God of War: Ascension
Another Great God of War
God of War Ascension is a very good game that I think any gamer should play. Though it is not the best in the saga it is still a phenomenal game and is a must buy if you are a fan of the series. The thing that keeps this game from perfection is the gameplay. The gameplay is still great but it is sub-par compared to the rest of the God of War games. If you pay attention all of the console versions have made some improvements on the gameplay over time. But after the triumph of God of War 3 they had difficulty upping the gameplay. But as i said the game has still very good gameplay. But i think what makes this game is the impressive storytelling. you can't help but be drawn into the story of Kratos being imprisoned for betraying Lord Ares and the Furies punishing him for his actions. You are emotionally tied to Kratos and with every enemy you kill and every boss you vanquish you can't help but feel satisfaction. Up until you finally defeat the final boss you will be hanging onto the edge of your seat. This is for sure a must buy for any gamer and you will enjoy what you get.
too much freezing
until this game learns not to not freeze after like every 2 flipping hours it would be a great game but until that is fixed this is where my rating will stand
Good Gameplay , Good MP , Bad Storyline
Ascension was by far the weakest out of all the God Of War Titles in terms of storyline. It's story made very little sense and was just plain stupid. But despite it's short comings with it's own storyline it has very solid and fun gameplay. The very same solid gameplay you'd come to expect from any god of war game. Ascension is no exception in fact I liked it even more than I liked God Of War III's gameplay. In addition to it's great gameplay it has a very fun and addicting MP mode. This to me make's up for it's horrid storyline as it gives it much more replay value than any other GOW title. This probably could have been the great GOW title ever made if it just had a competent writer for it's storyline but what are ya gonna do. Never the less Ascension is a great game and worth getting if you're a fan of the GOW series. However I really couldn't recommend paying more than $29.99 for this game and even that price is a lill Iffy. Worse comes to worse you can always Red Box this game but then you will miss out on the fun MP mode that make's the game so great. Either this game was and was not a regret buy as I do find myself playing the MP mode quite often. So that being said I say deff get it.
For fans of the series.
This is a game for GOW fans. It has everything we've come to expect from the series, but little more. Beautiful graphics, brutal combat and stunning environments are all included, however, if you are expecting anything new or groundbreaking, you will be disappointed. While fun, the combat becomes a bit repetitive and the puzzles seem to have been dumbed down from previous entrys. Add in the relatively short single-player campaign, and what you get is a game that isn't going to win over any new fans. Now that isn't to say this is a complete GOW rehash. The addition of environmental weapon powers was a solid inclusion, but does little to make the combat stand out from previous GOW titles. There was also the addition of online multiplayer that, while fun, isn't going to hold your attention for very long. Overall, GOW:A is a solid game and a definite buy for long-time series fans, however the repetitive combat and lackluster multiplayer isn't going to buy over any GOW newbies.
Another Freakin' Prequel
GOW has done it yet again...ANOTHER prequel. Honestly i'm extremely tired of the creators doing this XD but to tell you the truth the game is pretty good. Problem is it's really hard. The puzzles are very "puzzling" and the fighting is very hard at times. I'd only recommend playing this if you already loved the series and followed it.
For Fans of God of War
Is it God of War...Yes. Does it provide the same stunning graphics and tight gameplay that is well deserved of the God of War franchise? Yes...and yet there is something missing. The story was simply not fleshed out, period. It's more of a side story fit to be alongside the likes of PSP's chains of Olympus rather than to stand among the epic re-imaginings of Greek mythology in God of War 1, 2 & 3. Those stories were so good, so well thought out, that they could have truly been part of the Greek Classics that so heavily influenced David Jaffe in 2005. The story in Ascension however, while it provides a reason to keep on slashing your way through hordes of dead Spartans and mythological beings, just did not provide what I hoped to be a more comprehensive telling of Kratos' past, as not only the Ghost of Sparta but as a General and more interestingly a father in Sparta.
But I digress, some smooth and brutal combat as well as interesting puzzles make this more than an average hack n' slash, this much is true. But it is the commitment to sheer excellence in the genre that has made God of War one of THE games to beat in a fading category that I and so many others so love. Adding multiplayer to the mix was an admirable attempt to make the franchise more mainstream for a growing fan base of social gamers. But I can't help but feel that while developing this, they missed the point of what made God of War great, and the single player campaign seemed to suffer for it. Repetitive insect enemy encounters and sliding sequences as well as some somewhat lackluster sub-weapons made it feel a bit a bit stale by the end of the 7-8 hour campaign. As well as some glitches in the sound design that took me out of experience more than a few times. With that said the last half hour of the game was excellent! Providing those adrenaline fueled moments of sheer visceral excitment rarely found in modern day titles but so often found in the in the other games in this series.
In summary, there is no denying that hard work was put in to Ascension. Fantastic production values, spot-on combo and platforming gameplay, a new twist on some puzzles, and of course multiplayer. I just can't help but feel that perhaps Todd Pappy and the crew worked a little too hard and when it was all said and done, the passion and creativity to make Kratos a more fleshed out character was lost. It is an unfortunate turn that Kratos' last adventure on the PS3 felt more like a cliff note than a new chapter, but it is one that fans of action/adventure and more importantly fans of God of War should give a chance.
I just beat it and I loved it! I thought it played a lot like Uncharted, which was pretty awesome. The climbing mechanics are the same compared to Uncharted. I thought it was great. It was different, but not too terribly long. I will definitely go back and clean up the trophies in a couple of days.
Still Amazing as always
I really liked the game but I was really excited to play multiplayer but it required a online pass so that really sucked. But the campaign was still fun and i enjoyed it. If you are a fan then you should get the new copy for the full experience. i rated the gameplay a 5 out of 10 just because I played all of the other god of wars and the gameplay is all the same not saying it is bad but I would enjoy a bit more.
God of War = Repetitive
I have always loved hack and slash games, and with each new release I get excited about the new God of War game. Yet every time I end up selling it back to GameStop later on. Although this game is great for the first hour or two it quickly becomes repetitive and you find yourself hating the next few days as you finish it. Simply because doing and seeing the same things over and over and over again gets pretty agitating.
As a hardcore fan of God of War, I was absolutely amazed with this game. The only thing keeping Ascension from being the best installment to the franchis is its location on the timeline. While i love that they went back to this part of Kratos's story, it puts certain limitations on the storyline of the game (you can't fight any gods, etc.). That is the only negative of this game in my opinion. The story does have its ups; Kratos is much more emotionally engaged, and there are awesome characters that we meet for the first time. While every game in the franchise has had a good amount of replay value, this game tops them all with the addition of multiplayer. I beat the single player, played online for days, then went back to beat the single player story again. and then it was back to the multiplayer for god knows how long. Everything is great about this game, from graphics to gameplay to lasting appeal, God of War: Ascension has it all.