God Of War PS4 Review Roundup [Updated]: Here's What Critics Are Saying

Turns out you can teach an old God new tricks.

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Ever since God of War was revealed for PS4, it's been clear the game would differ from its predecessors in the series. It appeared to be slower, with more of an emphasis on character development and very different combat. The game has also learned a lot from fellow PS4 exclusive The Last of Us.

Now, with God of War's release date drawing ever closer, reviews have gone live for the next big PS4 game, and it seems critics are impressed. In our God of War review, Peter Brown awarded the action-adventure title a 9/10, saying it's a "spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat." For more on what critics thought, check out our review roundup below, or head over to Metacritic for a wider view of the game's critical reception.

  • Game: God of War
  • Developer / Publisher: Sony Santa Monica / Sony
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release Date: April 20
  • Price: US $60 / £53 / AU $100

GameSpot -- 9/10

"In many ways God of War is what the series has always been. It's a spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become. Like Kratos, God of War recalls the past while acknowledging the need to improve. Everything new it does is for the better, and everything it holds onto benefits as a result. Kratos is no longer a predictable brute. God of War is no longer an old-fashioned action series. With this reboot, it confidently walks a new path that will hopefully lead to more exciting adventures to come." -- Peter Brown [Full review]

IGN -- 10/10

"I expected great action from God of War, and it delivers that handily. But I didn't expect it to be a thrilling journey in which every aspect of it complements the others to form what is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a game in which Kratos, a previously one-note character, becomes a complex father, warrior, and monster, embattled both on the field and within his own heart about how to treat his son; one in which the world opens up and shifts, offering rewards in both gameplay and knowledge of its lore that I treasured with each accomplishment. The obvious care that went into crafting its world, characters, and gameplay delivers by far the most stirring and memorable game in the series." -- Jonathon Dornbush [Full review]

GamesRadar+ -- 5/5

"I don't think it’s possible to overstate just how good God of War is; how well realised its world, how nuanced and layered its characters and storytelling. The depth and craft of its combat, puzzles and almost every system it has sparkles and shines with an indulgence and luxury that regularly stopped me in my tracks to drink it all in. Whether breathless and bloody in the aftermath of an axe-hacked victory, or watching Kratos and his son Atreus share a genuinely human moment, this is a level of game making that doesn't happen often. The final question really isn't about where it sits in any game of the year discussions, but rather its place in eventual game of the generation talks." -- Leon Hurley [Full review]

The Guardian -- 5/5

"It is rare to play a game so accomplished in everything it sets out to do. God of War is a standard-setter both technologically and narratively. It is a game that, until recently, would have been impossible." -- Keza MacDonald [Full review]

Game Informer -- 9.75/10

"Years ago, Kratos killed the deities of Mount Olympus in a gory rampage. Now, in the Norse realm, he has remade himself into a different kind of god. He is quieter and more deliberate, affected by his history but not constrained by it. Kratos' reinvention serves as a narrative hook, but it also parallels the series’ evolution as a whole; where God of War once relied on bombast and bloodlust, now it leaves space for strategy and nuance. It still has superb action and plenty of jaw-dropping moments, but it supports them with a new level of depth and maturity. God of War learns from its past while clearing an exciting path for the future, and emerges as one of the best games of this generation." -- Joe Juba [Full review]

Variety -- No Score

"Kratos remains capable of startling violence. But there is a sense that even Sony Santa Monica has recoiled from some of 'God of War's' legacy, and the game is better for it. It is a game that treats its history with respect where appropriate, but without obligation, even in its very concluding moments. This new God of War has some rough edges remaining in its transition to something new, but even in its concluding moments, it commits to its vision in a way that few games do--and it's the first time the series has felt vibrant and important in a decade." -- Arthur Gies [Full review]

Polygon -- 10/10

"A decade ago, director Cory Barlog helped establish the God of War franchise as an iconic gory and debaucherous video game romp. While its antihero, Kratos, had pathos (he killed his wife and daughter in a fit of rage, his skin forever grayed by their ashes), it served little dramatic purpose, rather existing as a grimdark excuse for his god-slaying and orgy-having ways. Barlog--now older, a father--has returned to the series with a bundle of talented designers, many of whom served on the earlier games, to make good on that rich but neglected potential at its core. There's still plenty of gore, but the now the guts have meatiness." -- Chris Plante [Full review]

