The new 'God of War' is going to be a huge success

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It's interesting, though, because the game's story is mostly laid out in set-piece design.

We also tested God of War on a PS4 Slim. There is something very traditional in its design, nearly creaking in its combination of RPG looting and Metroidvania puzzle solving, but this is a game with such grand vistas; such gorgeous production values; such enjoyable setpieces that all its parts come together wonderfully. After 12 hours of playing the latest installment of God of War, it's tough putting into words how I feel about this game. In addition, Sony revealed the unlock times for public versions of the game.

Numerous reviewers say that this is a great game in all aspects, but some in particular bring up Kratos' transformation as a character. It's from Atreus' perspective that the game's lore is recorded as well in codex journal entries, tracking everything from creatures and enemies encountered to the overall lore.

The game's central story, which revolves around a quest to the highest mountain peak in the realm to put the ashes of Atreus' mother to rest, unfolds slowly, with the backstory of how Kratos arrived in the land of Norse mythology and his new family doled out in small doses.

"It is rare to play a game so accomplished in everything it sets out to do". Though Polygon rated the game a 10/10, it also highlighted some of the frame rate problems God of War can fall victim to in a separate technical analysis.

Unsurprisingly, the Nordic gods aren't best pleased and are doing what they can to remove Kratos from the equation. That makes it by far the best reviewed game of 2018, and one of the best in recent years to boot. That's not because God of War hinges its whole structure on a twist, or a gameplay trick you'll never see coming-it doesn't.

Kratos may be older but he hasn't lost a step. It may even evoke the exact opposite feeling from them. New gods reign here, and they seem especially curious as to why a Greek god might want to impose on them. They each have something to learn from each other.

The progression system is very stratified and allows you to effectively develop the combat system, which evolves during the advancement and makes the battles more tactical and elaborate. It's easy for the player not to use Atreus during the early part of the game but over time, as his combat skills increase, he become almost indispensable.

God of War gets off to an incredibly strong start with a compassion filled opening that pivots hard to bone crunchng comabt and clever environmental puzzles. And it all runs silky smooth with that Sony Santa Monica polish even on the base PlayStation 4.

When you get God of War, make sure you play through on one of the three lower difficulty settings first, so you can enjoy the story of Kratos and his son. Instead enemies now display two meters above their heads - one for health, the other for stun.

The game is one continuous shot, with no interruptions; irritating necessities such as loading screens are hidden so effectively that you barely realise they are there. The chained blades of earlier God of War games have been replaced with the glowing Leviathan axe, which can be swung and flung, flying back to Kratos' grip with a button tap. This is such an impressive achievement. From smashing symbol-clad pots to severing glowing sinews, axe-throwing is core to God of War's gameplay in and outside of combat.

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