In stark contrast to last week’s exceptionally poor reception of F1 Race Stars comes God of War, a game that seems to be adored by a good chunk of the community. Given the high pedestal that the entire God of War series is placed upon by PlayStation fans then it’s not really surprising that the game that started it all should be so widely praised, particularly when you take into account just what God of War and its sequel managed to squeeze out of the PlayStation 2.
However, that love of the game isn’t where we’re going to start this week. Instead we’re going to take a look at KeRaSh‘s views on the game, which can, at best, be described as somewhat negative. KeRaSh called Kratos “the very definition of ‘one trick pony'”, although did point out this is lessened due to God of War being the first game in the series. Their core complaint is that everything about the game is incredibly one-dimensional, with Kratos “as deep as a dryed out puddle of water in the desert” and a story that “can be explained in a single sentence.” As for the gameplay, they did call it “GoW’s strongest part” but complained the combat was “overshadowed by annoying puzzles”.
Lets change gears now, and look at some more positive receptions for the game. We’ll start with Kennykazey, who simply asked “What better way to spend the weekend than tearing Greek Mythology a new one?” cam_manutd shared the sentiment, calling the game “A raw gory adventure that gets better and better,” despite missing out on it on PlayStation 2 and only playing the HD version of the game. They did however complain about the difficulty of parrying in combat, an issue they felt was present throughout the core God of War trilogy.
The Lone Steven was a bit more on the fence about the game, although he did highlight the soundtrack as “the best thing in the game.” He also praised the game’s Quick Time Events, saying “QTEs usually don’t belong in hack and slash games but GOW gets it right.” However, he ultimately felt that despite strong combat the game can be a bit repetitive, even by normal hack and slash standards.
My favourite comment this week comes from BrendanCalls, who called God of War “a timeless classic”. He elaborated with a handy analogy:
Like A New Hope is to Star Wars, GoW1 is to the GoW franchise & as Star Wars is to movies, GoW is to gaming. Need I say more.
I think Omac_brother agreed with BrendCalls thoughts on the game. They managed to sum up the game’s effect neatly, although without such a useful analogy:
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.
Now we move onto the verdict. It’s rather simple this week, with Avoid It picking up one vote, while Bargain Bin It earned two. The twelve remaining votes went to Buy It, making for somewhat of a landslide.
As for this week’s poll, there isn’t one. Last week’s poll saw BioShock 2 and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed come joint top, so we’ll be looking at BioShock 2 tomorrow and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed next week, when the poll will return.