IGN: God of War: Ascension's Single Player Is Predictably Awesome

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#1 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

Can't wait for this game. :D

God of War: Ascension's Single Player Is Predictably Awesome

Ascension delivers the core Kratos experience we all want.

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God of War: Ascension single player is so good that all I wanted to do was stop playing it this evening. Slitting the throat of a monster with its own blade, smashing open red chests for orbs, staring slack-jawed at one of the most beautiful games on the PS3 I understood early on that this was the Kratos experience we all know and love; no need to ruin it for myself. I wanted to put the controller down and wait for a complete copy of the game to arrive.

Instead, I played the first 30 minutes of the single-player adventure, but you dont have to rely on my feeble words to experience it. Heres the playthrough for your viewing pleasure. Check it out, and then read my analysis below.

Pretty cool, right? Im sure you have your own takeaways from the demo which Im anxious to read, so post in the comments below but after playing the game, I have four big ideas of my own.

ITS SICKENINGLY BEAUTIFUL

I dont know how well a video on the Internet conveys it, but God of War: Ascension is truly striking. As Kratos tears bug people in half, their blood kicks up and covers his skin. When he takes down the cyclops, you get a glimpse inside the gash and can see the rib cage. The environments are crisp and clear even when theyre rotating a la Inception. Everybodys skin looks pliable and real.

I had a few occasions where finishing moves similar to the ones in multiplayer (ripping heads off, slamming people into the wall) didnt line up right because of stairs or half walls, but theres no denying that somehow this game looks better than God of War III.

ASCENSION IS CINEMATIC EVOLUTION

Before I got my hands on a controller, Sony showed a video about the journey to God of War: Ascension. Looking back at some of those PS2 boss battles, it was clear how far the franchise has come in storytelling. I remember God of War III really stressing scope with camera pans and wide shots, but God of War: Ascension is taking that even further.

When the bugs enter the Hecatonchires hand and it does that bone-breaking, monster birthing animation, I cringed. When the camera pans back to show you the tons of hands and the Hecatonchires face as an entrance way, I understood the scope of the battle. (Fun Greek mythology fact, Wikipedia says that Hecatonchires means hundred-handed one.) When Kratos rips one of the Blades of Chaos free and swipes at the Fury, it feels like an epic movie scene.

 THE NEW MOVES FIT IN

 Blah, blah, graphics. Blah, blah, cinematic talk. You want to know how it plays. Then answer is: very well. God of War combat has always been the franchises calling card, and thats no different here. Ascension is fun to play, but the new moves make it feel deeper than its predecessors.

You can impale one foe and remain tethered to him until going in for the kill or hurling at the other enemies. Tapping R1 on a stunned enemy gives you a break from battle to bask in a horrific finishing move. Picking up a sword on the battlefield expands your arsenal, but you can also hurl it into enemies for extra damage.

However, theres one addition Im a really big fan of and it isnt even combat related. When Kratos buries his blade into a wall and slides down, you can now steer him. Developer Sony Santa Monica brings the camera in nice and tight for this (Cinematic evolution!) and then tosses a whole bunch of obstructions Kratos needs to get around. Its a slick way of breaking up the game and making it feel like theres more to do.

 I UNDERSTAND KRATOS MORE ALREADY

Ive said that Kratos is a dumb character; I think its ridiculous that hes so angry all the time. For years, people have argued that if I was tricked into killing my wife and daughter like he was, Id be pissed, too, but I still think its insane to be yelling every line of dialogue. Well, I got to see the live action God of War ad PlayStation has been teasing, and it actually got me pumped and offered a window into Kratos as a man. A man who smiles and tears up.

I have no idea how much God of War: Ascensions story a prequel set six months to a year after the death of Kratos family will touch on emotions other than rage, but even that fleeting glimpse made me like Kratos a bit more. This demo kicks off with him being tortured by a Fury, one of the sisters that targets those who break blood oaths with the gods, so it seems like we might get some range from Kratos. At least a little which is a lot more than usual.

And, if Im wrong, the game will still look awesome and be fun to play, so theres that. I just hope the single-player campaign is nice and long as multiplayer has been pushed so much. Speaking of, did you see the bald guy Kratos freed from his prison cell? Im 99-percent sure thats the multiplayer character, so theres the crossover.

God of War: Ascension arrives on March 12th. Look for lots more on IGN as we gear up for the return of the Ghost of Sparta.

