The story of Ascension takes place six months after Kratos is deceived by God of War, Ares into murdering his own wife and child. Tricked and sent to a hellish prison for the damned, Kratos must break free and seek revenge on the god he once vowed to fight for and worship. On his treacherous and emotional journey for vengeance, gamers will for the first time live the life of a more human Kratos. With the guilt and grief of losing his family, and rage against Ares, the “Ghost of Sparta” journeys through mythological worlds of evil and peril.
With only a short teaser trailer announcing the new title, thousands were relieved when Sony revealed gameplay and announcements for God of War: Ascension at E3 2012. A hand’s on look at the single player gameplay portrayed the bloody battles between Kratos and many creatures faced throughout his journey; battles that have made God of War stand out on a gory, intestine flailing pedestal. Throughout the live demo, one can see that although the iconic fighting gameplay is back, some new highlights were quickly noticed. Kratos is now able to take and/or steal weapons from enemies and use them along with his famous Blades of Chaos in unbreakable chained attacks. A time sensitive attack has also been added, together with the familiar button prompt to graphically defeat the creatures of his world. The hack and slashing players enjoy take Kratos into insane mini boss fights, blood squirting madness and limb losing detail.
The biggest announcement and most talked about concept of God of War: Ascension is the first ever online and offline multiplayer mode. This is a first for the franchise, and many are excited and skeptical about this new option. After taking a look at the multiplayer gameplay, I can say that players and fans alike can take a breath of relief knowing that it looks awesome!
In this new mode, up to eight players will be split into two teams of four, battling it out on interactive stages with objectives and all out war. Gameplay will be all the joy the campaign brings into a multiplayer platform, enabling gamers to (literally) smash their opponents to skin and mush. One of the key aspects of multiplayer is to be able to fight in the name of the gods. Along with full customization of your character’s weapons and armor, players can choose to align themselves with either Zeus, Ares, Poseidon or Hades. When one is chosen, that god becomes your powerful and god-like mentor. If you fight and win in their name, that god will give you power-ups, abilities and weapons to upgrade your character. Depending on what type of fighter they want, gamers can build some of the deadliest warriors ever to hit a multiplayer game. Players may also win battles in different ways to up their score. Some will go into a match only trying to get as many kills as possible, while others can try to finish the objective for the team. With so much involved in the multiplayer mode, players will be able to choose what kind of match they’d like to play. And don’t worry if you cannot get an internet connection; multiplayer will also be available offline!
Just before we thought Kratos was finished in his war against the gods, Sony Santa Monica was able to pull one more story and more in God of War: Ascension, due to be released on March 12, 2013. Deepening into the psyche of our hero will shed a whole new light on Kratos, while still fighting for his vengeful purpose against Ares. Players can now pre-order Ascension with their local retailer, with the option of the standard edition or collector’s edition. If players choose the standard edition for $59.99, they will receive an exclusive Mythological Heroes Multiplayer DLC pack. This bonus allows a player’s character to the armor of Achilles, Perseus, Orion and Odysseus and gives that much of an edge in multiplayer action. For those that venture into the collectors edition, for the price of $79.99, players will receive an eight inch statue of the warrior himself, Kratos, a digital copy of the game’s original soundtrack, a premium steel book game case, a PS3 dynamic theme, avatar pack, doubled experience points for multiplayer, and a DLC pass that gives players all future DLC releases absolutely free! (Phew!) But be warned: there are only a limited number of these jam packed collector’s editions, so if you’re interested, battle it out for your reserved copy. Don’t take the battle thing too seriously though; leave that to Kratos!