God of War: Ascension Review - Enter the Furies

God of War: Ascension Review - Enter the Furies

Come for the flesh ripping carnage, stay for the surprisingly in-depth puzzles.

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Whoops, misread the title as "Enter the Furries".

Wellp, looks like I'm never going to get into God of WRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGHHHHGHHHHGHGHGHGHGHH anytime soon at this rate.

Grenge Di Origin:
Whoops, misread the title as "Enter the Furries".

Me too. That would be an....interesting cosplayer convention.

Somehow this one seems like a step down from III and the added MP does not tempt to buy this one.
I'm hoping they're gonna work on IV soon. (maybe they already are, this is to hold us warm?)

Another GoW game I'm missing out on.

Oh well, I'll just crush the first two again. That'll satisfy my Kratos craving.

WaitWHAT:

Grenge Di Origin:
Whoops, misread the title as "Enter the Furries".

Me too. That would be an....interesting cosplayer convention.

There's already one: it's called Anthrocon.
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Grenge Di Origin:

There's already one: it's called Anthrocon.
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Oh god! What are they even doing there? They're in their sui-What are they even doing? Oh god....

Seriously. One of my best friends is a furry, so I'm not a stranger to furry culture. But

WTF?!?!?!

hmm... so it's just like GOW3. I was hoping the review would go into the differences instead of repeating the basic formula to these games. Not a word on the multiplayer. Is the combat better? Is the game better or worse?

Not a word on the multiplayer? What were the minor failings that were mentioned? Was it just the platforming? I play Mario for platforming. I just see the platforming in GoW as a simple means of traversing the set pieces and getting back in the action. Did they try something new and failed, or what? Why does this review leave me with so many questions?

I've been playing it for a while now, and I'm struggling to really enjoy myself with it. There's a bunch of minor annoyances constantly buzzing around.

First off, they ruined the parry by making it a two button action which doesn't even seem to register many times. I can't exactly explain it, but I was more frustrated and annoyed during fights than that I was actually having fun. Maybe it's because they changed the grab button.

Most of the new enemy designs feel uninspired, and the new gorgons look horrendous.

Maybe I just need to get into it more, or maybe I'm simply tired of the franchise, but as for now Ascension is kind of a dud.

This review seemed to miss all the important things that I wanted to know about. What makes it better/different than GoW 3? Is the multiplayer a worthwhile addition or simply tacked on? Is there more rapport and sympathy with Kratos as an actual character? Are there bonus skill arenas, a new game+, or any incentive to play it multiple times? Does anyone not know at this point that you get red orbs from killing enemies?

I'm really very sorry if I sound like a dick, it's just that this review didn't help my purchasing decision one iota.

K84:
Somehow this one seems like a step down from III and the added MP does not tempt to buy this one.
I'm hoping they're gonna work on IV soon. (maybe they already are, this is to hold us warm?)

I own the game, I'm 3 hours into the single player and I think the single player is better than 3 based off first impressions.

It really seems like they refined the gameplay and the combat rather than the usual 'same gameplay with minor changes' (not that I complained then).

For instance they modified the rage meter, a lot. I'm still trying to figure out the ins and outs but basically it fills up when you do combos/get a high hit meter and decreases a bit when you get hit (unless you block/parry it), when the fight is over it drains back to nothing.

Casual Shinji:
I've been playing it for a while now, and I'm struggling to really enjoy myself with it. There's a bunch of minor annoyances constantly buzzing around.

First off, they ruined the parry by making it a two button action which doesn't even seem to register many times. I can't exactly explain it, but I was more frustrated and annoyed during fights than that I was actually having fun. Maybe it's because they changed the grab button.

Most of the new enemy designs feel uninspired, and the new gorgons look horrendous.

Maybe I just need to get into it more, or maybe I'm simply tired of the franchise, but as for now Ascension is kind of a dud.

Go ahead and warn you. The hardest part is later in the game called the Trial of Archimedes and its pretty damn annoying because as you stated the parry is overly complicated and its amazing how you can only get in about 3-4 hits on strong enemies before they break your combo unless they're knocked down or in the air. Also who's bright idea wasn't to make magic unavailable until the max weapon level is achieved?

gphjr14:

Casual Shinji:
I've been playing it for a while now, and I'm struggling to really enjoy myself with it. There's a bunch of minor annoyances constantly buzzing around.

