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View Full Version : God of War II gets 1st great review


james2025a
02-12-07, 08:22 AM
Just saw that IGN reviewed the game and gave it 9.7. Check out the link below.

http://ps2.ign.com/articles/763/763624p1.html

I LOVED the first game and cannot wait to get my hands on this little beauty. The third game in the series will probably ensure that i eventually pick up a PS3. What do all you folks think to the series and its potential?

KingSmoth
02-12-07, 08:40 AM
I have played through GoW numerous times, and I still consider it to be as perfect as a game can get. It would have been my pick for game of the year in 2005 if RE4 didn't hold over until January. As it is, it is my favorite game for the PS2, and probably on my top 10 all-time. I'm so hyped for this to come out, I'll be buying a PS2 again for it. I'm glad it got such a glowing review, but I expected as much. Only a few more weeks...

Gromit
02-12-07, 08:49 AM
I didn't even finish the demo of the first GoW game, but I was listening to the '1up yours' podcast this morning and they mentioned that GoW2 looks so good that they can't believe it's running on a PS2. Someone asked, "WHY did we need next gen hardware again?"

:)

PixyJunket
02-12-07, 09:12 AM
Someone asked, "WHY did we need next gen hardware again?"Yeah, I'm still wondering why myself. :)

taffer
02-12-07, 09:22 AM
I love God of War too, and most likely the third game will be what pushes me over the edge to buy a PS3.

One thing I hope the second game has is many more boss battles. The boss battles in the first game were amazing, but unfortunately there were only three bosses total. I hope the second game has more.

As to why we need next-gen hardware: So that these rich executives can get richer. :)

lotsofdvds
02-12-07, 09:23 AM
If the game runs properly on the PS3, it'll give the new console's owners something else to do.

murray731
02-12-07, 10:21 AM
I'll echo the sentiment that GoW 3 will make me buy a PS3.

On the topic of bosses, I read somewhere (new EGM maybe?) that the boss encounters would be increased significantly. Not sure exactly what that means, but if they are even doubled while retaining the quality of the original's, that will work for me.

pinata242
02-12-07, 10:27 AM
I love the scenario and the setting of GoW. However, the gameplay is not my cup o' tea. If it wasn't for a wife's coworker forcing it on me, I never would have bothered. Took me long enough to even put the disc in. But, once I did, oh man...

It would never push me to buy a system, but I can't wait to borrow GoW2 from that guy!

PixyJunket
02-12-07, 10:33 AM
I'm still waiting to find a good looking copy of the non-Greatest Hits version for the first game.

Josh H
02-12-07, 10:34 AM
I'm playing through the first one now and liking it. Probably give it a 8.0 right now (probably somewhere around 65-70% through). Great presentation, story and athmosphere, but I get a little tired of the constant, repetitive (i.e. largely button mashing) battles and some of the puzzles are a bit illogical.

The latter gripe should be eliminated in the sequel with the addition of a "hint button" and hopefully having more bosses will eliminate some of the scenes where you just have to fight near endless waves of the normal minions which isn't very exciting and gets old fast.

So I'm pretty stoked for the sequel, but I probably won't pick it up right away as I'll need a break from the series for a while before jumping back in.

Josh H
02-12-07, 10:37 AM
I've never understood why people care about box art, or having non-greatist hits versions of games?

I just want to play the game, couldn't give a shit less what's on the case.

PixyJunket
02-12-07, 11:01 AM
Joystiq is reporting GoWII runs in 720p on the PS3.

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/02/12/god-of-war-ii-in-720p-on-ps3/

Noonan
02-12-07, 12:24 PM
Joystiq is reporting GoWII runs in 720p on the PS3.

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/02/12/god-of-war-ii-in-720p-on-ps3/

That's great news. I was thinking I'd have to hook up my PS2 again to play it becasue of the way the PS3 butchers some PS2 games even after the update. This should make it look even more amazing.

Arpeggi
02-12-07, 12:27 PM
I'm still waiting to find a good looking copy of the non-Greatest Hits version for the first game.

How much are you willing to pay for a non-GH version?

