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God of War (PC)

/ Apr 28th, 2005 No Comments

SYNOPSIS:
The evil and sinister side of Greek mythology comes alive in vibrant and amazing detail in the PS2 exclusive title, God of War. Gamers take on the role of Kratos, a demi-god cast out of favor and into the heart of battle on Earth. God of War will take the player through various environments that will have them fighting fierce enemies, swinging on ropes, scaling mountain cliffs, swimming through rivers and sliding down zip lines resulting in a one-of-a-kind action-packed Greek mythology adventure.
FEATURE LIST
GOD OF WAR introduces a brutal slice of life set in the mythological Greek era.
Presents an explosive gameplay mix: raw melee combat fused with traps, stunts and story driven puzzles.
Huge collection of moves: players can swing on ropes, scale mountain cliffs, swim through rivers, slide down zip lines.
Extensive combat system based on uniquely linking combos for a myriad of fighting moves. Take the combat in air, take out a number of enemies at once, and utilize “context sensitive moves” – moves that in particular situations, allow you to grab, kick or throw an enemy.
Kratos’ main weapons are two blades – one attached to each arm by a long chain that wraps around his arm. This allows for both short-range and long-range attacks.
Encounter some of the greatest mythological beasts and enemies: Medusa, Cyclops, Minotaur, Harpies and more.
Unleash an innovative magic system that grants the power of gods and monsters: use Medusa’s head to freeze your enemies, strike them with Zeus’ thunderbolt, cut them down with Ares’ blades.
Explore and unravel numerous puzzles that range from simpler lever pulls to the most mind-bending, sadistic twisters around.
Players can experience a real-time world of interactivity: soldiers battle and die, structures fall to the ground, and the dark, violent world of Greek mythology comes to life in gory detail.
From the creative director of the Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal:Black franchise.
GRAPHICS
Anyone that isn’t blown away by the detail and amazing motion graphics of God of War is a liar – this is one of the most visually stunning video games ever made. The detail of the main character is very well done, but the environments and the big time boss monsters easily take the cake. There’s an amazing mix of rich backgrounds, environments, and tons of well designed monsters to just make watching the game an appealing experience.
SOUND
Another amazing thing about the game is the sound effects. You hear people scream as they are ripped apart, the cinematics are well recorded and acted as well. The effects for fighting and monsters are best heard in a 5.1 surround sound format – it really gets your blood pumping. the soundtrack is nothing remarkable to speak of, but overall the sound effects really add the exact bit of flavor to the graphics to make an amazing overall audio and visual experience.
GAME PLAY

Parts of God of War are very simple, straight forward, and easy to pass through. Getting the hang of the various combinations doesn’t take a lot of time, and gamers of all experience levels will appreciate the diverse gameplay and puzzles along the way. However, also be prepared to be challenged at times for the puzzles and certain levels. Early on I personally got stuck for over an hour trying to figure out how to move the box just the right way to kill guys shooting arrows at me. Nevertheless, as you move on and face boss monsters, like Medusa, you’ll really be challenged at times for a nice mix of easy and hard gameplay.

The game itself is very straight forward in the controls and the combinations. early on you’ll get tips that teach you how to really maim or kill your opponents in a variety of gruesome ways. Keep in mind that this game is indeed gory, and not really recommended for the little guys. Pre-teens, teens, and die hard mature gamers are the best fit for this title.

The game is facilitated by a deep story about the main character and his rise to become a God. The story moves on just like a movie and gives you all the incentive in the world to just play one more level. Soon enough you’ll have found yourself on the couch for hours on end – very addicting gameplay to say the least.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
There’s a lot of hours in gameplay for this title, but playing it through more than once might be redundant. As it is the game is very addicting and one you might want to play through again a year from now because the graphics and story are so amazing.
OVERALL IMPRESSION
Overall, God of War is an in your face, kick butt, super game that offers some of the best graphics, sound effects, and action ever made in a game to date. The art direction is amazing, and the game is facilitated by a story that will recapture audiences. One of the more original and just plain fun titles of 2005. Highly recommended for purchase!

