God Of War III – Review (PS3)

 

I’ve always been a fan of the God Of War series of games – it’s mix of greek mythology and huge epic battles is a wonderful, if brutal, cocktail.

The first two games came in at 16 (God Of War) and 17 (God Of War II) respectively in my Top 100 Games list.

So I was really looking forward to getting my hands on the final instalment in the trilogy.

The game picks up exactly where God Of War II ended and the opening is stunning in it’s sheer scale. The first part of the level sees you fighting enemies on a Titan’s back before you quickly move onto a boss battle that, quite frankly, would appear at the end of most other games.

What follows the boss battle I wouldn’t dream of spoiling for anyone but needless to say I was pleasantly surprised and it was a genuinely original touch – something fairly rare these days.

Most of the highlights of the game come from the boss battles, unless perhaps you are a fan of puzzle based gameplay – if so you’re well catered for here. Personally I’m not a big fan of puzzle solving and these sections were a means to an end so that I could push the story forward.

Some of them were pretty enjoyable: the rescue of a certain character trapped in a water filled box held quite a bit of charm and there were only a few times I was reaching for a guide to find out what the hell I was supposed to be doing.

Going back to the boss battles I have to say they were brilliantly crafted and you can tell a lot of love went into creating each encounter. They will certainly live long in the memory and each had it’s own individual experience, usually ending with some outrageous results.

Graphically the bosses are stunning but even just general gameplay looks great and despite, at times, having up to fifty enemies on screen there wasn’t one moment of slowdown.

This instalment is a lot more gory than previous games – possibly due to the increase in processing power but blood splatters over Kratos’ body in real time and there are a few brutal scenes which I personally enjoyed but this is most definitely a game for the mature audience as opposed to children.

However, as impressed as I was with the game it is, essentially, just more of the same. While button mashing will see you killed the use of combos remains and the combat itself is slightly upgraded from previous games but you won’t find much difference.

There is a new ‘grapple to’ move that allows you to continue your combo by throwing yourself back into the action or dragging your victim to you and the new weapons are fun to handle but again, are essentially just new skins for various different combos.

The fighting is balanced enough, although Kratos is vastly more powerful than his enemies you will find yourself up against more in terms of numbers and type as the game progresses.

God Of War III is a single player experience and that’s the way it should be – multiplayer, certainly for this game, would feel ‘tacked’ on and would probably have lowered the overall package.

So in the end it all comes down to whether or not you liked the previous games – or more accurately if you DIDN’T like the previous games. If you didn’t there isn’t much here to change your mind other than the improvement in graphics.

However if you’re a fan of the other games or have never tried a God Of War title before then jump straight in and get ready for a bloodbath… this is a game you have to play if you own a PS3 and is one of the best single player experiences out there at the moment.

Rating: 9/10

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5 Comments

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  2. Cant say fairer than that. Loved it from start to finish but as you say it is the same tried and tested slasher game but with immense graphics, brilliant plotlines and just all round fun. If it aint broke, dont fix it!

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