Is It Worth Getting: God of War 3 Ascension, Review(No Spoilers)
In keeping with the tradition of blockbuster sequels this so far this year, God of War: Ascension was just released and has received some mixed reviews. While other peoples opinions are nice, this article attempts to provide you with information needed to decide if God of War Ascension is work getting. The first and most important part you need to know is that God of War is a third person combo based combat system with a fixed camera and puzzle elements, so if that game isn't something your looking for, you might want to find something different.
The single player of God of War has, as it probably always will, stuck to it's guns and followed the philosophy " If it ain't broke don't fix it". The single player still primarily consist of you playing as Kratos using your traditional Blades of Chaos, and killing mythological Greek creatures as you try to get revenge for your families deaths by killing the god who made you murder them, Ares. Most of the changes that you would expect have been changed; new magic spells that relate to one of the four major gods, that not only use the spell's power but also give you a passive bonus, you can now pick up world weapons, which are weapons dropped by enemies, and their are new upgrade trees and advanced graphics. The biggest draw to the single player is the exact same as it's biggest fallback, ascension is just like GOW3 but with all around improvements.
The truly new thing for GOW, and the combo based series, is the brand new mulitplayer. I personally can say that I have every played a 3D combo based multiplayer before, but GOW ascension is a very nice surprise. The main premise of the multiplayer is that you are a released prisoner where Kratos was also imprisoned, and you constantly try to gain the favor of your chosen god by killing other enemies and taking objectives. There can be up to eight people in a game and it could be 4v4, 2v2v2v2, or FFA. Each of the four gods that you can choose are Ares, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, and each has their own weapons armor and magic spells. The play styles are very unique to; Hades-Assassins who do high damage and steal life from their enemies, with items that reduce cool downs and increase mobility, Zeus-His followers are like battle mages who use electric magic to stun enemies and their items increase defense and evasion, Posideon- His champions are the support of GOW, with high health and armor, their water magic freezes opponents and their items increase defense and help the help be stronger, Ares- As you would expect his champions are high damage physical fighters who use fire magic the burns over time, his items increase damage.
All and all GOW ascension is just what you would expect it to be, but with a multiplayer that is a new twist, but not something that is worth buying an entire game for.