God of War III Review
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System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: SONY Santa Monica 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SONY 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Mar. 16, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The controls are about the same as in previous games, using the face buttons for light and heavy attacks, jumping, and grabbing enemies. The shoulder buttons are used for magic blows, alternative attacks, secondary weapons, grappling, etc. Once you collect new weapons, you can toggle through them with the D-pad. We had a few problems with the weapons randomly changing on us in the middle of battle, but perhaps it was all a product of the intense action and unavoidable button-mashing you run into after a while.

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God of War III has almost non-stop action. You'll be done with a group of enemies, and soon enough you'll be fighting the next ones. Oftentimes, apparently inoffensive foes will seem stronger than certain bosses, which is puzzling and a bit discouraging. The game could have probably used a bit more balance and consistently escalate in difficulty, but instead, it gets a little repetitive and overly intense towards the end.

The God of War formula has changed a bit in GOW 3. Overall, there's less platforming. Also, the amount of puzzles and their increasing difficulty will surprise you. It's not just about pushing a box around to place it over a switch and keeping the gate open anymore. You'll come across some time-consuming puzzles that make this God of War more of a Prince of Persia or Tomb Raider kind of game. That's not to say the puzzles are not fun, because they are; it just seemed a little out of place for a typically action-packed, no-screwing-around franchise.

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Of course, if anything has changed since the first God of War it is the visuals. The power of the PS3 has been pushed to the limits in God of War III, and probably the "power" of the developers too, who've paid plenty of attention to even the smallest of details. The world of God of War III is vast and full of creatures, ever-changing locations and environments, and a Kratos with more war scars and wrinkles than a sixty-year-old veteran. The Ghost of Sparta carries along a gloomy past, and you can tell by the look of his dry, ashen skin, as well as his angry and disgusted facial expressions. GOW 3 looks amazing in high-definition, and most textures are so rich they look real.

As you can imagine, God of War III is an expensive, high-quality production. For that very reason, an A+ soundtrack is to be expected. The music is excellent and does a great job of setting the mood for combat. It makes Kratos seem powerful and almighty, getting us ready for battle as we hear "Kraaaatos… Kraaaatosss!" The only thing I would have done differently is adding a fresh touch to the soundtrack with a few more varied music tracks. In that regard, it didn't seem like we were playing a brand new game, but rather a continuation of the second one. The voice acting is as good as always, making each of the characters believable, which is the ultimate goal.

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All in all, God of War III is everything you were expecting and more. It really delivers with extremely upgraded graphics, a quality soundtrack, easy-to-learn controls, varied weapons and powers, challenging battles, enemy diversity, plenty of boss battles, immersive puzzles, a story that ties up the loose ends, and much more. My only gripe is the lack of innovation, so perhaps it's a good thing the story has come to an end, even if we're sad about it. With at least 12 hours of gameplay the first time around, items to be used in a second play-through, unlockable challenges, and some of the best graphics ever seen in an adventure game, there are quite a few reasons for you to pick up God of War III, so don't miss out!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Impressive graphics stand out in ultra high definition with greatly detailed textures and a scarred-to-life, angrier-than-ever Kratos.
4.5
Control
Same great controls we're used to, with just a few issues when switching weapons on the fly.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Movie-quality soundtrack is similar to the one we heard in the previous titles. It could have used a fresh touch. Voice acting is top-notch for the most part.
4.8
Play Value
If you like God of War, you simply must play this game. The story comes to an end, and there are plenty of unlockables you can use in a second play-through.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Carve through the massive army of Olympus while its Centaur Generals command waves of merciless undead soldiers.
  • Ascend Mount Olympus to reach revenge while navigating on the back of a creature who could crush the Statue of Liberty in the palm of its hand.
  • Use the creatures of Greek legend to cross chasms, reveal secrets, and destroy anything in your way.
  • Uncover new deadly weapons and brutal instruments of war that allow ruthless new techniques such as grappling with enemies and launching explosive wall to ground attacks.


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