posted by Benedictus (SACRAMENTO, CA) Aug 16, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
Pros: playing as Kratos again!
Cons: 1.) "Bros before hos" trophy- I've always been indifferent to trophies, but this time I down right hated this one. After giving a tremendous beatdown to some women (Kratos is indifferent in his rage, but after a particulary brutal fight hitting women, that trophy appeared up top. Horribly mysogynist, it left a bad taste in my mouth. It should be removed.
2.) Penultimate battle gauntlet- Somewhere near the end (no spoiler), you have to fight wave after wave after wave of enemies with nary a chest to be seen to rejuvenate. After coasting easy for most of the game, this part is nearly universally despised and nearly impossibly. And you can't change difficulty. So after spending hours fighting and dying over and over, I quit and sent it back. I ended up just watching the rest of the game on youtube. I know- I'm lame. But so was this section.
I loved the first two GOW games, but ever since Santa Monica Studios took over development it's been downhill. The controls have gotten sloppier and sloppier, they try and get dramatic with the camera which makes timing jumps difficult, the puzzles have become increasingly obtuse and the stories just lack that vital element the first two had. I still haven't finished GOW 3 because the controls were so incredibly bad it just got to be like work playing it.
This game in particular was great at beating you over the head with useless tips about using some object, but giving some kind of hint at how to solve the puzzles, which were probably the worst set to date was nowhere to be found short of a guide. The events where you had to use grapple points were equally frustrating, alternating between swinging in a circular pattern, back and forth or just launching into a jump. It's up to the player to figure out that holding down the R1 button keeps you swinging. On at least one occasion a scripted event failed to trigger the first time for me, so I had to commit suicide to retry.
The graphics are undeniably great, but without the corresponding gameplay they'd have been better off just making a CGI movie. The sloppy and confusing controls along with several bugs (even after having to download several GB worth of patches before I could even play) are simply inexcusable given the bar set by the first two games into this series.
Sony needs to take back control of this franchise before Santa Monica Studios completely destroys it.