Review: God of War III

God of War III is exactly what it sets out to be…

The epic finale to Kratos’ story. This was a difficult review to write, mainly because I was so enthralled by the experience that is God of War 3, that I totally forgot I would have to write a review. It’s hard to put in words what I played, epic just doesn’t seem epic enough. It does things in terms of visuals and scale that few games have ever done; package that with the story, gameplay and fantastic presentation and you have one of the best games to come out in recent memory.

The visuals are awe-inspiring, and it’s probably the best looking console game out there. It without a doubt has the best image quality of any console game ever, and the use of MLAA really allows for this sharp, clean, crisp picture. The frame-rate throughout the game is solid and the motion blur makes it look even smoother, even when fighting the largest of enemies the drops in frame rate are barely noticeable. The camera work is quite astounding and gives you a real sense of scale; the camera will pull back to a distance so far that Kratos is only a few mere pixels upon Gaia’s back. The art direction throughout the game is beautiful and there are sections in the game that are absolutely stunning from an art design perspective.

The God of War series has never been the poster child for combat in the action genre, and that hasn’t changed, but the combat in 3 is far superior to that of it’s predecessors. New moves such as the grapple pull and the ability to use an enemy as a battering ram really come in handy. Along with these new moves are new weapons, which are actually useful; in past God of War games you really had to stick to using the default blades, but the additional weapons in God of War 3 are just good as the Blades of Exile. The ability to switch between these weapons mid-combo is a welcomed addition that allows to chain together pretty complex combos, and when you add all these parts together you get really rewarding combat that feels great.

The story of God of War 3 will take you to hell and back, and it’s a monumental roller-coaster ride that never lets up. You’ll cross the paths of Hades, Hermes, Hercules, Poseidon and many many more and all of these characters are extremely well crafted. The story is exactly what you’d expect, the ending though, will leave some fans with a feeling of “meh.” In the end, it’s a well crafted story that fulfills Kratos’ arc and is a exhilarating ride for the player.

God of War 3 is a masterpiece. A technical marvel, and just brutally fun to play. It’s without a doubt the best looking console game out there and, is something that everybody should experience.

Rating: 2 Thumbs Up

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