A month away from release, the preview embargo has been lifted on God Of War. The result was an avalanche of videos and information pertaining to the new edition of the beloved franchise.
Players have fought along side Ares, killed Ares, and became the new god of war during the series’ long history. While controlling Kratos, players have fought nearly every Greek God. Kratos has fought notable Greek figures as Charon, Hades, Erinyes, Thanatos, Poseidon, and even Zeus himself.
With a hit list as long as Kratos’, players may be left wondering what can be next for their favorite god of war. The new game in the series aims to completely reinvent the franchise.
The biggest change people will notice with the new game is the combat. Everyone knows that Kratos has been overpowered in previous consoles. The fast paced combat that gamers are familiar with in God of War is gone. The typically hack and slash combat has been replaced with a slower paced, more tactical combat system. The new combat style borrows a lot from Dark Souls, but is original enough to stand on its own innovations. The changes made to the new combat style provide more depth for the player; a wider range of weapons perfectly compliments the more strategy focused combat, players can use Krato’s axe, counter attack with his shield and use his fists.
The slower, more tactile combat has not reduced the gruesome kills that the game is most famous for. Using Leviathan’s Axe, Kratos is able to swing through enemies with ease. Decapitations and de-limbing happen on regular basis. In addition to basic attacks and power attacks, Kratos is able to throw the axe similar to the way a boomerang is thrown. The axe is also heavily involved in puzzles.
Another big change to the franchise is the lack of button mashing and no focus on quick time actions.
The developers behind God of War have made an excellent decision in lifting the preview embargo so early. Prominent names in the video game industry have flooded the internet with free promotion for Sony.
The influx of recent information pertaining to God of War have shown that God of War has been improved in countless ways. God of War will be a day one purchase for many owners of PlayStation 4.
God of War releases for the PlayStation 4 on April 20, 2018.