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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. I found the pacing to be very good. There are a couple of moments, where the game purposefully slows the player down for some forced walking segments, which I personally dislike, but it wasn't to big of a deal here. The ending could have been a bit more climactic and the end boss could have been more spectacular (as you would expect from the series), but that's just me. 

Combat: 6/10 - Serves its purpose, but it's a step back from the older GoW titles in my opinion. Still, throwing the axe and calling it back is fun (until the novelty wears off at least).  Also they re-used the same mini boss (troll) about 9 times, which was a bit annoying, even though the enemy had a different twist to it's move set in every encounter, it got pretty old, pretty fast. In general enemy variety wasn't great, but that mini-boss was the only one that really rubbed me the wrong way.

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 fidelity is probably the strongest I've seen yet. Environments are beautiful and the characters look amazing and animate very well.

Sound: 10/10 - The soundtrack and the sound design as well as the voice acting 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 though, the flaws in its gameplay became very noticable. Still highly recommended, if only for the first playthrough experience.

Other reviews41

God of War presents an unexpected and heart-warming story in the midst of gore and action. The combat is exciting and flashy, but where the game lacks is the in-between. The puzzles are uninteresting and getting from location to location feels lack luster and boring. But when you're not solving arbitrary puzzles or slogging to locations, the story is epic, the emotions are heavy, and the combat is brutal.
The game is beautiful in visuals, graphics, cinematographic performance... The experience feels like watching an excellent movie. It is so good of a movie that it's not so good as a game. Gameplay feels tight and I spent too much time watching cinematics instead of actually fighting. Or solving puzzles instead of smashing heads and guts.
10/10
«Blew my mind»
«Liked before it became a hit»
The visual art is amazing, the story is really enjoyable and it's easy to play. All you can demand in a videogame.
BOY! I Love IT
9/10 

I love the world they built, all its characters and how the story is told. I am sorry that the game at times becomes very repetitive, there is not a lot of variety of bosses and enemies and this goes against the ideology that I had of this game and all the other god of war games. Regarding gamepley this is most likely one of the best games I have ever played.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
Damn. I have never felt such joy playing a video game in a long long time.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
Took kick off this review I have to mention the opening boss fight. That fight went on forever in the best way possible. It lets you know right from the get go that this game is going to be special. God of War has potentially the most satisfying combat ever. It looks, sounds, and feels fantastic. The variety in combat moves and abilities is impressive because it does it in a way where it isn’t too difficult to remember how to do it all. It is a case of easy to pick up but difficult to master. God of War also had a surprisingly interesting story which I did not expect.

One minor criticism is the lack of enemy variation. This criticism is minor because every enemy that they do have in the game is so well done and the combat is so well done that I didn’t really notice until the end of the game. But when you actually think about it in the end there are not that many. Nonetheless this game will go down as a top tier of this generation.

Final Score: A+
Fun moment to moment game play is rarely joined by both stunning visuals and a beautifully realized narrative to this level. God of War is one of those exceptions. Battling monsters from realm to realm starts off fun and just gets better and better as time goes on.  Just as much positive can be said for the story as well. The tale of father and son has enough twists and turns to keep you dying to see more and each pay off is better than the last. God of War has some incredible gaming moments that will be talked about for years.  If my only complaint is I want more, then I just played a very good game.
5/5
«Blew my mind»
Absolute masterpiece! This game is good in so many ways that I can't even describe it! Play it!
«That ending!»