Why I Won't Be Playing God of War 3

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Hum... when a game becomes more fun to watch then to play... shouldn't it have been a movie?
Personally, I don't think more fun to watch then play is a good thing for a game. Of course I'm sure its a blast but games really need to have some hook to make you watch and then want to play. That's kind of the point of interactive media and its also good business sense(friends watching = new sales).

Me and one of my bestest of buds used to get new RPG's every week or so, and sit passing the controller back and fourth every day till we finished them. It was great cuz on some games where you have to backtrack outa dungeons or if I got stuck, i could just lie in my bed and throw the controller to him for a few hours. Id generally let him do all the dirty work, but when your playing from 7AM to sometime later that afternoon you tend to get tired and just wanna let someone else play so you can watch the story unfold.

\Lunar (SilverStar on Sega-CD) was the first where we enacted this tradition, then Dark Wizard I believe, next the FF games 4(2)6(3) and 7. as well as Dune-Battle for Arakis(Genesis/RTS), Ogre Battle and the Lufia games to name a few. If one of us played through a part w/o the other someone would be pissed... fun times.

Sadly he is no more, as he has moved on in life and left me here to play games by my lonesome.

On a side note, I will always think of Breath of Fire 1/2 as having Metallica/Black Album as the soundtrack.

I'm not going to play it, Im not going to watch someone playing it and I'm not even going to watch reveiws of it.

Flight:

Huh, someone read my mind and put it in a news thingy.

At any rate, while the game is beautiful, it is just the same old stuff, in a way it's annoying that a lot of God of War players insult dynasty warriors players, despite them basically doing the same thing, and unless you intend to do the replays, the game probably isn't worth all 60 dollars for only 9 hours of pretty, but otherwise thumb breaking game play.....IMO.

I love watching LP's and the like. Sometimes there's a game that I don't want to play for some reason, or I can't play, but something about it makes me want to watch it unfold (the plot most of the time). Watching someone play a game can end up being much more enjoyable than playing the game yourself.

Cpt_Oblivious:
Oddly enough, I'm expecting this to link me to an article that says "I don't own a PS3".

That's the very reason I'm not going to buy GoWIII (even though if I do gamestop will give me a used game at 50% off!!!) and I still haven't finished the second one, too many puzzles not enough tearing archers in half

I disagree. For me, when playing a (good) horror game, it is far more terrifying to be in control. The mix of dedication to finishing the section with absolute terror fucks with my mind. I think that different people just feel different ways.

Remember kids. Voyeurism is participation 8)

God of war has ALWAYS been a game i've had little to no interest in. Oh look, swingin' yer doohicky about like a... doohicky swinger.

Yay.

I'd much rather slowly acquire resources and terraform planets while tasking my scientists with developing a new class of death-ray equipped starship.

And then annhilate kratos from orbit as I glass one of hundreds of pathetic little worlds.

I have found that since I cannot afford a PS3 or XBox, I've been watching playthroughs on Youtube (like FF13). Can't say that I really miss not playing the games--saves me time and I get to see the story and pretty graphics.

I can't stand watching anyone else play, unless I've already played the game and am just observing the reactions of someone else to it.

meganmeave:

Cpt_Oblivious:

Susan Arendt:

Cpt_Oblivious:
Oddly enough, I'm expecting this to link me to an article that says "I don't own a PS3".

Huh? I do have a PS3. I even took it with me on vacation. Maybe I'm just confused by what you're saying.

It's just my strange sense of humour, don't worry.

Wait, you took your PS3 on vacation? That's serious gaming commitment, the best I manage is a DS.

My husband and I often take a small LCD T.V. with us, along with our PS3 and or 360. If we're driving that is. Many hotel rooms don't have the right hookups.

It's a pain in the ass, but so worth it when you can't sleep in those strange beds and are up late at night.

i only wish i could bring my PS3 or 360 on vacation. My wife is pretty cool but i think she would not be cool with me bringing my home systems on vacation. oh well i just have to make due with my DS and PSP.

susan can come over with and watch me play god of war 3. bring the husband and we can have a pary!

