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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by HSH28 » Tue May 01, 2018 9:06 pm

the eponymous bollock wrote:The other gripe is the story, the whole reason for antagonism between you and anyone else just felt really weak and I think I would have enjoyed it more if that was given more focus as opposed to walk to scatter your wife’s ashes. Obviously that’s not the story they were trying to tell but whenever it bled into it through the Baldur stuff is when I was most interested.


Just so we've got it straight.

It turns out that's all down to who Kratos' wife was, right?

I actually thought it kind of kicked into place at the end actually.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by the eponymous bollock » Tue May 01, 2018 10:31 pm

Yeah, a bit of a retroactive explanation didn’t do much to remedy it for me.

And my god Niflheim is a pile of gooseberry fool. Beat that final Valkyrie though :datass:

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by HaruKazuhira » Wed May 02, 2018 2:26 am

Wow, just figured something late into the game I wanna kick myself for. Thought every Realm Tear led to a fight but only just realised today some of them give you items for upgrading "">,> Pretty sure I've just missed loads too.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by Met » Wed May 02, 2018 9:40 am

I swear the Valkyrie timings change as and when they want. Especially their Valhalla dive thing. But I'm getting there, half down.

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by the eponymous bollock » Wed May 02, 2018 6:23 pm

Ok so I hadn’t seen the proper ending, it’s really strange the way they leave it to the player to finish the game completely or at least see the final story beat.

I also forgot to mention above that another of my favourite things about this is the music. It is strawberry floating brilliant.

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by HaruKazuhira » Wed May 02, 2018 8:32 pm

Just for the record, you can keep exploring and doing side quest after beating the game right? There are a lot of high level enemy fights and Hidden chambers I'm planning to do after. Or is it worth doing them before finishing?

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by Samuel_1 » Wed May 02, 2018 8:43 pm

You can.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by HaruKazuhira » Thu May 03, 2018 2:55 am

I should have expected that you get to end up using the Blades of Chaos but after using the Axe for so long I dared to believe it. It's funny, because the combat of the older games never clicked with my interest and using them in this game so suddenly is kinda reminding me why. They feel so much better of course but just don't seem nearly as satisfying as the axe. Hoping further upgrades warm me up to them more.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by NickSCFC » Thu May 03, 2018 11:20 am

'God of War' shows how far the video game industry has matured... and how far it has to go

https://mashable.com/2018/05/01/god-of- ... sentation/

It's a good thing for an industry that has struggled to be taken seriously as a cultural hobby and as an art form unto itself. Many connotations and stereotypes still exist about the arrested development of gamer culture. Even though the new God of War has plenty of violence for the bloodthirsty, the story of Kratos wrestling with the emotional difficulties of parenthood is a potent olive branch to the culture at large.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by Cal » Thu May 03, 2018 1:45 pm

Disclosure: I don't yet have the game (I'll wait for a sale), but I have watched a complete playthrough on YT, from start to end.

Last night, I watched this video:



I dunno. I can understand the wall-to-wall praise for the game from some perspectives, but I still remain cynical. The guy in the video above just seems to me to be overdoing his praise to the point of becoming embarrassing. I get that it's a great-looking game, I get that it attempts to deal with a few sensitive issues around loss, regret, unresolved issues and the whole father-son thing, but at the end of the day this is just another game where a very large, very aggressive man runs around murdering hundreds of things with a Very Big Axe. It's bloody, visceral and - frankly - lacks nuance in several departments.

I'm interested in that dissonance - the disconnect - between a game being praised for its 'emotional' content and the jarring fact of its undisguised violence. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice left me with the same misgivings. Yes, it claimed to be tackling difficult issues, but the game was mainly a girl running around slaughtering countless enemies in a variety of extremely violent ways. I'm not saying either of these games don't stand out for their production values, their scripting, their sheer quality, but I can't square that circle between the reverence they seem to garner for their emotional storylines and the obvious mayhem of their actual game mechanics. Don't people see the paradox?

To be clear: I think God of War looks great and I look forward to giving it a go when it drops to a reasonable price but is it really a 10/10 (on all counts) or can anyone reasonably suggest that imperfections and inconsistencies might remain?

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by NickSCFC » Thu May 03, 2018 2:15 pm

Cal wrote:The guy in the video above just seems to me to be overdoing his praise to the point of becoming embarrassing. I get that it's a great-looking game, I get that it attempts to deal with a few sensitive issues around loss, regret, unresolved issues and the whole father-son thin


Partly how I felt about The Last of Us.

I'd all but lost interest in games in that point, I'd sold my Xbox 360 and the PS3 was nothing more than a Blu-ray player for the lounge.

The Last of Us completely pulled me back in, reassured me that games had grown up with me rather than being left behind by me.

I'll be starting this one tonight.

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by NickSCFC » Thu May 03, 2018 3:51 pm



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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by JediDragon05 » Thu May 03, 2018 3:57 pm

Single player games are dead they said.

Mmm hmm I said.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic - 3m in 3 days - fastest selling PS4 exclsuive.
by HaruKazuhira » Thu May 03, 2018 5:34 pm

Games are becoming more accepted whether old farts like it or not. We're still a young, evolving medium with much to learn and it's Games like GoW that are help pushing it forward.

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by NickSCFC » Thu May 03, 2018 5:50 pm

HaruKazuhira wrote:Games are becoming more accepted whether old farts like it or not. We're still a young, evolving medium with much to learn and it's Games like GoW that are help pushing it forward.


By the time most of us are in our 60s, say 2050, they'll be universally treated and respected just as movies and music are today.

Just think, at some point in the future middle-aged contestants on quiz shows won't pull that stupid face when a videogame question comes up.

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by Mafro » Thu May 03, 2018 9:40 pm

NickSCFC wrote:'God of War' shows how far the video game industry has matured... and how far it has to go

https://mashable.com/2018/05/01/god-of- ... sentation/

It's a good thing for an industry that has struggled to be taken seriously as a cultural hobby and as an art form unto itself. Many connotations and stereotypes still exist about the arrested development of gamer culture. Even though the new God of War has plenty of violence for the bloodthirsty, the story of Kratos wrestling with the emotional difficulties of parenthood is a potent olive branch to the culture at large.

Feels like there's always hot takes like this whenever there's a big-budget, AAA, "mature" character-driven game.

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by BOR » Thu May 03, 2018 11:00 pm

I’m really enjoying this a lot and a lot of places to explore to do the side quests. :wub:

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic - 3m in 3 days - fastest selling PS4 exclusive.
by JediDragon05 » Fri May 04, 2018 3:35 pm

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic - 3m in 3 days - fastest selling PS4 exclusive.
by HaruKazuhira » Sat May 05, 2018 12:21 am

What's the point of manual saves if they never pick up from the place you originally saved from ">,>

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PostRe: God of War - Out now! - Rated 95 on OpenCritic and Metacritic
by NickSCFC » Sun May 06, 2018 6:20 pm

the eponymous bollock wrote:I also forgot to mention above that another of my favourite things about this is the music. It is strawberry floating brilliant.


Kratos' voice sounds amazing too, especially through decent speakers.

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