Is God Of War Best Game Ever?

God of War Best Game Ever

Is God Of War best game ever? Do I really think that?

Before I start, I would like to make a disclaimer: I have never played the first 3 games. I have never played the spinoffs. We can’t afford the previous consoles back then, so this game is my first foray into Kratos’ story. Yes, I know, I suck, but I would like to play those games someday.

Okay, now onto this game. I would list here the things I loved most about the game. I loved the whole game itself, but some are just ooohhhhh that’s so epic. For those who hasn’t played this game yet(why?), don’t worry, there are no spoilers. Okay maybe minor, but that’s it.

God of War 4 – The Game

THIS. GAME. ROCKS.

No game has made me more ecstatic than God Of War. Everything’s polished, from the music, to the voice acting, to the cinematography, everything’s neatly fit into a raging, angry package of a game. I mean just look at it:

Preparing to fight.

Sony Santa Monica (PS4 Pro Screenshot)

The characters are well written, the character designs are well-rendered, the environment is stunning, the AI of the characters were well coded and designed. No wonder it won Game Of The Year. It’s just THAT great. It’s so great, that it spawned the God Of War “Boy” meme. Which was, and is, funny. Memes are funny, aren’t they?

Sony really took a risky approach with this game. Because as I’ve seen in gameplay videos of the old games, the first 3 God Of War games were platformers, in which an angry, Kratos would slaughter his way through hordes of mindless enemies, all in the name of vengeance because he blames the gods for killing his wife and daughter. Basically he destroyed the entire Greek Pantheon. Fun stuff.

With this new iteration, the game has become more like a role-playing game, and it now dabbles into Norse Mythology. Kratos is still an angry, raging god-man. But he has learned to control it over the years, becoming a stoic, stalwart, and less angry, but still can rage, god-man. He has a son now(which was the subject of the “boy” meme), named Atreus (below).

A boy firing an arrow.

Sony Santa Monica (PS4 Pro screenshot)

And they will embark on a journey to grant Atreus’ mother’s dying wish. Along the way they will meet dangerous foes, lasting allies, and will traverse some of the most beautifully rendered environments ever done in a game, from high mountains, to dark, undergroud caves, to other realms. As for the whole story, I’ll let you experience it for your self. But trust me on this, it’s fricking good.

 

Facts: Who is the Greek Mythology God of War?

A man shouting.

Sony Santa Monica (PS4 Pro screenshot)

This is Kratos in-game, angry as always.

The Greek Mythology’s version of the God of War is Ares. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, the son of Zeus and Hera. In Greek literature, he often represents the violent and untamed aspect of war and is the embodiment of violence and brutality. He’s basically like a commander of an army; necessary in a war, but a dangerous inspiration. He is described as “overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering”. Sounds like a fun guy.

So who is Kratos in Greek Mythology?

Kratos, or Cratos, is the divine personification of strength in Greek mythology. He is the son of Pallas and Styx. He has 3 siblings: Nike, who personifies victory, Bia who personifies force, and Zelus, who personifies zeal. So in the real Greek Mythology, he is not a god, well, even in the games he isn’t at first. He only became the new God of War after killing Ares, because he tricked Kratos into killing his wife and daughter. Personally I hate the Greek Pantheon because they’re such bad gods, I’m glad Kratos killed most of them.

 

The epic music, and voice acting of God of War 4

God of War’s music was top-notch. Every battle is made a hundred times more epic because of it. From the occasional, wimpy Draugr battles, to the epic, will-make-you-throw-your-controller boss fights, the music never relents on being so good. I even had the main theme music as my ring tone.

Voice acting was something else. Every character was given life because of it. Especially Kratos’ voice. Because in the first 3 games, and the spinoffs, Kratos’ voice, ergh, was not that great. It was good, but not great. In this game, woooh boy, it was something else. I wish I had a voice like that, I’d shout “boy!” every time I see one.

 

God of War 4 Weapons, Armor, and Enemies

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the game transitioned from being a platformer, beat ’em up game that essentially makes you a true God of War, slaughtering every enemy you see, to a slow, methodical RPG-type of game. Which, for me, was the better direction. Kratos has stats now, which you need to level up.

You can level up Kratos by upgrading his weapon, the Leviathan Axe, as you go along in the game. He can also utilize Runic Attacks, which are a type of magic attacks for your axe. The game also features a revamped skill tree system, wherein you can give Kratos extra attacks, sort of like combo attacks. His son also has the skill tree for his bow! Everything’s upgradable in ths game!

A man holding an axe.

Sony Santa Monica (PS4 Pro Screenshot)

Look at the size of that thing.

You can also pick up, and craft various armors in the game, which you can also upgrade to increase Kratos’ level. Armors come in three categories: Pauldrons, Belts, and Gauntlets. You can mix and match them, or you can complete the armor set. Each armor piece gives extra perks and stats to make Kratos from an angry god-man, to a powerful, angry god-man.  You can also upgrade your son’s bow, which is his primary weapon. He’s a valuable ally, and you will find out once you play the game.

The enemies in this game are well designed, from their visual appearance, to their AI programming. Higher difficulty settings doesn’t just alter their numbers, they change their behavior as well. Higher difficulty level means smarter and more powerful enemies.

Playing a new game on the hardest difficulty isn’t recommended, unless you want to torture yourself. The enemies are based on Norse Mythology, so you’ll encounter draugrs, trolls, ogres, and even dragons. DRAGONS!

About to kill a monster

Sony Santa Monica (PS4 Pro Screenshot)

 

So in short…

Two creatures fighting.

Sony Santa Monica (PS4 Pro Screenshot)

This game was a blast to play(it still is!). It was a joy to experience the story, the combat was smooth and engaging, the characters are well written, the voice acting was spot on, the motion capture animation was crisp. I mean I can go on and on and say what I like about this game. I abso-positively recommend this game, to fans and non-fans alike. I’m certain you’ll enjoy this game, I swear on my life.