First off, they ruined the parry by making it a two button action which doesn't even seem to register many times. I can't exactly explain it, but I was more frustrated and annoyed during fights than that I was actually having fun. Maybe it's because they changed the grab button.

Most of the new enemy designs feel uninspired, and the new gorgons look horrendous.

Maybe I just need to get into it more, or maybe I'm simply tired of the franchise, but as for now Ascension is kind of a dud.

Go ahead and warn you. The hardest part is later in the game called the Trial of Archimedes and its pretty damn annoying because as you stated the parry is overly complicated and its amazing how you can only get in about 3-4 hits on strong enemies before they break your combo unless they're knocked down or in the air. Also who's bright idea wasn't to make magic unavailable until the max weapon level is achieved?

And the thing is that I actually enjoy the pacing of the game. It reminds me a lot of GoW1 when you get to Athens; Very quit and calm. It doesn't seem too prone to show off with chaos and shit going on in the background, like GoW3 did.

But the controls just feel really unintuitive. It's like all of the changes were made for the sake of change, rather then it actually improving anything. The parry being the biggest one. Holy shit, did they screw that up. The combat just doesn't feel fun, and for a God of War game that's a big problem. As many issues that I had with GoW3 the brawling was still fantastic.

Grenge Di Origin:
Whoops, misread the title as "Enter the Furries".

I could have placed a bet on the fact that this was going to be the first comment!

I also misread it.
Much disappointment...

WaitWHAT:
Oh god! What are they even doing there? They're in their sui-What are they even doing? Oh god....

Seriously. One of my best friends is a furry, so I'm not a stranger to furry culture. But

WTF?!?!?!

I dunno, as far as furries go that looks pretty normal to me :3

Damn bad time for my PS3 to break :( Won't buy a new one seeing how PS4 comes by the end of the year

I don't have a PS3 but I've seen trailers and other videos of this game and I really love the silky-smoothness. Animations and camera movement flow beautifully, the framerate looks remarkably solid, and the motion blur is perfect. I wish more games were so competent in this regard.

Proverbial Jon:

Grenge Di Origin:
Whoops, misread the title as "Enter the Furries".

I could have placed a bet on the fact that this was going to be the first comment!

I also misread it.
Much disappointment...

WaitWHAT:
Oh god! What are they even doing there? They're in their sui-What are they even doing? Oh god....

Seriously. One of my best friends is a furry, so I'm not a stranger to furry culture. But

WTF?!?!?!

I dunno, as far as furries go that looks pretty normal to me :3

We need a furry version of God of War

I just can't bring myself assed to care about another God of War game.

I'm just waiting till you end up playing as the god of war from another pantheon and are going to kill Kratos. You can't argue that he doesn't need to be killed. How cool would it to be playing Sekhemet or Shiva or something and be going kill his ass.

This review bangs on about dodging in combat, but I can't recall the dodge move being implemented well in the previous games.

DrunkOnEstus:
This review seemed to miss all the important things that I wanted to know about. What makes it better/different than GoW 3? Is the multiplayer a worthwhile addition or simply tacked on? Is there more rapport and sympathy with Kratos as an actual character? Are there bonus skill arenas, a new game+, or any incentive to play it multiple times? Does anyone not know at this point that you get red orbs from killing enemies?

I'm really very sorry if I sound like a dick, it's just that this review didn't help my purchasing decision one iota.

No need to apologize, because you raised some good questions. What with the ads on TV banging on about how much Kratos misses his family, are we going to get some new info on that? OR are we stuck with the Angry, 1-dimensional jerk we had from GoW II & III?

Worgen:
Dead Snip

Kratos fighting against Odin? That would be a fight to end all fights!

OT: From what I've seen, the gameplay seems decent, but looks like it gets boring after a bit. I mean, expose the brain of one giant elephant, expose them all

But this is coming from someone who's only seen the intro level and some passing levels. Take no heed of me if I'm just a simple n00b

 

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