God of War (PS4)



  • Thanks for the support guys haha.

    I really miss the memories of marathon sessions. Back in the day playing SOCOM II multiplayer all night with one of my best friends who recently passed away. I'm considering trying out X-Link on my PS2 just to reminisce of those good times playing all night in the summer in middle school. Another classic marathon session was playing Oblivion in my friends basement almost every night in the summer of 2006 or 2007. We'd play a lot every day that summer but there was one weekend where I think we pulled off like 30 hours in 2 sessions. It was ridiculous.



  • @dipset Good luck with your marathon. Enjoy! :)



  • Late to the party I beat the game recently on challenge mode and enjoyed the ride. If I would score it I'd give it something between 8.0 to 9.0. Too early for me to give it a hard number so fresh out of it though. Here are my critics probably some spoilers too:

    I haven't played previous God of War games so I didn't get to share the feeling of a perfect God of War game many people seem to have. I was just playing good action game. To give the game a perfect score I feel like it would had to innovate little bit more on the genre. Other than the continuous camera -- which was nice, but ended being much smaller improvement than I initially though -- the game was very similar to other games of this type like Horizon Zero Dawn or AC: Origins. I like all three games but the mold is showing pretty clearly everywhere and even though there are improvements there are also some tiny missteps like the overly complex character system for a single player game with all the crafting and upgrading of different gear with different jewels and the numerous skill trees.

    The story had good and bad, some plot holes, some good characters some bland. Norse mythology was incorporated pretty well, the grave dad theme was played well enough. Best thing about the game was the combat though. Makes you feel like a bad ass.



  • Survived the marathon. I liked the game and it had some really high moments but I feel pretty disappointed. It pays off story wise but the gameplay decisions to keep it more in-line with current games like Horizon wasn't necessarily a good decision to me.

    It was good but not great imo. Idk if I have the side stuff in me but I am happy I go th through the main game and I'm happy GoW is back. Tough to place it on the list of my favourite GoW games but I think it may be one above Ascension at the bottom tbh.



  • @dipset Can you explain the Horizon comparison to me?



  • @el-shmiablo

    Slowly ranking up, finding resources, and improving your skills until you are significantly more skilled by the end of the game. The new God of War is a lot more fun once you have your weapons upgraded with all of the moves so it felt like a shame that the game took until the halfway point for the gameplay to really pick up and feel that level of power you'd feel almost out the gate in other GoW games.



  • Quick question - the deeper I get into this game, the more I feel like I'm going to shoot for the platinum. Is there any point where you can no longer explore and the game forces you into a conclusion? Any areas I have to clear the first time or they're lost forever? Or does ending the game still allow you to roam around and collect things you missed? Also, because I'm feeling generous with questions, what changes does new game plus offer?



  • @sabotagethetruth Absolutley not EXCEPT for a brief sequence in Helheim and the climax of the game (post final mandatory boss fight). It's actually encouraged for you to complete the game before doing a good deal of side stuff. Because I'm really weird, I do EVERY side thing before a story mission, so all I had left to do was unlock a door, kill one raven and close a realm tear (all in the same spot).

    As for New Game Plus, I can't say for sure but I THINK you can keep your armor and runic attacks. I'm probably wrong, but I feel for story reasons they may take some of your other equipment from you.

    Once you finish, I HIGHLY suggest you check out the Spoiler Mode with Cory Barlog (I THINK that's the public one). He goes into detail about that very thing, plus offers a world spoiler that blew my mind.... Or maybe it was another one he did. I watched like, four spoiler casts with him and its all a blur.



  • @brannox Yep, I can't wait to be able to watch that Spoiler Cast!



  • @sabotagethetruth It's really good. Like the game. X-D



  • Finished this bad boy yesterday and I'm not saying anything new by praising the game on multiple levels. Easily GOTY for me (with only Spider-Man and RDR2 having any shot of taking the title away) and extremely surprising since I've been making fun of Kratos for being a really angry dude for about a decade. Super happy with the story and what it sets up, especially who someone turned out to be. Much love to Mimir, Brok, and Sindri, I can't decide which among them is my favorite character because all three had so many great moments. If I had to throw complaints at the game, enemy/boss variety was lacking and it did stretch on a little longer than what I felt was necessary but I still agree with Huber - this game is a 10, through and through.



  • New Game+ arrives on August 20th as a free update.
    https://www.dualshockers.com/god-of-wars-new-game-release-date/

    "As for what else will be included in this update, Santa Monica Studios stated that there will be new gear, resources, more difficult enemies with “trick up their sleeves”, and the ability to now skip through cinematics"





  • The new behavior and attack patterns for NG+ is so cool, i really want to try it out just to see how much fun the combat would be.





  • @bam541

    I can't imagine what its like having the Head of Sony Worldwide come into your studio to play a core title of their platform, then leaves silently. That alone is enough, but then knowing you're working on a legacy project with fan expectations through the ceiling. On top of that there were likely score bonuses for high review scores.

    Probably many many emotions that day. Lo and behold, it is Sony's fastest selling game and the highest reviewed game of the year. Still can't believe God of War pulled through like that. I wasn't as hot on the game as the rest of the world, but its a big story. I want to see a making of doc kinda like The Last of Us had.



  • @dipset Yeah, i wouldn't be surprised if that is the motivating factor the team needed in order to make the game truly as good as it is today.





  • Lots of random LOL moments, from Santa Monica themselves.

    God of War – Midgard Mishaps | PS4
    Youtube Video



  • Wow, this turned out to be actually a two-hour documentary. Should be really cool, I reckon.

    "Raising Kratos documents the five year, herculean effort to reinvent one of the greatest stories in gaming, God of War. Facing an unknown future, Santa Monica Studio took a massive risk, fundamentally changing their beloved franchise and re-establishing their rightful place in video game history."

    God of War | Raising Kratos | "Making Of" Documentary
    Youtube Video