#2 Posted by Badosh (12733 posts) -
meh.
#3 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42716 posts) -
lolign. But yes, every God of War has been predictably awesome; although I still haven't (but need) to play the PSP titles on the Origins Collection.
#4 Posted by lundy86_4 (43209 posts) -

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Stop pressing it!

#5 Posted by Heil68 (43951 posts) -
 Want
#6 Posted by KBFloYd (13427 posts) -

lol...no

it's god of war 3.5

just like mario galaxy 2 was just mario galaxy 1.5

#7 Posted by DarkLink77 (31697 posts) -

I agree, seeing an emotion other than blind rage from Kratos would be awesome.

#8 Posted by NoirLamia777 (2144 posts) -

I am getting more excited for this game.

#9 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

IGN telling us sh*t that we already know.

#10 Posted by PhazonBlazer (11704 posts) -

I agree, seeing an emotion other than blind rage from Kratos would be awesome.

DarkLink77

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#11 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

 

sa

#12 Posted by Bruce_Benzing (1742 posts) -

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Stop pressing it!

lundy86_4

#13 Posted by Stringerboy (6968 posts) -

I got the same impression from God of War 3's demo, but the actual game failed to deliver.

#14 Posted by mems_1224 (46963 posts) -
:lol: Greg Miller :lol:
#15 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

 

sa

GrannyGoat
Your jelly is dully noted brah :cool:
#16 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

 

sa

Desmonic

Your jelly is dully noted brah :cool:

No thanks brah I got real games to play

#17 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

[QUOTE="Desmonic"][QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

 

sa

GrannyGoat

Your jelly is dully noted brah :cool:

No thanks brah I got real games to play

Yeah sure brah, whatever floats your jelly :cool:
#18 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42716 posts) -

I agree, seeing an emotion other than blind rage from Kratos would be awesome.

DarkLink77
Would be odd to see it now, especially if they try to force that crap.
#19 Posted by Malta_1980 (11242 posts) -

well no news... GOW:Ascension will be another epic game in the series like the previous ones !!!

Cant wait :)

#20 Posted by walkingdream (4883 posts) -
GOW? let's just end this gen please I WANT MY HALF LIFE 3!! Itll show up all your games!
#21 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

[QUOTE="Desmonic"] Your jelly is dully noted brah :cool:Desmonic

No thanks brah I got real games to play

Yeah sure brah, whatever floats your jelly :cool:

asas

#22 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

[QUOTE="Desmonic"][QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]No thanks brah I got real games to play

GrannyGoat

Yeah sure brah, whatever floats your jelly :cool:

asas

Ultra jelly mode has been activated, I see :cool:
#23 Posted by clone01 (24653 posts) -

Looking forward to it.  Its never been my absolutely favorite franchise, but I've always really enjoyed the games.

#24 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -
So this is a prequel to a prequel?
#25 Posted by DISSESHOWEDO (1775 posts) -

lol...no

it's god of war 3.5

just like mario galaxy 2 was just mario galaxy 1.5

KBFloYd

 

LOL.... NO !

From what i've seen even the combat mechanic is different !

#26 Posted by DarkLink77 (31697 posts) -
[QUOTE="DarkLink77"]

I agree, seeing an emotion other than blind rage from Kratos would be awesome.

Stevo_the_gamer
Would be odd to see it now, especially if they try to force that crap.

True, unfortunately. But I want to believe.
#27 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

[QUOTE="KBFloYd"]

lol...no

it's god of war 3.5

just like mario galaxy 2 was just mario galaxy 1.5

DISSESHOWEDO

 

LOL.... NO !

From what i've seen even the combat mechanic is different !

Not really. Minor changes only. Grabs are now on the R1 and he has some more meele attacks, nothing else.
#28 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

GrannyGoat

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

#29 Posted by Stringerboy (6968 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

Master_ShakeXXX

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

That and RE4.

#30 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38216 posts) -

Greg Miller wrote the fvcking article, like he could ever say a bad word about a PS3 exclusive. It would literally make him vomit up his own heart to do so. 

#31 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

[QUOTE="Desmonic"] Yeah sure brah, whatever floats your jelly :cool:Desmonic

asas

Ultra jelly mode has been activated, I see :cool:

nice try brah . sadsa

#32 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42716 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

Master_ShakeXXX

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

There is no such thing as "awesome QTEs." It's oxymoronic in nature.
#33 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -
[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

Stevo_the_gamer

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

There is no such thing as "awesome QTEs." It's oxymoronic in nature.

agreed
#34 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

[QUOTE="Desmonic"][QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

asas

GrannyGoat

Ultra jelly mode has been activated, I see :cool:

nice try brah . sadsa

Still jelly? Let it go brah :cool: You can join the darkside. It's alright :cool:

#35 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

Stringerboy

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

That and RE4.

