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:
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).
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?
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!
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!
So in short…
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:
Ebay – physical CD, you know, if you want it physical.
G2A – you can search “God of War” and other games! They have both CD keys and the physical copy! 😀
Kinguin – these are sold via CD keys(US only). This one has the main game plus additional content not normally available in the vanilla game! Such as a new armor set, a new shield skin, a comic, an art book, and a theme for your PS4! What a deal!
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CDKeys – sells games in CD keys, meaning you can have the game instantly via digital download!
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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!