God of War III Impressions

We see even more of Kratos' quest to kill Zeus in this extended demo of God of War III.

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Sony showed off God of War III during its press conference yesterday, but when the screen faded to black just before Kratos was set to fire a catapult toward a flaming red titan, we were left wanting more. We were lucky enough to get a more in-depth look at Kratos’ latest adventure today, which started at the same place as the trailer, but it continued on much further, showcasing even more gruesome finishing moves and fantastic new abilities. We still haven’t had a chance to get our hands on the game, but it looks to be just as fun and horrific as the previous games in the series.

The stage we saw takes place in Olympia as Kratos continues his climb toward the summit of Mount Olympus to finish off Zeus once and for all. Deicide isn’t often explored in video games, and it’s quite satisfying to see Kratos finish off one supposed immortal after another. Although Sony Santa Monica has no idea what will become of this franchise in the future, we were told that the third God of War wraps up the story nicely, giving a rewarding conclusion to Kratos’ quest for vengeance.

Zeus has no interest in being killed by a mere man, so he sends wave after wave of his soldiers to halt your progress. At one point, Kratos has to square off against a centaur that comes with his own army of skeletal warriors. Although he can only give an order to attack in the demo, we were told that he will have a more developed military mind in the finished game, directing his minions to counter your offensive assault. When his drones are quickly disposed of, you get to fight the centaur, and it’s a battle that ends in a bloody mess. When his health is low, you can activate your finishing move, which sees Kratos tearing the entrails from his writhing body. Disgusting but so cool.

While Kratos is busy killing the nasty creatures from Greek mythology, Helios is flying overhead dropping balls of fire. You can’t just go after Zeus immediately; you have to kill the lesser gods first. The demo ended right before Kratos fired a ballista, but we got a chance to see where the shell landed. When Helios and his flaming chariot cross your path, you can shoot him down, causing him to crash into the angry titan in the background. You continue to hunt down the fire god throughout the level, but we won’t spoil anything else.

There are a number of cool touches in the game as well. After a particularly brutal fight, Kratos' feet will be covered in blood, and he’ll leave bloody footprints for the next few steps he takes. His body can also become covered in blood, although the developers had to limit this feature to make sure you could still see Kratos’ details. If this had been an accurate blood-splatter simulator, Kratos would surely be covered in blood the entire time.

At one point in the level, Kratos encountered a number of soldiers with shields. It’s impossible to bash through them, though, so you’ll need to think of a clever way to get around this problem. Luckily, a cyclops wonders onto the screen, and after you take down his health far enough, you can ride him around. He drunkenly sways and smashes with his powerful arms, quickly killing the meager soldiers who so stubbornly blocked your path. When you tire of riding this one-eyed monster, you can finish him off in spectacular fashion. Just reach into his eye socket and rip the ball right from his head. This same finisher was in God of War II, but it’s so much more sadistic and disturbing in high definition.

In addition to the copious amounts of blood flooding the screen, we were able to see one of Kratos' new abilities. He gets something called Eyes of a God, which lets him see paths mere mortals normally can't see. When a hidden area is nearby, your controller will vibrate and gold flakes will litter the screen to let you know when to make use of this ability. It isn't used just for finding secret areas, though. It also serves as a flashlight, and the lighting effects look really cool as Kratos walks through the dimly lit mountain pass. When you use this ability on enemies, it briefly blinds them, and if you hold it on them long enough, they will be imbued with light, which gives you a momentary torch so you can see your enemies while you tear them to shreds.

The last new section we got to see made use of Icarus’ wings. If you find a draft of air, you can glide straight up, which gives you a quick passage through the mountain. Kratos shot up a narrow tunnel and had to twist and turn to dodge the obstacles blocking his path. It’s reminiscent of the Pegasus section in God of War II, but it’s much faster now. God of War III is shaping up to be another awesome adventure; it's just as gruesome and over the top as before with a number of new moves to keep things interesting. We’ll have to wait until next year to see if it can live up to its predecessors, though. God of War III is scheduled for release in March 2010, though we were told to expect a home demo before then.

Discussion

425 comments
SkeetWeetSlappy
SkeetWeetSlappy

and btw, the guys that made this game said that the Xbox 360 can't handle this. The guys that made Uncharted 2 said the same thing. That means that the PS3 is better XP I've always thought that PS3 exclusives were better than Xbox's besides Splinter Cell: Conviction.

SkeetWeetSlappy
SkeetWeetSlappy

Never played both GOW and GOW 2 but i'm surely gonna get GOW 3. It looks beatiful. The graphics are amazing. Riding Titans, how awesome is that?!

Kubilius
Kubilius

Guys, anyone can tell me why I downloaded demo and I have a super strong feeling I have seen it already?! I'm not saying "oh, this game is so similar to previous", i'm saying I have seen identical beginning, with fight scene on the mountain road, then flying harpies, then the stone giant ... Or is just a dejavu feeling ? My GF says the same "Are you sure it's not God of War II you downloaded?"

Elian2530
Elian2530

Never did care for the God of War series in the PS2 days. With the ever opportunistic God of War collection, I gave it a chance and I never looked back. I can't wait till GOW3 releases. There will be many sleepless nights, that's for sure.

Wyleia
Wyleia

Look,I have both.and the 360 can't touch the PS3 PERIOD>

Wyleia
Wyleia

YOU know!!! mARCH JUST CAN'T GET HERE FAST ENOUGH!!!

evil_code
evil_code

this game will be legendary.