Yes sir. You are 100% correct.

#36 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

Yet another stale ol' QTE infested God of War game? yawwnn

Stevo_the_gamer

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

There is no such thing as "awesome QTEs." It's oxymoronic in nature.

God of War and RE4 are evidence to the contrary. I couldn't imagine them without QTEs. It's part of their charm.

#37 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

[QUOTE="Desmonic"] Ultra jelly mode has been activated, I see :cool:Desmonic

nice try brah . sadsa

Still jelly? Let it go brah :cool: You can join the darkside. It's alright :cool:

aSA

#38 Posted by worknow222 (1400 posts) -

I agree, seeing an emotion other than blind rage from Kratos would be awesome.

DarkLink77
Thats a terrible thing to say, Kratos must be a blind killing machine
#39 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (42716 posts) -

[QUOTE="Stevo_the_gamer"][QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

God of War wrote the book on awesome QTEs. It's allowed to use them.

Master_ShakeXXX

There is no such thing as "awesome QTEs." It's oxymoronic in nature.

God of War and RE4 are evidence to the contrary. I couldn't imagine them without QTEs. It's part of their charm.

I could, and readily wish for it.
#40 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

[QUOTE="Desmonic"]

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]nice try brah . sadsa

GrannyGoat

Still jelly? Let it go brah :cool: You can join the darkside. It's alright :cool:

aSA

Just let the jelly flow, don't contain it brah :cool: Join the darkside :cool:
#41 Posted by BrunoBRS (73260 posts) -
i'm not reading it, but does it mean that the game is predictable, but still awesome, or "as predicted, it's awesome"? either way, meh god of bore.
#42 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="Stevo_the_gamer"] There is no such thing as "awesome QTEs." It's oxymoronic in nature.Stevo_the_gamer

God of War and RE4 are evidence to the contrary. I couldn't imagine them without QTEs. It's part of their charm.

I could, and readily wish for it.

Never thought I would hear such blasphemy come from somebody's mouth.

#43 Posted by GrannyGoat (1192 posts) -

[QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]

[QUOTE="Desmonic"] Still jelly? Let it go brah :cool: You can join the darkside. It's alright :cool:

Desmonic

aSA

Just let the jelly flow, don't contain it brah :cool: Join the darkside :cool:

nice shot brah but you missed again dsf

#44 Posted by BrunoBRS (73260 posts) -

[QUOTE="Stevo_the_gamer"][QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

God of War and RE4 are evidence to the contrary. I couldn't imagine them without QTEs. It's part of their charm.

Master_ShakeXXX

I could, and readily wish for it.

Never thought I would hear such blasphemy come from somebody's mouth.

yeah, because you know what makes resi 4 awesome? BUTTON PROMPTS ON CUTSCENES THAT LEAD TO INSTADEATH.
#45 Posted by -Patrick_92- (2168 posts) -
#46 Posted by Desmonic (13748 posts) -

[QUOTE="Desmonic"][QUOTE="GrannyGoat"]aSA

GrannyGoat

Just let the jelly flow, don't contain it brah :cool: Join the darkside :cool:

nice shot brah but you missed again dsf

It's bad to repress your jelly brah :cool: Might cause some you some meltdowns when the reviews come brah :cool:
#47 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="Stevo_the_gamer"] I could, and readily wish for it.BrunoBRS

Never thought I would hear such blasphemy come from somebody's mouth.

yeah, because you know what makes resi 4 awesome? BUTTON PROMPTS ON CUTSCENES THAT LEAD TO INSTADEATH.

It was original and effective for it's time. Just because games over do the sh*t out of this kind of stuff today doesn't mean they take anything away from the classics that did it first.

#48 Posted by NAPK1NS (14870 posts) -
I'm excited to see the game. That article was hyperbolic junk.
#49 Posted by EPaul (9906 posts) -

It's Console God of War game so it's an instant day one for me

#50 Posted by AAllxxjjnn (19988 posts) -
I hate Greg Miller's writing. As for God of War, I'm into everything they've shown us, but I'm not so into the accompanying $60 price tag. I'll wait until it's cheaper.