God of War Review - Parenting, Action, Brutality, and All-Time Classic Design

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The release of God of War is nearly upon us and fan anticipation couldn't be higher. Everything they can do to make you die, they'll do and they'll succeed, at least they did with me.

The initial God of War reviews are already out and the game has been very well received. Even more so when you consider that God of War is quite literally about the paternal bond between father and son. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become.

For that reason, the introduction of Atreus is a smart one since it allows for dialogue and lore to be talked about in between battles, giving players a lot more to connect with rather than an angry, mostly silent destroyer in Kratos. This review was conducted on a normal PlayStation 4 using a review copy provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment of America.

The trailer is brief but highlights the game's impressive visuals.

Keza MacDonald in The Guardian summed up God of War simply: "It is rare to play a game so accomplished in everything it sets out to do". Comprehending God of War's memorable places is as satisfying as sinking the axe into a demon's skull - alternating between thinking and fighting gives God of War a rhythm that can be absorbing for hours at a time.

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"God of War marks the glorious and bloody return of everyone's favourite Spartan, and with the new dive into Norse mythology, there's still plenty of adventures to look forward to as the series evolves". From undead draugr to gruesome ogres to dragons so large that defeating them seems impossible, the creature design never disappoints.

God of War is out in a week and while I don't have a review up just yet - soon I promise - I have been playing it.

While the game still employs the occasional quick-time event-a mode of frantic button pushing to make a cutscene feel interactive that the series popularized way back when-it avoids over reliance on the outdated game mechanic by putting you into dynamic, fast-paced combat situations where you must use your Leviathan Axe (and its magical boomerang like qualities), tactical evasion, and well-timed arrow strikes from Kratos' son Atreus in order to survive. You gave so much of yourself to this role and I am truly honored to have taken this journey with you. In both cases, the boy is on the hook to prove himself. It was something that the development team was well aware of, too. We can upgrade weapons and unlock new skills. Producing 4K graphics is incredibly demanding from a technical standpoint, but it seems as if the developers have over-promised if they weren't able to deliver that sort of graphical fidelity while also maintaining at least 30 FPS.

God of War is a story about what it means to be a god - traversing realms, killing mythical monsters, exerting power, exploring the boundaries of possibility - but also about what it means to be a man. Power and masculinity are intertwined, and Kratos's desire to protect his son from the realities of both is unexpectedly touching. With 81 critic reviews linked at the game's Metacritic page at the time of this article's posting, God of War now holds an aggregate critical rating of 94 - just a few ticks behind Breath of the Wild's remarkable Metascore of 97.

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