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By Stuart Andrews



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God of War III


Our Score:


Some people have God of War down as a button-masher, but the skill is all in isolating the worst threats, mopping up the cannon-fodder and knowing when – just when – to use your various magical powers. Plus, I don’t think any game, even Bayonetta, paces its brawls so perfectly. Considering how repetitive the action in God of War III could be, it’s a tribute to say that it never gets dull for a second.

Nor is God of War III short on new toys to play with. Along with old favourites like the Icarus wings and a new variant of the bow, Kratos gets some rather handy running shoes and the world’s most vicious pair of boxing gloves. And why bother with a torch to light your way when you can use the Sun god’s decapitated head? Does a torch scream when you flick the switch? Exactly. How cool is that?

For puzzles, meanwhile, God of War III sees the series at its best. Sure, we’re still talking variants on old block, lever and portal themes, but they’re combined with real invention and a gruesome dose of dark humour. A later section offers a brilliant puzzle that gives Echochrome a lesson or two in how to mess with perspective, while God of War III’s depiction of the Labyrinth is probably the most imaginative I’ve ever seen (though anyone who has seen Cube will guess where the inspiration probably came from). While we all love God of War for its brawn, the threequel is probably the brainiest of the bunch, and has the best platforming and flying sections to boot.

Is there anything not to like? Well, some of the gods and monsters – with the smith god, Hephaustes the worst example – have an unpleasant rubbery look to their skin. And maybe, towards the later stages, a handful of brawls are a little too protracted to be a lot of fun. All in all, though, this is another defining game for PS3 and a triumphant finale to an awesome saga. Kratos, Kratos, Kratos; you might have a name like a bloodthirsty breakfast cereal, but we don’t care. We know we shouldn’t love you, but we do.


Magnificent, mighty and borderline miraculous, God of War III is everything you dreamt a PS3 God of War could be.

Overall Score



March 17, 2010, 9:33 pm

I was blown away by how fun the demo was... It looks like a must buy for me now this has confirmed it


March 17, 2010, 10:10 pm

I'd never played a God of War game, but decided to try the demo. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of action games, but still this game failed to impress me. Some things that frustrated me:

- At the very beginning, you're thrown into a big scrum with no instruction or even a moment to figure out how the controls work. Not very friendly to newcomers.

- I felt like there was no choice or freedom in what I was doing. I was just following a very narrow set of pre-determined steps. That, coupled with the QTEs, made me file like GOW3 would have been better as a film.

- Was it really necessary to have to use every button on the controller just to perform simple tasks? Firing your bow, for example, feels all wrong.

- What's the deal with having to hit even the lowliest grunt about 12 times to kill him? It makes Kratos seem kind of weak.

As I said, I'm no fan of the genre - Dante's Inferno and Bayonetta turn me off just the same way - but perhaps anyone considering getting into these games for the first time better not get their hopes up too high for GOW3 if they're used to experiences in other games, which I would regard as being superior.


March 17, 2010, 10:24 pm

Too many good games.


Seriously, who wouldn't want to be a game reviewer right now? :)


March 17, 2010, 10:25 pm

I recently got the God of War collection for the PS3 and if the third game is as good as the first 2 i will definitely be getting it


March 17, 2010, 10:58 pm

"And why bother with a torch to light your way when you can use the Sun god’s decapitated head?"

Hoh! Effing awesome!


March 17, 2010, 11:04 pm

pimlicosound: I couldn't disagree more. I am no fan of this genre either, but God of War 2 impressed me and GOW3 was simply amazing. Of course it is linear - so is Modern Warfare, so are many of the best games of the last few years; this does not make it inferior. Yes, it is rather like a playable film - which just happens to be far more spectacular than all but the most insanely high-budget production, more brutal than just about anything - and you are not simply watching, it still requires your full involvement (unlike say Metal Gear Solid 4 where every 5 minutes an extended cut scene provided an opportunity to make a cup of tea).

I think you have a point - players should not expect to simply jump in and immediately become proficient if they have no experience of the genre at all - but I found the lack of an obvious training level rather refreshing, and ultimately I don't think "immediately accessible" is necessarily the same as "superior".


March 18, 2010, 1:50 pm

@MrGodfrey: Perhaps it's a result of my having just played through Mass Effect 2 twice in a row. After that, everything else seems a bit dull! Even if there is a whole lot of whizzbang action on screen in GOW3, I'm afraid it just didn't produce an emotional response from me other than "what the heck is going on here?", and the moment-to-moment mechanics of the game didn't hook me. Obviously that's not the case for a lot of gamers, but GOW3 left me cold.


March 19, 2010, 3:08 am

I've only played this game on the PSP and was stunned with what the development team did. I was in the same awe as when playing Golden Sun on the original GBA. Both games just pushed the limits of their respective platforms.

Contemplating getting a Playstation just to play this game.

Plus linear games are good. Not all gamers have as much time as they once did, and linearity gives me a nice story able to be completed in a certain amount of time. I play games because as well as being entertained, I want to experience a story, and know that I'm experiencing it the same way everyone else is. When games shut off sections of a game based on your decisions, I do not feel more immersed. I think "heck I'm missing out on something i've paid for, but won't find the time to experience again".

Jay Pain

March 19, 2010, 5:13 am

PS3 will dominate the gaming this year. Titles like this and the FFXIII should be enough to tempt people to buy PS3 in this coming easter break.


March 19, 2010, 8:54 pm

@jay pain

Hardly, this is button masher at its core, does not require any great deal of thought and it is over in around 10 hours. Heavy Rain is a god awful low budget movie plot with shoddy controls. FFXIII is one of the worst from the series yet.

So im my case buying a PS3 is still not a viable option. Even with Uncharted 2 it failed to dominate but you will ignore this for your fanboism.

Jay Pain

March 20, 2010, 5:20 am

Well this is what opinions are all about :P. It's not just games in general that will tempt people to buy ps3 but also the built-in Bluray playback capability and the "free" PSN online connectivity. Both systems have pros and cons. Even wii wasn't included in the discussion. Though wii might be weak in hardware, it has managed to put up a fight in and interactive games by just simply shaking the wiimote, just like this God Of War. As you have mentioned already, it is purely based on "button bashing" but it will still offer great gameplay to those new or novice players out there. Games are there to provide great experience hence this is what this game is all about.

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