With the new God of War reboot debut just over a month away, we had to get in on this. Now unfortunately, The Verge or GameSpot might have beat us to the punch, you know, with pre-release access and all if you're into that sort of thing... However, we’ve definitely been keeping up with the footage and announcements coming out, so we'll do our best to compile the important parts here. Now we really don’t want to get too far into the game itself, we’ll save that for after launch when we get our grubby little mits on it. The subject of this article is more of how this installment compares to the previous God of War titles based on what we know so far.
Kratos got OLD…. and is a dad now!
Yes, even god-killers age and our now grey bearded friend Kratos is not immune. The raging Greek has certainly felt the march of time. In addition, we also see quite a few more scars since the last time we’ve seen him. If taking down the Greek Pantheon wasn’t taxing enough on ones body, this may be a hint at a lot more happening then we know of since the end of the last God of War. If the scars are a subtle hint, there’s one more big hint… Kratos Jr!
Okay, that’s not his name. Atreus is seen almost immediately in the previews. According to a lot of the story material and synopsis’ available, Atreus’ relationship with his father seems to be the focal point of the game. The troubling past of his father conflicting with Atreus’ figuring out who he wants to be seems to be a constant undertone at the very least, if not the main focus.
God of War gets out of Greece
It would seem toppling a pantheon is a good reason to get out of dodge… or Greece. In the previews and playthroughs, it’s made apparent that Kratos and company now inhabit the world of the Norse gods. The Norse pantheon is evidently well aware of Kratos’ reputation for deity genocide as it appears they’re hard at work ensuring they don’t suffer the same fate. Although, this is absolutely the coolest thing we could imagine, it seems necessary being there’s no more gods for Kratos to war against in Greece.
Being a big fan of Norse mythology, there’s a strong case to be made that the Vikings have one of the richest and most interesting pantheons in history. This makes for metric tons of potential that if you weren’t excited already, you should be. Although it bears a striking similarity in structure to Roman and Greek mythology, the Norse sagas give the developers plenty of unique material to work with.
Gameplay ages along with our characters
Kratos isn’t the only part of God of War that’s grown up. The gameplay itself seems significantly more focused than earlier installments. There is definitely a break from the constant hack and slash style of play in favor of a more linear progression. It seems appropriate as those who played the original God of War on the Playstation 2, the games main player demographic, have also matured. That’s not to say there is a lack of violence, there’s plenty of hacking and slashing on display.
One thing that does set this title apart from a lot of other triple-A titles lately is, in fact, the linear progression of the game. Sure there’s plenty of hidden rooms and side missions to go on, but Santa Monica did not go for the open world feel of other major titles. You still have a very well defined, walled-off play area. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does put a lot of pressure on the developers to flesh out the game with loads of content to stay competitive.
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