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RocShemp
04-19-12, 06:38 AM
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Rob V
04-19-12, 07:05 AM
Interesting. Guess it's time to actually play GoW3.

trespoochies
04-19-12, 07:50 AM
Hmm....so a prequel? Hopefully it'll be somewhat as good as GOWIII. Don't think it can quite top that, but hopefully get close.

RocShemp
04-19-12, 08:02 AM
I guess I'm gonna have to finally play GOWIII, despite the fact that the demo for it killed my interest in the game.

mattysemo247
04-19-12, 08:08 AM
GOW III has been one of the best PS3 action titles to date. Can't wait for another one in the series!

trespoochies
04-19-12, 08:25 AM
I guess I'm gonna have to finally play GOWIII, despite the fact that the demo for it killed my interest in the game.

Just curious, but how did the demo kill your interest? This is one damn fun game to play. I thought the demo captured that pretty well. But it is definitely a very small slice of the entire game.

Groucho
04-19-12, 08:33 AM
I love the tagline: "Art Not Final".

RocShemp
04-19-12, 08:39 AM
I love the tagline: "Art Not Final".

Presumably there will be man-on-man action in the straight porn mini games this time around.

Just curious, but how did the demo kill your interest? This is one damn fun game to play. I thought the demo captured that pretty well. But it is definitely a very small slice of the entire game.

It just felt like the same game I'd played before but with prettier graphics. I expected more. :shrug:

kefrank
04-19-12, 08:40 AM
I know this is probably blasphemy, but having never played any God of War game, I got the God of War Collection on PS3 and lost interest part of the way through the first one. I got to Hades, which I guess is pretty far, and there were moments where I thought the game was really fun, but I just had no desire to finish it. If it were a little shorter or I was better at action games, I probably would have felt differently.

pinata242
04-19-12, 08:51 AM
I don't know... I loved the first three (never played any portable version(s)), but I don't know that I care about a prequel enough to bother.

trespoochies
04-19-12, 08:53 AM
I know this is probably blasphemy, but having never played any God of War game, I got the God of War Collection on PS3 and lost interest part of the way through the first one. I got to Hades, which I guess is pretty far, and there were moments where I thought the game was really fun, but I just had no desire to finish it. If it were a little shorter or I was better at action games, I probably would have felt differently.

Then you'd hate GOW II, it's much longer and has perhaps the hardest single challange to overcome, at least for me.


It just felt like the same game I'd played before but with prettier graphics. I expected more. :shrug:

You definitely need to give the whole game a shot then. You'll get more, a lot more.

Decker
04-19-12, 09:08 AM
I'd feel better about this game if I saw a San Diego Studios logo somewhere on the credits. Are they the team working on this title?

trespoochies
04-19-12, 09:33 AM
I'd feel better about this game if I saw a San Diego Studios logo somewhere on the credits. Are they the team working on this title?

You mean Santa Monica Studios, yes, they're the ones behind this again.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/04/19/god-of-war-ascension-is-coming-to-ps3/

"Hi everyone! Iím Todd Papy, the game director of the recently announced God of War: Ascension. As most of you were recently made aware, God of War: Ascension will be coming exclusively to PlayStation 3. For those of you who havenít had a chance to check out what the team at Sony Santa Monica Studios has been working on, Iím excited to present you with our very first trailer. Watch it and let us know what you think in the comments!"


Also, From MSNBC:

"The game is in development for the PlayStation 3, according to a post on the official PlayStation blog. Sony plans to reveal more about the game in a live streaming event on April 30 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT. Submit questions on Twitter to @PlayStation by this Friday at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT (include #godofwarascension in your tweet) and if your question is chosen, you win a signed God of War: Ascension poster."

kefrank
04-19-12, 09:36 AM
Then you'd hate GOW II, it's much longer and has perhaps the hardest single challange to overcome, at least for me.

Good to know. I've heard many people say II is their favorite, so I've considered giving it a try, but I think I need to just accept that these games are not really for me.

kgrogers1979
04-19-12, 10:15 AM
Wasn't the PSP game the prequel? Is it no longer canon now?

Jonno2006
04-19-12, 11:01 AM
I ADORE the God of War series and i canít wait for this one, but i just hope that itís not a TRUE prequel, meaning BEFORE he Ďdiedí and got his Blades of Chaos and became Ďsupernaturalí with powers and magic etc.

I just hope itís not Kratos when he was human, with no special abilities or his blades and killing plain old boring soldiers! :D

musick
04-19-12, 12:08 PM
I ADORE the God of War series and i canít wait for this one, but i just hope that itís not a TRUE prequel, meaning BEFORE he Ďdiedí and got his Blades of Chaos and became Ďsupernaturalí with powers and magic etc.

