I never was a huge fan of the first GOD OF WAR. Sure it was big, loud and gorgeous to look at, but so were ONIMUSHA and DEVIL MAY CRY. And even for the time, the visuals were still not that impressive to say, NINJA GAIDEN for the Xbox or RESIDENT EVIL 4 for the Gamecube. From a gameplay perspective, Kratos lacks the versatility of Dante and his dual pistols. The game tries to make up for it by relying on gimmicks like the ultra gruesome killing moves and the area clearing magic attacks, neither of which require a huge amount of skill to pull off.
Also some aspects of the game just feel flat out unfinished. Consider, for example Kratos' parry maneuver. From SOUL CALIBUR to ONIMUSHA, parrying attacks have always been an invaluable skill in hack and slash titles. In ONIMUSHA, it was essential to survival, since the Issen slash was the only way to kill enemies in a single blow as well as replenish large amounts of your health. When Kratos parries an enemy attack in GOD OF WAR, the action enters a dramatic slow motion phase like something really cool's going to happen, but there's no payoff. Kratos can deliver a quick counterattack with his chains, but it's not visually impressive and does just as much damage as your normal attacks. What's the point of building up excitement with the slow mo effect then?
That said, there are a lot of good things about from an entertainment. However I'm sure they've all been said already in many other reviews. Definitely worth a playthrough or two. I just don't think it's the infallible masterpiece people have made it out to be.
GOD OF WAR opens with a cut scene showing the main character of the story, a Spartan warrior named Kratos, jumping off of the highest mountain in Athens saying that the gods have rejected him. The game then rewinds to a time period three weeks earlier. Kratos is aboard a ship that is attacked by the Hydra. Later Kratos is sent on a grand journey to save the city of Athens from Ares who is attacking the city and reigning destruction upon it. Kratos' mission takes him through Athens, into the desert, … more
"God of War" has finally pushed the envelope a little too far and has created a game that is completely unsuitable for children. While the game is very fun, and challenging, it has included too much gratutious violence and even (gasp) nudity for my tastes. While I don't exect every game to be watered down to the level of "Kingdom Hearts" (a game that has similar game play), I also don't expect to see slow motion decapitations. Honestly, the added violence adds nothing to … more
Unleash the power of the Gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with lethal double chainblades, Kratos must carve through mythology's darkest creatures - including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solving intricate puzzles in breathtaking environments. Driven by pure revenge, nothing can stop Kratos from achieving absolution.