To a veteran of the series like myself, some of the initial changes to the core gameplay may be a bit jarring. The enemies are A LOT tougher; no longer can you toss them around like ragdolls and have your way with them. They come heavily armored and hound you rentlentlessly, forcing you to block and parry most of the time, barely escaping battles by the skin of your teeth. However as you progress through the game you gain potent magic called "Elements". There are four elements in the game: Soul, Fire, Lightning, and Ice. You can switch elements using the D-pad mid-battle, allowing you to come up with creative strategies and deal out devastating combos, making the combat in GOW: A the best in the series.
The camera is also a little different this time around, as it frequently zooms out to reveal massively detailed structures and environments. That would be nice by itself, but you will often have to fight difficult enemies as all that is happening, which at times will cause you to lose sight of your character, leading to a needless and frustrating death. As you progress through the game this becomes slightly less of an issue.
The graphics and environments in this game are stunning, so much so that if you told me this was a 1st gen PS4 title i wouldn't doubt that much if at all. However the game freezes quite a bit(it did at least 3-4 times for me) and it made me wonder at times if this game was TOO much for my ps3 to handle. There are also other troublesome glitches in the game that got in the way of my experience.
However, "God of War: Ascension" is a fine entry to the "God of war" series; it is certainly the most technically impressive of all the games, but unfortunately may be the most flawed as well. I'd normally give this game a 9/10, but because of the issues i experienced i'll drop it down to an 8/10. This is an absolute must play for GoW diehards and if you're a series skeptic, there are enough changes to the formula to possibly win you over.
this game was way better than I thought it would be--the graphics are incredibly crisp and detailed--the sound track is top notch as well--and the controls were perfect--I never had any problems with the controls at all--I pushed a button or buttons that were required to push to do moves-and it did it
if you liked or loved the other god of war games this one doesn't disappoint