I can see how some people would say god of war is a button masher. You have to play on the higher difficulties and it becomes much more interesting and fun. There you actually have to block, evade, and choose which attacks to use.

i appreciate what you are trying to say. i have been a long time watcher of video game play through whether sitting next to my friend on the couch watching the great sci fi flick half life to the log book and scorekeeper for my girlfriend as she endevoured to get a 100% on a JRPG. watching a spectacle is a fun, watching a beautiful spectacle is better, and watching a beautiful spectacle with a good story is great.

However (and i feel really bad saying this knowing that somehow you seem to be targetted by flamers on this site) please stop heaping praise on a game that hasn't released yet. maybe i'm that weirdo stick in the mud guy for this franchise but i hate seeing god of war get unjustifibly praised for its hacky slashy prerelease. yes it looks awesome but so does bayonetta, devil may cry, darksiders and dante inferno. and here you are praising god of war's bad storytelling while those other games got lackluster reveiws because of bad storytelling. being a reveiwer means trying to be objective and trying to be objective means being even handed. if other games are slcked off for bad writing so must god of war. if god of war scores points for bad writing than so must the others.

but for all i just said i realize that i am not being entirely fair. if you just liked the god of war series and can't really put your finger on what it was thats fine, and frankly that why i didn't like the game. i played the first game for four hours wating for the game to start then fell asleep while playing the game. needless to say i am not a fan. so maybe i'm wriong and just getting angry at god of war for being super popular when i hate it so much but this for some reason this article struck my hate nerve enough to warrant a post.

Freebird.:
My sister loves horror movies but can't play through scary games as she finds it much more frightening when she's in control. This leaves me having to play through a lot of games when she's too scared to play but is still interested in the story.

My wife has the opposite problem, I can't play RE4 when she's around. Her shrieks startle me more than the game.

But I feel the same way as Susan. Some games (like any Resident Evil game) I prefer watching than playing. I feel the same way about Heavy Rain: I don't like the controls and would prefer to watch someone who knows how to make it look good. In my game it looks like all the characters are high on pcp... or is that just the game.

But Fallout 3? If either of us starts playing Fallout 3, the other is sure to sit and watch.

Well I know my cousin is freaquently making me play certain games so he can watch, namly God of War, Uncharteds, Killzones, Battlefields, Metal Gear Solids, Fallout 3, and Assassins Creed 2. My mother also enjoyed watching me Fallout as well.

rayen020:
i appreciate what you are trying to say. i have been a long time watcher of video game play through whether sitting next to my friend on the couch watching the great sci fi flick half life to the log book and scorekeeper for my girlfriend as she endevoured to get a 100% on a JRPG. watching a spectacle is a fun, watching a beautiful spectacle is better, and watching a beautiful spectacle with a good story is great.

However (and i feel really bad saying this knowing that somehow you seem to be targetted by flamers on this site) please stop heaping praise on a game that hasn't released yet. maybe i'm that weirdo stick in the mud guy for this franchise but i hate seeing god of war get unjustifibly praised for its hacky slashy prerelease. yes it looks awesome but so does bayonetta, devil may cry, darksiders and dante inferno. and here you are praising god of war's bad storytelling while those other games got lackluster reveiws because of bad storytelling. being a reveiwer means trying to be objective and trying to be objective means being even handed. if other games are slcked off for bad writing so must god of war. if god of war scores points for bad writing than so must the others.

but for all i just said i realize that i am not being entirely fair. if you just liked the god of war series and can't really put your finger on what it was thats fine, and frankly that why i didn't like the game. i played the first game for four hours wating for the game to start then fell asleep while playing the game. needless to say i am not a fan. so maybe i'm wriong and just getting angry at god of war for being super popular when i hate it so much but this for some reason this article struck my hate nerve enough to warrant a post.

The game came out Tuesday. Also, this is not a review, thus I am free to voice my completely unobjective opinion.

