E3: Kratos Stabs Elephant Men in New God of War

E3: Kratos Stabs Elephant Men in New God of War

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Elephant men and time powers await the furious Spartan.

By the end of God of War III, Kratos had pretty much killed everyone there was to kill in the Greek pantheon. God of War: Ascension brings the murderous Spartan back to kill some more mythological creatures from other cultures, like giant ogres with elephant heads. I'm not sure what sort of mythology that's from, but it's in Kratos' way, which means it dies.

Frankly, it looks like God of War. That's not a bad thing, mind you. You have the fast-paced combat, the aerial combos, and naturally the ultra-gory fatalities. Kratos seemed particularly fond of pulling off the heads off of angry goat-men this time around.

Ascension gives Kratos a new trick in the form of time manipulation. At certain spots in the game, he will be able to restore destroyed scenery to an earlier point in its lifetime, which seems to just be one more tool in the arsenal for God of War's platforming.

It looks like God of War, but that's just how God of War should be.

Ascension hits PlayStation 3 on March 12, 2013.

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Hmmmm time manipulation. Where have I heard that before?
So now he's ripping off heads AND gimmicks.

DVS BSTrD:
Hmmmm time manipulation. Where have I heard that before?
So now he's ripping off heads AND gimmicks.

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It felt new, and yet it still looked like God of War. It's exactly what I was hoping for.

My favorite part of that footage? He pushed a civilian out of harm's way. Unheard of, right?

DVS BSTrD:
Hmmmm time manipulation. Where have I heard that before?
So now he's ripping off heads AND gimmicks.

In fairness, he's played with time distortion before, and since that was 3 games back, he's more or less just pulling things out of the cupboard and repurposing them than ripping things off.

6SteW6:

DVS BSTrD:
Hmmmm time manipulation. Where have I heard that before?
So now he's ripping off heads AND gimmicks.

Heyoo!

Fill out your post good sir! I don't want you getting a strike just because you liked my joke.

Another kratos war crime, seriously, you should be the avatar of another pantheon like Sekhmet or Shiva, sent to go fuck up kratos for being a massive dick.

BehattedWanderer:
My favorite part of that footage? He pushed a civilian out of harm's way. Unheard of, right?

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Seriously, what? Thats cant be a God of War game... Kratos doesnt do that...

WanderingFool:

BehattedWanderer:
My favorite part of that footage? He pushed a civilian out of harm's way. Unheard of, right?

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Seriously, what? Thats cant be a God of War game... Kratos doesnt do that...

Right? I was astounded. The goat-heads throw some spears, two civs get stuck, one panics, and Kratos politely, lightly, pushes him out of harm's way. Didn't turn around and use him for health or anything. Maybe this is one of the prequels where he has emotions other than blind rage, and is still trying to help people. The only other times he's done that are...well, he tried in the first one, but he let the captain die and all the women and children had been killed already. It's baffling, and yet, somehow, refreshing.

And there goes my interest.

Could've sworn this game was supposed to take place before he became Ares' servant. His having the chain-blades indicates otherwise. This made the game potentially interesting to me as it would've meant Kratos didn't have the damned chain-blades or man-god powers.

I liked God of War. And God of War 2. And God of War 3. But my god has this gotten stale. The multiplayer seems interesting, but it's so disappointing that it looks just like every other God of War.

Hmm it seems from the title that Kratos will kill his way though the other mythos(egyptian, middle eastern, and chinese) of the time much like you can in titan quest.

Elephant heads?

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So... he's moved on to the Hindu pantheon then? Well, that should keep the grumpy bastard busy for quite some time. They got gods by the thousand over there.

Worgen:
Another kratos war crime, seriously, you should be the avatar of another pantheon like Sekhmet or Shiva, sent to go fuck up kratos for being a massive dick.

I'd play that. He's singularly the most dislikable main character of any game I can think of. Don't get me wrong the games are good, but Kratos himself is a complete tosser.