I just hope itís not Kratos when he was human, with no special abilities or his blades and killing plain old boring soldiers! :D

you will control Kratos as he cooks dinner for his family

Solid Snake
04-19-12, 12:14 PM
you will control Kratos as he cooks dinner for his family

He won't cook it. He'll kill it and then he'll have his bitch cook it for him.

trespoochies
04-19-12, 12:50 PM
He won't cook it. He'll kill it and then he'll have his bitch cook it for him.

You just have to pass the mini-game where he bangs her first.

starseed1981
04-19-12, 01:22 PM
Loved the series and have played every iteration so far. That being said, this is definitely a day one purchase for me.

dugan
04-20-12, 12:55 AM
* watches trailer

The game won't actually have that Street Fighter IV look, will it?

Solid Snake
04-21-12, 06:43 PM
....why would it?

Anubis2005X
04-21-12, 10:42 PM
Then you'd hate GOW II, it's much longer and has perhaps the hardest single challange to overcome, at least for me.



Which challenge was that? I never got stuck in GOW II like I did with GOW I. Climbing those damn spike pillars out of Hades, ARGHHHH!!!!

MasterofDVD
04-21-12, 11:02 PM
The spiked pillars is where I quit playing the game....but I played the other ones, beat them and loved them.

glassdragon
05-01-12, 10:15 AM
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The multiplayer.

This looks amazing.

dvdjunkie32
05-01-12, 03:13 PM
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The multiplayer.

This looks amazing.

The wait is going to suck. At least another year. However, that will be about the right time for me to replay the entire GOW series in order since I beat them all last year.

Decker
06-11-12, 11:55 AM
This is one Collector's Edition that actually seems like a really good deal :


God Of War Ascension Collector's Edition Includes Kratos Statue, Bonus DLC
Author: Pete Haas
published: 2012-06-05 09:04:53

God of War: Ascension, like God of War 3, will be available as a part of a special Collector's Edition. Though Sony doesn't have pictures yet, they've revealed its price and contents.

The centerpiece of the Collector's Edition is a Kratos statue. It stands 8" tall and should make your desk look a lot angrier. The game itself comes in a special steel book case. The rest of the extras are digital: the game's soundtrack, a PS3 dynamic theme, and PSN avatars. You'll also get double XP for multiplayer, presumably for a limited time. Sony's also throwing in a free pass for all of the game's future DLC.

The price of this bundle is a mere $79.99. That seems pretty modest, considering the statue and DLC voucher. The voucher by itself might make the CE worthwhile, depending on how much DLC Sony releases for the game. Ascension director Todd Papy said on the PlayStation.Blog (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/06/04/e3-2012-god-of-war-ascension-unleashes-on-ps3-next-march/) that they're planning to deliver a "dedicated post-launch multiplayer experience" to make the DLC pass and double XP valuable extras.

When it comes to Collector's Editions, I'm conditioned to expect something crazier. I would not have raised an eyebrow if Sony had announced a $150 Collector's Edition with a Minotaur-shaped case that you need to rip open with replica Blades of Exile. However, Sony's appproach here seems smarter. It's easier to convince gamers to just pay an extra $20.

Ascension will be available on March 12th exclusively on the PS3. For a closer look at the game, check out the new E3 footage (http://www.cinemablend.com/games/E3-2012-God-War-Ascension-Trailer-Proves-Kratos-Still-An-Angry-Mofo-43234.html).

_________________________

That's a lot of value for $20. I already pre-ordered it from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/God-War-Ascension-Collectors-Playstation-3/dp/B0050SXCQ6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1339433722&sr=8-2&keywords=god+of+war+ascension).

Decker
01-13-13, 01:53 AM
Wow, thread dead X 7 months!

Anyway, those with Playstation Plus might want to fire up that Multiplayer Beta at least once. Anyone who tries the Beta will be given this "Gift from the Gods"
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8516/8369006028_e42163e93e_z.jpg
Sony sent me a little costume or something for trying the LBP Karting Beta. It came as an attachment to a message right after the game came out. I assume this will be the same sort of thing.


Here's a little behind the scenes clip of the multiplayer:
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As an aside, I seriously hate it so much when people say "very unique"; this douchebag actually says "very, very unique".. Unique means one-of-a-kind -- you can't get more unique than "unique".

MasterofDVD
01-13-13, 11:21 AM
Tried it because I love the series. Didn't care for this one bit.

Anubis2005X
01-13-13, 05:12 PM
I'm a bit apprehensive that we haven't seen hardly anything of the single player campaign...

fumanstan
01-13-13, 05:19 PM
As an aside, I seriously hate it so much when people say "very unique"; this douchebag actually says "very, very unique".. Unique means one-of-a-kind -- you can't get more unique than "unique".

Apparently you can.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unique

trespoochies
01-13-13, 09:09 PM
I'm a bit apprehensive that we haven't seen hardly anything of the single player campaign...

