God of War III
System: Playstaton 3
Release Date: March 16, 2010
God of War III is the grand finale to Sony’s hack ‘n slash trilogy, and it is the first venture using the PS3 and all of its technical prowess. GOW3 makes full use of its new system — this is easily one of the best-looking video games I have ever seen! It really is quite amazing to play through this trilogy in order, just to see how much it has improved over time, especially in the graphics department. The attention to detail is phenomenal. There were times when I was watching a cutscene in the game, didn’t realize the scene was over, and stood there for a good minute before realizing that I was now in control. Seriously, this game looks THAT good. Kratos has never looked meaner, and the violence is gorier than ever before.
As always, God of War III opens with a huge fucking bang. Picking up right after the second game’s cliffhanger ending, GOW3 starts with Kratos climbing up Mount Olympus in order to slay Zeus. This introduction is just unbelievable, as Kratos is fighting off enemies while riding on top of the giant Gaia, who in turn is slowly climbing up the mountain. Throw in a massive boss battle during this opening segment, and it rivals the insane boss fight with Colossus that opened GOW2. The game doesn’t let up from this point either. There are epic bosses all over the place, including another batshit crazy battle against a Titan.
The core gameplay remains the same other than some small tweaks to the presentation. A handful of new weapons are introduced, including the ever-brutal Cestus which is acquired from one-tough-mother of a boss. The puzzles this time around are improved, and do not feel as out of place as the ones found in previous games occasionally did. Kratos’s journey is full of action and literally takes him into the depths of Hell.
If I were to have a complaint about the game, it’s that this is the shortest entry in the series. I finished the game in just over 8 hours, which is less than I spent playing the first two games. Still, I can’t complain too much because the overall experience was just amazing. This is a game that I am proud to have in my collection, and it is one that I plan on replaying at some point in the future.
Sony really went all out with God of War III (even going so far as to have Kevin F’N Sorbo do the voice of Hercules), and the result is that this is one of the best games of 2010. If this really is the end of the trilogy, GOW3 is one hell of a note to go out on. Simply an excellent game from beginning to end. Highly, highly recommended!