God of War: Ascension
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Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio
Content Rating: Mature
Vengeance is born in the fires of betrayal in this prequel to the best-selling God of War franchise. Six months have passed since Kratos stood over the bodies of his wife and child, his hands stained with their blood - tricked by Ares into murdering the only people he ever loved. Swearing to avenge them, Kratos broke the blood oath that bound him to Ares, but oaths to Olympus are not so easily broken. Sentenced to an eternity chained within a prison for the living damned, Kratos battles insanity at the hands of the Furies. He will be tested as he seeks freedom, redemption for his sins, and the clarity to avenge his family.
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God of War: Ascension is an enjoyable game. The addition of multiplayer surpassed my expectations, and the gameplay is solid for the most part. While the story is decent it failed to remain as strong as the previous tales told in the series. As for the combat, it is polished and will satisfy returning fans of the series, though the lack of memorable locations combined with its disappointing usage of recycled enemies results in a game that feels less exciting in comparison to its predecessors.
God of War: Ascension is another great entry into the beloved series that fans will eat-up, but it’s just that — another entry. While other hack ‘n’ slash series like DmC have been reinvented and boast fresh mechanics and tone, Ascension is content with simply being another God of War. That’s enough to wholeheartedly recommend the game, though, and with a beefy single player campaign full of jaw-dropping moments and the series addictive multiplayer debut, it’s an experience well worth having.
Fans of God of War won’t be disappointed by Ascension, but it’s not an incredible, epic breakthrough. The star is the multiplayer mode, and it’s often inventive and fun to play if you’re willing to stick with it. And single-player is no slouch either, packing around eight or so hours of play, but it’s both not as polished or engaging as earlier titles, and not as exciting a story to work through — even though I don’t hate Kratos this time out.