Posted by Jan-Jan Defante On Thursday, March 14, 2013 1 comments
There’s no denying that Greek mythology is one of the most rich and interesting folklore in the world. Mix that with ancient Greece as backdrop, add a few scheming Greek gods and an angry mortal hell-bent on their destruction and you get an iconic series that has thrilled audiences for quite some years. God of War, Ascension follows the exploits of Kratos, who was tricked by god of war Ares into slaying his own family. The release date for this installment is scheduled for today on Sony’s PlayStation exclusively. God of War, Ascension would serve as a prequel to the entire series, paving the path for everything that transpires further down the lane.
The game begins with Kratos being gruesomely tortured by Megaera, who assumingly is a pawn of the gods. During the torture, Megaera accidentally puts events into motion that free Kratos. Kratos pursues Megaera, who in turn begins to beseech the help of the primordial named Aegaeon by awakening him from slumber. It’s revealed that the prison where the torture was taking place is actually the body of Aegaeon, who was turned into a giant prison for all those who have betrayed the gods and broken blood oath. The cut scenes are very helpful in rendering Kratos in a more sympathetic light contrary to grim and locked jaw persona.
The graphics are on par with the high quality and in depth details players have come to associate with this series. The action is raw, gory and yet deeply satisfying! There’s just something serene about the way gratuitous violence and dismemberment is depicted in Ascension. The players would literally behold sinew and muscles moving inside the gash inflicted by Kratos on a Cyclops, which speak volumes about the attention to details. The solo campaign features epic boss battles and solving intricate puzzles but the major surprise in store for the fans is a revamped multiplayer mode. I will purposely refrain from divulging more details about the multiplayer, as it would serve as a spoiler. I must recommend it highly though!
The combat system to my minor disappointment is the same mix of button mashing. The primary weapons at player’s disposal are the signature Blades of Chaos. Using these Kratos would cut a bloody path through anyone and everyone that stands in his way. The game’s AI is quite challenging at times and would’ve been even better if it wasn’t for the generous check points. There are plenty of unlockable moves and combos to provide variation and more damage to Kratos and definitely keep things from getting stale.
God of war ascension Review Verdict :
Highly enjoyable multiplayer mode, amazing graphics and riveting story are the hallmarks of this latest installment of a legendary franchise. Players indulging in the multiplayer mode might complain of being out maneuvered and outclassed by experienced campaigners, but with time, they will develop the skills to surpass them. I would definitely state that Sony has churned out yet another master piece which would going to be a blockbuster.