God of War--My Take
So, after my buddy Longer played and
reviewed "God of War" for PlayStation2 last year, I knew I had
to eventually pick it up, but recently it went into the Greatest
Hits collection, so on a day when Best Buy was doing two Greatest
Hits games for $30, I snapped up the epic slashathon.
Here's what I knew even 15 minutes into playing "God of War":
Goodness gracious, this is a fucking great game.
Trust me, you will say this if you haven't already played this
monster; from the jump, the game's truly epic storytelling and
bigger-than-life maps are breathtaking, strange for a video game
that is out on a system that has been in the market for, what, four
years now? Five? The graphics are killer, but it's the
storytelling, puzzles and ideas of "God of War" that made me sit
back and say "Wow" over and over again.
The game's only shortcoming is its length (on Normal, I think I
got through it in about a dozen hours); otherwise, this is truly the
perfect video game. The control system is tight, featuring
magic to go with a number of slash combinations that allow you to
knock out nasties all around you with bloody precision. The
right stick allows you to roll out of the way of attacks--never has
a game required you to dodge or block attacks like you must in "God
of War"--while the parry combos allow you to turn the tables on
bigger foes and turning their attacks into some nasty reversals.
There are even opportunities when foes are near death to perform
some cool finishing moves; I'm pretty sure my favorite was taking
down minotaurs, having to rapidly tap the circle button to force
your character to jam his sword down the minotaur's throat.
Kratos, the lead character, is just a great story to be a part
of; a man who sold himself out to Ares, God of War, Kratos has to
spend the rest of the game doing the bidding of the gods to thwart
Ares and eventually find Pandora's Box to help take down the evil
Ares. The cinemas are well done--albeit over-the-top in their
bloodlust--and they help drive the backstory behind what the hell
you are doing quite well. Man, is this game soaked in crimson;
from innocent Greek civilians to soldiers to bad guys to Kratos
himself, it seems like people are always bleeding during this game.
Hey, if that's how it was back in the day, that's how you gotta
The soundtrack is awesome. The bosses are ginormous.
The puzzles are great, but never truly mind-boggling. There is
a fair amount of platform-style fall-into-bottomless-hole dying, but
you get over that; there was only one moment of true throw down the
controller frustration, having to climb successive blade-ridden
poles when you visit Hell late in the game. Otherwise, "God of
War" is a thrill ride, one that shan't be missed by anyone that
considers themselves even a casual gamer. You will love
yourself for playing this game.
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience