Wednesday, July 15, 2015

God of War III: Remastered

Rating: 8.7
Happy Price: 39.99


This is a great blend of puzzles, platforming, and action intertwined in an excellent narrative that leads to a fantastic conclusion of the epic God of War. This is not a story, but instead an epic. The sense of rage inside Kratos and his enemies have been building since the first installation of the series, and the writing makes a point to address this. It creates a sense of immersion and emotion while gameplay is occurring.


The combat design is the focal point of the series, and obviously for this game. There are a wide range of weapons at your disposal that all have different purposes, but the control scheme for them is similar, allowing for quick mastering of combos and giving the player freedom to use different weapons against different enemies without the hindering feeling of not knowing how to use the weapon due to lack of experience. The animations associated with the attacks are viscous and every movement has this sense of rage and purpose behind it. The emphasis on this really makes you feel invested in Kratos and compliments the narrative perfectly. The strong emphasis on the particle trails and effects of special attacks with each weapon make them feel entirely different and unique. God of War still remains on top of the industry with its combat design.

Boss Battles

Each boss battle feels different and every boss requires a specific way to defeat them. There are three tiers of boss battles: Epic, Mini boss, and sub-boss. Epic bosses are the duels with the gods/titans themselves. These are hard and require the player to learn how to win. This is reminiscent of boss battles of the 16/32 bit era games. You die at first, but soon get the hang of what you're suppose to do. Playing a game that keeps this tradition alive is refreshing and I'm glad a studio is keeping this aspect of games alive. 

Mini bosses are more about coordination and skill. When introduced to a difficult character like a cyclops or a cerebrus for this first time is daunting and intimidating. It's usually a one on one duel at first, so the player can learn how the enemies behave. Typically it requires hack, slash, block, dodge, repeat for an extended period of time to win these. As you progress through the game, sometimes you might be introduced to multiple cerbri or cyclopi at one time (not sure if those are words). 

Sub-boss battles usually involve a few stronger than normal characters on screen at a time surrounded by grunts. For example three sirens that have a special power along with 7 or 8 grunts in a battle. These are difficult, you might die once or twice if not careful, but its a great way to introduce new enemies and keep things interesting. 



The animation stays at a fluid 60 fps. This game plays beautifully. I never experienced any frame loss or a processing issue with too many enemies on screen. In the battle with Hercules, there are roughly 30 characters on screen, 20 of which are active enemies. Couple that with the complex environment and the AI, its an attribution to both the developer and power of the PS4 that it was able to stand up to that much data being passed. 

With the amount of enemy types in this game, there are hundreds of different animations going on. Grunts, cyclops, cerebrus, minotaurs, sirens, the list goes on and on. There are unique types of enemies which require completely different animation sets. There wasn't much cheating going on here as you see with some games, where they can implement the same animation data with similar model types. Each set is unique, because it had to be. 


The outside environments are gloom and dark, as it should be in an apocalyptic environment. The inside environments on olympus was grand and expensive, as they should be when you are navigating the living spaces of the gods. The environments are beautiful in their own way. There was a great attention to detail to things like gears moving and other mechanical mechanisms. There wasn't a detail untouched with the environment. I tried to look for things that looked lazy or time saving, but couldn't find anything. This is different than open world experiences where dungeons or other environments seem repetitive. This is the advantage of linear games, art can be planned properly and is done correctly.


If you've played this on the ps3 version, you don't need to spend money on this game. It's the same game, and even though the graphics are improved the game is the same and the fun level is the same. However if you did not play the ps3 version, this is a must buy. The series remains the best action platformer out there. Piggy backing off of greek mythology adds a great narrative that is immersive and interesting. It's a great game.

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