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God of War review
Exceptional
by Ethan Loertscher

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.
«Blew my mind»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«That ending!»

Other reviews50

Loved this more than I expected to. Incredibly cool world, story, enemies, and filled to the brim with bosses. Normally I’m wary and anxious to fight larger enemies but in this game I loved the larger challenges, learning how to approach them and what attacks to use until it became almost second nature how to defeat their moveset. The amount of character development is also very impressive. The way Kratos is made to be an extremely harsh, aggressive father left me with so much joy anytime he gave a shred of kindness to Atreus, and eventually he becomes a better, more wholesome father who faces his life and chooses to be better. You can acknowledge your past and change, even if the path you walk is still soaked in blood.
«That ending!»
Ahhhh I really wanted to like this more than I did. I enjoyed the experience, but I never felt connected with the story which sucks because people loved it. I really enjoyed the combat, but found the gameplay to get a bit tedious when I entertained even some side-quests and there's so much more until I 100% it. I also had issues with frame rate holding steady despite being on a PS4 Pro. Excellent game, but I didn't connect with it in the way others may have.
What a reboot!
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
The story and visuals were out of the world. I played the story level difficulty but still liked the combat. maybe will try playing on normal next time. the sound track was great and the axe throw and getting back was a great experience. This is a great game.
«Blew my mind»
The abolute madmen managed to redeem Kratos.
«Sit back and relax»
Just think that soft-reboot of the series that never interests me before will find itself in the dying genre of 3d-metroidvania, which I adore so much.
«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Platform: PlayStation 4

Playtime: 45h 36m

Completion Date: Oct 04, 2020

Popular Review: "God of War’s outstanding characters, world, and combat come together to form an unforgettable adventure."

My Review: M-A-S-T-E-R-P-I-E-C-E-! Pretty much everything I've ever wanted from a God of War game. Excellent story, deep combat, and great graphics. Wonderful experience from start to finish.
«Blew my mind»
«OST on repeat»
Pretty darn good. Gameplay is enjoyable and challenging, has depth. The world and story/characters could feel a little more natural but overall it's solid.
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«That ending!»
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»