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Review Roundup: God of War III

March 21, 2010

If you’re like me, and you happen to own a PlayStation 3, you picked up God of War III on Tuesday, played it, and beat the crap out of it. While beating the crap out of it, there were probably moments that pissed you off, but for the most part, you played the game and had a mental orgasm any time there were enemies to be slaughtered and bosses to slay — not only because the combat is still the best in the genre, but because the game is downright gorgeous.

If you’re not like me, well, maybe you still got God of War III on Tuesday. But if you didn’t — just do it already.

Go. Now.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out what some of the major news outlets had to say about Kratos’ third console appearance.

Game Informer: “When I first took up Kratos’ blades back in 2005, I thought I was embarking on a simple quest for vengeance. After leaving a trail of bodies spanning four games and three systems, that quest has finally reached its end. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a powerful, cinematic, and breathtaking conclusion to the saga of the Ghost of Sparta.” — 10/10

1Up: “You can undoubtedly find little details to complain about in God of War 3 (you can’t skip cut-scenes even on a second playthrough, for instance, presumably to mask load times). But given how well everything fits together, how all of the items and weapons feel useful, how the Titan fights are some of the most impressive battles ever seen in games, how the animation and camera angles make the cut-scenes better than you see in most movies, how the combat grapple works incredibly well, and how the visuals almost make it worth playing on their own, I’m not really sure how much that kind of thing matters.” — A (or 10 for you 10-point-scale whores)

IGN: “God of War III is a great end to Kratos’ console trilogy. It’s not perfect, with some uneven storytelling and progression here and there, but it’s still a fantastic overall package. The combat is stellar once again, it’s bloodier than ever, and it is at times the best looking game ever released. I still think God of War II is the best in the trilogy, but Sony Santa Monica did a great job closing up Kratos’ journey for revenge.” — 9.3/10

GamePro: It still earns high marks because it’s a tremendously well crafted action experience and I recognize some fans simply won’t care that the story is weak — they’ll be happy just to take part in the spectacle (and what a spectacle it is). I also can’t discount what an important piece of the puzzle this is for Sony; God of War III, along with recent releases like Heavy Rain and the impending Final Fantasy XIII, should give the company a strong boost in the traditional post-holiday lull. But as a fan who actually cares about Kratos and his plight, I found it to be a bit of a letdown. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the journey, I can’t help but feel disappointed by the way Kratos chose to say goodbye at the end of it.” — 4.5 stars out of 5 (or 9 out of 10)

Have any of you played through and beaten God of War III yet? Do you agree or disagree with some of the reviews? Let us know what you think!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Phil permalink
    March 21, 2010 3:15 pm

    An A from 1Up would be more like a 9.5/10 because they also have an A+ rating.

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