I first played the demo of God of War Acension at Eurogamer 2012, literally a day after starting the Year of Shame challenge, and I was genuinely gutted that I’d have to wait at least a year to play the full game. Many moons later, I decided to actually sit down and play it.
As with the other games, you play as Kratos, who is essentially a killing machine of the gods. From my understanding, the game is a prequel to all the other God of War games, which possibly explain some of my grips with the games.
The game plays similar to the previous game, in which you go from area to area, either solving puzzle, or taking out groups of enemies. For me, one major drawback over the previous games is the limitation of weapons. You start, and end the game with the Blades of Chaos, but no other weapons. I guess with this being a prequel, possible the story didn’t justify the likes of the Gauntlet of Zeus or the Light of Dawn, but I felt this were hugely missing from the game.
Some addition abilities were added to this game, namely The Amulet of Uroborus and Oath Stone of Orkos. The amulet would allow you to manipulate a few world objects to either heal or decay them, these were mainly used in puzzled to restore things like a bridge, or a set of stairs allowing you to move to the next section. The most interesting one of the two was the Oath Stone of Orkos which gave you a clone of yourself which could be used to hold levels, stand on weights, and even get a few punches in during a battle.
As for the story, it was ok, however didn’t have that ‘epic’ feeling that the other God of War games have had. Previous games have has big stories, big boss battles, a lot of epic narration, this felt watered down. Maybe it’s because the game is a few years old now, and I’ve become accustomed to bigger games on the current gen consoles, but it all felt a little flat.
I guess if this had been the first released game in the series, it would have felt a better game, however with all the other games had to offer, this felt like a backwards step.
Approx Time taken to beat – 8 hours
Difficulty setting – Easy
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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