the very start, it shows you a big boss battle. QTEs usually don’t belong in hack and slash games but GOW gets it right. And tends to be fair. So why don’t i like it? As i love Hack and Slash games but i fail to like GOW? It can’t be the plot as it’s decent. It can’t be the gameplay as it’s decent, if a bit repitive. O-o

    The soundtrack is easily the best thing in the game. It uses greek opera music or something like that and it blends well. In some cases, the music matches your actions. Such as tearing a boss a new one and that DU DU DUNU DU DUN DU matches your strikes. I admit, it doesn’t translate well into comments but youtube the soundtrack adn you will understand why it is so good.

    I would say BARGAIN BIN IT as you can get the HD collection cheap nowadays. And the original game costs less then a meal from macdonalds or KFC or Burger King or whereever you decide to eat out from. Lazy sods.

    Also, we are having games for the PS2 on Weview? Can we have FF7,8 or 9 as an option? Or would that be too far back?

    Comment posted on 19/03/2013 at 17:07.
  3. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010

    What better way to spend the weekend than tearing Greek Mythology a new one?

    GoW I is of the best games of the last generation, and the benchmark for hack and slash action games as well as HD remasters.

    Buy it, you puny mortal!

    Comment posted on 19/03/2013 at 18:59.
  4. Airiaen
    Since: Aug 2009

    Despite making QTE’s popular God of War is a rather nice game, I think anyone into those sort of hack & slash stuff will like it. Combat is ok could be better but its often a chore to me even on Easy. Oh, the balancing on beams stuff can be frustrating too. Not anywhere near the skills of teh Prince but I guess its tough considering its a damn spherical shape than a wooden beam. (poor kratos)

    So far I’ve only played the section of the demo.. its clear now. However from there I’m sure it’ll prove itself to be a Playstation exclusive that must be played.
    So erm… verdict? THIS IS SPARTAAAAA!!!

    Comment posted on 19/03/2013 at 20:28.
  5. Germanos
    Since: May 2011

    Definitely Buy It. Even my wife plays it now as I got it in HD from PS+ :P
    I played it on PS2 and my opinion is based on that version (the PS3 from what I have seen of it, it’s the same fantastic game with enhanced graphics) and I have to say the moment I played GOW was mind blowing. Completely “fresh”, like nothing I played before. I enjoyed every part of it. From graphics, gameplay to music. Everything is just top of the class.

    The problem could be that it’s an old game and not everyone is such a gamer, which does not draw the attention to some archaisms in the game, but those should not be a factor in the rating, as I think is just something personal to someone who calls himself “gamer”.
    GOW was and is a epic game. This should be taught in schools.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2013 at 07:15.
  6. rht992
    Since: Apr 2009

    Extremely good fun. Only about half way through and finding it a wonderful call back to the PS2. Handy tip. Its free on PlayStation plus right now.

    Comment posted on 21/03/2013 at 02:01.
  7. Omac_brother
    Since: Nov 2011

    God of War was a game changer. It set the new standard for Action/Adventure games and became the “one to beat” by all its competitors. Its a must buy – an essential game.

    Comment posted on 23/03/2013 at 14:08.

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