Summary: How do you top something that was already considered over-the-top? Especially when this particular brand of over-the-top has become pretty familiar since in past eight years? We all know that God of War 's protagonist, Kratos, is an angry, super powerful killing machine that takes down even the biggest gods and monsters without even a hint of ever breaking his hardened scowl. So even more of that in yet another series game would be ... well, it would be fine, really.
Conclusion: Is God of War Ascension a must have or a must play game? The answer to that is simply “YES”. If you’re a fan of the franchise then you definitely need a Kratos fix and Sony Santa Monica definitely gives you one here. My only gripe I have with the game is the weak story and it’s only considered to be weak when you compare it to the other games in the franchise. If you rank it on its own it’s a very solid story that gives hours upon hours of gameplay.
Excerpt: Despite the rather ambiguous ending to God of War 3 (I don’t want to spoil it for those who didn’t play it… but if you haven’t, you should), I was pretty melancholy because, at the time, I thought that was the end of one of my most favorite characters in gaming. Kratos’ tale of bloodthirsty vengeance was epic in every sense of the word. So when a prequel was announced I did a happy dance! Kratos is back in God of War: Ascension!
Excerpt: To understand this God of War: Ascension review, you must understand my first foray into the God of War series. I had just had an unpleasant day at work, I wanted to play a game to escape, and I spotted the demo for God of War 3. I figured I would give it a try — and I fell in love with the epic landscapes, violently entertaining battles (perfect for relieving stress) and the over-the-top epitome of machismo known as Kratos. Immediately I was hooked.
Excerpt: franchise never relied solely upon the stellar gameplay. The main character, Kratos, was a bad-ass of mythic proportions (pun intended) and fans must attribute part of their entertainment to his reckless brutality, his horribly scarring past, and his epic seething rage. When you get a seemingly more carefree hero and a largely ineffective and unnecessary multiplayer option, you get a less impressive title.
Summary: While not quite the high-point of the God Of War series, Ascension delivers an action-packed, gloriously-produced, freak-bashing extravaganza with an addictive multiplayer component to boot.
Pros: Looks incredible, brilliant character and level design., So much variety in combat that it never gets tiring killing creatures in all kinds of brutal ways., Multiplayer brings the universe to life in an addictive online arena.
Cons: A lull in action a couple of hours into the game with boring platform and on-rails sections., Pushing objects and pulling levers - some of the puzzles can be tedious., Concern about longevity of multiplayer if core players level up too quickly