God Of War 3, as the name suggests, is the third and final installment in the trilogy of games following Kratos's quest for revenge against the Gods. As fans have come to expect from the action game, is equally brutal as it's predecessor. In fact, it makes the other games look quite tame in some areas, and it's hard not to love every minute of it.
The story of this game centers around Kratos: a Spartan set on vengeance for the Gods abandoning him. Consumed by self-loathing and hatred for everything, Kratos is an unstoppable killing machine that will stop at nothing to annihilate Olympus. Having crawled out of Hades once already, murdering the God Of War himself, then releasing the Titans and killing the Sisters of Fate, Kratos's story is coming to a close as he approaches Olympus.
The story of God of War doesn't follow the other two as closely as I'd like. It seems some things are dropped into the game that coincide with other games in the overarching series, but don't fit in with the trilogy itself. This leaves some confusion to be had for those who stuck strictly to the three primary games of the series. However, the story telling is fantastic in this game. It's easy to share Kratos's hatred of Zeus, and the arrogance of the other Gods makes them easy to dislike. With every God that dies, an aspect of nature is thrown out of whack, giving an awesome atmosphere to the tale.
This is hands down one of the best - if not the best - looking game on the PS3. The game runs at a smooth framerate with not hitches. The audio is fantastic: Kratos roars as he fights, and it doesn't sound misplaced and inappropriate. His weapons audio is well done; not irritating at all after hearing them hack through enemies ten hours into the game. Kratos is the best looking character I've ever seen in a video game. When his face contorts with anger; it's well done. It's terrifying. You know things are about to go down.
The rest of the game is equally well done. It's not a game where a lot of effort was put into one character model, and nothing else. Inspired by Greek Architecture (as befitting of the games story) everything looks very authentic, and fantastic. From marble halls to caves; a giant labyrinth and the rest of Olympus itself, it's hard not to sit back and just appreciate the way the game looks.
No expense was spared in bringing the very best music for this title. Carrying on with the feel of the music from the previous games, everything in God Of War 3 is orchestrated, and it shows. Every single song is a pleasure to listen to. Every song adds tension and excitement to the battles.
All the characters are fully voiced, and well done. From the Gods to Kratos themselves, no one sounds bored with their role; and everyone is giving it their all. Truly a joy to listen to.
Where do I even begin? God Of War 3's gameplay and controls are fantastic. It feels better than any game I've played in a long, long time.
God Of War 3 has the right balance of environmental puzzles (that effort clearly went into, and it shows), timed challenges, flying sections, platforming and the core action that keeps it interesting. I normally despise quick time events, but in God Of War 3 they're done so well, I actually enjoyed doing them. The buttons appear on the side of the side of the screen their placement on the controller corresponds with; allowing you to view the action instead of focusing on what button is going to pop up next. There's no surprise quick time events. You always know when one is coming; so you won't get comfortable and set your controller down and be dead. There's ample time to complete these events, as well.
Kratos has a number of weapons to choose from. Three of these weapons are on chains; his trademark blades, and two others. Despite the fact three weapon types are similar, they actually function very differently and each have their own unique style. Then there's the Cestus: giant, metal boxing gloves! This really helps mix up the feel of the combat. Each has their own unique feel, and when Kratos hits enemies it really feels like there is weight behind his attacks. It feels good to hit enemies, almost feel the resistance, and see them go flying or stagger backwards as you pound them.
With the ability to block, perform counters, area of effect attacks and heavy attacks, grapple enemies for brutal kills (some involve disembowling your enemies, and they didn't scimp on the detail!) and use items such as a bow, a decapitated head lantern, and some speedy boots, Kratos controls...Really well! Switching weapons mid combat is easy and smooth; performing every function feels natural.
There's a handful of bosses along the way to kill, and the enemy variation is extremely well done. The game continues introducing new enemies up until the last act of the game. The level design is fantastic, all very Greek, as is fitting for the game. Even after visiting some areas more than once they were still a pleasure to navigate.
God Of War 3 stands at the top for delivering action gameplay I've never seen rivaled in any other game in it's genre. What impressed me more is the fact that after playing through the game for more than twenty hours, and completing it twice, I encountered no hiccups in the gameplay. No glitches, no framerate drops. Nothing.
The only issue I actually had with this game is how it treats the players like retards despite the fact some of the puzzles are actually more challenging than any other game of it's kind. The camera will often highlight where you're supposed to go, and in some areas so frequently it becomes teeth grindingly irritating to take five steps, press a button and have the camera zoom in to another location for ten hours before returning control to you again.
God Of War 3 is one of the best games I have ever played. Despite the camera zooms on objectives in some areas, it's the king of it's genre. Nothing else really compares to how great this game looks, plays and feels. There aren't many games I can play through; twice, that offer as much of a challenge as God Of War 3. If there is one game every Playstation 3 owner should own, it's God Of War 3.