Like most God Of War (GOW) fans, when news about its latest release took over the Internet, anxiety sank in because when the lid was lifted, many new features were announced. Some of those include the new weapon of choice for Kratos, his son’s involvement in the gameplay, the new camera angle, among other things.
Well, we had the privilege of playing two hours of the 2018 edition of GOW (on normal mode) and while the game was expectedly epic, there were some knick knacks which could have made the it a whole lot better. Here – in no particular order – we outline the things we love and hate about the new God Of War:
#1 Kratos’ change of heart
We’ve all grown to love the anger-struck Kratos whose sole purpose is to take revenge and kill anything in his path. Now, our favourite blade-wielding warrior has taken it down several notches – as he tries to teach his son the right way. There are some parts that make him look like a dufus dad too – especially when he smacks the boy a tad too much.
#2 The Leviathan Axe
Say goodbye to the Blades of Chaos! Kratos will now be brandishing an axe – yes, just one. While its ability to maul all the abominable creatures still stands tall, it’s nowhere near the awesomeness of the weapon of old. The good thing though, is that you can throw it at your enemies and use his bare hands instead. And when you’re ready to go chopping again, call it back with a simple push of a button.
#3 New camera angle
This one is deemed as the biggest change for the franchise, but if you’re a regular gamer, this one won’t affect your gameplay that much. The camera hangs over Krato’s shoulder and you’re taken deep into the fight, while you see the axe slice through your enemies’ skin and bone. The bad though, is being ready for the fella sneaking up behind you. Yes, there are indicators (and Kratos’ son) that attempt to tell you that danger is imminent, but nothing beats being able to see them coming!
#4 Easter Eggs galore
Who doesn’t like to find a secret stash of orbs or power ups? In the new GOW, there’ll be shit-tonne of easter eggs littered all over the map. And best part is, you don’t have to search every nook and cranny of an open-world terrain because Santa Monica studios decided to keep it old school. While your path is linear, there are interact-able elements along the way that an untrained eye will miss. Show them what you’ve got!
‘Square’ for light attack, ‘Triangle’ for heavy attack, ‘X’ to jump etc. These are familiar buttons if you’ve been a veteran GOW player. Now, everything is different! Kratos can’t jump and you’d need to use the trigger buttons during combat. You’ll still have the shield to parry enemy attacks, but it’s not seamless as it used to be. On the bright side, since Kratos’ son will be following you everywhere, you can direct him to attack at will. And more importantly, you don’t have to worry about his health – let the boy get whipped and the game goes on! The Spartan Rage will prove to be a vital inclusion for the battle sequences, because some monsters are just too damn hard to defeat. Certain enemies will allow you to trigger a finishing move with ‘R3’ button, completing that sense of satisfaction with some adult-rated violence.
Meet Brok ‘the builder’. This orc-like character will be in-charge of upgrading your weapons, including the boy’s. Find frozen flames to boost the Leviathan Axe and purchase new skills. Farm for Hacksilver to craft new armour. Remember how you were able to smash almost anything to collect orbs? Now do the same to rake up your Hacksilver inventory.
#7 Side missions
No game is complete without those pesky side missions. In GOW, you’ll be tasked to collect artifacts, masks etc., but these missions will only become available if you find hidden notes and treasures first. So take note of #4 at all times, to make sure you get the best experience possible.
God Of War is set for release on 20 April 2018, only available for PlayStation 4.