Platforms: PS4 exclusive
Release Date: April 20th, 2018
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sony Santa Monica
Genre: Action/adventure RPG
Continuing from God Of War 3, having murdered basically all of the Greek gods in his quest for vengeance, Kratos now resides in the realm of the Norse gods along with his son Atreus. Kratos must teach his son how to survive while his past come up as the Norse gods are aware of him murdering the Greek pantheon.
The biggest change is that the camera is now behind Kratos' back rather than having the fixed camera angles of the previous games. Kratos now wields the Leviathan axe and a shield in a brutal up close combat system that has many similarities to Dark Souls. The main difference being how tactical it can get with the environment playing a huge role in combat alongside Kratos' ability to throw his axe and recall it back. Atreus will also be involved in combat as the square button will command him to fire arrows.
Besides the combat, puzzles are also making a return but we haven't seen much of them. They will be focused around environmental puzzles with Kratos' axe throw playing a big role in them. With the increase in scale there will also be a good amount of traversal. Kratos will be able to rock climb and he will also have access to a boat to bring him across the different areas, that alone puts it on par with Sea of Thieves in the amount of things you do.
The game also features RPG elements. Kratos will gain experience and put points into skills trees for both Kratos and Atreus. Players will be able to craft and upgrade Kratos' armor. The Leviathian Axe will be upgraded using runes so players can tailor Kratos to fit their playstyle. Best of all there will be no microtransactions!
According to the director, the game is said to take 25-35 hours to complete. It is neither open world nor linear. The level design will be hub based with the Souls series/Bloodborne being a major influence. Levels will be interconnected and wrap around each other with being able to go back to previous areas.
There will be optional areas with side quests and side bosses that aren't needed in the completion of the main story in order to encourage exploration. There will be 9 major areas that represent the 9 worlds in Norse mythology but we have only seen one of the areas so far. The leaked image of the map showed one area so the game is theoretically 9 times larger than we even thought.
Hype from reviewers/journalists on Twitter
I was blown away by God of War. Played first 2.5 hours last week. It's a faithful yet deeply evolved version of the classic series across every dimension: Combat, story, puzzles and graphical prowess.
While the team doesn't want us sharing much on story, there's one sequence early on that takes the scale of a God of War boss fight in a totally different and more intimate direction -- and it works, because the emotion is just as big and visceral.
From what I was told we only played about 5% of the full game. If that's the case, this is going to be an epic on the scale of Horizon -- and with tons of weapon and skill tree upgrades, I can't wait to see how the game opens up in the other 95%.
Whew. Rolled credits on God of War with a few hours to spare until this Missouri trip. Can’t wait to tell you about it Thursday and on this week’s Kinda Funny Gamescast. pic.twitter.com/N1tMTUVUit— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) April 10, 2018
You guys think you're ready for #GodOfWar but trust me, you are absolutely not ready.— Skill Up currently reviewing God of War (@SkillUpYT) April 9, 2018
Can't wait until I can talk about this game. Embargo up on the 12th.
Skill Up tends to be hard on cinematic games fyi, did not like The Last of Us or Horizon.
I’ve been playing (and just finished) God of War 🏹— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) April 9, 2018
I cannot wait to talk about this game.
Let’s do just that on April 12th on @IGN 😁 pic.twitter.com/CbQcExpYuP
Hey, God of War fans! My review will be up THIS THURSDAY (4/12) at 12:01am PT.— Joe Juba (@Joejuba) April 9, 2018
Can’t say anything more until then, but I am excited to talk about it.
In the meantime, enjoy this excellent cover art from a few issues ago. pic.twitter.com/w5eLpRx8PB
God of War (2018) pic.twitter.com/MsZkgjsi7F— Austin Eruption (@AustinEruption) April 9, 2018
Me at midnight: "Okay, let's play God of War for another 30 minutes."— Andy Cortez (@MaximumCortez) April 10, 2018
Me at 3 am: "God of War is [redacted]. I [redacted] this video game. Time for bed."
Halfway done with my God of War review. I am taking my time with this write-up. Want to fill it with as much detail as possible. Look forward to reading it on Thursday.— Tony Polanco (@Romudeth) April 10, 2018
Without spoiling anything I can tell you that our written review is currently a little over 3,800 words long, so rest assured that our own Jonathon Dornbush has a few things to say on the topic.
God of War Review coming on the 12th!! Can't wait to share what we think of this game with all of you!https://t.co/pJrqN1Fhzx— Mark Medina (@Mark_Medina) April 10, 201
After 30+ hours, it's time to start penning our God of War review. Got so much to tell you about. Get ready for Thursday April 12th at 12:01 AM PT https://t.co/HZ7L3GUgbqpic.twitter.com/ef7mpA1XMt— PlayStation Universe (@PSUdotcom) April 9, 2018