Published Column: God of War PS4. Centralian Advocate

{Please note: this Column was originally published in the Centralian Advocate in May of 2018}ย 

Advocate Column – God of War Review (2)

God of War PS4
A truly awesome game that is epic in every sense of the word.

The latest instalment of the God of War series has updated the games presentation and overall tone compared to previous entries, which was highly bombastic and visceral. Players still control Kratos, a brutal Greek Spartan / God as one explores this new foreign Norse world. The tone is a lot more serious, intense and overall more mature, and Kratosโ€™ son is along for the ride. Adding a father son relationship could have easily given the game a whimsical quality, I can tell you, it does not.

God of War PS4 visuals are incredibly gorgeous, the game strikes a unique balance of stunning scenery animated with such detail that it seems life-like and fantastical at the same time. The result is truly beautiful. The attention to detail is amazing; Kratosโ€™ clothes are portrayed accurately, with cloth textures looking very accurate โ€“ which an especially impressive achievement for a game where you pick and choose attire, and therefore changing textures on the character model regularly.

The combat feels good; Kratos wields a new weapon โ€“ The Leviathan Axe which was crafted by Ancient Dwarves and magically returns to him after throwing it, like a boomerang or Thorโ€™s Hammer. The axe feels very powerful and heavy as Kratos swings it at his foes. The early hours of combat feel a little repetitive but you soon unlock many abilities and weapon upgrades which opens up many offensive options. There is an added wrinkle to the combat of God of War with a meaningful upgrade system. You are now able to upgrade Kratos arsenal of weapons, skills and amour; which is especially great because it opens up the combat immensely and provides a great deal of options to engage in the action.

The story unfolds in a strongly and at a good pace, the heightened intensity raise the stakes a lot and I was immersed immediately in what was happening with the narrative. The God of War series has always been rooted in mythology and the latest instalment is no different. What is different though; is this one is based in Norse mythology as opposed to Greek mythology. Donโ€™t be mistaken though, you will still encounter numerous un-dead and vicious foot soldiers, and there are still plenty of larger, very powerful and truly captivating monsters to battle.

This still feels like a God of War game, just grown up a whole lot, like an adult. There are still many aspects that make this a traditional GoW game โ€“ like the mythology, the combat, fighting a variety of monsters and players are adventuring with the same legendary protagonist in Kratos. However there are enough aspects that have changed โ€“ for the better โ€“ that make this game truly outstanding.

If youโ€™re looking for a high quality video game that will take you on an intriguing journey while enjoying spectacles. God of War PS4 is a must pick-up game.


Letter to the Editor

So far I have just been posting letter’s that I wrote to magazines- gaming magazines of course. You finish a game, you think its great, you want to say why, and see what other people’s opinion’s are of that game. Put your opinion on paper, reveal it to the gaming community, and spark some discussion. It’s great, and people love it. Now I can write a letter and just post it here instantly, I really look forward to progressing this blog, and reading other’s for help and tips. ๐Ÿ™‚

Far Cry 3- An old letter that got into GameInformer.

farcry3.knifeFar Cry 3โ€™s Insane Magic.

After hearing the dates for the Next Generation console releases, my initial reaction was of excitement, but then I realised I had not taken advantage of the current systems. There were so many award winning, fantastic games that I had not even played yet, especially on the offline campaign scene.

I had been looking forward to playing Far Cry 3 for a while, its setting looked great, on a beautiful tropical island, and the open world concept made it even more enticing. It did not fail on delivery and the graphics and visuals were stunning. It was a real delight exploring the map, and I would ย get caught up in that alone for hours.

The gameplay was standalone fantastic, and the story was represented at the same grand quality. The game was played from a first person view the whole time, even in the cut-scenes. This encouraged me to feel more like I was actually Jason Brody, and really engrossed me into the narrative.

The story told throughout Far Cry 3 was dynamic, engaging and always had me curious as to what would happen next. There were many twists which made the game unpredictable, it was a genuine emotional rollercoaster. I especially enjoyed the hallucination scenes after being poisoned or indulging in a mushroom, and the lack of hand-holding while tripping really was confusing, which is accurate to the experience, I would say.

“Do you know what the definition of insanity is?”

This game was so good that after I showed it to a few of my friends, a couple of them went out and bought it the next day (and finished it before me) so we could talk about the story and the characters. Ubisoft you have outdone yourself! Kudos to Ubisoft Montreal, I look forward to more games from them with the same formula. The game was so engaging and the narrative so rich and well delivered that I genuinely let it affect my final decision. Which I will not state how I emotionally coped with my decision as it may be a spoiler.