God Of War PS4 Review: 10 Critical Reactions You Need To Know

God Of War PS4 Review: 10 Critical Reactions You Need To Know

The PS4's new God of War is Metroid Prime and the Darksiders series, starring Kratos and his son.

Director Cory Barlog and Santa Monica Studio have delivered the first main entry in the franchise in almost a decade and the reintroduction of Kratos, the central figure in the long-running series known for his unflinching brutality and unwavering single-mindedness, hits every mark it aims for.

The trailer is brief but highlights the game's impressive visuals. This is not your father's God of War. This allows Kratos to become a compelling character again.

The new game takes Kratos out of his familiar Greek pantheon stomping ground and places him in unfamiliar mythological territory: as a sojourner walking among Nordic legends. He seeks Kratos' approval and wonders why his father now suddenly shows an interest in teaching him hunting.

As the journey progresses, Kratos imparts his warrior's knowledge to his son through countless violent trials and obstacles that present themselves, such as battles with draugr, trolls, ogres, winged dark elves, nightmares and many more creatures from the Norse bestiary. I'd venture to say that Atreus is one of the most useful companions in a video game ever.

Players level up through experience completing story mission and side quests which can then be spent on unlocking the skill trees, but there's also in-game currency and rarer components from chests and dispatching key foes, which are used to upgrade or build gear. During our time with the game, Barlog's claims rang true.

More news: Family of driver killed in Tesla crash hires law firm

The cheapest copy of God of War starting with local retailers and finishing off with online only deals. Many reviews lavish praise on God of War's combat system, and DualShockers' Giuseppe Nelva spends some time talking about the great mechanics surrounding Kratos' new axe in his 10/10 review.

Different enemies require a variety of attacks to bring down, with combos requiring gamers' fingers to fly around the controller.

At first, it didn't seem too bad. Coupled with Kratos' ever-expanding list of moves is a button (square) devoted exclusively to the control of Atreus, which seamlessly weaves the young companion into the action.

In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. It's a surprising and thoughtful evolution for the series, showing an emotional maturity that makes it perhaps my favorite entry in the franchise to date.

Bravo to Santa Monica Studios on including such a ridiculously hard difficulty in a game in 2018. "God of War is a reflection of what we play".

God of War brings with it handsome visuals, from environments to animations, bolstered by a powerful score. There are options to turn off HUD elements for players wanting to not detract from what's on screen. Anyone who has played a game in the Souls series will immediately sense its influence on the control layout (the game seems to pay homage to the From Software series by throwing an occasional giant-sword wielding, fully armored knight at you to fight.) The new game also drops the series' heavy use of Quick Time Events, or timed on-screen button prompts, in an apparent concession to those of us who've grown tired of them. From smashing symbol-clad pots to severing glowing sinews, axe-throwing is core to God of War's gameplay in and outside of combat.

Related Articles

  • A'ja Wilson picked first overall in 2018 WNBA Draft

    A'ja Wilson picked first overall in 2018 WNBA Draft

    But when Close recruited her, did she envision a future WNBA player? "That's who I am", Stocks said. Training camps open up on April 29 and the 22nd season of the WNBA begins play on May 18.
    Chris Jericho and Rusev respond to change to match with The Undertaker

    Chris Jericho and Rusev respond to change to match with The Undertaker

    Whether this influenced WWE's decision to move Rusev from his one-on-one match with Taker to the 50-man Rumble is unknown. The Bulgarian Brute insisted that he would crush The Deadman but admitted he was anxious about the match stipulations.
    Syrians showed symptoms of chemical attack, World Health Organization  says

    Syrians showed symptoms of chemical attack, World Health Organization says

    But a senior source has told the BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel that any military action is likely to happen at the weekend. A Russian newspaper reports that President Donald Trump is planning to tip off Russia's military before launching any attacks.
  • Carpetright to axe 300 jobs and close 92 stores in rescue bid

    Carpetright to axe 300 jobs and close 92 stores in rescue bid

    The company said that it would seek to redeploy the staff facing redundancy where possible. More than 300 jobs are to be lost as a result of the mass closure of stores.

    Global chemical weapons watchdog 'on its way to Syria'

    Syria's official SANA news agency reported. "We are rapidly reaching an understanding of what happened on the ground", she added. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad .
    Rahul against politics on Kathua rape case

    Rahul against politics on Kathua rape case

    However, several lawyers had stopped the police from registering cases against the accused in the case. Bollywood celebrities have taken on Social media to share this disgraceful episode.
  • US displays military muscle as carrier sails in S China Sea

    US displays military muscle as carrier sails in S China Sea

    The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported yesterday that China has installed military jamming devices in the area. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei all have overlapping claims in the strategic waterway.
    Queens County pays tribute to the Humboldt Broncos

    Queens County pays tribute to the Humboldt Broncos

    Friends and players from lacrosse and soccer teams that Brons had worked with were showing their support for her on social media, including Hayley Wickenheiser.
    Freezing rain possibly on its way to parts of Muskoka

    Freezing rain possibly on its way to parts of Muskoka

    Adding to further misery, the precipitation is expected to change to several hours of freezing rain at some point on Sunday. Not that you'd know it from this "spring" but normal temperatures for mid-April are highs of 11 C and lows of 1 C.
  • Democrats ask US EPA's Pruitt for details on weapons, security buys

    Democrats ask US EPA's Pruitt for details on weapons, security buys

    Pruitt instead wanted the coin to feature some combination of symbols more reflective of himself and the Trump administration. The letter also added new details to Pruitt's $50-a-night rental of a room in a DC condo owned by energy lobbyist J.
    Things get tense as House members have their day with Facebook's Zuckerberg

    Things get tense as House members have their day with Facebook's Zuckerberg

    David McKinley excoriated Zuckerberg and Facebook for "hurting people" by enabling the illegal sale of opioids on its platform. The question he was responding to was whether Facebook should, by law, have to get user permission to sell or share user data.
    Rogue One's Donnie Yen to Star in MULAN Live Action Adaptation

    Rogue One's Donnie Yen to Star in MULAN Live Action Adaptation

    Also joining the cast is Chinese-Vietnamese actress Xana Tang as Mulan's sister, an original character for the movie. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Donnie Yen has joined the live-action Mulan cast as a mentor to Mulan .