I cannot stress this to you enough, but I have pushed off my review for days now. I don’t generally agree with many of the reviews I read from other outlets as I feel they are all too often paid to provide a more positive review of video game titles. That is not always the case, but it happens more often than not.
In light of the above paragraph, I give God Of War an 11 out of 10. I feel the need to add that extra number to really express how wonderful this game is. In my opinion, it is easily the best PS4 exclusive to date. I have played and completed God Of War twice and am starting my third run through. I just enjoyed it that much.
Without further ado, here is my reasoning behind my newfound obsession.
Graphically, you will be hard pressed to find a game that looks better than this on your PS4. Horizon Zero Dawn is the closest competitor that comes to mind. Graphics don’t necessarily make a game good, but they certainly help make a great story even better. God Of War is simply put, visually breathtaking.
Tight controls make for smooth transitions in combat and it’s fairly simple to pick up and play. It takes only a few minutes of combat to get comfortable taking on the role of Kratos and I wouldn’t expect any less from a God Of War title.
While I have heard some concerns from gamers (that have yet to play the title) about Kratos’ son Atreus, fear not. Atreus is quite helpful and plays an important role from start to end. While there are longtime fans of the series that won’t even consider this game for the fact that Kratos has aged and has a young child to look after, they are missing out. Don’t get hung up on these changes, because they absolutely work.
In regards to the story, it’s extremely well written. I’m not sure why some people have said they won’t play the game now that it is based on Norse mythology, but this is another case of “their loss.” I admit I was surprised when it was announced we would be playing Norse mythology, but it didn’t leave me with ill feelings. I am a very critical gamer and I do the best I can to call it how I see it. If the story was empty or grasping for straws to stay relevant, I would state it with ease, but there is nothing empty about God Of War.
The only things I could even nitpick about are things I feel are pointless to even mention. Why? Well, because it wouldn’t come close to a deal breaker for me. The only thing that comes to my mind that I dislike, is the fact that Kratos can’t jump with the press of a button. That seems so minimal, I feel dumb even mentioning it, but I have to throw something out there.
It’s difficult to write my opinions without spoiling details and I really want to discuss the details. If I had to sum up what I love about God Of War in a few simple words, I guess I would tell you that there is no other game out there that makes me feel so powerful. I play a lot of games and I can’t remember the last time I sat at the edge of my seat while battling a foe and literally feeling like I was the Incredible Hulk with brains between my shoulders.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first three entries into the series, but this addition in the franchise is my favorite so far. Maybe it’s because it’s so new and has a technological advantage over its predecessors, but a lot of titles that have managed to reach 4 entries let me down more often than not. Kudos to the entire development team for making an absolute masterpiece.
If you have the chance to play this game, don’t pass it up. While not everyone will enjoy it, don’t knock it until you try it. It is truly an amazing title that you shouldn’t let pass you by.
If you have played it, let me know how you feel about the game. Whether you agree with me or absolutely hate God Of War, I would like to hear from you. I am always open to hear the opinions of others. After all, my review is simply my own opinion.