E3 2012: We find out why Kratos is showing mercy in his latest adventure, plus get some more details on how the action in this prequel has changed.
Sony showed off a decent chunk of single-player action from God of War: Ascension during its press conference this year, and for the most part, the gameplay looked like, well, God of War. But one thing did stand out: Kratos saving a civilian from an incoming spear thrown by a satyr.
The Ghost of Sparta's casual life-saving shove seems to be out of character for the angry, take-no-prisoners Kratos we've come to know during the previous three games. So why is Kratos showing mercy instead of using hapless bystanders as meat shields?
The answer, it seems, is simple. A representative from developer Sony Santa Monica Studios said that because Ascension is a prequel to the original God of War trilogy, Kratos has not fully developed into the bitter, furious dynamo he eventually becomes. The spokesperson said that Ascension will track his descent from (somewhat) decent human being into unhinged rage machine and that there will be more instances in Ascension where Kratos will show compassion towards the innocent.
Compassion isn't the only change you'll find in Ascension. As seen in the demo, Kratos will now be able to wield secondary weapons that he finds lying around (or takes from certain enemies). This has resulted in a slight change in button layout, with the secondary weapon now using the circle button. The cinematic finisher button has been remapped to R1, which also allows Kratos to latch onto enemies from a distance and bring them in for some pain.
The frequency of quick-time events is also being scaled back. If you watch the E3 demo, you'll see that the way Kratos takes out the elephant boss at the end has no button prompts at all, a departure from the old series which would have seen you finish the mid-boss off after completing some quick-time presses. This time, players will have to keenly observe the enemy while they're in close, attacking when they're open and moving Kratos' body away via the thumbsticks if the enemy is gearing up for an attack. Think Punch-Out in the God of War universe, and you're coming close.
Despite these changes, however, God of War: Ascension's single-player certainly looks like more of the same at this stage. But if you're a fan of the series, this really won't be a complaint. And who knows? Maybe you'll also get to see a new side of the angry Spartan.
As long as they don't half *** the story, I'll buy it (standard edition). It looks like what they should have done with the PSP games or what they could have done if the first two games had been released for PS3. I like the combat moves from the previous games they added.
Are they counting the civilians that would just be running around in some areas? Because those cases it was purely your own decision if they lived or died so I don't think they should count. Most of the civilians it was necessary to kill to progress such as the guy on the wall near Helios, or just unforeseen consequences of killing gods such as the flood from killing Poseidon or the plague from killing Hermes. The only unnecessary killing of a civilian I can remember is in GOS when he drops a block on a guy trapped in a crack in a wall.
I like how people say "nothing we haven't seen before." Is that what people say about the CoD series too?
@Zato_Hurricane And pretty much every other sequel in the history of time! Why do people expect a developer to make radical changes to a hugely successful series? If they changed it too much fans would winge that it's "just not the same" etc etc.
Looks pretty cool but nothing we haven't seen b4 in previous GOW games. Looks kind of easy too. Will probably pick it up after a price drop though.
@HipHopBeats Well there's secondary weapons that can be picked up, a new kind of rage meter, a new temporal power, new enemy types, new part of the story, no prompt minigames, multiplayer and elephant brains. And that's just what we've seen so far. As for how easy it is, that's what difficulty settings are for.
First off, let me say the God of War series is undoubtedly one of my favorite in modern gaming history. Kratos is one of the best anti-Heroes of gaming and I don't care what anyone else says, but especially knowing the 1st and 2nd story lines, GoW 3 was one of the most epic and satisfying games I'd played in years.
On that note, this trailer excites me just as much as it bothers me. It looks awesome, but...more like GoW 3 awesome. Pretty much the ONLY thing I was hoping they could improve on was enemy reactions to your hits. I hated beating down someone my size or slightly bigger with chains only to have them run through it or stand there like nothing is happening. Doesn't even have to be as accurate as, say, Arkham Asulyum, but that general idea. Just seems so PS1..
Otherwise, it looks to be just as epic as ever. Undoubtedly I'll still buy it and play the crap out of it...
I think what they meant is Kratos saves a civilian...... for later, meaning that he didn't want to eat them right now, but save them for when he's a bit more peckish.
that's the only saving the Kratos I know would get involved in.... ha ha
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He's got some crazy gorilla arms in this game but his facial animation is awesome. Not sure I understand the explanation of the quicktime replacement on the elephant-man.
Demo Stars: I was like " hmm same thing, better animations, different style and graphics, doesnt looks anything like GOW 3 hm..
"Kratos saving a civilian from an incoming spear thrown by a satyr."
me: HOLY COW O.O!!!!
I can wait to see the fan arts in devian arts XD
i played the god of war demo 12 times which i was like this will ruin that part of the game, but i shouldve played it 80 more times cause it didnt cause god of war is the best series to me in the world, next to resident evils, silent hills, gears of war, halos, and of course any game that comes from the maker of heavy rain , and uncharteds, by the way last of us is looking to be game of the year stuff, and alot more my taste than uncharteds
@dustding24tuc it didnt ruin that part of the game at all, cause when you compare the part that it is taken from, lots of things were altered by that point. You had different weapons and set pieces, story implementations etc.
@dustding24tuc Where is the demo out? Or were you actually at E3 and if so how as it?
@dustding24tuc wait is the demo out ??
On the one hand I have a pretty strong, "Why are you selling me this game again? Buying it three times already wasn't enough of my money?" On the other hand I feel like Smithers in the episode where Lisa makes a doll but Barbie wins doing the same old thing, "SHE'S GOT A NEW HAT!!!!!!!!"
I don't get the point of this game. I thought they explained his past in the main trilogy. Not to say that the gameplay doesn't look good, but it can't match the epicness of the third game.
@slikjohnson The point is "hey we can put this out and it'll probably make money so let's do that."
i think it will be better now it isnt just go kill every god but there is going to be a game that changes the way kratos thinks, and i think it will be cool cause his family might still be alive in this one hopeing anyway we will see, but im hoeping they would make a new one every year and never quit on this series nothing can compete with god of war
@squidshoggoth And Not for the multiplayer, right?? RIGHTT????? hello??? Well i Know I am Not doing it for That or the story....why i want these game?
lame as can be i don't care how kratos was "nice" back in the day... with knowing how stupid this series ends this game can just fall off a cliff and commit suicide kratos you emo pos you deserve nothing but the worst hate imaginable
Even before this article, I'd guess it's before he was betrayed over and over again, after a while your just gonna have enough of the bull s*** and stop caring about everything.
I almost forgot about this at the Sony show, blinkin heck, don't know what happened, I didn't mention it in my last comments, sorry Sony Santa Monica =/
lol I thought I was the only one that noticed Kratos actually push that guy out of the way. I was like "WTF KRATOS!! HE SAVED A MORTAL'S LIFE..."
Was I the only 1 that noticed that f**king cool reversal power that he had?? You can even used them one enemies...I'm totally trying that sh!t out!
when the prompts came up, to press "X" "O" etc......i noticed my thumb twitch as if i was actually playing lol way to suck us in, with this eye crack!
GOW is awesome,
I'm just not too found of yet another prequel. I would rather have the sequel to the last one, but oh well.
I just hope this is the last prequel that they trow at us to milk the franchise, because i want to play a sequel to the GOW 3 but if they keep trowing at us more and more of the same it will enventually lose it's magic and then the chances of a GOW 4 will be lower :(
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