What are you waiting for? Get this game now!

I can’t stress enough how much I recommend this game. You can get them at the following sites:

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I only wish I can experience that feeling again, when I played this game the first time. That was an experience I’ll never forget. And I am positive you won’t too.

What do you think about this game? Did you love it(don’t lie, I’m sure you loved it)? Leave a comment and we can discuss! I’ll leave you with a picture of Kratos casually hacking a monster to death. Thanks for reading!

Readers Comments (18)

  1. Great post!

    It makes me want to download God of War 4 and start gamin’ out.

    I played the first GoW back on PS2 and saw snippets online of those playing 2 & 3.

    What other game reviews you got coming? What you playing nowadays?

    • Yeah! I just wish the old games can be played on the newer consoles. I’d really love to play the first 3.

      Dunno, just posted a review for a very old game I dearly love. Thank you for the comment!

  2. You know, before I first got God of War, I was so hyped to play it, but sadly I got it in an RPG slump. I had played lots of other games in the same genre before and I just got tired, I’ve put it off ever since.

    You’ve got me thinking that I should go back and play it. It really is a fantastic game and a complete reinvention of the series compared to the first three.

    • Yeah, the transition from beat ’em up platformer to RPG was a drastic change, but, as someone who had played this game 5 times now, it was worth it. You won’t waste your time with this game.

  3. Mugalu Mansoor April 7, 2020 @ 2:38 pm

    Thank you very much for such  a great review. I also thank you for the hard work you put in to bring this website together and providing such useful information. Actually I have not yet played this game. but, according to the way you explained it, it seems to be a good one and i would like to try out now, thanks for the info.

  4. Though I didn’t play God of War 4, I did play the earlier titles in the series and watched for the story on YouTube (since I don’t have a PS4). I have to say that I really think the series matured with this latest version. I always felt like Kratos was kind of one-note. Yes, he could kick all sorts of butt, however there wasn’t much depth to his character. God of War 4 made character depth a priority and I think it shows. Thanks for highlighting it!

    • Yep! The change from “angry, kill all” Kratos to “angry, but be calm” Kratos is really a risky move. But it paid off REALLY well. Not to mention the gameplay change. Sony Santa Monica really outdid themselves with this one.

      Thanks for commenting!

  5. You and I are a bit different, I used to have all the game console but the growing up happens so now I do not have the current game console and I used to be such a gamer! God of War is such an amazing game. I am sure that God of War 4 is way much better now with the graphics and all. Thanks for the review. Gotta have to get PS4 first and binge playing this game. Oh well I have nothing but time until the end of April. 

    • Yeah! I really recommend this game. I only started playing this game last January, and fell in love with it. 

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. CarriePaintsPinecones April 7, 2020 @ 3:07 pm

    It sounds like fun. The graphics look just amazing. I don’t play, but if I did, I think that I would have to play this one. It sounds like you also got a lot out of the teachings of Greek Mythology at the same time. That’s something that has always interested me as well. Great review.

    Thanks,

    Carrie

    • Yeah. What fascinated me the most about these games is that they have tie ins with the Greek Mythology. This game however, tackles Norse Mythology, which is my favorite mythos. 

      Thanks for commenting!

  7. Nice review about God of war 4,OGG! One thing I really like about the review is the fact that you are very honest.you’d mentioned that you have never played the first 3 games and also you have never played the spinoffs,and this is what the world needs, truthful people.

    I love the way the characters are well coded and designed,it leaves me no choice than to commend the great work put together to get this going.Again, thanks and keep up the good work,it’s very helpful.

    • Thank you for the kind words! 

      Yeah, it is really great. I’d recommend it to old and new fans alike!

      Thanks for commenting!

  8. Jacquelyn Alford April 7, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

    Okay. I am a newbie when it comes to video games. This is way out of my league. I mean, do you remember Ms. PAC MAN? That’s where it is at for me.

    Ultimately, I enjoyed the graphics. This game seems really real. I was wondering if this is one of the games players can master and use to compete with?

    In my city, Video Game Championships and Competitions are held regularly down to the Convention Center. The players I’ve met are teams of 4 to 5 players, competing for 1 million dollar purses. Is this game of that caliber? Thanks.

    • Yeah, Pac Man is really an old game. If you want to read and experience nostalgia, you may want to check this out!

      Hmm, no this game is not of that caliber. This is a single player only game, meaning it’s a game more for players who want to experience a good story. I think you’re referring to multiplayer type games, those usually have tournaments and competitions with ludicrous amounts of prize money.

      Thanks for commenting!

  9. I must honestly admit I am not a gamer or I really did not have that IQ for games. I am not sure if I would say it’s a weakness or I simply do not have the talent or the gift. I could not even win with Pacman. However, I am really intrigued by the similarity of this God of War and the Greek Mythologies. I just fell in love with the game and being fascinated and mesmerized by the art and technology embedded in these games. 

    Your narration sounds like that of sports commentators, especially at wrestling games. Other than it is such a great game, what really makes people fall in love with gaming? What skills must someone possess to be a great gamer? What type of equipment are must-haves to enjoy such a game?

    This is quite an exciting review.

    • Different reasons for why people love gaming. I’m speaking for myself, I love gaming because it takes me, in the sense that I am invested in the story, how it looks, how it feels. Others maybe because of the competitive aspect of it.

      There are different kinds of equipment to enjoy a game. You can have plug and play consoles, such as the one I’ve reviewed here, or a personal computer, or a console, such as the Playstation or Xbox.  Even a smartphone can be considered an equipment.

      Thanks for commenting!

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