God of War has been a really popular and successful series all till now. And if you have played the previous God of War games, there is no doubt you should get the latest God of War game which has recently been launched exclusively for PlayStation 4. Unlike the previous games, the gameplay and fundamentals of this latest addition to the series have completely been reworked by the developers and have been transformed into something new and something that the players have been hoping in their heart since years.
God of War is also one of those games which people have been waiting for since the release if its trailer last year. The game is set years after the events which were displayed in the previous God of War games. We get to know that Kratos is now a father of a son named Atreus and is living in the Norse realm of the Midgard.
You get to see a completely changed Kratos in the new game. Unlike the young Kratos where he was full of rage, killing and destroying each and everything that falls in his way. He is way gentler and lives in the woods. He daily routine includes hunting and finding supplies for him and his son to survive. For over a decade we have been controlling Kratos for spinning its swords and taking countless lives, and we were actually not sure whether this approach of giving a character a completely new personality would work or not and does he can really get redemption after all this?
The latest God of War starts with Kratos and Atreus are in the woods chopping down trees. We see that both of them are making preparations to cremate Kratos’s dead wife. The rest of the game is almost set on her last wish was that her ashes should be spread from the highest peak in all the realms. Now Kratos and his son are out there on a journey to fulfill his wife and Atreus’s mother’s last wish.
They are on their way to the highest mountain but it looks like Kratos can stay away from the gods ultimately and soon they are into something much more big and dangerous.
Artreus is an important character in the game and participates and helps his father in solving puzzles and even in combat. There is a special dedicated button that pulls up the actions as well as commands that you want to give to Atreus like firing arrows on the selected target or enemy. His importance is visible from the starting of the game where is not trained but is smart. As the game progresses, he comes up with his own methods to deal with the environment and things which do not feels forced at all. Soon, he gets fully trained by Kratos and starts participating in heavy and important combats as well. With heavy combat we mean that he can do some serious things like choking out the Norse zombies, summoning spirit wolves and especially talking smack on Kratos. He also provides historical details of some important places in the game and also offers you hints at what should be done next when you are struggling to solve a puzzle.
The relationship between Kratos and his son is also the main crux of the game. They remain together in the entire game and you will hardly see them apart. The characters need each other in order to kill things and coming over obstacles that you are going to face in the new God of War. You will see then grow together, but the old angry Kratos can still be seen from time to time. No doubt our main character is still short tempered and gets somewhat impatient at times like when his son misses a shot while they are hunting. But the replies coming out of his mouth are cold and motivating for his son. His main aim is to make Atreus a better person than he was and this results in a lot of warm and kind moments between them as well. There is a shit in their relationship as the story moves forward and the shift has been displayed very natural and somewhat close to reality.
Now to move forward in the game, Kratos possesses a magical compass which was given to him by a witch. He also has an axe as well as protective gear which keeps on improving as the player’s progress in the game.
Similar to most of the other games, the players have a lot to explore in this new installment to the God of War series. You are free to roam about in the fantasy mystical word which has a lot of puzzles, gameplay challenges and side quests that the players can take up. Including all the side puzzles as well as the main story, there are more than 50 hours of epic gameplay which this new God of War game offers. It is more than last all the God of War games combined. But all these side quests are optional and the players are not forced to take them up every time they appear. You can move on to the main story without them, but obviously, you will have less loot to upgrade your items. Not only the items, Kratos can even improve his character and abilities with the findings.
If you have loved the old combat style of God of War, you won’t be very glad to know that it has changed. But the good news is that the new combat system felt better, a bit free and full of new moves. Earlier, the camera of the God of War game was fixed and the players had no option to shift it in order to have a better view of the surroundings. Will, the change in the combat system is better and free camera angles makes it feel a lot more realistic. Here, Atreus is also going to help you by bringing your attention to the incoming threats and enemies.
There is new over the shoulder perspective which brings the players a lot closer to action that they have ever experienced in any God of War title. One bad thing about is that we are not able to see the entire fighting arena and threats from different angles, but the threat meter helps him to react quickly to any unseen attack that he can conceive. It is very difficult to see the blows that you get from enemies directly behind you.
