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God of War - PlayStation 4

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    • God of War

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4792 out of 4830)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Santa Monica Studio
    • Publisher: Sony
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 04/20/2018

    Synopsis


    What happens when a legend is freed from the gods? In God of War, Kratos is back, and he's now mortal, a man living with his son as he fights those who would disrupt his new life. Defeat the demons that plague him as he discovers who he really is in God of War.

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    Pre-order God of War and get 3 shield skins for in-game

    His vengeance against the gods of Olympus far behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the lands of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same

    As mentor and protector to a son determined to earn his respect, Kratos is faced with an unexpected opportunity to master the rage that has long defined him

    Set within the untamed forests, mountains, and realms of Norse lore, God of War features a distinctly new setting with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods

    With an intimate, over-the-shoulder free camera that brings the action closer than ever, combat in God of War is up close, frenetic, and unflinching. Kratos’ axe - powerful, magic and multi-faceted - is a brutal weapon



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 4830 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Scripted, but Interesting

      Posted
      tommy
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      This is definitely closer to Uncharted 4 than Breath of the Wild -- at least for the first several hours. I haven't made it super far into the game, but early on you're not really allowed to explore the world. It's very linear and scripted, but the game itself is sorta blended with the "movie" aspects, so it has a nice seamlessness style with it. An apt comparison to Zelda games, though, is all the puzzles. It's all very environmental and blended into the scenery, and you have to solve the puzzles to move forward through the world kind of like a permanent zelda dungeon. The only awkward part -- besides the sorta painfully obvious tropes -- is how there's so much restriction to go along with the story. Again, I don't know if this is only the first portion of the game, and I just haven't made it to where things open up further ... but it reminds me so far of being like a much much much more restricted version of "Horizon: Zero Dawn". That too has an early story part, and of course Breath of the Wild has the plateau, but they're really just restricted portions of the game that teach the mechanics. God of War, though, feels like it's restricting sooooo much so that you can follow along the story -- a lot more like an Uncharted kind of game. You basically follow a super limited path until you get to an open-ish area, and then that area turns into a big fight arena, you beat the baddies or maybe fight a boss or mini boss, and then you move forward with some puzzles and bonuses if you're willing to explore and look for stuff on the side ... but if you look around toooo much, you'll find that there's basically nothing in most places. I'm still early in the game, and it gives the impression that the game opens up and places become areas to return to and go through again, but I haven't seen any of that yet, and with the amount of time I've put in so far, games like "Horizon: Zero Dawn" and "Breath of the Wild" would have already opened up to the "open world" aspect. Basically, it's like an Uncharted version of "Horizon: Zero Dawn" that's promising the open world freedom and side missions and things, but maybe it's just a different kind of balance between freedom and story, and this is just leaning more towards story. The axe is super friggin' dope, though, and playing on harder difficulties really requires you to coordinate a LOT to deal with even just 2, let alone 15 baddies at the same time. Especially as you have like flaming rock throwing monsters on ledges and crazy shielded monsters and running around hyper monsters, and it's just like 20 things happening at once, which is awesome. It's challenging, but it's not infuriating, because it basically comes down to forcing you to act like a movie action hero. You have to toss baddies into other baddies, throw your axe up at the ledge baddie's head then kick the monster in front of you, call your axe back and follow up the kick with a smash, and just power through like it's a crazy coordinated fight scene. It's a really really neat learning curve and style for success. There are ways to possibly hide or run in and smash and run out, but that's really only possible with the big troll bosses, because it's kinda how they're designed to be fought. For the regular fights, you can't really "cheat", because everyone sorta has a pattern, and you're meant to jump between each type of baddie so that the timing of their attack patterns lines-up with your attacks and you don't get destroyed immediatley. If you try and cheap-shot from a distance, it's like a weird timing thing where you have to wait for the pattern to loop and jump in once every loop. It's possible, but extra extra tedious, and it's basically an indication that you're doing the game wrong. You shoulda planned better and looked cooler. Super self-contained and not sure how replayable it'd be, if you just rush through games, but it's worth going through it and it seems pretty well stuffed to be worth the playthrough.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Made it into my top 5 favorite games