They have a demo on the Total Recall Blu disc. Played it, but it was extremely short, and as much as I love the first three (the third by far being the best), this seemed more like an afterthought to me. I'll pick it up at some point, but this isn't a day 1 purchase for me.

Decker
01-13-13, 09:18 PM
Apparently you can.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unique

Well how about that. Guess I stand corrected.

Solid Snake
01-13-13, 09:32 PM
They have a demo on the Total Recall Blu disc. Played it, but it was extremely short, and as much as I love the first three (the third by far being the best), this seemed more like an afterthought to me. I'll pick it up at some point, but this isn't a day 1 purchase for me.

I got all excited for a second thinking I had access to the demo. Then I remember that you're talking about the remake. Oh.

Decker
01-13-13, 10:19 PM
Is it actually on the disc, so I can rent the Blu and try it out, or is it a download code like the one in Green Latern?

Fandango
01-18-13, 09:29 PM
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Decker
02-01-13, 03:29 PM
Live-Action Super Bowl ad:

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mattysemo247
02-02-13, 12:03 AM
Amazon has a $10 credit now

mattysemo247
02-02-13, 12:07 AM
Damn, and I just watched that commercial. That red PS3 bundle looks pretty bad ass and would look great next to my Gears 3 360 console.

slop101
03-02-13, 03:55 PM
Played the demo (surprised no one's chimed in about it yet), and it was nice and impressive and all, but, I don't know, there was something... off about it. Couldn't put my finger on it, but the fighting just felt more hollow than before. Nice set-pieces though.

TheBigDave
03-02-13, 07:19 PM
I play through the demo last night. Wasn't impressed, but I'm not a big GOW fan. I seem to remember the GOW3 demo was much better.

Decker
03-04-13, 10:59 AM
Played the demo (surprised no one's chimed in about it yet), and it was nice and impressive and all, but, I don't know, there was something... off about it. Couldn't put my finger on it, but the fighting just felt more hollow than before. Nice set-pieces though.

I liked it. A little less demanding button-mashing, that I always suck at. I liked it, except that there was something weird about the character animations; Kratos was way too lightweight, bouncing all around and running around too quickly like Benny Hill. Still I was pretty entertained by the demo.

Here's the Collector's Edition reveal. Seems like a lot of bonus content for $20. I'm getting one.

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fumanstan
03-07-13, 12:25 PM
http://www.polygon.com/game/god-of-war-ascension/3611

They rated a 7, although this is off the pre-release version.

starseed1981
03-07-13, 12:29 PM
I'll definitely pick this up......around the $20.00 mark.

Dragon Tattoo
03-07-13, 12:50 PM
Yeah, that review doesn't make this seem like a day 1 purchase.

And I gotta admit, that "Bros before Hos" bit does seem particularly gratuitous.

Liver&Onions
03-07-13, 04:50 PM
Yeah, that review doesn't make this seem like a day 1 purchase.

And I gotta admit, that "Bros before Hos" bit does seem particularly gratuitous.

That trophy just prevented me from spending cash on this game. Ever.

Decker
03-08-13, 10:41 AM
Here's a 9/10 Destructiod review (http://www.destructoid.com/review-god-of-war-ascension-247532.phtml) that sounds pretty promising.

Gdrlv
03-11-13, 05:47 PM
Yeah, that review doesn't make this seem like a day 1 purchase.

And I gotta admit, that "Bros before Hos" bit does seem particularly gratuitous.

Sony just changed the name of the trophy to "Bros Before Foes."

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/11/sony-changing-controversial-trophy-in-god-of-war-ascension

Anubis2005X
03-11-13, 06:27 PM
Sony just changed the name of the trophy to "Bros Before Foes."

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/11/sony-changing-controversial-trophy-in-god-of-war-ascension

Ahh, kind of reminds me when they settled on Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time instead of being called Ratchet and Clank: Clockblockers...

gerrythedon
03-11-13, 09:09 PM
Ahh, kind of reminds me when they settled on Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time instead of being called Ratchet and Clank: Clockblockers...

:lol:



and the change of trophy name is just stupid... anyway I'll be playing GEARS:JUDGMENT and BIOSHOCK INFINITE.

Decker
03-12-13, 06:24 PM
Well, my plan to consider waiting on this got foiled by Amazon when I apparently forgot to cancel my CE pre-order from last July! :lol:

Anyway, I'll give my impressions later. The statue, however is AWESOME!. Well, the rock base is total flimsy crap, but Kratos is amazing. So detailed and well-made. His "skirt" is some sort of flexible plastic that sort of looks and moves like leather. His metallic paint accents look great on his swords and wrist chains. It's a fine addition to my CE collection. The Steelbook is boring though, just a gold Omega on one side, not embossed, Completely black on the reverse. Yawn.
Glad to get the new bonus PSASBR characters (Zeus and Issac Clarke) DLC included with the game as I'd probably buy them anyway.

