God of War Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 20/04/2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4.

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

 

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

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.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

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+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Head-Up-Display Visibility

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @uncannyvivek


 




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