God of War’s PS4 Semi-Reboot Looks Astonishing

The last installment we’ve seen of the main God of War trilogy was released on the PS3 way back in 2010. For years, the series was just a brutally fun and quick action-adventure game where you get to play as the anti-hero Kratos. The character wasn’t quite meant to be liked, the past games haven’t really shown his personality where you could actually relate. It was truly focused on the gory fighting sequences, cinemas and the mash ’em up gameplay. The upcoming release for the next installment is soon and PlayStation 4 owners will get the chance to play a totally new and possibly the most spectacular God of War game ever created. The game’s creative director, Cory Barlog, decided it was time to develop a more personal gaming experience and focus the story line on Kratos himself, making the character have far more depth and dimension then ever before.

Kratos is now a father of one and sports a full peppered-grey beard in this spectacular semi-reboot. Players can now completely control Kratos and his son, Atreus, as they battle monsters and mythical beings. The developers curtailed the forced action scenes with button-pressing sequences, players now have the chance to throw and hack with Kratos’ new weapon of choice, the Leviathan Axe. He also wields a hefty shield and you absolutely will need to utilize it throughout the game. Players can upgrade their weapons and armor as well as level up both Kratos and his son. The scenery in the game is gorgeous and the attention to detail is widespread.

The gameplay itself is linear and similar to most newly released role-playing games. The enemies seem to be all related to Norse mythology rather than Greek mythology. There will be plenty of ogres, trolls, draugrs, revenants and the possessed to destroy. God of War for the PS4 have been nominated for the “Most Anticipated Game” for two consecutive years at the annual Game Awards. It was also nominated for “Best PlayStation 4 Game” and “Game of the Show” at the IGN’s Best of E3 2016 Awards. The game already won a “Special Commendation for Graphics” award at the 2016 Game Critics Awards. God of War’s worldwide release date is scheduled on April, 20, 2018, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

God of War Preps for Release

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.