Ascension has a different feel to the combat system compared to the previous titles, so it took a few hours to get a handle on it. You stick with the Blades of Chaos the whole game but can use 4 different elements (loved Hades, hated Ice)
Difficulty-wise, Ascension was more on the easy side up until chapter 25 or so, when battles became hectic. The Trial of Archimedes was especially challenging but hugely rewarding. It took about an hour and half to beat it on Hard.
The story was hard to follow and not very interesting. Didn't really add much to the backstory in my mind.
The graphics were solid especially in the cutscenes. The camera likes to be showboaty at times but it's nice scenery to look at.
The bosses were pretty forgettable. The Furies aren't interesting enough and they were boring to fight.
Overall, it was a fun game with a solid combat system and I especially liked the brutal kill animations of some creatures.
Good game. Story line seems to start becoming obsolete and you just run around killing things. The camera angles and zoomed way out make it really hard to even see where you are during battles and puzzles. I feel like they should have just stopped with the previous game. I like it, it's still fun, worth the rent, but not worth the buy.
posted by CaptMagnifico (THORNTON, CO) May 23, 2014
Member since Aug 2011
Hey guys and gals fans of the angriest God ever, lets have a friendly chat about why prequel games just don't ever work as well as the original. This game we follow Kratos before he was the God of War and also before he swore revenge on Aries. We get the deep unnecessary why that no one asked for but here we go anyways.
The game story describes The Furies, they creatures I never heard of that hunt down oath breakers. Well Kratos broke his oath to Aries but got shot with a amnesia bullet like Wolverine and can't remember why. This gives Kratos to go again through the Greek mythos and killing everything that even looks at you cross ways. The story like most of the God of War games are just a reason for you to go on your path of destruction.
The gameplay is a very much improved version of the series. It is immensely fun and it toned down all the petty annoying stuff that hurt the original games. So no timed death puzzles in this game. The game does do one thing that got under my skin. Ascension only have variants of the same weapon. You get the Blades of Chaos and all that changes is the kind of element power they get. I'm just used to God of War 3 with all the different kinds of weapons at my disposal.
In short it is a God of War game to give you that fix until the fourth one comes out. If you are jonesing for some Kratos this will cure you and you can move on. I liked the game enough to buy it, so I would say get it at a bargain bin and you won't be disappointed.