Well, well, what an improvement this was over the first game !, I loved it !, it’s almost like somebody read my gripes in my review for God Of War, jumped in a time machine, fixed all the annoying bits and released it.
Now first of all, I want to explain why I played this on easy…
1, I’ve got a massive backlog of games that I need to get through
2, I checked the trophy list, and you can complete the game on “any difficulty” to get the completion trophy
3, I assumed that if the first game was anything to go by, this game was more about the puzzles than the combat
Right, now I have that out of the way, lets get on the with review.
The game picks up x amount of years after the 1st one finishes, Kratos being the official God Of War is kicking arse and taking over Greece with his spartans. In the previous game Ares was your arch nemesis, this time…it’s Zeus, and he’s not happy with your lust for power. The game starts, you’ve got all your skills from the first game, until Zeus gives you a kicking and sends you to the underworld, with only your Blades of Chaos.
You get to hack and slash your way various worlds, and pick up various new skills (trying to be spoiler free :)).
The gameplay itself seems a lot more polished, the combat seems smoother, and I’m loving the addition of the grappling, it really adds to the game. The addition of the abilility gained by kicking Icarus’s arse as well is really a welcome addition. I played the God Of War 3 demo, did a double jump and wings appeared, and thought…..Hmmm, he’s got wings ?!?…. now I know how/why/when 🙂
As you may have read from my other post, my main gripe with the first was the crappy timed jumpy bit, in this game they are kept to a minimum. There were however a few points that did annoy me, these were the Action Sequences (the press one of the 4 buttons at a set time). I don’t think it was a problem with the game as such, just that my primary console is the Xbox, so when it said “square”, I was having to remember if that was the left of the right one, I seemed fine with the triangle or cross, but for some reason, when it came to the point when I had to quickly pick either square or circle, my brain would get them confused….. however this was user error, and not a problem with the game. There was one particular action sequence at the end, that if you got wrong, you died, and has to replay around 2 minutes of game to get back to the same point. I believe I got it wrong 5/6 times, which got a tad annoying.
Another addition to the game I enjoyed was the ability to slow down time (in certain areas), reminded me a lot of Prince of Persia : Sands of Time, it was used really well, and didn’t get annoying.
The control scheme in this seemed a little better too, the way you use the “special ability” seemed to work a lot better than the first. I did however notice that they removed one of the “power up” moves for the Blades of Chaos, which was the one I used all the time in the first which was “Apollo’s Ascension”, basically the move that knocked you enemy into the air, then gave them a good kicking, you also don’t get the Army of Hades, which towards the end of the first I used loads. You do however get a lot of cool abilities to replace these, but attempting to be spoiler free, you’ll have to either google these, or play through the game.
The visuals….again, stunning ! If I’d never heard of God of War before, and somebody had given me this to play telling me it was a new game, I would have believed them. It really didn’t look out of place, even though it’s a 5 year old game and not forgetting this was written for a previous console. There were a few ropy looking cut scenes, but apart from that, it looked gorgeous !.
The sound….this would be my only gripe to be honest, I have a very nice amp (Onyko SR606), which supports TrueHD, so usually when I’m gaming, I’ll get a minimum of Dolby Digital EX, however this one only seemed to be done in 2 channel (showed up on my amp as Pro Logic II), and at times the spoken word was a little hard to hear, due to the background noise.
Conclusion : if the first game put you off, then don’t let it put you off this game, it’s just like the first, but much much better. Even though I played through this on easy, there was still all the puzzles to do, which still made this an 11 hour game, granted the combat was a little too easy, but I accepted it would be like this from the beginning. To be honest, after playing the first, I was a little put off, however after playing this, I can’t wait to play God Of War 3.
The collectors edition is currently dirt cheap (£17.99 at play), and this include both games, for that price, it’s an absolute must ! Go buy it !
Approx Time taken to beat – 11hours
Difficulty setting – Easy
Score – [Rating:5/5]