A Hack and A Slash: Impressions From the God of War III Demo

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"I will eat your face."

I am a huge fan of the God of War series. Or rather, I was until the very end of God of War II where Kratos waved at the camera and said, “See you on the PS3!” For those of you that haven’t played God of War II, I highly recommend playing it, but you probably won’t like the conclusion that DOESN’T HAPPEN. I cannot stand games that purposefully don’t resolve themselves, especially when the next installment is guaranteed going to be on the next console. Here we are in 2010 and God of War III is coming out very soon on the PS3, so a demo is out and playable at last.

To be fair, I didn’t play the demo but rather I watched one of my best friends play the demo. But you know what? This is one of those games that’s nearly as fun to watch as it is to play. God of War as a series is a total spectator-sport of a game since people viewing can be just as entertained due to the amount of action happening onscreen.

Short But Oh-So Sweet

The demo isn’t very long with Kratos only getting to hack n’ slash through roughly twenty minutes of gameplay, fighting random pitiful enemies, a few larger enemies, and some moments of “Press X to decapitate, please.” God of War was built around Quicktime Events, so they’re appearing in droves. Lucky for the franchise the results of a proper button press signals a scene of unrelenting awesome upon enemies.

This was my favorite part of the demo, despite Quicktime Events.

Everything considered, the game isn’t going into any new territory, according to the demo. The first game asks you to kill a god. You do that. The second game asks the same thing and you do that, more or less. The third game asks you to kill all the gods left. You actually get to kill one in the demo, though it doesn’t seem as difficult as I’d assume the higher-ups must be to take out, such as Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades. Still, there is one less soldier fighting for Olympus’ side before the demo runs out.

Maybe I’m the wrong person to ask about this, but graphics didn’t impress me, possibly because I was expecting to believe the whole thing was a documentary from what I heard the graphics were supposed to look like. Yes, the game looks absolutely great, but so do most games nowadays. Graphics mean nothing to me and this particular demo had some obvious graphical shortcomings, such as when Kratos slammed a guy’s face into a wall and as Kratos walked by this spot the blood from the guy’s face was hovering off the wall. It sounds strange, but I’m hoping the demo isn’t a finished build, otherwise the graphics angle falls apart.

Kids shouldn’t be playing God of War games anyway, but should you? If you have a PS3, yeah, this is a must-own when it comes out. If you don’t have a PS3, you can find stuff that’s just as good elsewhere.

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Chris was the former Head Writer/Editor of Toy-TMA. He did a great job overseeing the site and getting new content published regularly. Always more than willing to respond to a comment or two, but pitiless with trolls! He has since moved on from TMA, and we wish him the best.

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