How much Blood will you spill to get revenge?
Remember at the end of God of War 2, where it said “The End Begins”? What will happen next? Will Kratos get his revenge on Zeus? Is God of War 3 actually going to be the final chapter in the series? Well, we are finally about to find out, and after waiting three years for the next instalment, Kratos anger and wrath surge forth in the final chapter of the epic adventure.
The final story takes place where it left of at the end of God of War 2, with the Titans and Kratos climbing towards Mt. Olympus to finally take down Zeus. When you get to the top of Mt Olympus, the Titans betray our hero, who falls back to the Underworld and (once again!) seeks his revenge on Zeus. If you haven’t played the series before, the opening movie explains key moments of Kratos┤ life referenced throughout the events of God of War 1 and 2.
Gameplay: If you’re familiar with the game controls of God of War 3, it’s pretty much the same as God of War I and II for PS2, or The God of War Collection on the PS3 (unfortunately only available on import up until now). If you’re new to the series however, I would recommend playing through the first two games before playing God of War 3, because you might get confused with the storyline. If you’ve played action/adventure games before, such as Prince of Persia or Onimusha it plays as a mix of those games, with action, button mashing and platform puzzling.
As in the last 2 God of War games, you can use the Wrath of the Titans to pull off strong attacks, and move and dodge faster. Most elements that were in the first 2 God of War games are the same in God of War 3, but however you’ll be able to use some new weapons and items, including the Bow of Apollo where you can use your bow and arrows to set fire to branches and enemies. You can also control certain enemies like Cerberus to burn your enemies to a crisp. You still use red orbs to upgrade your weapons and items, which become stronger and teach you new attacks, which can be very handy to use.
I have waited almost 3 years, but it has been worth the wait for God of War 3.
God of War 3 is a fun game, and will keep you on the edge of your seat while you’re ripping enemies in half, tearing off heads or even killing off Greek Mythological characters such as Centaurs, Cerberus and Cyclops. You will also meet some new characters in God of War 3, and those into their ancient historical characters will be pleased to know you will encounter people like Hephaestus and Hercules. Fans of the series will also know that the sex-mini game makes a welcome return to the series.
Graphics and Sound: Santa Monica Studios really have pulled this one off for the PS3, with only a handful of games such as Uncharted 2 or Killzone 2 really keeping up. When you first start playing God of War 3, you will be amazed at how much work has been put into the game, without installing in order to play, and still having quick loading times.
If you’re into horror games, you would likely wonder if future survival horror titles will have the same quality as the graphics from God of War 3, because there is an incredible amount of blood and gore in the game. You can see the organs, limbs and sockets when you’re ripping your enemies in half, pulling the eye out of a Cyclops or even tearing someone’s head off.
The environments are well detailed, including the pits of the Underworld and the city of Olympus, and also when you are fighting enemies while hanging on to one of the Titans (which do remind you of Shadow of the Colossus!). Almost every part of the game is epic, and extremely memorable, particularly when it comes to certain boss fights.
Most of the voices from the last two God of War games return once again, including the angry Kratos; there’s also great voicing for some of the new characters. I would talk more about the story, but that might spoil it for fans of the series who have been waiting patiently for 3 years for the release. There isn’t much to the Soundtrack, but it is still worth listening to, the music does keep you pumped up, making you feel more aggressive when killing large groups of enemies.
Overall: As a God of War fan, I have waited almost 3 years, but it has been worth the wait for God of War 3. However, the ending is completely different from most fans would have it would be, also the story the doesn’t really pick up until near the end of the game. It can be a little short on story compared to the last two games, which were both longer then the God of War 3. You can easily beat the game in around 7 hours, depending on what difficulty you play it on.
There is also trophy support if you’re an avid collector, and most of them can be collected in one sitting. Also Challenge of Olympus is available once you’ve beaten the story mode; like previous God of War games you can play through certain challenges which should keep you busy, or you can always play through the game again on a higher difficulty.
If you haven’t played through the series, you can easily pick up the first 2 games on the PS2, or get God of War Collection on the PS3. For PS3 owners, it’s worth purchasing all three parts for your PS3 collection.
The Bad: Story can be a little short