Metal gear solid works best for this. remove yourself from the need to play, and enjoy the whole overblown, overwrought, yet often brilliant spectacle. Also, my girlfriend quite enjoys watching me play team fortress, what with the humour, style, excellent dialogue and so forth, yet she's terrified to even touch the keyboard with it. Ironically enough, as all of Valve's single player games lose a lot when you're reduced to spectator, when a lot of the impact comes from putting you as squarely in the game as possible.

The cat's out of the bag:

Sorry if that was already said or in poor taste, it just sort of... fell out.

Hm...on the one hand I agree with the sentiment, but...it only applies for instances when I know the player is at least as good as, or better than, myself at that particular game. Watching someone masterful at a game play can be a real treat. I was more fascinated watching professional tournament play of Starcraft on freaking Youtube than I ever was playing the game myself (I'm terrible at it). Watching jokesters playing around in Team Fortress 2 can be amusing. Seeing someone just zoom through something like Shinobi without getting touched is impressive. All of that in addition to having time to appreciate details I'd have probably overlooked were I playing the game rather than observing.

On the other hand, if I'm watching someone worse play, it is TORTURE. Dear lord. Watching someone stumble through Left 4 Dead when I can hear the boomer from two rooms away, and he STILL walks right into it and blows it up in his own face? Watching someone completely run out of rockets trying to shoot down a gunship in Half-Life 2 because they can't figure out how to hit it? Someone dying on the same jump in [Any Given Platform Game Here] over and over and over and...

AAAGGH JUST GIVE ME THE CONTROLLER(/keyboard) BEFORE I BEAT YOU TO DEATH WITH IT!

...so, ahem. Yeah. Maybe watching God of War 3 would be nifty. I'd just have to make sure the "actor" I'm watching knows his lines before the curtain rises. Otherwise I'm demanding a refund.

your opinion and u can watch me own the greek gods

booooya

While I can see where you are coming from Susan, I don't think I can agree. It's probably because I ended up reading the entire article as "I'll just take half of the experience and be happy," and that just doesn't work for me. Even with Uncharted 2, I can't stand to watch other people play while I don't get to play. I'll end up taking out my handheld instead of watching someone else do awesome things that I could be doing. Other than that, I've never had trouble being utterly astonished by the God of War visuals while playing. I often times find myself doing the QTE's with my jaw dropped followed by sounds of shock as I shout, "Oh! That is not supposed to bend that way!"

Overall, I respect your opinion, but simply can't agree with it.

Formica Archonis:

2) I Wanna Be The Guy.

That game makes me feel terrible for whoever is playing.

Yog Sothoth:
The cat's out of the bag:

Who doesn't? The Internet's just made it so easy to find free videos of all sorts. Amateur or professional-quality, catering to any preference and genre. I have one directory with over 40 GB of video from just one small operation that specializes in stuff from the 80s. Why, the guy in one of them is a veritable acrobat!

Formica Archonis:

Yog Sothoth:
The cat's out of the bag:

Who doesn't? The Internet's just made it so easy to find free videos of all sorts. Amateur or professional-quality, catering to any preference and genre. I have one directory with over 40 GB of video from just one small operation that specializes in stuff from the 80s. Why, the guy in one of them is a veritable acrobat!

Ha ha, well played, Sir!

There was a topic in here somewhere... I can't seem to find it, though...

I've never been scared by watching someone play a horror game. Controlling the character themselves, making them push forward by your own will, constitutes far more of a horror experience than just watching a game. e.g. When watching someone play F.E.A.R. I wasn't scared at all but then I played it and nearly shat myself.

Ninjamedic:
Am I the only person here who got mega man 10 instead?

OT: I'm teaming up with my brother to beat all three in one sitting.

Nah, you're not.
However Megaman 10 is so much cheaper than GOW3, you should be able to buy another game too

now thats not true
playing silent hill is WAAAAY scarier than watching it
though it is fun to watch my cod4 addict neighbour get scared and scream while playing silent hill or doom 3

I have pretty much always enjoyed watching games more than playing some of them. Warcraft II was a notable example. I was good, ranked on Battlenet good. But I preferred to watch my friend play.

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