posted by Thanatopsis (FAIRBANKS, AK) Mar 22, 2013
Member since Apr 2012
It looks almost as nice as GOW3 but plays more like the 2 "mini" PSP games. The fighting is more boring and tedious than ever. The kills aren't as gruesomely fun and the camera is always too far back, unless it is stuck in a corner or blocked by a pillar.
There are far less puzzles, maybe 3 or 4 and they are pretty easy. The platforming makes Uncharted look difficult. Just push a button and Kratos just magically goes where he is supposed to. No thought at all. No missed jumps. The only tricky parts are the quick-time events, of which there are many. A cut scene will go on for 2 minutes and then suddenly require a button press. Miss it and you have to watch the whole 2 minute movie again. No fun to watch the movie when you have to keep scanning for button presses. And not really a game. The last 45 minutes is nothing but cut scenes and a few quick-time events. With such nice graphics it seems like they could have put some actual gameplay in this one. Even with tutorials off it constantly tells you exactly when and where you should use your magic. Wouldn't want anybody to get stuck and have to think for even 10 seconds. Not impressed.
If they can make difficulty settings for combat, why can't they make them for puzzles and platforming too? I don't get it. Besides the visuals, this is the worst God of War yet.
Ascension does not ascend God of War 3 or any of the other previous entries.
Right off the bat the game feels bland and empty. Remember The opening scene to God of War 3 when Poseidon plunges off Mt. Olympus and attacks one of the Titans? or remember when Medusa constantly berates Kratos throughout Medusa's Lair until the actual confrontation at the end of the level in God of War 2? Well Ascension loses that feeling completely during the opening scene.
A couple of hours in you begin to see improvements to the combat system, however it does not make the game feel new or refreshing. Same Square Square Triangle combos we are all used too, same quick time events only now you can dodge and attack during certain animations. Secondary weapons are cool but it doesn't really add anything to the table.
Basic elements of platforming and puzzle solving return to mix things up aside from the already repetitive combat.
Overall its a good attempt to fit one last God of War in before the next generation of Console's appear. However it will be forever forgotten and will never live up to the grand scale of the previous God Of Wars. Kratos Lust for Vengeance against Greek Gods and Enormous Titans fueled by his anger and Hate really made God of War a Great Trilogy. Ascension falls flat on its face as we get a tamer, chalkier looking Kratos.