Tengoles
Tengoles

@gedbyz You are right, we actually dont care that much... and btw looks like a great game but I dont think that is gonna be that different from the other games except for the graphics and that it will be longer.

gedbyz
gedbyz

Why are you guys ragging on the Xbox 360. I doubt 360 people really care that much.

raza3
raza3

oh yeah another one of god of war series i want it cant wait to get that game

Todaishi
Todaishi

Looking back at God of War 3's divinity, I only feel more proud and satisfied that I chose a PlayStation 3 rather than an Xbox 360. Long live Sony!

cjj123
cjj123

Xbox 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Noobs

GhostfaceL94
GhostfaceL94

Sorry again boys. ONLY FOR PLAYSTATION 3

Dragard_Kaos
Dragard_Kaos

I'm getting a PS3 just for GoW3, FFXIII, KH3 (when its annouced >_>), and some other games O_O Xbox isn't my thing =/

SQUALL20XX
SQUALL20XX

damn it, I'm counting days for this

pathaze
pathaze

man.... what more can we say about this game? besides its gonna be one of the G.O.A.T.

rougewarrior198
rougewarrior198

I actually think that Uncharted 2 is a system seller.

Gyroh
Gyroh

I think there will be another twist in the story where Kratos will find out the Titans were using him or something to terminate Olympus and they will take over the world and do what ever they please with it. So now you'll have to kill them or something on God of War IV, if there ever is one. I don't know why but somehow I think that's how the story will lead us. And remember we still have to take care of Kratos's brother who supposely is seeking revenge.

Gioh
Gioh

Ps2, Ps3 and psp seller u mean...my virtual worlds..not cosole...;)

butcher5683
butcher5683

GoW games are SWEET! Only problem is that once you're done playing through them once or twice...there's no replay value. Not a console seller for me. I'll play through it on a friend's PS3 and be done with it. Add some multiplayer modes and I'll change my mind.

dinkybinkleton
dinkybinkleton

Someone said that this is a console seller.....I agree. Its the first game that is a must own for PS3, IMO. Looks like Ill have to finely shell out for one. Heres to hoping for a price drop before then.

Gioh
Gioh

GOW was first so it is GOW. Gear is gear, wich i never touched.

Gioh
Gioh

Totally hot...again. Did al others, psp too, all were so kooooool. Thats why u see masses of ripp-offs now. Total control, thats Kratos, yeah baby. Together with FXIII, my no1 wishgame.

ryan_5000
ryan_5000

The 1st 2 were awesome so im gna love this one, and my girlfriend even likes them lol

aftermathali
aftermathali

that's so cool man i have got to buy this freakin game !!!!!

SosdanRhuzine
SosdanRhuzine

HOT HOT HOT and thats just 1 part of a level

Luke253
Luke253

This game looks so awesome! I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frost259
Frost259

gdunit91 Actually Halo really is first party. Bungie may no longer belong to Microsoft anymore however bascially the Halo name and everything that goes with it belongs to Microsoft. Cmon they would NEVER let that cash cow get away from them.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

This game eerily reminds me of the song "Raining Blood".

gdunit91
gdunit91

@freitax Actually, Halo isn't a first party exclusive... I believe it's second. Bungie may develop for the 360, but they aren't owned by Microsoft anymore. They split from MS and are now free to develop for any platform they please. Halo is certainly an exclusive, but it isn't first party as Bungie isn't directly owned by MS. See this article to corroborate what I've said: http://www.bungie.net/News/content.aspx?type=news&cid=12835

Mat-boy123
Mat-boy123

This game looks so sick i can not wait to get it. Sony Santa moncia said that this is going to be one of the hardest game for the ps3 and that people are going to take the controller and just throw down because of frustration.

Cod4dude101
Cod4dude101

omg looks GREAT gonna get this game the day it comes out.....lol I love god of war

freitax
freitax

@ futurebat It's published by sony so..never:/ sorry but since even the studio is owned by sony that won't happen, titles like: Uncharted 2&1, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, God Of War 3, Ratchet And Clank, Last Guardian, Mag, Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, Resistance 1&2, they are all owned by Sony so they will never see the light of day in the 360, they are called first party exclusives just like halo is a first party exclusive for the 360.

futurebat
futurebat

makes me wanna buy PS3 just to play this game...is comming in XBOX360 as well..?

G-Legend
G-Legend

@Dawg9000 Actually considering God of War came first and was a AAA title GoW should be God of War and Gears should be GeoW As for GoW 3 looks amazing, I just hope the trophies aren't too hard to attain! :P

PRO-G
PRO-G

sound's like a great gamecan't wait.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

I just hope they find a new abbreviation for GOW. Having people mention Gears gets annoying. lol

Joe_11
Joe_11

I agree with Mordechai28's comments on a Sony Price drop. GOW3 is a console seller and if the PS3 was to drop in price (especially with the quality of games they have been putting out this year) it would create great money making opportunities for Sony. ... did I mention I was excited for GOW3?

backatcha
backatcha

I'm not sure I can wait till March 2010.

Mordechai28
Mordechai28

Sony needs to have a major price drop before this game comes out. This game is definitely a system seller and they know that too.

akuya32
akuya32

This is one of those series that no matter when it comes out it always seems like it was too long of a wait. Its a great series and I am looking forward to another great game. I can't wait for this game as many others. Gamers game...fanboys pick sides......

thekey
thekey

A Another PS3 system seller! Oh yeah and a great series finale!

OzzyJohan
OzzyJohan

his bald head is soo lame..... how about kratos has a red punk hair?? that sound cool.....

shickadance33
shickadance33

No multiplayer, wow you can keep this exclusive, I'll stick with Ninja Gaiden if I have to play by myself. Id rather be a ninja spreading gore around, than this balding dork.

kangaox
kangaox

ppl sayin it is too long to wait, it is the last game in the series! we DO NOT want this baby rushed! i am a God of War freak, i bought a psp just FOR CoO, as long away as it seems i know it will be well worth the wait once it comes out! It looks to be the most brutal game yet and so far, 3 thumbs up!!