John Funk:
By the end of God of War III, Kratos had pretty much killed everyone there was to kill in the Greek pantheon. God of War: Ascension brings the murderous Spartan back to kill some more mythological creatures from other cultures, like giant ogres with elephant heads. I'm not sure what sort of mythology that's from, but it's in Kratos' way, which means it dies.

I haven't seen screenshots of it myself, but the description here makes it sound like the elephant men come from Hinduism. Specifically as avatars of Ganesh, as seen here:

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If so, this could lead to some interesting things in the series. Hinduism has all sorts of whacky and/or crazy-awesome stuff in it that would fit well with God of War's incessant and over-the-top violence porn.

Programmed_For_Damage:

Worgen:
Another kratos war crime, seriously, you should be the avatar of another pantheon like Sekhmet or Shiva, sent to go fuck up kratos for being a massive dick.

I'd play that. He's singularly the most dislikable main character of any game I can think of. Don't get me wrong the games are good, but Kratos himself is a complete tosser.

THANK YOU. Someone who agrees with me. The fuckhead willingly takes the entire world out with him for petty revenge, for something he pretty much caused himeself. I agree we should play as someone else and try to take out Kratos.

OutcastBOS:

Programmed_For_Damage:

Worgen:
Another kratos war crime, seriously, you should be the avatar of another pantheon like Sekhmet or Shiva, sent to go fuck up kratos for being a massive dick.

I'd play that. He's singularly the most dislikable main character of any game I can think of. Don't get me wrong the games are good, but Kratos himself is a complete tosser.

THANK YOU. Someone who agrees with me. The fuckhead willingly takes the entire world out with him for petty revenge, for something he pretty much caused himeself. I agree we should play as someone else and try to take out Kratos.

it is simple: We kill the Kratos

WanderingFool:

BehattedWanderer:
My favorite part of that footage? He pushed a civilian out of harm's way. Unheard of, right?

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Seriously, what? Thats cant be a God of War game... Kratos doesnt do that...

But it works. This is Ascencion - a prequel, before he killed his family. Before Kratos purposefully abandonded his feelings of humanity, just as the gods abandoned him.

Thus, we have him sparing civilians, if they aren't his target.

Darks63:
Hmm it seems from the title that Kratos will kill his way though the other mythos(egyptian, middle eastern, and chinese) of the time much like you can in titan quest.

From the way I read the title, I thought Kratos was killing these.

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I just realised something about the picture in the article. Why is Kratos wearing medical tape in Ancient Greece?

Looking forward to this, I consider the GOW series one of the best reasons to own a PS3. I hope the multiplayer doesn't mean we will be getting a shorter single player, like in AC: Brohood.

"Frankly, it looks like God of War. That's not a bad thing, mind you."

At this point, honestly, I'd say it is a bad thing. I'll hold off forming an opinion until I can see it in action and find out more details, but if it just ends up being more of the same with fairly minor incremental changes I'll probably pass. I love the God of War series, but after 5 entries, the 4 of which I played not being dramatically different from one another, the formula has worn a bit thin for me.

I was hoping to play as Kratos before he gets to be the ghost of Sparta. The pushing people out of harms way doesn`t make much sense after the events of gow1. The only thing Kratos cared about, after getting covered in dust, was revenge and he acted even more ruthless towards anyone.
I like to see the mp more since in this a mission based hack`n`slash is something something new to me and it`s refreshing to see a different aproach besides the usual shoot people online stuff.

Foolproof:
*snip*

If this was set before he killed his family then he wouldn't be white which really confuses me. They're saying this is a prequel but we've already had a prequel to God of War 1 and then we had a prequel to God of War 2 that was set AFTER God of War 1.

So what? Is this gonna be a prequel set after the God of War 1 prequel? A prequel sequel?

So Ascension is before chains of Olympus?? Which is before GOW1

I don't remember any elephants in Greece? Is he fighting the Persian or Indian empire in this game or fighting in North Africa(or coast of Africa)?? Those Satyrs look badass

but this game feels the same as the others which is not good. It also seems like the enemy AI is bit to easy to chain combo to death.

off topic but worgen, know where i can get your profile pic? I love it!

