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.
Sadly I wont be able to play this game. 2 months ago I rented the god of war 1 and 2 saga. Loved it went and rented god of war 3. Also loved it. now I got what looks like a brand new copy of ascension. put it in the ps3 and the dashboard background changes to show the go of war artwork. but as soon as I start to play the game I just get a black screen. after about 2-3 minutes IM back to the dashboard.
did some searching, seems a lot of people are having this problem. I have the newer slim ps3 (the assassin creed 3 500 gb version) So the game is unplayable for me and that is why I rate this as a 1.
If you've been itching for another God of War, then this is right up your alley. The story is basically how and why Kratos started to hunt Ares. We do get to see Kratos "spoilers" smile once, but it's still the same Kratos. Now it's all about the Blades of Chaos instead of useless weapons, we get powers for the blades. Still pretty epic, but of course not as epic as God of War 3. I would say it's worth a rental.