      Posted
      richi
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      One of the best games I've ever played. I have always liked the God of War series but hated the sexuality and crap in them. This one focused more on being a good game, great mechanics, fantastic story, and such great gameplay and graphics. I've read reviews saying it was the best looking game there is and I have to agree. Seeing Kratos as an older man with so much detail was incredible. He's still amazingly strong, but he looks weathered, he's got gray sprinkled in his beard, his actions aren't repetitive like other games. There's only a few times where I thought to myself that they just reused a scene, way they walked, etc. The whole time Kratos and his son chat together like literally just chat about random crap. There is one part of the game where you do the same thing over and over if you'd like and the son does reuse some phrases. Besides that, it is always flowing, unique, etc. After battles he will ask Kratos "how was that?" Kratos then gives him feedback, it's not the same either, it starts out like you need more training, then becomes things like you are improving but don't stop, to you are doing good, etc. It's amazing how much attention to detail they gave this game. I love Zelda, hands down my favorite series. I also love Final Fantasy as a series but haven't been too thrilled with 12, 13, 13-2, 13-whatever. Zelda Breath of the Wild became my favorite game last year. I loved that game so much, played for hours. Since that time I didn't think I'd find another game that made me feel that good playing it. God of War blew away all expectations and has jumped up to my 2nd favorite game. So much to do but not ridiculous like Far Cry, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, etc. Those games that tend to reset your quests and reuse them. This doesn't do that. There is so much to do and it's actually enjoyable to do them. Upgrades are fantastic, the system is amazing, and everything is absolute fun. The collectibles are attainable. I didn't have to look up anything so far and I've 100% all of the areas except the main one which I've gotten 88%. All that is with just going with the story, inspecting my areas, solving puzzles, whatever. It wasn't too complicated but def not too easy. I cannot tell you how great this game is. Seriously, the team that made this should be so proud. I know some people don't consider games art but there are certain games where you cannot play it and not recognize it as art. This game is art. You can feel the passion the team had, the attention to detail, the love for this game, and time they put into it. It speaks and I would recommend this to anyone. I would honestly buy a ps4 just for this game, even if it's the only game you ever play, you won't be sad. PS4 pro would be the smarter option as it looks so freaking sexy on a 4K tv. This is the kind of game that you want but never get.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not quite as good as the hype, but very good.

      Posted
      Xarmark77
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      I have to say that the story and graphics were amazing, though without any spoilers I felt the ending wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked. This game has rich graphics and the character development is phenomenal and quite moving. It's a great experience. Where I was disappointed the most was the game play. To be fair my controller was a bit busted from years of use and my character drifted forward as I would try to throw, but I found it hard to move/dodge and aim the throwing of the axe which is pretty much the main weapon and is used in most aspects of the game. I couldn't lock on to targets and that made it a challenge, but this game was revered for its exceptional game play. The biggest flaw by far was the insanely small text. I'm near sighted and I probably need a "thicker set" (yes that's a 'My cousin Vinny' reference...lol) but I literally found myself about 5 feet from the screen just to read the tutorials. So, I guess when you hear about how this is a mind altering game (Metacritc had this at 94 when I bought it which was the best rated game of the year and a point or 2 behind some of the best games in years), I came away slightly disappointed. That said, it was an incredible journey and there's a ton to find. You have enormous beasts that are synonymous with the series and the story is exceptional. I found it not quite on the level of "The Last of Us", but it's riveting and there was something so satisfying as slaying a giant monster that no other game can come close to as far as battle, even as I battled my controller...lol. So, if you are a fan of the series I highly recommend it and if you like RPGs than the combination of the 2 will blow your mind as this is very much an Open World RPG. Though, a lot of areas are blocked off keeping you on a linear path as much as the story doesn't really have any branching at least in my experience. So, some RPG aspects are not there. Though, I just don't think it's as good as some of the better games like GTA V, Last of Us and the game I am currently playing, Uncharted 4. Please bare in mind that much like any form of art or media that these views are totally subjective. Though, it's definitely a very good game and that's why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stunning