The first weapon that the Kratos has is an axe which he can recall. Yes, the players can stall their enemies by throwing the axe towards the enemy before recalling it. This move is so core that its usage has been embedded in different puzzles as well. You can command your son, Atreus to distract the enemies by gaining their attention using the command button we were talking about before.
One thing that we really liked about this commanding thing is that it helps in building and displaying the deep bonding between the father and the son. This bond grows as the pair encounters the dangerous and horrifying events that the realms unfold in front of them.
The basic combat strategy and the most common fight style you will adapt to is, hitting the enemy with heavy attacks in the beginning followed by normal simple blows. Then you are going to dodge the enemy blows by rolling over in the appropriate direction and repeating all over. During the combat, you can ask your son to help you with arrows and other stuff. This micromanaging makes the combat in this new God of War game very interesting and thrilling.
We would like to appreciate the detail of the world the characters are set in. The story becomes even more heart touching with the excellent graphics and visuals that you see. The objects, your interaction with them, environment destruction and especially facial details are simply superb through the entire game. Players can actually imagine and identify the feelings of the character by seeing the accurate expressions on Kratos and Atreus’s faces. There are very little differences in the gameplay and the cut scenes that you see in between the game.
We see a shift in the source of the story from Greek Mythology in the previous games to Norse mythology. And the story and gameplay adapt to bring new astonishing elements into the picture till the end.
To explore the huge environment, Kratos gets an item that allows him to fast-travel in the game. Really, it is hard to get from one place to another on foot, especially when they are at some other end of the map completely opposite to you. However, there are specific doorways that you need to fast-travel, but you miss the chance of coming across various elements of the unexplored land and a lot of loot as well.
You get to learn new abilities by earning the experience points and that you get by killing the enemies. Kratos still possesses the basic two abilities that we saw in the previous games but they are now tied to a cooldown. So, you can not just use them, again and again, to crush everything in your path like it used to happen in the previous games.
The new God of War game really feels large with a lot of opportunities to explore for the adventure lovers. The game possesses its own special moments of calmness where you can just admire the astonishing world in front of you while listening to the old stories that Kratos tells his son of his past adventures.
At the latter end of the game, we realize that Kratos has actually been trying to hide his past from everyone around him, including his son Atreus. This results in an unwanted and unworthy feeling inside his son that grows and grows. We see Kratos struggling quite a times in the story, where he tries hard to hide everything but being stern at the same time. But later, Atreus himself finds out the truth, making it even intense and adding a lot of weight to the game story. If you are one such gamer who like to live the story of the game as well while playing it, it is really hard to see both of suffering just because Kratos is not able to tell him the truth. It is definitely heartbreaking but brilliant.
The ability tree is a special feature that brings depth in the game and adds the RPG elements to it for the first time. It’s not that you gain the ability just by discovering new places and killing enemies. You will have to analyze most of the items that you get via loot of discovery in order to assess that how they can benefit your gameplay style. You have various stats that you will have to keep in mind: Strength, defense, vitality, runic, cooldown and luck. The items you need to care about include your armor (bracers, chest, and waist).
All in all, the latest God of War game is purely brilliant. It takes you through a huge beautiful world and puts you into whole new shoes. You have a lot to look forward to like the relationship with your son, dealing with your own emotions, dealing with monsters and bosses at a different level. The bosses may not have the same effect and intensity to make them memorable, but that is not a big issue. The amazing single player epic has a lot of hidden secrets and emotions to explore for the players that will definitely keep you hooked to your gaming seat from start of the game and all the way till the finish. There are certain elements that we felt that the game has borrowed from similar games like Horizon and the latest Tomb Raider game, but that is required when you try to re-write an old epic from a new point of view. For us, it is one of the best RPG action adventure game that we have seen this year till now and a game which all the game lovers should definitely buy and try. Do not forget to share your view and moments of the games with us in the comments section.