god of war ascension does have many similarities to its pass brethren although not as epic in the story department it still really good. what i felt the story was pushing was the multiplayer. weapons like in any multiplayer game do not last and kratos like your multiplayer character/s play very simlarly. do not get my intentions wrong the story isnt a complete training dummy for multiplayer but more of a replayability. like many storry only games there is a limit on replayability before they end in the back of your closet collecting cobwebs. multiplayer is one way to alleviate that. the story has almost all the elements that you would expect.
the multiplayer consits of you chossing to fight for one of the four selectable gods. each also hosting there own benefits.
for those that plaued the beta do not fret there are more weapons available than before some of the unlock requirements have changed. the multiplayer also has your classic game modes; like capture the flag death match and also a coop mode..etc.
I deem this game worthy of a buy due to its good story and great multiplayer.
if you choose to rent the game i would reccomend dishig the money for the online pass to check out the multiplayer