God of War (2018) PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the 2018 release of God of War by Santa Monica Studio and Sony.
Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of the game on PSN so I didn’t receive a copy of this game for review purposes.
God of War is an action game and a pretty huge evolution in the God of War series. Instead of being mostly action oriented like the previous entries in the series, this game features a pretty amazing story to go along with the action.
In this game’s story, Kratos has left the lands of Sparta behind and has settled in the Norse lands of Midgard. His life in the Norse lands had been pretty peaceful and he has a family to take care of.
The story revolves around Kratos and his son Atreus as they venture across the 9 realms in order to reach Jotunheim to spread the ashes of Atreus’ mother. Their journey is a perilous one and they’ll have to fight trolls, ogres, draugr and even a few of the Norse gods along the way. The story also showcases Kratos’ and Atreus’ relationship together, which starts off rather rocky. Their relationship evolves over the course of the game and it’s pretty heartwarming to see.
The combat system has seen an overhaul and the game is now played in an over the should camera angle. I actually find this camera angle to be much more personal compared to the overhead camera of the previous games. Combat feels pretty amazing in this game, it’s action packed and the kill moves are pretty brutal to see.
Kratos is limited to two weapons in this game, the first is the Leviathan Axe and the second I won’t mention because it’ll spoil part of the story. The Leviathan Axe is an ice based weapon that can be thrown at objects to freeze them in place. This mechanic is used frequently to get past traps and solve puzzles. Atreus is equipped with a bow which can be useful in stunning enemies during combat. Atreus eventually gains the ability to use magic arrows which have special properties in combat but are also used to solve puzzles.
Each weapon has it’s own unique set of skills that can be purchased using XP. You gain XP from killing enemies or completing side quests. There are a wide variety of different skills, each tied to a different style of combat. There’s melee, ranged, shield, rage and bow skills to purchase.
The game also features a crazy amount of hidden collectibles for you to find as well. Considering how many there are in each area, it’d take a long time to locate everything.
Overall, God of War has been an absolutely amazing game in all categories. From it’s excellent story to it’s amazing music, graphics and gameplay. It’s an absolute pleasure to play and it’s an excellent evolution of the series as a whole. If you haven’t had the chance to play it yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot, it’s an epic experience and easily a game of the year contender for me.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this review for God of War folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Features of Interest
- Amazing Story
- Looks Gorgeous/Great Graphics
- Great Soundtrack and Atmosphere
- Excellent Cast of Characters
- Excellent Gameplay/Combat System
- Zero Complaints From Me With This One, It's Perfect