Bargain Guide - God of War

Dave Smith  Business Insider

The young boy, whose mother has just died, is unaware of his divine heritage or his father's past as a god-slaying Spartan warrior-turned-literal god of war in previous installments.

The combat is not as comically overblown as it once was, but this is still a very violent game, with deliberate, intense fights against creatures ranging from the frozen undead to building-sized monsters.

This God of War is an absolute must-play.

The cheapest copy of God of War starting with local retailers and finishing off with online only deals. The game itself has garnered plenty of popularity and fans have been itching to see what the next game in the franchise will bring.

If anything, these restructures and refinements might even give God of War another set of reasons to keep you playing and compel you to explore the land, the lad, and the lore of the game. Where the narrative succeeds exceedingly is in its handling of the core relationship between father and son, with Atreus' constant questioning and wonder at the realms they traverse a flawless foil to his father's grumpy, stoic indifference.

The plot of the game is much more intimate and profound than in the past.

If a player chooses the "Give Me God of War" difficulty, they will be in for a significantly different gameplay experience. Atreus also has a handful of utilities that will aid you in your exploration.

Battles are plentiful, as is to be expected in a God of War title, but the revamped combat system and the replacement of Kratos' iconic Blades of Chaos with the Leviathan Axe is a welcome change that pushes the series forward into the current generation of consoles. In the end, he says God of War's new combat system is "is one of the most rewarding I have tried in a long time".

At first, it didn't seem too bad. Coupled with Kratos' ever-expanding list of moves is a button (square) devoted exclusively to the control of Atreus, which seamlessly weaves the young companion into the action. With the original games serving as a prologue, this new era's transformation is a jarring metamorphosis in game design, mechanics and character development. If a player wants, they can simply move from one story beat to the next, uncovering Kratos' past and he and his family's place in this new realm of ancient mythos.

'We're not really ever going to put them in a position outside of that core experience, forcing them to do something'. They help make a long game even longer, but never boring. There's no denying that 2160p resolution makes God of War look stunning, but the trade-off may not be worth it for some. It absolutely is. Despite the arrival of a child, God of War remains to be as brutal and as bloody as we all know it to be. You can unfurl an arsenal of attacks with bare fists, a shield and an ice-imbued axe that, once thrown, flies back into Kratos's hand with a satisfying thunk. There are options to turn off HUD elements for players wanting to not detract from what's on screen. This is not your father's God of War. In true Metroidvania style, there are many times on your adventure when paths can be opened only with tools acquired later on.

There's a simplicity to this underlying quest, refreshingly devoid of the convoluted God-politicking that previous games in the series have fallen into.

It seems by all accounts that the team over at Santa Monica Studios have by and far exceeded expectations.

God of War is set to release on April 20, 2018 for PlayStation 4.

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