Editor’s note: I re-read this one as I was editing and preparing it for re-upload and it’s a bit cringey in places. I fixed a few things here and there but it’s kind of the same review as it originally aired.
This week’s review is going to be short but sweet, since I haven’t actually finished the game (and can’t give it a full review).
The God of War Collection came out for the PS3 a few weeks ago, and after waiting patiently for ANY retailer in my area to have a copy,* I was finally ready to have another go at killing a god.
GOD OF WAR 1
You play as Kratos, another Spartan Badass who decides that having his life spared in return for being a slave for the Greek gods isn’t really what he wanted in life.
Kratos embarks on an epic journey across many different areas (land, sea, fire and surprisingly no ice…) encountering Sony’s take on different beings in mythology such as Harpies, Medusa, Hydra, etc. in order to retrieve Pandora’s Box to gain the power to kill Ares, the Greek god of War.
The game itself does offer quite a challenging story, including various battles, puzzles and the like, but never in a way that got boring or old.
It was never “find the blue key and jump over the pit three times to locate the red door after completing a short puzzle for the fourteenth-frickin time,” but more of a “kill EVERYTHING that gets in your way, solve a puzzle that shouldn’t take too long and don’t forget to CHECK EVERYWHERE for hidden chests and power-ups.
At the time of this writing I have just descended into the “depths of Hades” (which I’m pretty sure was the PERSON that lived in the Underworld and kept the dead, not the place itself)…
Well skin me alive and call me Shirley, I was wrong: HADES: (from Greek ᾍδης, Hadēs, originally Ἅιδης, Haidēs or Άΐδης, Aidēs, meaning ‘the unseen’) refers both to the ancient Greek underworld, the abode of Hades, and to the god of the underworld.
Hades in Homer referred just to the god; the genitive ᾍδου, Haidou, was an elision to denote locality: ‘[the house/dominion] of Hades. Eventually, the nominative, too, came to designate the abode of the dead.”
Thanks Wikipedia, hopefully teacher won’t ask me to cite my sources as they think using you is… well not good.
Anyway, back to the thought I left: As of now I am nearing the end of the game (seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel if you will) and can safely tell you that playing this game on the PS3 is a good idea, since it has a great story (if you didn’t already know from playing on the PS2) and made the transition to the “current gen” with little problem.
I did think some parts had a little “lag” between when I tried to execute a finishing combo to when (or if) it happened, but I think that animation issue was in the original game as well…
Also fans of the original game remember the quick-time events that usually gave you a more “brutal” execution and more souls (in handy orb form) to power up your weapons and abilities. Yes, it’s all still here.
People new to the game have no idea what I’m talking about, so here’s a crash course: In the original game you had the ability to execute your enemy by completing a quick-time event after their health got to a certain level. Once you initiated the event by pressing the circle button, you would have a random combination of either buttons (or directions on the left joystick) you had to mimic. Once you successfully completed the quick-time event, Kratos would either stab an enemy with their own weapon, rip off their wings and curb-stomp them (in the case of the Harpies) or just rip their effin’ head off (Medusa, I’m lookin at you. Wait, no I’m not). Then you would get red orbs and sometimes some magic or health for your troubles. So enjoy!
Also new to the PS3 version is trophies (and I don’t know about you, but I’m a whore for trophies…. mmm trophies…) and also as some may already know a graphics update so it runs in HD.
The graphics update is great and all for those that care about how pretty a game is, but I would rather have a playable game with a good story versus something that was a polished turd, but hey, to each their own.
Oh and PS: you can get a trophy for playing the little “mini-game” after defeating the Hydra… called “Rockin’ The Boat”