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: I purchased the God of War trilogy and played it all the way through. When I finished the third game, I was satisfied, but I still wanted more of the story — and of Kratos. To appease that desire, and solely to appease it, I purchased Mortal Kombat 9, which has Kratos as a playable character. I was completely let down. Then I tried PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale (review) and was similarly disappointed with the Kratos experience.
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.