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Review - God of War: Ascension

PCN Review: God of War: Ascension
Posted on March 21, 2013 by Shak
 

The God of War series prides itself on having a fantastic single player campaign, with a great story, and God of War: Ascension is no exception. However, the developers at Sony Santa Monica studios have been hard at work trying to implement some sort of multiplayer into this God of War title as well, but weíll come to that a little later. God of War: Ascension follows the story of Kratos when he has broken a blood oath with the God of War, Ares. A quick back story explains that the Furies were tasked with torturing anyone who broke an oath, and you start the game with Kratos in this situation.

Itís a little strange that you start off in such a situation, I honestly expected that this would be a straight A to B to C telling of the story, but it seems they decided to Tarantino it and make you piece together the story in bits. It makes sense in many ways, as it means there is yet again a massive boss battle right at the beginning of the game, just like God of War 3, which showcases what this game is about. However, this initial boss battle is nowhere near as impressive as the fight against Poseidon in God of War 3, though this may simply be because we already know what to expect from Kratos.

One thing to note however is that the boss battles are a lot more dynamic this time round. The environments that you are tend to be twisted around, break and move almost constantly. Itís also not as predictable when it comes to the battles. In previous games you very much get used to the formula of each battle, and whilst there is an element of that in this title as well, itís nowhere near as obvious. Quick-time events are vary quite a lot, and just when you think youíve almost finished an enemy, something different will happen, throwing you off completely. All in all, the boss battles in particular are a lot more dynamic.

But going back to the story for a second, itís hard to explain without giving away too much of it, but this game definitely feels like it really didnít need to exist. Thatís not to say that it is a bad game, but it feels like a part of the story that really didnít need to be told. Itís nice to find out about Kratosí origins and how rose up against Olympus though. Another thing worth mentioning here is that although this game is a prequel, you really do need to have played all three of the main games to understand quite a lot of it. You might be able to fumble through, but there are a lot of references to future events throughout the series.

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God of War: AscensionGOD OF WAR: ASCENSION
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: SCE Studios Santa Monica
Genre: Action Adventure
ESRB: Mature 17+
Release: 2013-03-12
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: 8.5

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