Last week in exchange for feeding some dogs and cats, I was gifted a gigantic pizza, with stuffed crust, double pepperoni and pineapple (yes pineapple, fuck you). It came with wedges and a garlic bread. I was by myself and could barely imagine myself finishing it but motivation, confidence and a good work ethic ensured that I got to the end and lay around like Jabba the hut, gurgling and bloated for hours. In deicide terms (the act of killing a god), I imagine this is how Kratos felt after killing the literal daddy of Greek Gods Zeus. In God of War Kratos has settled down and raised a son with a lovely dead woman called Faye and everything is fine until a member of Turisas turns up at his house and nearly kicks the shit out of him in an attempt to steal his son Atreus.
Based much later than God of War III, God of War is focused on Norse mythology since there’s none left of the Greek. Norse mythology is all the stuff from those Manowar albums that you don’t know or love. Armed with a battle axe, that has it’s own amazing mechanic when it comes in contact with something that makes it feel really heavy and powerful, Kratos is challenged yet again to piss off Gods.
Now I’m not sure about you, but I always felt that the Greek Gods would have been lazing around drinking wine while Zeus tried to have sex with everything, and Odin and Thor would have climbed up Olympus and annihilated them all and stolen their gold. Ares was a god of war sure, but the Norse Gods were tricky and violent, their entire religion was based on dying in battle after being mental on magic mushrooms, going literally berserk and killing everything in sight.
Due to this, this game is more mature, more violent and more brilliant than anything you’ve played before in the franchise. No longer a ‘god-of-war style game’ God of War has built on the foundations laid by Uncharted, Tomb Raider and The Last of Us when it comes to storytelling, but has the classic God Of War element of having to fight an insurmountable enemy at every corner. Remember that big fucking hydra at the start of the first one? Every enemy is more threatening than that. Imagine you had the flu, you were naked, and lying on the floor of your bathroom, and then you think to yourself, “I should get a shower to wash off all this sick and diarrhoea” but when you glance at your shower, there’s a bear in it. This is how overwhelming and intense the battles can be in this game. Out of nowhere, at your weakest, something the size of Jamaica decides it wants to pull you to pieces because Odin’s eye has fallen into a well or something.
The controls as I have mentioned are great, though I find the progression system a little bit overwhelming with the number of decisions as I started the game. It gradually came together as I got deeper in. There’s nothing about this game that I really dislike, and the relationship between Kratos God of War and Atreus Boy of War is actually very emotional in places. Atreus at one point tells his father that he clearly didn’t care about his wife, and Atreus claims to have been the only one of the pair to love her at all. Kratos reveals, as a man of few words, that the boy should shut the fuck up before he gets his ass beat, which we know now to be an expression of hurt from someone who is more commonly responding to difficulties by killing actual gods.
So after eating his weight in pizza Kratos has found a tub of Ice Cream in the freezer. Cold, harder and ultimately even more satisfying because of the pizza. Sure this analogy is terrible and barely makes sense, but I can tell you right now this game, God of War, is a console mover.
God of War (Playstation 4)
Pineapple is high in Vitamin C, and also Manganese which is essential for development, metabolism, and the antioxidant system. So… I’m right. Anyway, don’t topping shame me.
You might also like
More from Gaming
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is bloody brilliant. There’s the short version for those who couldn’t be arsed reading a review today. …
When I first loaded up CardLife: Cardboard Survival, my first thoughts were, “Wow, this might not suck after all”. It’s …