Games reviewed in 10 straight-to-the-point questions.
Game: God of War
Platform: PlayStation 4
Time to beat: 40 hours or so, by far the longest God of War game
Q1: Who’s it for?
Anyone who has played and enjoyed any of the previous God of War games will love this one. In my view, it’s the best in the series.
If you haven’t played the other God of War games but you enjoy other action adventure games like Uncharted or The Last of Us, you will want to give this one a go.
Also, if you are a gamer and you have a pulse.
Q2: What’s the story like, and does it require any pre-existing knowledge?
This game starts off several years after the ending of God of War 3. Kratos is noticeably older, he has grown a badass beard and he has a son called Atreus. Kratos’ wife, Atreus mother, has just passed away and it was her dying wish to have her ashes spread out from the tallest peak of the realms. The story takes us on that journey where we meet (and learn about!) many characters from Norse mythology. The father son relationship is the main driver of the story.
You will be able to understand and enjoy this game if you haven’t played any God of War game, but there are several references to the previous ones which will put a smile on your face. And one particular moment that sends a chill through your back and brings a tear of joy to your eyes.
Q3: What’s the learning curve like?
You start off with Kratos having a basic set of abilities with the Leviathan Axe, which you can easily understand and use against the early enemies. As you level up, you gain more and more abilities but at a very natural pace, so there is a very smooth learning curve throughout.
The fights have a much different pace than the frenetic fights of previous games. I had a feeling these were much more strategic, you have to make every blow count.
Q4: What are the controls like?
For some reason the default controls in this game are different to all the previous God of War games. The light attack has always been with the square button and the heavy attack with the triangle, however these were set by default to the trigger buttons which was a little confusing at first but I later learned that you can change it in the game options.
Also, this is also the first God of War game where the player controls the camera, which works great; in all previous games the camera was fixed.
Q5: Does it have split-screen?
Q6: How’s the online component?
Non-existing. This is a 100% single player campaign game.
Q7: How’s the presentation?
Mind-blowing. One of the best looking games in any console. The game design is exceptional: characters, enemies, locations… The game takes us through different realms of the Norse Mythology, and they are all beautifully well done.
This is the first time the series goes open world, as opposed to linear, and it fits the game like a glove. There are multiple side quests which I would recommend you complete because they are all awesome! Especially the Valkyries: they are the greatest challenge in the game. And be ready to die a lot with the Queen of the Valkyries, the toughest and one of the best bosses in the series.
Q8: What are similar games / alternatives you’d recommend?
Definitely the previous God of War games if you haven’t played them. You may want to try other action-adventure games like Horizon Zero Dawn or Uncharted. Parts of this God of War game were inspired by The Last of Us, try that one too.
Q9: Anything you wish you knew before going in?
Probably the only thing I wish I knew was that I could change the fighting controls which I mentioned in Q4. I died a lot because I am not used to using the trigger buttons to hit with Kratos… This is entirely my fault though!
Q10: Should I buy it?
Yes, yes and yes again. Not only should you buy this game, you should seriously consider buying a PS4 just for this game. It is one of these instant classic games every gamer should try.
10 out of 10 dead Norse gods