As the video game world exits the busy fall release season we begin to move forward into another, equally contentious point in the calendar: awards season. All of the biggest major releases have already hit the market--or in the case of Battlefield 5 ...
As the video game world exits the busy fall release season we begin to move forward into another, equally contentious point in the calendar: awards season. All of the biggest major releases have already hit the market--or in the case of Battlefield 5, mostly hit the market--and while there are still releases to come yet on the calendar, the final lists for game of the year are starting to come into focus. I'm still waiting on Gris, a beautiful looking indie title, but the world of AAA games is more or less finished, and it's time to start spinning around in an attempt to render judgement. And where AAAs are concerned, I'm pretty sure I've got my pick for a winner, and as luck would have it, you can check it out for a discount. God of War is only $29.99 for Black Friday, and the deal is already going live at several retailers.
It's not uncommon for the biggest games of the winter release season to receive steep discounts for Black Friday--actually, it's not even all that uncommon for the biggest games of the early fall release season to receive steep discounts for Black Friday. But PlayStation exclusives have been absolutely on fire in that category for a few years now. We've had Uncharted 4, Bloodborne and now God of War, all PlayStation exclusives, all some of the best games of this generation, all winter releases with some generous discounts on offer. In the gaming world, it often pays to wait a few months before picking up a new game, even one as lauded as God of War.
'God of War.'Credit: Sony
God of War currently stands at a 94 on Metacritic, which is not the highest score any game has received this year, but it should be noted that its current status as game of the year is, of course, subjective. But I loved everything about Kratos' redemptive journey through the wilds of the mythological north, from the tight, constantly-evolving combat to the well-crafted, surprisingly affecting storyline, all of which was carried off in single Birdman-style camera shot. Most importantly it had that quality I always want in an action game with a strong narrative: the gameplay came to mirror the story, moving from slow, intentional combat to something closer to the fiery chaos of the original trilogy as a repentant Kratos begins to unearth the rage that drove him to murder the entirety of the Greek pantheon. You can feel Kratos' rediscovery of his own brutality not just through the cutscenes but through your own play.
God of War is that rare attempt to revitalize a franchise through drastic change that actually works. It's a mature re-examination of the 2000s-era bloodbath that the series began as, but it's not a rejection of that idea, either. It pulls the acrobatic camera in close, it gives the main character a heap of regrets along with a son, and then it still manages to let Kratos' essential disgust with his own violence sit both comfortably and uncomfortably alongside his constant application of said violence.
It's also just fantastically satisfying to play, with solid, challenging combat, an absorbing progression system and an excellent application of the occasional puzzle that this series ahs always had. It was worth buying ay $60, and it's definitely worth buying now.
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