      Posted
      Mike
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      Well that was unexpected! After playing through the original trilogy and spin off PSP titles God of War had entertained but also wore out its welcome as gaming matured. God of War was always a graphical showcase with an entertaining plot and gameplay but the formula had undoubtedly aged past its prominence. When the new game was announced myself, like many, was left shocked. I was surprised not only by the return of a long dormant franchise but by the tone of the initial reveal. It showed something the previous games didn’t even hint at, heart. While impressed by the trailer I certainly intended to eventually play but it was low on my list of expectations. When the review embargo was lifted and seeing all of the glowing reviews I had to see if it was deserving. Turns out this is not merely the best God of War games but one of the best this generation has yet offered. Besides again setting a new bar for visuals, the game has a dynamic combat system that opens up as the game progresses. The story is a well told story if a bit derivative. The plot makes good use of many well-worn fantasy tropes and is by no means groundbreaking but what sets it apart is the characterization of the various protagonists. Kratos finally gets a small bit of depth but is overshadowed by Atreus and their dwarven compatriots along with other characters met along the journey are each lovingly crafted and acted. The structure of the game is much more open and resembles modern action RPGs more than its predecessors. The upgrade system and skill trees can come across as cumbersome and daunting but can be left alone for most of the game. Those who wish to dive into the gameplay systems will have much to customize in terms of loot and skills and play styles similar to that of the Soul’s series of games, barring the notorious difficulty of the aforementioned games. This is a rewarding and surprising title through and through. I recommend this to anyone whether familiar with the franchise or not.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must have for PS4 owners...

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      LostTrav
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      ...and absolutely <> if you have a PS4 Pro. Absolutely gorgeous game on a 4k display, and to top it off, one of the best modern re-imaginings of an old franchise ever created. If you are a diehard fan of the arcade-y hack&slash, frenetic combo driven gameplay of the prior GoW and DmC games, you will absolutely be disappointed, no question. But if your tastes have changed towards story driven fantasy RPG's with incredibly fluid, dynamic combat, this is a game for you. I'll go right out and say I never really liked the original GoW games. Played 1&3, never replayed them. Just not my style of game. This is a much more thoughtful, slowly paced experience with a lot going on in the story department, and much more skill, item and stat management in the combat. You can easily get through just picking up gear as it comes, or you can hyper min-max to fit your play style. Combat is very similar to Dark Souls, but at a much faster pace, and with far less weapon options, but infinitely more combat skills and movement variety. The game world is breathtakingly gorgeous and varied. It's not as grand and epic in size as some other open world RPG's, but the focus allows it's two main characters and landscapes to be fleshed out beautifully. Never did I think I'd say Kratos, the epitome of revenge and unbridled rage, is a complex and brooding protagonist. Atreus is exactly as you would hope he would be. This is not an endless escort mission as many worried, this is a powerful journey where two inseparable companions grow their bond to become more than the sum of their selves. All of the side characters all well voiced and interesting in their own right as well, and their interactions range from emotionally moving to downright hilarious. It's just a great gd game. Go get it. My only complaint is that eventually it ends. This is one of those games that forces you to lower your expectations when moving on to another game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Like playing an interactive movie