RichC2
02-12-07, 01:04 PM
I'll be holding off until it hits budget price, GoW 1 was good but I found myself getting bored with it in some of the later levels and I guess the desire for more of the same just isn't there right now.

Cool to hear some of the newer games are still getting rave reviews. 9.7 from IGN is a rarity (and a 9.5 from 1up).

fumanstan
02-12-07, 02:52 PM
Glad to see a great review for the sequel. The first one was easily my favorite game on PS2 and I can't wait for this.

Fandango
02-12-07, 03:23 PM
Joystiq is reporting GoWII runs in 720p on the PS3.

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/02/12/god-of-war-ii-in-720p-on-ps3/

In the IGN review there is an update that says they got some wrong information and that it actually runs at 480p.

Outlaw
02-12-07, 03:45 PM
Amazing score! Definitely buying this! I loved God of War. I watched the trailer and it looks incredible.

taffer
02-12-07, 04:31 PM
I was just looking around and noticed that God of War 2 does not come out until March 13. :wtf:

Why is Sony waiting a month to release it since it is evidently already finished if sites already have the reviewable copy?

PerryD
02-12-07, 05:27 PM
Why is Sony waiting a month to release it since it is evidently already finished if sites already have the reviewable copy?

Just for time for the gaming magazines to put together and publish their magazine in time before the release of the game.

Arpeggi
02-12-07, 05:31 PM
In the IGN review there is an update that says they got some wrong information and that it actually runs at 480p.


F-word!

TheMadMonk
02-12-07, 07:16 PM
A 9.7 !? That means it must be a whole 5% better than DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball which got a 9.2 from IGN! ;)

But seriously, I'm sure it is a great game. The first one kicked major ass.

devilshalo
02-12-07, 08:06 PM
Can't wait for this game. Tho I probably will for the eventual price drop. Until then, I'll pop GoW1 in the machine and try to beat it on god mode.

Decker
02-13-07, 10:24 AM
Looking forward to this one a lot! Sony must know that because it's a $49.99 game; the only SCEA one AFAIK. Bummer.

Josh H
02-13-07, 10:27 AM
I was just looking around and noticed that God of War 2 does not come out until March 13. :wtf:

Why is Sony waiting a month to release it since it is evidently already finished if sites already have the reviewable copy?


Reviewable copy isn't necessarily a 100% finished copy that is ready for retail.

EGM is the only reviewers I know of that have a policy of waiting for 100% finished games (or at least a game the developer assures them is 100% done), which is why they end up with reviews a month late many times.

BravesMG
02-13-07, 10:41 AM
A 9.7 !? That means it must be a whole 5% better than DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball which got a 9.2 from IGN! ;)Holy cow, I didn't know that. Does anybody know what resolution the original God of War runs on PS3?

chess
02-13-07, 10:52 AM
The first one was gorgeous, and some of the puzzles were pretty well thought out, but I walked away fairly unimpressed because it was so repetitive.

Circle. Circle. Triangle. Sigh.

Still, I'm sure I'll buy GOW2 when it's a greatest hits title.

fumanstan
02-13-07, 12:50 PM
5/5 from Gamespy:

http://ps2.gamespy.com/playstation-2/god-of-war-2-divine-retribution/763910p1.html

msdmoney
02-13-07, 04:14 PM
I liked the first one a lot, but I will wait for the price drop.

dsa_shea
02-13-07, 06:55 PM
The thoughts of a rumored inclusion of a PS3 playable 720P version makes this purchase very tempting. I bought the first one and then traded it in (which I don't do very often) after finishing it. Despite it being a great game I just didn't think I would ever have the desire to revisit it.

Josh H
02-13-07, 07:09 PM
720p version has already been debunked above. It will be 480p on the PS3.

gryffinmaster
02-13-07, 07:13 PM
Heh, I can't wait for this. The original was two of the best days of gaming I've ever had. :up:

DrCaligari
02-13-07, 11:02 PM
Wasn't the first GoW 480p on the PS2? I remember turning on progressive scan and widescreen, and being rather impressed.

