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'God of War' quick review: All things bright and brutal

GOW_LaunchScreen1_1523434372 'God of War' quick review: All things bright and brutal
Frank Williams | 13 April, 2018, 06:53

There's no denying that 2160p resolution makes God of War look stunning, but the trade-off may not be worth it for some. Coupled with Kratos' ever-expanding list of moves is a button (square) devoted exclusively to the control of Atreus, which seamlessly weaves the young companion into the action. Atreus is far from the irritating sidekick he might have been, complementing Kratos's gruff and humourless dialogue with quips and endearing observations, turning his father's intense seriousness and inability to find humour in anything into a running joke.

Give Me A Challenge: is harder and less forgiving. Some die-hard fans may fear this isn't really God of War. It's this idea that we're going to reward people for being curious or looking around'. It would have been a lot more effective of a gimmick if you could recall it while running/jumping and so on to encourage more locomotion; as it stands you have to wait until a late upgrade to recall it quickly, and even then it's in a limited fashion. You won't be taking a gondola to the top of the highest peaks in all the Norse Realms, but you will have a far greater margin for error in enemy encounters.

A change in camera perspective to fully third-person gameplay, a change in weapons, the change in scenery and mythology - bringing with it all-new villain types and larger than life battles - make God of War feel new again.

If you're a fan of video games, check out Transition, Gadgets 360's gaming podcast. It's a system that quickly opens itself up, and one I hope to see continually expanded upon during this long journey. It may even evoke the exact opposite feeling from them. They'll flank you and take you on in pairs. Some gear is tiered in the same way loot-driven titles like Diablo classify them. Some new chest armour I crafted later in my playthrough contained slots for me to put in gems that amplified its defence.

The pop-up also mentions that you're able to change this setting at any time in the future from the settings menu.

All of this applies to your son, Atreus, too. Atreus isn't a companion that simply watches from the sidelines.

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Luckily, Kratos' son is right by his side and will help solve puzzles and distract enemies. Some enemies even require his participation. You can unfurl an arsenal of attacks with bare fists, a shield and an ice-imbued axe that, once thrown, flies back into Kratos's hand with a satisfying thunk. You're in control of when Atreus fires, and must manage how many arrows he has at his disposal carefully during a lengthy battle.

A simple fight against a handful of Draughr would take over two hours. It's always a risk when developers reboot popular franchises from the past but any concerns appear unwarranted as God of War has proven to be a master class of mixing the old with the new, keeping the large-scale action and settings but adding more emotional depth.

The qualities that made Kratos' story so captivating saddled the series as it wore on.

The PlayStation exclusive already has earned flawless scores from a basketful of industry watchers, including IGN, Polygon, US Gamer, GamesRadar+ and more, as well as from mainstream reviewers at Britain's The Telegraph and The Guardian.

I've jokingly referred to the project as "Dad of War" since it was revealed, but that light ribbing slowly became more of a term of endearment as I wrapped myself around the narrative.

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