God Of War Releases Tomorrow And Critics Are Predicting A Hit
God of War, the highly anticipated PS4 game, comes out tomorrow, April 20. There's a lot of excitement surrounding the game, and critics have already played and reviewed it, just in time to let everyone know if it's worth it. So far, it seems to be living up to the hype, with some reviewers stating that it's one of the best games they've played this year. It's only April, but according to the rave reviews, God of War may stay at the top of the list as the year goes on.
It's hailed as "a new beginning for God of War. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest." (Playstation)
Again and again, reviewers focus on the impressively beautiful game and the expected combat elements, but it is Kratos and Atreus that are the stars. Their unique father-son relationship and Kratos' quest for redemption, along with the game's quest and battles, are unforgettable.
Erik Kain of Forbes shared his initial opinions. He was notably impressed by the overall gameplay, combat, sound, and visuals, but was most excited by the leap to a more compelling story with well-developed characters. This, combined with new RPG elements and an over-the-shoulder camera, are highlights of this extremely promising game.
Creative Director of the game, Cory Barlog of Santa Monica Studios, also highlights the story, and especially the characters, as God of War's strongest elements: "This game is about Kratos teaching his son how to be a god, and his son teaching Kratos how to be human again."
God of War promises the violent, grueling combat that players expect, while providing a moving and engaging story experience — a true feat. Creatures, monsters, and gods populate a dark world that players will be eager to explore.
Plenty of critics have weighed in:
"About midway through God of War, Kratos and his son Atreus sit in a canoe in the middle of a lake, listening intently to a disembodied head recount the tawdry and tragic dramas of the Norse gods. The head dishes with the gusto of a gossip columnist and the smoothness of a public radio host. Kratos and son show the orator respect, only interrupting with the occasional question for clarification. That this serene moment doesn’t ring false, let alone veer into tedium, speaks to the tremendous heavy lifting done by the creators of God of War to shift the tone, the style and the expectations of one of the most beloved but also most violent and debaucherous franchises in modern games." - Chris Plante, Polygon (Score: 10)
"Kratos remains capable of startling violence. But there is a sense that even Sony Santa Monica has recoiled from some of “God of War’s” legacy, and the game is better for it. It is a game that treats its history with respect where appropriate, but without obligation, even in its very concluding moments. This new “God of War” has some rough edges remaining in its transition to something new, but even in its concluding moments, it commits to its vision in a way that few games do — and it’s the first time the series has felt vibrant and important in a decade." - Arthur Gies, Variety
"Set in a new, Norse mythology-inspired world and starring a familiar but thoughtfully reimagined character, God of War’s fish-out-of-Greek-water tale is a nonstop whirlwind of emotions. It’s all framed by one continuous camera shotthat never cuts away or takes the focus off of the heart of it all: Kratos’ relationship with his young son, Atreus. But the story also encompasses an indelible supporting cast, a gorgeous world consistently rewarding to explore, and immensely satisfying combat." Johnathon Dornbush, IGN (Score: 10)
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God of War releases for PS4 on April 20. Are you excited about this game? We would love to hear from you!