Will I be able to do the same with GoW2 on the PS2?

outer-edge
02-13-07, 11:19 PM
The first one was gorgeous, and some of the puzzles were pretty well thought out, but I walked away fairly unimpressed because it was so repetitive.

Circle. Circle. Triangle. Sigh.

Still, I'm sure I'll buy GOW2 when it's a greatest hits title.

Same here. Enjoyed it, thought it was good, but not great. I will pick up the third at $30 or less.

This game is a month away, so I find it disturbing these sites are reviewing it already. I can't think they have an actual retail copy (which in my opinion, is the ONLY way a game should be reviewed). It feels like they are shilling for Sony early on to build hype. I have no doubt the scores would be the same if reviewed later, but why review the game a month in advance?

KingSmoth
02-14-07, 12:06 AM
Same here. Enjoyed it, thought it was good, but not great. I will pick up the third at $30 or less.

This game is a month away, so I find it disturbing these sites are reviewing it already. I can't think they have an actual retail copy (which in my opinion, is the ONLY way a game should be reviewed). It feels like they are shilling for Sony early on to build hype. I have no doubt the scores would be the same if reviewed later, but why review the game a month in advance?

I guess it could be because the PS2 is now a last-gen system, so they're just trying to build up the hype a bit earlier so it isn't overlooked simply because it is on an "old" console.

daddydaryl
02-14-07, 09:23 AM
I guess it could be because the PS2 is now a last-gen system, so they're just trying to build up the hype a bit earlier so it isn't overlooked simply because it is on an "old" console.

It might be coming out for an "old" console, but we PS3 owners still need something good to play...

scarab007
02-14-07, 01:47 PM
It might be coming out for an "old" console, but we PS3 owners still need something good to play...

heh

Josh H
02-14-07, 09:34 PM
Fuck. Was playing GoW 1 and I must have accidentally said yes when I died several times and the game asked me if I wanted to put it on easy mode. Didn't notice and saved, and a google search reveals that there's no way I can bump it back to normal since I didn't have to saves. :(

To far along to start over, do you miss any of the story (i.e. not get the real ending) by playing on easy? If there's no differences then I don't care as the battles were annoying me anyway, and I'm just playing for the story, atmosphere and puzzles.

xVladx
02-15-07, 08:21 AM
Fuck. Was playing GoW 1 and I must have accidentally said yes when I died several times and the game asked me if I wanted to put it on easy mode. Didn't notice and saved, and a google search reveals that there's no way I can bump it back to normal since I didn't have to saves. :(

To far along to start over, do you miss any of the story (i.e. not get the real ending) by playing on easy? If there's no differences then I don't care as the battles were annoying me anyway, and I'm just playing for the story, atmosphere and puzzles.

As far as I'm aware, you get all of the same stuff storywise no matter what difficulty you're on. The biggest difference is probably going to be what you unlock after beating the game (some of the unlock stuff is sort of story related, but it's not crucial).

Josh H
02-15-07, 01:00 PM
Glad to hear that.

Still annoyed with that as it's poor design as you get used to just hitting yes to restart your game when dying over and over and don't read the screen.

Really don't want to go through on easy as the only places that had really given me trouble were a couple spots where you had to kill a bunch of guys in a certain time limit or be killed by a trap.

But I don't want to replay through 5:30 hours of the game again either. :(

fumanstan
02-15-07, 01:32 PM
I never noticed that either. No wonder the game I was in the middle of switched to Easy mid-way through. :lol:

Josh H
02-15-07, 01:37 PM
Yeah, its annoying. I just happened to notice when saving that it said "Mortal "Easy" and then googled to see how it would have changed.

Tons of results as it seems to have happened to nearly everyone at least once. :D

steebo777
02-15-07, 02:23 PM
This game looks interesting. I may have to check it out since I never played the first.

boredsilly
02-16-07, 07:20 AM
The first one was gorgeous, and some of the puzzles were pretty well thought out, but I walked away fairly unimpressed because it was so repetitive.

Circle. Circle. Triangle. Sigh.


Yeah, I couldn't get through it because of that. I have the same problem with the Prince of Persia games though, so I think I'm just not into those types of action adventure games.

The boss battles (that I played) where incredible though.