Eurogamer -- Recommended

"Like Kratos, the god of fury who must learn not to fear his son, this is a strange beast, really. The latest technology and astonishing craft and artistry are employed to deliver a game of extremely simple pleasures--a wash of new pseudo-ideas that cannot hide the fact that the basics remain unfixed because they were not broken. God of War dresses things up, in other words, but it is ultimately the same deal it always was. As is the way with myths, I guess. As is the way with gods." -- Christian Donlan [Full review]

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I feel like I was spoiled by how good horizon zero Dawn was. After playing for 30 min is noticed some things that got to me.

The camera angle is odd, and you don't have as much freedom to look around with it.

Combat is boring, "just hit them anywhere", I wish it was more like axe the am out leg off, then switch to a secondary combat system and stomp the head or other skilled finishing move. But it's like... Just so pre animated. With games like dead space or horizon, it's fun to pick apart the enemy.

It doesn't seem as vast as I would like it to be... You can't explore.

It seems too soft in the beginning,

The story follows a well worn boring path of let me teach you the way of the world kid, that's so boring to me.

I've only played a few min, but the beginning hasn't hooked me and I hope my opinion changes.

The critics are too generous with this title imo, I liked the series back in the day. I'm not hating it, but it's not the best game yet just based on it's core shortcomings in gameplay and it's restrictive or forced point of view.

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Give you PS4 Pro owners a little something something here that makes the game absolutely incredible to play. For starters you'll need a VR headset. Either the Vive or the Rift. You'll need to go into your PS4 and allow remote play and then sign in through PS Remote Play on your PC. This works the best if you're running on the Pro and have a 4k set with the game running checkerboard and a really good wifi signal running through your house.

So, you're now signed in through remote play for PS on your PC. Make sure you connect the PS4 remote as well. Have an app like BigScreen or Virtual Desktop in Steam. Load it and put on your headset. Connect through your Remote Play in a theatre sized bigscreen while playing GoW in ridiculous detail and glory. Granted, the game will only run at 1080 on your PC but you still should be seeing GoW in ridiculous detail and on a 100ft screen. It's amazeballs. If you have a decent enough wifi you'll also be experiencing higher bandwidth. Take note: If you do not have a PS4 Pro the stream will ONLY be in 720. Thus the need for the Pro.

Also, I know the Pro is 4k checkerboard and people will say, "Well, why on PC @1080 when I can play on TV at 4k. Well, because it's a 100 ft screen in VR. Nothing like it. It's like going to the movie theatre and playing GoW there. Yes, it's that awesome.

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@naomha1: it sounds like you had quite the experience. Cool

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Game of the year so far. Easily. By a mile. Cory Barlog has done something truly special with the new God of War and it shows every second of game play. Remarkable.

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Will this game be fun for those of us that like hardcore style gaming: fighters, dark souls, bloodborne, monster hunter? I don't really get a boner for violent imagery and smashing everything the game puts in front of me with ease. I just want a good game.

I only ask this because I bought Uncharted 2 b/c hype and I thought it was incredibly cringey and boring so I tend to ignore the buzz around AAA games marketed at normies.

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@HBninjaX: Playing it now on the hardest difficulty. It's ridiculously insane how quick on your feet you have to learn to be. The enemies hit like tanks and can, quite easily, throw you around like a rag doll. I've died. Many times. Oh, but is it worth it.

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@HBninjaX: I replied to you on IGN... the hardest mode is really hard apparently. Plus I think you should just get the game. Games like this dont come around that often.

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@HBninjaX: Watch a gameplay video.

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I firts played GOW when I was a kid, I can´t wait for getting it, don´t know where I am going to get the money from though :(

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I’ve been excited about this game for a while now.... but after seeing how everyone LOVES IT... I even more excited! Friday night will be game night for me!

