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The First 9 Minutes Of God Of War PS4

In the opening to God of War, Kratos and Atreus navigate a tragic situation and begin their long journey.

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."

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solidsolo

damnit Xbox... why can't you bring us a "God of War".... instead we get Sea of Thieves (already dead)

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LeonFC1016

I love the deliberate slowness when Kratos's wraps become loose, and he closes his eyes then rewraps them. The game is really effective at making its cinematic moments feel evocative and emotionally interesting, where as you're normally just waiting for the game to let you play again as it explains some plot. This is different in that it's more about establishing a tone for the game and establishing characterizations for Kratos.

Further on the game, I like how Kratos' message to Atreus is to slow down and to control his emotions, which kind of mirrors the game's overall mechanic redesign, and Kratos' past. Works that are made with a certain sense of craft with literary elements in mind tend to contain a lot of layers of symbolic sense whether it's a conscious effort or unintentional. Well-crafted stories tend to spur the audience to make those connections because the game evokes that sense of cohesion: likewise, in a room in which nothing is out of place gives the feeling that everything is there for a reason; if there by effort or not, it's still interesting to understand the aesthetics of why that feeling exists. And when creating with that sense of intention, the process tends to lead to decisions that further the cause.

Also, telling Arteus to slow down is also for the player as well, because it's way less button-mashy of a game. You kind of really have to understand your enemies' patterns and what attacks works on them, and the nuances of your attack animations too.

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naomha1

Game has blown me away. Honestly. Amazing job.

When you fight "The Stranger" your face will melt. Kratos is KING.

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REVIEWLIES

@naomha1: liar this game is a shit.

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naomha1

@reviewlies: Ummm, no. It's actually not. It's the best game I've played this year so far. Easily. I also play on PC, Bone and PS4 so I've got a nice big selection of games I've delved into so far this year. GoW is, hands down, the most ambitious action adventure game in a long, long while. Go hate somewhere else.

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Pirated1

DOOM (2016) -> DOOM 3

God of War 3 -> God of War (2018)

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Croxus

No red blood, no boobs, no bosses, no Sparta, no mutilations, o well, I'm still going to melt my PS4 pro this weekend...

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LiveDreamPlay

@croxus: The clueless guy again. It has blood, it has bosses, it has mutilations. I'm sorry that the game doesn't have boobs in it, I'm sure all the 12 year olds that play it will be disappointed...

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gamingdevil800

@croxus: No sex mini game is down to Atreus being around, would of been too weird to put it in with him around.

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onehitta323

Can't wait for midnight. Preloaded and ready to go. Been waiting long enough!

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sealionact

Not that it will spoil the game, but how did the extremely tall tree with branches @0.54 become so short and lose all the branches @2.35?

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analgrin

@sealionact: The top half snapped off when it hit the floor. You can see the top half on the floor in the background as he starts to walk, quite a clean break, granted.

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sealionact

@analgrin: Yes...Well spotted.

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SuperRetroGamer

I love this game <3

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cejay0813

Nice

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spartanx169x

Wow Jess I have not seen you in forever it seems. Good to see you.

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gamingdevil800

@spartanx169x: This is for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBlD2N_AwgI

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tempertress

@spartanx169x: Hihi, I'm not even in this one :P

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spartanx169x

@tempertress: well good to see you are still around. :)

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videogameninja

Can't wait to play this but I'm worried I may be waiting a while.

:/

The last week I've been trying to pre-order a copy at Amazon (thanks to their 20% discount.) but to no avail. I probably shouldn't have waited so long but I wanted to see what the reviews said before putting down any money. Anyone know if Amazon is getting more hard copies in before tomorrow or am I going to have to do it the old-school way (store to store.)?

-SHOULDN'T HAVE WAITED SO LONG TO PRE-ORDER NINJA APPROVED-

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gamingdevil800

@videogameninja: Amazon is by far the worst place to go when it comes to delivering games on time.

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solidsolo

@gamingdevil800: you must've had a bad experience. I pre-order many games through Amazon... heck even my original PS4 and all delivered day of delivery with no problems.

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analgrin

@gamingdevil800:

There was a time when the nearly always delivered them a day or 2 before release day. Perhaps that's why they're not trusted with pre-orders by some devs/publishers anymore?

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gamingdevil800

@analgrin: Doesn't really satisfy me when you preorder a game then they ship it on Monday to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday a date late. Sometimes amazon take preorders without having the relevant stock so they make you wait a week etc.

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analgrin

@videogameninja:

Not sure Amazon UK ever had any pre-orders did they? Same with Spiderman.

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spartanx169x

@videogameninja: The game is easily gotten from Bestbuy. Best buy also has a gamers club that save you 20% on new games.