by Jesus Ibarra
God of War III, the capper to Sony PlayStation’s flagship series God of War, is an amazing game that utilizes all the new and amazing technology offered by the PS3. It also ends the epic story of the anti-hero Spartan Kratos exacting vengeance on the gods of Olympus in an entirely satisfying way for fans of the first two games. As this is an end of a trilogy, I highly recommend you go out and get the first two games — they will definitely not disappoint.
This review is based on graphics, story and gameplay.
Graphics: The graphics in God of War III are breathtakingly amazing and make full use of the PS3’s High Definition capabilities. During the game, I could hardly notice the difference in cut-scenes and actual gameplay graphics. And — since this is the third God of War — the blood, gore and violence are stepped up significantly so you see every cut, bloody wound and combo dealt to your enemies. The boss battles are even more beautiful than ever. My favorite aspect of fighting or just moving is that the actual movement looks organic, not robotic, in nature.
Story: The story picks up where God of War II ended, with Zeus and the gods of Olympus betraying Kratos, the Spartan warrior turned God of War. He has employed the help of the Titans to destroy Olympus and the story is basically Mount Olympus; you begin at the bottom of the mountain and make your way all the way to the top while encountering the puzzles, Titans and gods of Olympus. The story itself comes full circle to the first game and the ending is intended to wrap up the trilogy but not necessarily end this franchise since it is a flagship series for Sony. As an avid fan of epic stories, I was not disappointed.
Gameplay: The gameplay in God of War III is essentially the same as its predecessors in terms of combat and the combos you can use though there are two new, extremely fun additions. When grabbing an enemy, you now have the option of using them as a battering ram. The second is that you can now grab enemies in the air and pull them to you, or yourself to them. These additions allow for some intelligent and creative use of the combos that are possible. The only other big changes are special items you can use with a different button set and your magic use is now dictated by three new weapons you can obtain during the game. The puzzles in this game are much more challenging than in the previous games, which is a treat for hardcore veterans and fans of the game series.
This game is rated M for Mature due to blood and gore, intense violence, nudity, strong language and strong sexual content; it is intended for 17-year-olds and above. This game is not for children and is definitely intended for older teens.
Overall, God of War III is a FANTASTIC game. If you own a Playstation 3, you have to get this game! It can be purchased almost anywhere that carries video games, including Amazon.