God of War III PS3 Review
much of the feel of the original. Great action, nice visuals...Could
use a bit more freshening in terms of gameplay and structure.
We all knew it was only a matter of time before
the God of War franchise would make its way to the PS3.
The previous games were console sellers, the second one causing
a rebirth in sales for the PS2 at the end of its cycle, no less.
Many thought that game would actually be pushed to the PS3 but
Sony was smart. Sell more PS2's which cost nearly nothing to make.
Sony was losing $150 per console when the PS3 was released.
God of War 2 on the PS3 would have been a financial blunder.
So, we played 2 on the PS2 and loved it. And then we waited. And
waited. E3 2009 brought the long awaited demo of God
of War 3, a playable version released on the God
of War 1&2 redux for the PS3. (Another stroke of genius.
Have us pay to replay the first two on the PS3 with updated graphics.
Nice.) And now, the game is finally here.
Expectations can hurt a game like this. The hype
builds and builds and then even a perfect game cannot match it.
As a huge fan of the series, I slipped this disc into my PS3 with
the thought in the back of my mind that I might be disappointed.
I wasn't. At least, not totally. After the mandatory intro movie
(chronicling the first two games) I started a new game and tried
to control my anticipation. These games like to throw you right
into the action, and that hasn't changed with GOW3. Nothing wrong
with staying with a working formula.
The game starts off with an attack on Olympus by the Titans, with
Kratos coming along for the ride to exact revenge against his
father, Zeus. I won't spoil anything, so I'll just say this game
picks off exactly where the last one ended. The Titans looked
massive on screen, and the graphics impressive. But not that impressive.
I expected more. I expected total eyeball annihilation. Then I
had an 'a-ha' moment.
I'd been spoiled by the remakes for the PS3. Smartly, and quite
proud of said smarts, I fired up my PS2 and loaded God of War
2. I remember being dazzled by that game. For the PS2, it was
dazzling. Right then, however, after having seen the new game,
it looked dated, blocky even. Despite having the PS2 HD cable
connected, there was no comparison. My eyeballs weren't annihilated,
no, but impressed. That's good enough for me.
Like I said, the Titans blow up the screen. Ditto for the gods,
the effects, and the terrain. All of it contains a polish you
don't see too often in games. This is why I stay up til 3AM with
a controller in my hand, to play a game with this much attention
to detail. Santa Monica studios put their time in on this one
and the effort has paid off. There are a lot of in game movies
at the start, and I found myself with my mouth open more than
once. If you look for graphics in a game, this is the sort of
game you want to play. It justifies that HDTV purchase.
An overlooked area of a game, at least in my opinion,
is the sound. This series always had good sound, and the third
keeps up with that tradition. The soundtrack goes along with the
action, rising and falling, and immersing you into the experience
even further. Spell effects and other action sounds are spot on,
and very reminiscent of the previous games. The PS3 packs plenty
of media firepower and this games uses it. Surround sound systems
explode while playing God of War 3. That's how it should
None of this would matter if the gameplay wasn't
there. It is. Controls are no different than before, with a few
add-ons to keep things fresh. Some of it is still a little too
button-mashy for me but I guess most fans of the game won't mind
or even notice at all. I don't like the 'events' where you have
to tap in sequence and such, but again, it is a hallmark of the
series. I just think we can move past that. (I mean sequences
like beheading a Medusa, mouth-stabbing a Minotaur, etc) If this
wasn't a problem for you in the past, you won't mind it at all
now. You get new weapons, new spells, and there are plenty of
clever puzzles to solve. Platforming plays a more important role
in this game, something again I am not a fan of but understand
others are. I played through the game and found enjoyment throughout
the greater part of it. I can't ask for more than that.
GOW fans probably already bought the game. If you haven't,
there is no need for hesitation. It's as good as you want it to
be. There's no disappointment. Those on the fence, well, that
depends why you are fence-sitting. If the previous two games didn't
light your fire, there's nothing new enough here to change your
mind about the series. If you've never played one before, I highly
recommend saving 30 bucks and getting the God of War Collection.
It's a better way to get introduced to the series, and you'll
understand the plot better. Still, you won't be upset with this
Highs: Great visuals, superb sound. Game brings
you right back into the universe. Controls are what they should
be and the bigger boss battles will entice many.
Lows: In some ways, a lot of the same. Depends on
how you look at it. Some odd camera bugs but they are few and