Review: God of [What] Was

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God of War has always been a game I’ve been interested in. I had been following the franchise since the first title was released; however, I had never actually gotten a chance to play any of them until God of War III.It lived up to my expectations, which is why I had to get my hands on the High Definition remake of the first two videogames.

For an HD remake, it’s one of the better titles that I have experienced. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) did a great job in respecting the source material, as I later discovered. The God of War HD Collection consists of both God of War and God of War II. I’ll be reviewing the former.

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio
Platforms: PlayStation 3
Release Date: March 18th 2010
Rating: 18 (BBFC & PEGI), M (ESRB)

The general idea of the title is that you play a character named Kratos, who is allied with the gods. As the player progresses the game, they unlock new abilities and enhancements to the character. God of War is a typical hack and slash game. The better the combos you use, the easier the game is. Though there is a few difficult challenges in the game, though some of the challenges are merely down to how fast you can button mash — something that has never been improved upon in the franchise. Sometimes I found myself experiencing fear for my controller from the extreme button mashing that was required. This is particularly the case during the first boss.

The protagonist of God of War will never change. He will always have the same attitude and same personality. He will always be a killing machine. His thirst for blood and battle enhance the experience of the game; instead of playing a whiny character, we have a badass protagonist who shares our thirst for blood, our hunger for tearing enemies apart. Our lust for the battlefield and love of action. Moreover, his attitude continues throughout as he becomes more chaotic in cut scenes, and his attitude towards his enemies becomes more aggressive.

Disappointingly, the visuals may be stunning and high-definition but the cut scenes have seen no change or improvement. They’re still pre-rendered in the old resolution of the PlayStation 2. I was personally hoping that they would render the cut scenes in at least 720p resolution instead of just re-using the original cut scenes. Instead, they are visually muddy and even the sound quality isn’t up to the standard of the rest of the title.

Putting the disappointing cut scenes aside, God of War HD is a good remake. The visuals look great, the sound quality is good, and the gameplay is fun and flows very well. It’s a good title worth picking up, especially from retail as it comes complete with God of War II HD.

God of War HD was completed on normal difficulty. The title scored 8/10, meaning that it’s a great game with a couple of relatively minor flaws. Input Lag is a regular author of the Gaming Advance website and can be contacted through the email address: inputlag@gamingadvance.com

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