If we're doing different religions now, can Kratos fight the Norse Pantheon? There's plenty of giant wolves and snakes (and Thor) to fight there. And then he can cause Ragnarok.

anthony87:

Foolproof:
*snip*

If this was set before he killed his family then he wouldn't be white which really confuses me. They're saying this is a prequel but we've already had a prequel to God of War 1 and then we had a prequel to God of War 2 that was set AFTER God of War 1.

So what? Is this gonna be a prequel set after the God of War 1 prequel? A prequel sequel?

Maybe Kratos just always had a very bad complexion.

I wonder what that thing with the tentacles is. Can't be the kraken, that needs to stay alive so we can kill it in GoW2...

Oh my, that is so exciting, I cannot possibly contain my- zzzzzzzzzzz...

Seriously, I know samey bland sequels sell, but I was really hoping we'd get the game teased in the postgame video from God of War 1.

OutcastBOS:

Programmed_For_Damage:

Worgen:
Another kratos war crime, seriously, you should be the avatar of another pantheon like Sekhmet or Shiva, sent to go fuck up kratos for being a massive dick.

I'd play that. He's singularly the most dislikable main character of any game I can think of. Don't get me wrong the games are good, but Kratos himself is a complete tosser.

THANK YOU. Someone who agrees with me. The fuckhead willingly takes the entire world out with him for petty revenge, for something he pretty much caused himeself. I agree we should play as someone else and try to take out Kratos.

Nope, you're not alone. I absolutely sided with the Greek gods in God of War III. I wish Zeus had just killed him and rammed home the message that "Revenge is not the answer ...". It would be a bloody, surprising ending.

My guess: the game takes place before and after he gets the chain-blade-things. This just happens to be after.

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Okay, okay. So Kratos has killed every single living thing in Olympus. So how do you top killing freakin' Hades, Poseidon and Zeus? They're gods! Kratos killed every single god in that game! How, oh how do you top that?
Well, he didn't kill Aphrodite. He only gave her a taste of his spear, if you know what I meant. PLOT TWIST!

The time manipulation thing seems too much like Prince of Persia, mostly because of the color palette and the way he doe sit and all. So it seems that was just gimmicky; meant to inject something new to the franchise. If you ask me, though, it doesn't need it. GoW1, 2, and 3 were pretty similar to each other and I can't think of a single thing that makes one different from another other than the weapons and story. Still, they were pretty good.

So, I was under the assumption this game took place before GoW1, probably when Kratos was faithfully Ares' servant. But the white skin probably means he was already on his quest for revenge. Not only that but he can already use the Rage of the Gods. So...it's a GoW1 expansion/direct prequel?

Anyway, I'll play the game. I'm a sucker for Greek mythology (Even though this game seems to deviate from that) and I loved the story of the previous GoW games. The gods are treated as pricks who may or may not be wrong all the time. That sounds pretty close to the way they're described in ancient mythology. Yeah, Kratos is a big, whiny baby throwing a fit, but I liked the fact that GoW3's ending explains what happens to the Greek gods. Assuming they were real, it kinda makes you wonder where they went if they were so powerful and stuff. So I kinda liked that. Even the fact that he was related to Zeus made sense since according to Greek mythology, Zeus was some sort of womanizer and Hera hated his lovers/offsprings. Again, makes sense! I'll play the game, if anything, out of curiosity.

Pallindromemordnillap:
I wonder what that thing with the tentacles is. Can't be the kraken, that needs to stay alive so we can kill it in GoW2...

I thought it was the kraken too. So my guess is it's the hydra from the beginning of GoW1. it would make sense too; Kratos doesn't kill it in Ascension but he has this kind of unfinished business with it so he finally takes care of that in GoW1.

Pallindromemordnillap:
I wonder what that thing with the tentacles is. Can't be the kraken, that needs to stay alive so we can kill it in GoW2...

It's probably Scylla or Charybdis(Can't remember which was which). Unless he has already killed them already(I don't have a PSP).

 

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