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From its renewed focus on storytelling, to its stunningly gorgeous world and incredibly satisfying combat, God of War is nothing short of a masterpiece, one that sets a new bar for what can be accomplished in the world of AAA games.
Push Square 100%
God of War is a special game. This reimagining of the famous PlayStation franchise elevates the series in unexpected ways, without forgetting the core tenets that made Kratos a fan-favourite to begin with. This is a sprawling single player epic with an abundance of secrets and a storyline that keeps you hooked from start-to-finish. While it borrows liberally from other action adventure greats, its unique combat and outstanding artistic direction separate it from its immediate peers. A truly impressive achievement.
Attack of the Fanboy 90%
A decade ago, director Cory Barlog helped establish the God of War franchise as an iconic gory and debaucherous video game romp. While its antihero, Kratos, had pathos (he killed his wife and daughter in a fit of rage, his skin forever grayed by their ashes), it served little dramatic purpose, rather existing as a grimdark excuse for his god-slaying and orgy-having ways. Barlog — now older, a father — has returned to the series with a bundle of talented designers, many of whom served on the earlier games, to make good on that rich but neglected potential at its core. There’s still plenty of gore, but the now the guts have meatiness.
Some die-hard fans may fear this isn’t reallyGod of War. I suppose they’re right. It’s even better.
Game Spot 90%
In many ways God of War is what the series has always been. It's a spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become. Like Kratos, God of War recalls the past while acknowledging the need to improve. Everything new it does is for the better, and everything it holds onto benefits as a result. Kratos is no longer a predictable brute. God of War is no longer an old-fashioned action series. With this reboot, it confidently walks a new path that will hopefully lead to more exciting adventures to come.
Easy Allies 100%
PlayStation Universe 95%
IGN 100%"In God of War, a new beginning for Kratos on PlayStation 4, one needn’t look closely for reverence. Open-world conventions like side quests, fast-travel points, and crafting materials give Kratos and his son, Atreus, plenty of diversions to pursue. The fixed view of the series’ past is traded for a tight, intimate over-the-shoulder camera conducive to the duo’s emotional journey. As their powers expand, the journey winds back-and-forth, layering upon itself in Metroidvania fashion. Streamlined RPG systems give us stats to monitor, skill trees to climb, and upgrades to pursue without needless complexity.
Gamingbolt 100%God of War’s outstanding characters, world, and combat come together to form an unforgettable adventure
destructoid 100%God of War is a phenomenal effort by Sony Santa Monica, one that needs to be experienced by every PS4 player out there.
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Gamesradar 100%God of War is a different game for a new era of the medium. While I'm a sucker for more frantic arcadey action there are plenty of studios left carrying on that legacy. Unless something catastrophic happens to Sony Santa Monica, there’s more story to tell, and I hope the exact same team is able to tell it.
God is a Geek 100%One of PlayStation’s finest moments, Kratos has been reimagined for a new audience while keeping the best bits of what originally made him great.
Game Informer 98%One of the best games on PS4, and one of the best games of this generation. A masterpiece.
CG Magazin 100%Kratos’ reinvention serves as a narrative hook, but it also parallels the series’ evolution as a whole; where God of War once relied on bombast and bloodlust, now it leaves space for strategy and nuance. It still has superb action and plenty of jaw-dropping moments, but it supports them with a new level of depth and maturity. God of War learns from its past while clearing an exciting path for the future, and emerges as one of the best games of this generation.
God of War is back with one of the most rewarding experiences on the PlayStation 4 to date.
TrueGaming 90%Kratos returns with an epic action adventure that redefines some aspects the series but keeps its essence intact.
The developers took the series in a new direction focusing more on cinematics while still providing a satisfying amount of action. The resulting mix of beautiful visuals, emotional story and engaging gameplay makes God of War as epic as it ever was.
Hardcore Gamer 90%
.....Vengeance may not be what Kratos seeks anymore, but that has done little to stop the God of War franchise. Santa Monica Studios have successfully transplanted the Ghost of Sparta to a new world with a new mythology and given the formula the revamp it needed.