Johnny Boy
03-13-13, 04:02 AM
I got this game earlier today and had a chance to play it tonight. While I am enjoying it, I feel that it is not as spectacular as God of War 3, so far. And the graphics seem to be a step down from GOW3, which surprised me. Usually graphics improve with each game.

I'm fresh off of just beating Tomb Raider, which was unbelievably amazing, and I'm also in the middle of playing Nino Kuni, which is one of the greatest games I've ever played, so I'm not sure if those things are having an affect on my feeling underwhelmed by GOW: Ascension.

I'm sure I will enjoy GOW: Ascension more as I get further.

Solid Snake
03-13-13, 08:22 AM
I played the demo of it. Wasn't really wowed by it. Felt like it lacked some "oomph" in it's gameplay. Also the slight changes in the control and gameplay weren't good for me. They just felt weak.

gerrythedon
03-14-13, 08:18 PM
http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/14/god-of-war-ascension-review

7.8
GOOD
Ascension has its moments but even the addition of multiplayer doesn't conceal it's Kratos' weakest outing yet.

+Satisfying combat
+Epic finale
+Immaculate presentation
– Forgettable story
– Multiplayer a wasted opportunity

slop101
03-25-13, 12:50 AM
I finally got around to buying this and played until couple hours past where the demo stops. You know, it's pretty good! It actually plays and feels a lot better than I remember the demo playing, don't know if they tweaked something or if I'm just imagining things, but I definitely enjoyed myself more.

Ultimately though, it is more God of War, no more, no less. Wouldn't call it the weakest one (yet), while not as good as 3 or 2 (graphics aside), it's better than 1 and the PSP titles.

dvdjunkie32
03-25-13, 09:42 AM
I'm about 4 hours in and loving it. The graphics look amazing, and the early bosses have just as much epic scale as the other games. I don't know why people are saying it is a weak GOW. Kratos even has some new moves.

I'm really looking forward to playing through the entire series in chronological order.

Mad Dawg
03-25-13, 12:01 PM
I had been enjoying it. Unfortunately they decided to throw in a part that just reeks of laziness. The Trails of Archemedies sounds cool, and I'd even be open for another tough puzzle, but it is basically just a series of fights without a chance of replenshing health. It's like they threw in one of the old challenges from past games' extras but made it a roadblock in the story. They say they've patched it to make it easier, which means it must have been insane since I can't get past it post-patch.

Anubis2005X
04-09-13, 09:36 PM
Finished this yesterday. They must have patched the Trials level because I was able to beat it on my first try (and I'm not an incredible GOW player or anything). Overall it was a fun game, but just felt kind of off for me. I wasn't a huge fan of some of the changes in combat, and the story was garbage.

I think it would've been better if it had been a prequel from before Kratos had made his oath to Ares, and then gone through his metamorphosis to become the Ghost of Sparta. Wouldn't have had many surprises since we already knew the story, but it's not like Ascension had any revelations to write home about.

I guess if I had to put them in order of my favorites, it would be: GOW2, Ghost of Sparta, GOW3, GOW, Chains of Olympus, Ascension.

mattysemo247
06-11-13, 12:33 PM
God of War: Ascension Collector's Edition is going to be an Amazon lightning deal in another hour and a half. I picked it up when it first came out and thought it was totally worth it.

mattysemo247
06-11-13, 03:13 PM
$59.99 with an hour left

Decker
03-25-14, 03:20 PM
In honor of the one-year anniversary, all God of War Ascension DLC (excluding XP bonus boosters) is free for one week.

https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-us/games/god-of-war-ascension/cid=UP9000-NPUA80918_00-GOWADIGITALVERS1%3AADD-ONS

mattysemo247
03-25-14, 04:06 PM
Cool. I'll probably never use it, but free is free. I check out the multiplayer mode a couple times but it didn't do much for me.

I really need to go back and finish the single player game though. I got sidetracked by something else (GOW Judgement?) and never went back. I did enjoy what I played though. Just more of the same.

Spiderbite
03-25-14, 09:39 PM
In honor of the one-year anniversary, all God of War Ascension DLC (excluding XP bonus boosters) is free for one week.

https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-us/games/god-of-war-ascension/cid=UP9000-NPUA80918_00-GOWADIGITALVERS1%3AADD-ONS

Is everything MP or is there some single player?

Decker
03-25-14, 10:18 PM
In the game? It has both MP and SP components. Not unlike the last 2 Uncharted games. But the free DLC is only for MP.

Spiderbite
03-26-14, 05:44 AM
But the free DLC is only for MP.

That's what I wanted to know. Thanks!