God of War is here, and it is shaping up to receive quite the reception. It's a giant game that'll take you dozens of hours to complete, and it has a complex and deep combat system. God of War is also gorgeous, with some stunning scenery and character art.
But developer Sony Santa Monica hasn't released a ton of footage from the game in advance of launch, so it's understandable if you're still unsure about what it's like or how it looks. To get a better sense of how God of War is changed from past entries in the series, check out the first nine minutes of the game in the embed above.
In the video, you get a good look at Kratos' more grizzled features as well as his son, Atreus. In addition, the introductory scenes set up the story and show off the new Norse setting. Finally, there's also a bit of combat in there, but it's worth noting that your skills and toolset expand significantly as the game goes on.
Be sure to read our recent interview with director Cory Barlog if you're interested in learning more about the game's mechanics and how they came be. Further, you can watch our feature on the best skills and loadouts here, and the beginner's guide for the game here.
In GameSpot's God of War review, critic Peter Brown explains, "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."