God of War – First 40 Minutes of Gameplay and Impressions | PS4

God of War

I’m gonna start this off by saying that this is not a full review nor will there really be a full review for God of War from me. There’s really nothing I can say about this game that hasn’t been said already by others and in all honesty, you shouldn’t need a review to buy this game. All I’m going to really say about God of War is that this so far is the best game of 2018 that I’m still in the process of playing. It’s a huge game with so much to do and see if you don’t go speeding through it. Even if you haven’t played any of the previous games, God of War in my opinion is a must buy and needs to be in your library.

With that said, I will be throwing out a few of my impressions down below that I thought have been super interesting about God of War. Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers but there will be spoilers in the video, so be warned.

Warning: Spoilers in the video above

  • Like I stated above, I don’t think you really need to have played the previous games to enjoy the new God of War, however I’m sure it would help if you wanted to know more of the backstory. In my case, I haven’t played any of them and I’m still enjoying the story regardless of what I might not know of Kratos and what happened in his past. If you absolutely want to catch up, there are plenty of Youtube videos out there that give a synopsis of what happened in previous games.
  • OMG this game is beautiful. I’m playing God of War on a regular old PS4 and this pretty blows away almost every game I’ve played up to this point. The environments are absolutely gorgeous and there are little things here and there that really caught my attention. There’s random wildlife such as birds, frogs, lizards, etc. and really helps keep the game from feeling lifeless and static. You actually leave real footprints on the ground and they don’t disappear either when you move away. This is especially noticeable on parts with snow. Lastly, everything is just so detailed and it never feels like anything is being recycled or used over and over again. It’s hard to explain. For example, it feels like every tree out there is different even though I’m sure they’re not or that there aren’t any two rocks exactly the same. That’s just the feeling I get.
  • The action in this game is intense. It all seems so fluid and when you start unlocking more moves in your move set, you can do so much and customize so much of what Kratos can do. One tip I have, the control scheme is a bit weird at first though you can change it to “classic mode” which I did. It makes combat feel more natural in my opinion. Also, if you’ve never played a God of War game, I don’t suggest playing it on the highest difficulty setting. It’s really, really hard. If you’re chasing trophies, know that the difficulty settings don’t matter.
  • God of War’s camera is way different from anything I’ve seen. It almost seems like it’s one long take from Krato’s over the shoulder vantage. It’s like watching a move where the camera never leaves the main character. The camera never gets in the way of the action and it’s near perfect in implementation.
  • And adding to the above, where are the loading screens??? The game switches from gameplay to cinematics and back seemlessly and you never feel like you’re taken away from the story or action. This is the first game I’ve ever played that does that so well.
  • God of War is basically one long escort mission, but one where the person you’re escorting doesn’t get in your way nor do they die every 10 seconds because they’re doing something stupid. In fact, your partner never dies at all. Your son actually helps you more than hinders you, especially if you make really good use of him. I’ve played so many games where I’m constantly yelling at my “partner” for stupid things and this game is definitely one of those where I’m not doing that at all.
  • There is so much to do and discover in this game. Feel free to deviate from the main story and explore. There are so many side quests to discover and you’ll need to do them in order to get all the trophies, if that’s what you’re going for. You can certainly just go through the main story, but you’ll be missing a lot of extras and lore.

That’s all I got so far. Honestly, just play the game. It is so good and definitely a candidate for Game of the Year. I do suggest playing it on a difficulty setting you can handle as playing it in anything higher may frustrate. Also check your control scheme and use something that’s comfortable. Lastly, play with some really good headphones. Not only is God of War a visual treat, it’s also and auditory treat. It’s an enjoyable game that seems to have everything a gamer would want.

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