On April 20th one of the most expected PS4 games of the year was released. God of War 4! After waiting for several long years since the last game of the series, everybody hopes for a great game. Finally, the moment of truth has arrived. Check down below the God of War 4 complete review.
Story & game set
After Kratos had to face the Greek Gods in the previous episodes of the series, this time the action takes place in a world inspired by the Norse mythology. In the land of Odin, Balder and the Midgard (World) Serpent, Kratos embarks on a trip with his son, Atreus, in an atempt to deliver the ashes of Kratos’s wife, Atreus’s mother, on top of a mountain.
The plot is simple but has deep meanings. The trip the 2 main characters take is actually the journey Atreus has to take in order to become a man. In the first scenes of the game, we get to know an older Kratos, with white hair on the beard, and a child who just lost his mother. As the events develop so does Atreus. He learns new fighting skills, summons magical creatures and helps Kratos decipher the secrets of the Norse Gods. On the other side, God of War 4 makes a great work reinventing Kratos. He is now pictured as someone who finally discovered love, had a wife and a child. Right when he thought he found peace, he is pulled back into the fight. Now he finds himself trapped between his paternal feelings and the need to put Atreus through a rough training.
The graphics are good, especially in the cutscenes. The detail level is great when it comes to our 2 main characters and not only. You can see the white hair in Kratos’s beard, his breath in the cold north weather or the marks on his ax. Also, the monsters, men and mythycal creatures you meet on your way are very well designed. There is a wide variety of opponents you have to face on your journey, each of them having a high level of details when it comes to how they look. Close attention was given to the suroundings as well. Forests, caves, lakes or mountain roads, all benefit from good graphics. The fighting scenes are very dynamic with well integrated special effects. It is obvious that the developer team and the graphic designers put a lot of effort into building a very realistic world.
Gameplay & game experience
If you recently played God of War 3 Remastered for PS4 the first thing you will notice is that the controls have changed. And some not for the best. In my opinion, there is too much use of the L3 and R3 buttons. Especially in situations when you need to act fast. And let’s be honest, these 2 buttons are not the easiest buttons to press on your console. Another disappointing aspect is the lack of weapons variety. Kratos has only his Leviathan Axe at hand. You can upgrade and get new features for it, but that is all. Atreus has just a knife and a bow. For such a great game this is a major setback in my opinion.
Other then this, the game experience is great. A very needed improvement is related to the camera. In God of War 4, you can use your right stick to rotate the camera and have a better view of the surroundings. This was not possible in God of War 3, which for me was really annoying.
Fighting scenes are very dynamic. Puzzles you need to decipher are interesting enough to challenge you, but not so hard to annoy you. The enemies you encounter on your journey are clever and actually use different tactics in their attempt to stop you. Some are immune to your weapons so you need to use only your fists to kill them. For others the help you get from Atreus is essential. In some cases, the balance can be tilt in your favor by the magic provided by your ax. There is a whole world of possibilities waiting to be discovered in God of War 4.
Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that there are almost no load screens. The times you had to wait to have your game loaded or jump at the last checkpoint after you died on a mission are long gone.
Pros & cons summary
|Absolutely no load screens||Controls could have been chosen better|
|Engaging story||Lack of weapons variety|
|Very dynamic fighting scenes|
All said and done, God of War 4 rises to the expectations. Seems like this trully is a great game. The story, the setting, the graphics, the puzzels and the fighting scenes, all contribute to a fascinating game experience. No doubts, this is the best game from the series so far. And the others were not bad either.
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