God of War III - PS3

Game Description:Set in the realm of brutal Greek mythology, God of War III allows players to take on the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he scales through the intimidating heights of Mt. Olympus and the dark depths of Hell to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him. Armed with double-chained blades, and an array of new weapons and magic for this iteration of the trilogy, Kratos must take on mythology’s darkest creatures while solving intricate puzzles throughout his merciless quest to destroy Olympus.
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God of War III Final Hands-On Preview

God of War III Final Hands-On Preview

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Mar 01, 2010

I was so close, guys. I could have played God of War III from start to finish, but it would have required turning to physical violence...and I'm hoping to keep my job a little longer. See, a full version of God of War III was inside the PlayStation 3 in front of me at a God of War III event on Thursday, but a nearby member of the God of War III team pulled the controller out of my hands after finishing the first boss encounter in Kratos' possibly final adventure.

God of War III

Before the machine was powered on however, I'd spent a palm-sweating 20 minutes with the opening to God of War III. There are few words that summarize God of War III besides an unfortunate but fitting cliche: epic. The scope of the third installment is terribly ambitious. The game opens with massive Titans crawling up Mt. Olympus, intent on taking down the gods.

What's so impressive about God of War III, however, is not that everything's done in real-time, it's that so much is happening all at once in real-time. Every few seconds, there are moments that could have easily been implemented by the team without much pain and suffering using pre-rendered video; instead, it's all happening in-engine. You'll be running forward on the backs of these gigantic creatures, fighting off enemies, leaping from platform-to-platform, while other Titans are scaling the same mountain to the left and right of you. Often times, these Titans will reach over and interact with you. It's a supremely impressive technical feat.

Really, though, it's better to let a video do the talking for me.


It also served as a powerful reminder to games profoundly influenced by God of War, such as the recent Dante's Inferno (a game I reviewed and quite liked, actually): we were here first.

The game itself plays like you'd expect: God of War. It's hard to argue that's a bad thing. God of War III looks and plays like the God of War series, but taken to the Nth degree by a development team acutely aware of its strengths. Sometimes the amount of action happening in the background can prove distracting from the action, but that's pretty much complaining about the game being too good looking. I'll deal.

I have to put my foot down, though. Why do I have to hold a shoulder button to open every chest in God of War? I can take down gods, but I need to muster strength for a chest?!

Okay, okay, I'm nitpicking.

Soon, I won't have to complain about not being able to check out the rest of God of War III. In just a few weeks, we'll finally see how Kratos' story plays out. It can't come soon enough.

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  • hazmattx11

    i beat it and enjoyed every minute of it. but after the credits rolled and i saw what i think to be a "omen" i had no closure. though dont get me wrong you will feel the intensity of every kill the anger behind every stab on a god and the relentless ferocity distributed amongst anyone or anything that gets in kratos's way. but still i wanted a little more in the ending. but i dont think its over. now he begins the battle against athena and her lets just call them angels.

    Posted: March 19, 2010 10:57 PM
  • midna365


    Posted: March 7, 2010 7:46 PM
  • deleted_1D94F9CC-4502-43B2-967D-FEEB46B17DE7

    WoW 5555

    http://jathummaigu.wordpress .com/

    Posted: March 5, 2010 8:54 PM
  • neal301

    I L O V E god of war, i have just never liked the graphics i hope they do a better job.

    Posted: March 5, 2010 1:48 PM
  • kn1ght912

    Thanx for nothing g4tv no really thank you for reiterating what everyone knows already and showing a 2 week old trailer, your welcome for the hits on the site

    Posted: March 5, 2010 12:28 PM
  • ghetto2u

    yeah the whole door and chest thing seems weird but they had to do it that way for fights and puzzles in certain areas of the games. and if youre gonna do it for those small segments of the game might as well do it for all of them. still kinda funny though considering the subject matter

    Posted: March 5, 2010 9:45 AM
  • vic.559

    This is going to be a system seller for sure! NO QUESTION!

    Posted: March 4, 2010 7:17 PM
  • Spoonman671

    I'd just like to say that it's a good thing that you have to hold down a shoulder button when opening chests. This allows you to cancel out of it and dodge when trying to open a chest in the middle of a fight.

    Posted: March 4, 2010 5:52 PM
  • Str84WarD

    can we have God of War 3's review yet? c'mon you gave us Killzone2's review a month before it was releases

    Posted: March 4, 2010 5:42 PM
  • SereneSNIPER

    SH.........................T !! That's all i can say. The wait for god of war 3 seems endless.

    Posted: March 4, 2010 5:15 PM
  • Basilisk1991

    I would of punched the guy out if I were you Patrick

    Posted: March 4, 2010 4:51 PM
  • Ðiablø

    let the chaos begin!

    Posted: March 4, 2010 3:58 PM
  • BallsofFURY

    what? I thought Dana did this, where has she been, she needs more facetime, so I can see her FACE!

    Posted: March 4, 2010 1:03 PM
  • ThaSaltShaker

    Why do you say, "I'll let the video speak for me." To find that it's a trailer I've seen a dozen times.

    Posted: March 4, 2010 1:02 PM
  • whatchel

    Just played the demo and I thought that alone was terrific. Looking forward to the game.

    Posted: March 4, 2010 12:55 PM
  • the_azure_knight

    good bye life good bye friends hello god of war 3

    Posted: March 4, 2010 11:51 AM
  • coppakosh05

    OMFG. That game is gorgeous. it is so freaking huge. ps3 owners have been waiting since part 2 for this and the wait was well worth it. i will trade my 360 for a ps3 just to play this, and then collect my 360 back.

    Posted: March 2, 2010 5:15 PM
  • warzzz

    Malapropism...not trying to be hostile, but even though most of the game is hack and slash...u also have to use your brain with the puzzles and mysteries that have to be unlocked to proceed further and most of the time is hard as hell. Thats why most like god of war series..u have to use your brain then slash every creature that gets in the way. Before u judge play the series first!! Patrick I couldn't have your job or I would have been fired...lol..I would have punched someone out if they tried to stop me from playing further!! Cant wait for this game i alreaady have it reserved!!

    Posted: March 2, 2010 1:23 PM
  • ABCgum64

    oh this is ganna be LEGIT!!!!

    Posted: March 2, 2010 1:20 PM
  • Idiosyncracy

    MLB 10, FFXIII, and GoW 3 in the same month... I'm so broke now, lol. Can't wait for GoW!! Picked up The Show today.

    Posted: March 2, 2010 12:23 PM