SYNOPSIS:

The evil and sinister side of Greek mythology comes alive in vibrant and amazing detail in the PS2 exclusive title, God of War. Gamers take on the role of Kratos, a demi-god cast out of favor and into the heart of battle on Earth. God of War will take the player through various environments that will have them fighting fierce enemies, swinging on ropes, scaling mountain cliffs, swimming through rivers and sliding down zip lines resulting in a one-of-a-kind action-packed Greek mythology adventure.

FEATURE LIST

GOD OF WAR introduces a brutal slice of life set in the mythological Greek era.
Presents an explosive gameplay mix: raw melee combat fused with traps, stunts and story driven puzzles.
Huge collection of moves: players can swing on ropes, scale mountain cliffs, swim through rivers, slide down zip lines.
Extensive combat system based on uniquely linking combos for a myriad of fighting moves. Take the combat in air, take out a number of enemies at once, and utilize “context sensitive moves” – moves that in particular situations, allow you to grab, kick or throw an enemy.
Kratos’ main weapons are two blades – one attached to each arm by a long chain that wraps around his arm. This allows for both short-range and long-range attacks.
Encounter some of the greatest mythological beasts and enemies: Medusa, Cyclops, Minotaur, Harpies and more.
Unleash an innovative magic system that grants the power of gods and monsters: use Medusa’s head to freeze your enemies, strike them with Zeus’ thunderbolt, cut them down with Ares’ blades.
Explore and unravel numerous puzzles that range from simpler lever pulls to the most mind-bending, sadistic twisters around.
Players can experience a real-time world of interactivity: soldiers battle and die, structures fall to the ground, and the dark, violent world of Greek mythology comes to life in gory detail.
From the creative director of the Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal:Black franchise.

GRAPHICS

Anyone that isn’t blown away by the detail and amazing motion graphics of God of War is a liar – this is one of the most visually stunning video games ever made. The detail of the main character is very well done, but the environments and the big time boss monsters easily take the cake. There’s an amazing mix of rich backgrounds, environments, and tons of well designed monsters to just make watching the game an appealing experience.

SOUND

Another amazing thing about the game is the sound effects. You hear people scream as they are ripped apart, the cinematics are well recorded and acted as well. The effects for fighting and monsters are best heard in a 5.1 surround sound format – it really gets your blood pumping. the soundtrack is nothing remarkable to speak of, but overall the sound effects really add the exact bit of flavor to the graphics to make an amazing overall audio and visual experience.

GAME PLAY

Parts of God of War are very simple, straight forward, and easy to pass through. Getting the hang of the various combinations doesn’t take a lot of time, and gamers of all experience levels will appreciate the diverse gameplay and puzzles along the way. However, also be prepared to be challenged at times for the puzzles and certain levels. Early on I personally got stuck for over an hour trying to figure out how to move the box just the right way to kill guys shooting arrows at me. Nevertheless, as you move on and face boss monsters, like Medusa, you’ll really be challenged at times for a nice mix of easy and hard gameplay.

The game itself is very straight forward in the controls and the combinations. early on you’ll get tips that teach you how to really maim or kill your opponents in a variety of gruesome ways. Keep in mind that this game is indeed gory, and not really recommended for the little guys. Pre-teens, teens, and die hard mature gamers are the best fit for this title.

The game is facilitated by a deep story about the main character and his rise to become a God. The story moves on just like a movie and gives you all the incentive in the world to just play one more level. Soon enough you’ll have found yourself on the couch for hours on end – very addicting gameplay to say the least.

ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER

There’s a lot of hours in gameplay for this title, but playing it through more than once might be redundant. As it is the game is very addicting and one you might want to play through again a year from now because the graphics and story are so amazing.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Overall, God of War is an in your face, kick butt, super game that offers some of the best graphics, sound effects, and action ever made in a game to date. The art direction is amazing, and the game is facilitated by a story that will recapture audiences. One of the more original and just plain fun titles of 2005. Highly recommended for purchase!

Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
Sean W. Gibson
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