After waiting for what felt like an eternity thanks to God of War II’s cliffhanger ending, gamers can shout out a collective scream of ecstasy along with Kratos’ war whoops and dive in to what can honestly be described as the Playstation 3’s best game.
Picking up where GOWII left off, you’re still straddling Gaia as she and the other titans clamber their way up Mt. Olympus for The Great War; Round 2. Right off the bat you’re greeted with a big boss fight like the second title, and you’re immersed in such a sense of scale and perspective that’ll make the most hardened cynic gasp “holy crap!”
Off the bat, the visuals are mindblowingly stunning. the levels look great and Kratos is nothing short of impressive; the lighting actually arcs around each individual ab on his six pack. They’re so good that people may often wonder “how’s a game this visually stunning possible?” Keep in mind that every individual character has been given a real pampering, and there could be as many as twenty or more running amok on screen. Or one big boss that takes up most of it.
While the graphics may have undergone an overhaul, the combat remains largely the same. And why shouldn’t it? The previous titles are all fantastic brawlers, and GOWIII takes what made them good and tweaks it a bit. For instance, you can switch between your weapons on the fly, even mid combo. You can also grab opponents that are farther away so you can continue your combo chain, racking up some impressive numbers. It would be nice if the weapons were a little more than the Blades of Chaos with a different look and moves, but they’re at least fun to use, thanks to the fact that each has their own magical attack. You’ll discover some impressive and mind bendingly brutal combo possibilities.
The puzzles remain largely the same as well, such as drag this boulder or stack the body on this pedestal. They do require a bit of head scratching, but the answer will stare you in the face after some trial and error. Then it’s back to more slashing. For about eight hours. It’s a tad disappointing, but then again, I may have missed some bonuses.
All in all, Santa Monica studios has taken a legendary franchise and ramped it up to the Nth degree, giving Kratos a satisfying send off and ending the series on a high note. To call yourself a Playstation fanboy and not have GOWIII in your library, shame on you. Pick up Collection and this title for one hell of a weekend.