March 19, 2010
GOD OF WAR III…..EPIC BLOODY GOODNESS
So anyone who knew me in college will know that GOW is by far my favorite game series since freakin ever. I had the third GOW on pre-order since Nov. and was finally able to finish the EPIC series this past week. I picked the game up on tuesday and had completed Wednesday. I know that makes it seem like a disappointly short game however I did put a good 16hrs into it which is pretty average for a game like this. What isnt average is the shock value and fun factor that Santa Monica Studios delivered with this highly original and grip you till your comotose title.
Most game trilogies require that you play the every game in the trilogy to understand and enjoy the games. This is partially true with GOW, to truly grasp the story and its elements one much play from the beginning, however game play value and enjoyment factor is not hindered if you havent played the first two games, you wont get the whole picture you dont play it from the first game but if all your in it for is the hack and slash goodness youll not be dissapointed no matter where you started in the series, and after playing one will likely be enticed to play the others. What makes GOW III so notable? theres a few things.
1) New tech. GOW III was designed for and built around the PS3 and really takes full advantage of the PS3’s hardware. It has a new lighting design and the graphics with the exception of some textures are comparable to something you would see on a PC. The Dev’s really got there hands dirty and in the end made a spectacular looking game.
2) Story. The story of Kratos and his rise from mere mortality to claiming Ares’ thrown as the god of war to being betrayed and cast down from olympus is gripping to say the least and will keep you enthralled and unable to put the controller down the entire way through. I dont want to say much more about the plot and ruin it for those who havnt played, just know that the story is among the best and the manner in which it is told will keep you interested to the very end.
3)Gameplay/characters. Gore, dissmemberment and blood flinging hacking what more could you possibly want? The game play is pretty typical of a hack n slash game, but GOW somehow manages to spice it up with unique combo moves and finishers, you can either beat down on an enemy till they die or you can follow the onscreen buttom prompts which will yeild a combo of finishing moves and better reward (orbs). The finishing moves however can be quite challenging as it mixes it up quite a bit and in some cases can be a bit lengthy, the result however makes it entirely worth it, the combo moves act as a playable cinematic so to speak, its not pre rendered but the camerea angles and focus will give a most awsome visual to acrobatic moves Kratos is punishing his enemies with. And speaking of visuals GOW delivers 100%, the backgrounds are highly dynamic, in that there is usually something going on in the back ground that adds to the immersive and giant scale of the environment making the world come alive in a unique way. The scale should also be noted, you will guide Kratos through environments that will make Kratos look like a spec of dust from fighting on titans to navigating a giant labrynth of epic proportion. The puzzle play is also out standing, its challengin yet not impossible to the point of frustration. And last I was a tad dissapointed with the length but when I thought about it I realized that I had infact put a good 16hrs into the game which is what most games are anymore, I think 20 is more expected but in the 16hrs it took me to beat the game it certainly delivered in an awsome way and in now way felt rushed or cut back. I alosmot forgot the characters, theres is alot to say about them but to keep it short GOW III intoduces new highly imaginative creatures and new gods to go up against making for a fresh and unique addition to the GOW series. Ill stop here as this has gotten kinda long but if anyone has any questions that I may have neglected to mention post it and Ill be mor than happy to answer 😀
Look closely and youll see tiny Kratos on the Titan Gaia (The scale is EPIC)