Welcome players. Today we will talk about one of the most anticipated games in April, named God of War for PS4 ,an third-person action-adventure video game in development by Santa Monica Studio and to be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). It is scheduled to be released on April 20, 2018 for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.
Is important to pin that since God of War was revealed for PS4, it’s been clear the game would differ from its predecessors in the series. It appeared to be slower, with more of an emphasis on character development and very different combat. The game has also learned a lot from fellow PS4 exclusive The Last of Us.
Now, with God of War’s release date drawing ever closer, reviews have gone live for the next big PS4 game, and it seems critics are impressed. In our God of War review, Peter Brown awarded the action-adventure title a 9/10, saying it’s a “spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat.” For more on what critics thought, check out our review roundup below, or head over to Metacritic for a wider view of the game’s critical reception.
Game: God of War
Developer / Publisher: Sony Santa Monica / Sony
Release Date: April 20
Price: US $60 / £53 / AU $100
The gameplay is vastly different from the previous installments, as it was rebuilt from the ground up. Although the previous main installment, Ascension (2013), introduced multiplayer to the series, this new installment is single-player-only.
The new installment features a third-person, over-the-shoulder free camera, a departure from the previous installments, which featured a third-person, fixed cinematic camera (with the exception of 2007’s 2D side-scroller Betrayal). Cinematographically, the game is presented in a continuous shot, with no camera cuts. Enemies in the game stem from Norse mythology, such as trolls, ogres, and draugrs, as well as revenants, beings warped by seiðrmagic.
A major change is that Kratos no longer uses his signature double-chained blades, as he lost these at the conclusion of God of War III (2010). Instead, he uses a magical battle axe, called the Leviathan Axe, which can be infused with different elemental abilities and thrown at enemies. For example, the axe can be engulfed in ice and Kratos can hurl it at an enemy and magically summon it back to his hand (similar to Thor’s hammer Mjölnir). Kratos can also charge the axe and let out a burst of energy that damages nearby enemies.
In God of War for PS4 gameplay, the axe has light and heavy attacks; heavy attacks allow Kratos to launch enemies into the air. Larger enemies, such as an ogre, have precision targets and throwing the axe at those targets will stun the enemy. The weapon can also be thrown at environmental objects, such as a container, to trigger an explosion that will damage nearby enemies. The Leviathan Axe can be upgraded by using runes, with one slot being for light attacks and the other for heavy. This provides players with a variety of options to cater to their own play style. Another new weapon that Kratos utilizes is a shield. When not in use, it folds up and appears like armor on Kratos’ left forearm. When summoned, the shield can be used offensively and defensively. Kratos also utilizes hand-to-hand combat, a feature originally introduced in Ascension.
Next we will reveal some PRO vs CONTRA things about God of War for PS4:
- Incredibly gorgeous
- Huge amount of gameplay
- Most satisfying combat system
- Depth to the combat via character upgrades
- Excellent father/son tale
- Zero load screens
- Boss encounters massively underwhelm
- Change of pace certainly won’t be for all
- Ending falls flat