A Timid Roar from the God of War

User Rating: 6.5 | God of War: Ascension PS3
When I finished God of War 3 years ago, I thought, 'Wow, what an amazing ending.' When I heard about a new game coming to the series, I had my doubts. Every story has an ending and God of War had an amazing ending to the epic trilogy, not entirely counting the PSP entries. God of War Ascension adds little to the story, little to the game play and little to the lore of the series. I won't lie, it was fun to play as Kratos again, wonderful to pick up the chains of Olympus and hack and slash my way through the game, but did it add anything to the series, no.

The game play is almost exactly the same as any of the previous entries. The only addition was more QTE sequences and no inappropriate mini-games, and I use the word inappropriate to mean things that kids shouldn't play, not anything more. It was pointed out to me that the game is rated M, but this doesn't seem to stop children from playing it nonetheless. There seemed to be fewer weapons to choose from, less magic to cycle through as well. In many ways, it seemed like a watered down version of the previous games, like buying a new car but not getting any added features.

The graphics were as impressive as ever. I never suffered from any screen tearing or technical glitches that have marred other games. The environments were very familiar, but I doubt the series would ever move to a new venue given the history. The voice acting was decent, the story detracting in this area. It must be difficult for the cast to run through the same tired lines over and over again, despite what I assume to be healthy pay.

The most important thing to remember about this game is while nothing new is discovered here, through game play or story (I didn't play the multiplayer), it is still a God of War game, still a staple of the Sony flagship games and still a very well put together game. I know MP is supposed to be a major part of this game. My focus as a gamer is the single player mode, I find MP more of a gimmick than substantive addition to the game. If you're a fan of the series, this is an easy game to pick up. If you're expecting something new, something different, stop right now. If you're happy with the same old, same old, then by all means drop $60 and pick this up. Otherwise, it might be wise to wait for a price drop