I’ve never really understood the fascination behind the God of War series of games – especially amongst its most ardent fans. I’ve always found it to focus too much on graphics, and far too little on gameplay; a simplified sort of Devil May Cry. That, according to God of War creator David Jaffe is entirely intentional.
It ain’t cheap to make video games these days. Well, the kind that requires voice actors, motion capture, new visual effects and a couple hundred staff members that is. Sometimes, you can get an entire Witcher 2 game done for under $10 million. Other times though? Being Greek truly is costly.
Last month saw the release of two should-be blockbuster games from Microsoft and Sony respectively. Each abbreviated as GoW; the latest Gears and God of War are prequels and the fourth main entries in their respective series. Both have silly subtitles, and both have failed to live up to retail expectations.
Feel like ripping open a crack in time and space through your wallet? Because that’s pretty much what March is for right now. So many big games are out in the third month from the sun, and they all want to hook you in. How is God of War: Ascension planning to do that? With a The Last of Us demo. And now, that demo has a release date.
GoW is out this month, giving you the chance to be a muscly hero, and absolutely destroy the hell out of bad things. Here are two trailers.
I don’t hold the Army of Two franchise in particularly high regard – but I’m perhaps being a little harsh on the co-op dudebro shooter. It’s really the perfect sort of “leave your brain at the door” blockbuster entertainment, good for a couple of hours of just blowing stuff up. Judging by this latest blockbuster trailer for the next game in the series; The Devil’s Cartel, blowing stuff up is exactly what you’ll be doing. A lot.
I’ve always been absolutely crazy about the God of War games, mostly for the story. So when I saw that there is this video of the first half an hour of the God of War: Ascension single-player campaign I was so conflicted but I clicked it anyway. Want to see? Obviously, there are spoilers.
THIS IS… OVERRAATTTEEEDDD! But I had to do it. I just had to. Now that I have that out of my system, King Leonidas (Sparta guy) will be coming to God of War: Ascension in his signature outfit in a 300 DLC.
When it comes to games, Latin America tends to get screwed even more than we South Africans; not only do they get shafted on content, but games also tend to be on the pricy side.
Sony seems to be making it a little better for our South and Central American friends - by giving them this exclusive God of War Omega bundle.
No, you can’t have it.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Kratos has always been a one man army wrapped in chains and fashionable armour, but he’s never been much of a team player. That’s all set to change soon when God of War: Ascension releases, as the prequel will include several multiplayer modes, which Sony claims will give competitive gaming a “fresh twist”.
Whether that’s from a blade or a concept, no one knows yet.
I’m ridiculously amped for Darksiders II. Sure, the first one may have been a little derivative of God of War and the Legend Zelda - but it
copied borrowed from those games with style. The sequel’s coming soon - and it’ll give players the opportunity to step in to the shoes of another of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Death.
If you’re as excited as I am, you’ve already got your pre-order in; which is good news for you - because now you’ll be getting the Limited Edition at no extra cost.
So what’s in the Limited Edition?
If you still can’t get enough of Kratos, even after God of War, God of War II, Chains of Olympus, God of War III, The Ghost of Sparta and the HD collection… well then, you have good news coming your way.
Sony Santa Monica have posted up a job listing (via TheSilentChief) this month looking for a Senior Staff Concept Artist for, surprise, surprise… a project called “God of War”. So more God of War is on the way then… unless they throw us a curveball.
Then again, the Playstation 3 has only had one God of War game and that simply isn’t enough. Right?
The second God of War HD Collection is here. Another two games which begin with the manliest of men, Kratos, glaring at you, while an orchestra beats itself to death in the background and something either burns, rains or screams, too. Why would you NOT want to play it?