God of War's 'Give me God of War' difficulty is insanely tough

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In his 10/10 review of the game, IGN's Jonathan Dornbush seems to take particular delight in the complexity Kratos has developed in his time away from the limelight.

Took me awhile to think of a title suitable for this review. If the narrative isn't moving along there's a subtle level of worldbuilding going on, frequently spouted in sections I call "story time", when the player is rowing down a stream or walking toward a key destination.

On the face of it, Kratos, the vengeful god who powered the excellent (and gratuitously violent) God of War games of the 00s, is an absurd candidate for such humanisation.

Sony was kind enough to provide us with a review copy of the game a few weeks before launch, but while we don't want to spoil the game or any of its many surprises, we'd love to give you an idea of the kind of visual treat customers are in for.

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There has been a particular focus on the way the game looks. This isn't the Kratos you remember - and that's what makes it work so well.

Polygon (10/10)"Some die-hard fans may fear this isn't really God of War". This God of War then relates to the myth in a much more complete (and complex) way than ever before. Judging by these scores and how the gameplay is different from past games, the reboot looks to be the most popular game of the year.

God of War's world is enormous - set aside at least 30 hours to explore it - but it is devoid of the busy work that plagues similarly ambitious games. And the rewards of doing so are quite worth it. While I'm a sucker for more frantic arcadey action there are plenty of studios left carrying on that legacy. A quick tap for a smooth dodge and a double-tap for rolling is a nice touch, and my favorite aspect of combat is micro-managing Atreus while Kratos is animation locked.

Calm, idyllic life in a wooden cabin is upset by the death of Kratos' wife, but it's not until a stranger appears at the door that the gears start to shift.

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I expected great action from God of War, and it delivers that handily. It doesn't take long for the gods of this new realm to figure out who he is, setting off a chain of events that leave Kratos and his son Atreus heading for a distant mountain on the horizon. Their interactions and conversations are a highlight of this game.

Despite being a god, Kratos had his butt whipped on multiple occasions during my playthrough, as some encounters require you to be almost ideal with your timing.

As for the entire story itself, well, from the 12 hours that I've gone through, you ought to prepare yourself for a slow and steady build up, with more questions than answers at first. That makes it by far the best reviewed game of 2018, and one of the best in recent years to boot.

But is it still violent? Yes. God of War is a standard-setter both technologically and narratively. You'll learn more about that during the game too and it plays into the progression systems where players can upgrade and add mods to this weapon and Atreus' bow, but can also upgrade the pair's armor pieces. Sure! At the start you'll be kitted out with Kratos' Leviathan Axe, which can be recalled after thrown and used in basic light/heavy attacks. And if you get to stun the enemy and press the appropriate button, you get to witness a brutal takedown worthy of a Mortal Kombat fatality screen. Atreus, then, is the ideal companion. I'd venture to say that Atreus is one of the most useful companions in a video game ever.

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