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The amount of xboners here shading is remarkable lol. Just go dust off your elite controllers and play your imaginary exclusives lol. Where my Pony's at?

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@bumpyface: Xbox has a way better multiplayer games.

I was playing god of war earlier,but then my brothers wanted to play games.

There's just nothing on ps4 that I would rather play online than pubg.

I'm not going to play god of love 50 times like you. lol

I'm going to be okay with 1.

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@neoistheone:

Beat it. What other relevant MP game does X1 has that PS4 doesn't? PubG is weak on X1 compared to PC anyways lol.

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@bumpyface: imaginary exlcusives? lol Sea of thieves.. Halo.. Sea of thieves.... Gurs of warrrr, seee of thivssss.... and halo!

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@bumpyface: Hahaha imaginary exclusives.

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Waiting for the honest reviews from the Users. I haven't trusted 'professional' reviews since Breath of the Wild.

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@Redsyrup: There's always one.

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@Mogan: Ignorance is bliss.?

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@Redsyrup: Well the user reviews for Breath of the Wild were almost as good as the critics.

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@naughtydog94: Maybe you should check metacritic again on that? The fanbase seemed awfully mixed. I usually skip the one sentence reviews "best game ever.". ? The big Pubs should really pay their bots more on the socnets.

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@Redsyrup: An 8.7 user score is mixed is it...?

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@Redsyrup: Because kids giving plain 0s and 10s are more reliable lol..... User reviews are Trash, check out ACG on youtube, he's a good reviwer with no reviews 2 minutes long and no sponsored bullcrap.

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@Dragerdeifrit: I only read the 3-8s. I think that's the sweet spot for honesty. I also follow Jim Sterling on YouTube.

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meh. Looks like a bargain bin purchase in about a year. Next.

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@attirex: Lol lol. Shut the f*ck up

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Can't wait to play this Last of us spinoff ;)

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@lewser5: The Last God of Us.

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@lewser5: Oh, BURN!! :-O

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According to posters on here you would have thought that this game was going to flop because it's a glorified babysitting game and Kratos is above character development that heaven forbid adds some actual depth to him. So very glad it is getting amazing reviews and I cannot wait to play it.

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Can't wait for The God Father!!!

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Damn, I need some Kratos lemonade

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The wait is killing me >_<

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@tony56723: two more days.

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in all my years gaming im so glad i can still see a new game and be amazed and touched by its gameplay story and characters. this is a must have for any PS4 owner especially if you have played the other games over the years and know Kratos story.

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Finally a reason to get my ps4 out of the loft. Been there since I completed uncharted

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@peterhorner1867: Shame. There's been a lot of good exclusives since Uncharted. But if you're too busy to game, I understand.

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@peterhorner1867: Haha like there is nothing else to play, well your taste is yours :)

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@dudebropartyyo: I was much the same though , was only using PS4 Pro to chat to a friend in another country This is a game i'll give a go though but not expecting it to be as good as reviewers stated as heard it all before with The Last of Us which i just didn't like much at all but i'm really looking forward to Detroit:Become Human and Spiderman.

The Yakuza games aren't too bad either though it would be better if you could drive a vehicle.

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@deviltaz35: I'm anxiously waiting for Spiderman also. I usually wouldn't be interested at all but with Insomniac's stamp on the box I have high expectations!

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Waiting for the new TCL TVs to release and upgrade from a 23 inch 1080p monitor. Then i shall play through GOW 3/4 in its full glory fufu

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@ishsgames: I wanted to wait for the new 6 series as well. Ended up caving and bought the TCL P607. No regrets here. God damn thing is amazing. Local dimming could be better but let's face it, it will never be perfect. It's pretty damn good. I'm just a snob. Blacks are stupid deep but you still see that white halo local dimming is known for sometimes. The gaming performance on the otherhand is phenomenal though. 14ms input lag. Gaming on my PC and PS4 Pro has been a treat. And I've turned into a bluray addict because of this TV.

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Where are the loot boxes?

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@Sound_Demon: Kratos wanted to stay calm in this game so he demanded they not be included

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this game will be like no country for old men

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@fred0309: Be really compelling and then end on a wet fart?

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