God of War Review

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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwines with a mythological family drama played out in a dramatic Scandinavian landscape. While Kratos confidently handles all manner of enemies, he struggles to find the strength to connect with his son, who is coming to terms with the loss of his mother.

The beauty of the world through which they pass and the singular confidence of Kratos in battle make the unfolding of their relationship both fascinating and at times heartbreaking. This turns the common power-fantasy video game on its head. Atreus needs care and nurturing rather than protection from his father, something which, like the gorgeous world they traverse, takes the whole game to fully navigate.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 20/04/2018

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @SonySantaMonica

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 16 hours and 25 hours to complete. The main story of the game can be completed in 16 hours, but taking it at a steady pace will result in more like 25 hours. To see all of the game takes at least 50 hours.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

God of War usually costs £10.99 to £24.99. 

God Of War Collection

PS Vita £19.99
PS3 £15.99

God Of War Collection Volume II

PS3 £15.99

God Of War Digital Deluxe Edition

PS4 £24.99

God Of War HD

PS3 £11.99

God Of War III Remastered

PS4 £15.99

God Of War: Ascension

PS3 £10.99

God Of War: Ascension Demo

PS3 Free

God Of War: Ascension Ultimate Edition

PS3 £15.99

God Of War: Chains Of Olympus

PS3 £11.99

God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta

PS3 £11.99

God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta Demo

PS3 Free

God of War

God of War III Remastered

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The Digital Deluxe version added the bonus armour, weapons, digital comic and digital artbook. But this is not available as an in-game purchase.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game is rated PEGI 18 due to gross violence towards human characters, violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters and the use of sexual expletives. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence in the game is mostly towards fantasy characters. Fantasy characters can be torn apart and decapitated by the player character, either by using an axe, a sword or the character's bare hands. When human characters are hit they make pained sounds and blood effects are shown upon impact of strikes, but it is not the same as the violence against fantasy characters. There is a scene in the game in which a young boy is grabbed by the throat, stabbed in the shoulder and carried away. There is also a scene in which a human characters neck is snapped during a close up, with both characters covered in blood at the time. Another scene shows a human character being hit with an axe multiple times, with the final blow landing between his eyes, killing him instantly before the player character pulls the axe from his face. The game also contains use of the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives.

ESRB MATURE 17+.


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