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God of War review
Exceptional
by EnricoDC

Story: 10/10 - Enjoyed it a lot. Loved the shift to norse mythology and the way the story played out. The ending could have been a bit more climactic and the end boss could have been more spectacular, but that's just nitpicking.

Combat: 7/10 - Serves its purpose, but it's a step back from the older GoW titles in my opinion.

Exploration: 5/10 - Kratos' movement is very limited, as are the areas he can actually reach. This may not be too  noticeable while playing through the story, but it gets extremely annoying when backtracking and looking for collectibles.

Graphics: 10/10 - Absolutely amazing. The visual style and looks of the environments and the characters are stunning.

Sound: 10/10 - the soundtrack as well as the sound design are on point.

Overall I really enjoyed my first playthrough of God of War. As soon as I started collecting things and backtracking a lot for the platinum trophy the flaws in its gameplay became glaringly obvious. Still highly recommended.

Other reviews28

I love this game soo much,
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
This is my all time favorite game!  One of the only games I have completed 100%
One of the greatest franchise comebacks with an intriguing story and exciting gameplay
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
My sleep schedule got so fucked up while I was playing this.
4.5!!! i love how the story evolved from what the original series was into what it is now i love the direction its gone and i love love love love atreus. and i thought the juxtaposition between freya's parenting decisions vs kratos' was really interesting it was really well thought out neither was inherently good or bad both flawed.
beautiful and enveloping world supplemented with a great story that links the ones of the prior games in the best ways. combat is pretty good with a diverse moveset of abilities and attack methods, but can become formulaic after a little while once you know what's efficient, which becomes apparent in the late game. lots of uninteresting bosses used ad nauseum, intrusively tacked-on RPG elements that dont make sense, and zero replayability from the endless "moviegame" moments and tedious half-baked environmental 'puzzles' that would be a slog to get through again. also kratos takes up like half the screen. youll love it the first time and never play it again.
9/10

+ Very smart reinvention of stale franchise
+ Fantastic character performances (esp. Kratos)
+ Excellent touching/beautiful story
+ Combat is thrilling + challenging, never grew boring
+ Top notch visuals, environments are gorgeous
+ Way more to do than expected, meaty game
+ Soundtrack stood out (esp vocal pieces)
+ Norse mythology much more untapped than Greek

- Equipment customization too complicated, doesn't add much
- Camera too tight
As of 2018, my favourite game of all time. The story moved me in ways no other piece of media ever has, and the performances captured genuinely left me in awe. The no-cuts camera is groundbreaking and provides a relatable lens to view the story through - it makes you feel like you're on this adventure. This game moved me, and I will never forget the journey it took me on. God of War deserves to go down in history as one of the best offerings of the games industry.
«Blew my mind»
Beats the shit out of any other PS4 release by far! Stop reading this review and buy the game!
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
I fucked up with this game. I did NOT want this game to be spoiled for me at all and I was also very busy in the months of April and May, combining to make this a game that I really tried blasting through. I did no side missions, didn't explore the customization options even close to their fullest, and I came across maybe one Valkyrie that I don't even think I beat. Really looking forward to giving this game another go NG+ style some time next year. From what I DID play though, this is one of the best games of the generation, and hands down the best game of the year (sorry red dead ur too realistic not very fun). The way this game FEELS is incredible, it reminded me of my first time playing any of the Arkham games and quickly getting used to that new style of combat. God of War takes those mechanics, adds an axe, makes it deeper, and RUNS with it. The combat in this game is beyond satisfying, and the mid-game reveal of getting the hell-blades that ALSO control incredibly was just the cherry on top of the tastiest pie I've ever had. They even managed to make rowing a boat feel good and natural, which when accompanied by Mimir's voice acting and stories makes me wanna stay in the boat until I'm decaying. This game also manages it's difficulty so well, I played on normal difficulty and always felt like I was earning every kill. The boss fights are hard, the Valkyrie fight is insane (can't even imagine trying to fight the final one, nervous), and FUCK the werewolf guys. And god, the graphics... the graphics... 2018 really spoiled us with Spider-Man, Forza 4, Red Dead, and this. I couldn't believe my eyes, Sony please for the love of god make a PS4 Pro that's on par with the Xbox One X, or please make the PS5 as good as the Xbox 2 or whatever awful thing they name it, I need to see God of War in the best way possible. This is my game of the year and my game of the generation so far, I can't wait to play it again and hopefully get the platinum.
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