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      Ghostwolf13
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      I really don't like the direction some games are going. Developers think players want an interactive movie (maybe some do), while some just want to play a game. Most game companies seem to be just concentrating on the best looking game they can make, and not the best playing. Unfortunately, I think this game spends too much time trying to be graphically impressive at the cost of gameplay. GOW feels like an interactive movie. There are even times you think you are controlling the character and suddenly find you are not. What makes it worse is you can't even (from what I could tell) skip these cut scenes. I really don't want to spend my gaming time watching cut scenes. Combat is still fun, though having the camera stuck on your character can be annoying at times -- Unlike the old GOW where you had more of the top down view. And having to tell the son to shoot his arrows becomes tedious the further you progress. Overall, I felt the combat in the old GOW games was handled much better. Regardless, fans of the old GOW may be turned off by the new direction this franchise is heading. I for one will not purchase a sequel to this -- unless they go back to the old engine. The game also seemed very short -- but I actually welcomed this because by the time you reach the end, you pretty much have experienced everything you want to experience and dragging it out more would just make it monotonous. So, whether you should purchase this game comes down to what is important to you. If you want to feel like you are controlling a character (at times) in a movie, you should like this game. If you are like me and prefer to have total control over your character and want to feel like you are playing a game, you probably won't enjoy this game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A More Mature God Of War

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      Electronaut72
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      It's been about 8 years since a mainline God Of War game (God Of War 3 on PS3, 2010), and it appears the hiatus has done the series some good. With this latest entry, entitled simply "God Of War", the story takes a step in a more mature direction–showing Kratos in a fatherly role, regretting his violent past and the repercussions it entailed. With the Greek gods vanquished, Kratos now reluctantly sets his sights upon the pantheon of Norse mythology. The perspective has shifted into an over-the-shoulder view, which makes for slower, albeit more visceral combat. For a good portion of the game, you'll be using a frost axe instead of Kratos' signature Chains Of Olympus. Throughout your journey, you'll be accompanied by Kratos' son, Atreus...but he's much more of a boon than a hinderance; rarely will he need to be babysat. Instead, he has no life bar and acts mostly to assist in stunning enemies with his bow attacks (although he will quickly become more lethal). Your weapons AND armor can be upgraded as well, which is a new feature to the God Of War franchise. In fact, your armor and attachments greatly influence your stats; different builds may be needed to take on the more difficult foes. The graphics are quite nice on either the standard or pro PS4, though only the latter is capable of 4k and a consistent clip of 60 fps. Still, it's totally playable on the standard PS4 at a respectable 30 fps. If there's one gripe I have, it's that you really don't feel like much is accomplished story-wise by the end of the game–it's clearly a setup for a new trilogy. That said, I'd welcome a couple more entries into the God Of War series using this new perspective and gameplay style. Definitely recommended for action aficionados!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best ps4 games

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      Rastos
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      I'm not very good at determining what my favourite game of all time is.. I've played so many over a few decades but God of War will be added to the list of games I consider for my favourites. Visually it's amazing looking, and I played it on a ps4 pro on a 4k TV in quality mode(game setting) The setting is great, I love mythology and I can't wait to see more of this world. The story is interesting with some twists and turns yet it manages to also keep itself rather focused. The characters are likable and show growth, there's some good chemistry between them and their voice actors. Gameplay wise it tics a lot of boxes for me. The combat is slower and methodical which is something I like. It's not quite dark souls like but I can see some similarities. There's ample variety as well, you're always discovering new abilities(runic attacks) until the very end(and beyond!) The other aspect of gameplay is the general exploring with some light puzzles that personally are just hard enough to be interesting, without leaving you stumped for any significant amount of time. I'm not a huge puzzle guy so if you're looking for that you may be disappointed (try The Witness) There's "Metroidvania" elements in the game as well. Meaning you'll unlock abilities later in the game that allow you to backtrack and unlock things you came across but couldn't get by. If you follow the critical path you'll probably get 15-20 hours depending on your skill and the difficulty setting. You will probably double that if you do most or all the side stuff which was very worth doing in my opinion. I feel like with the 4 difficulty settings almost anyone can enjoy this game. Will it be an all time great for you? Who knows but even if it's not it's still worth playing.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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