One of the cheaper prices we've seen for Kratos' latest adventure and we imagine most of you have a spare 10% discount code from Zavvi floating around you inbox too. There's no denying that Ascension feels like a series treading water with a distinct lack of new ideas or epic set pieces, but series fans will still enjoy it thanks to the frantic combat and gory finishers. If nothing else, the game is ridiculously good-looking, showing how the PS3 can still impress despite the looming PS4.
Thanks to dibz10 at HotUkDeals.
Kratos' solid yet ultimately forgettible prequel is slowly but steadily getting cheaper in the short month since launch. The Hut are willing to flog you a copy for less than £22, the cheapest we've seen yet thanks to their AA10 voucher code.
Do not adjust your monitor, and remember that Green Man Gaming have been selling physical copies for a while now. Their price for God Of War: Ascension will save you about a fiver on this solid yet forgettable prequel, though you'll have to decide whether to buy now or wait for an eventual sub-£20 offering.
Thanks and credit to Unrealistic at Hot UK Deals.
Simply Games have knocked £4 off their previous competition-beating deal to continue to stay ahead of the pack. Kratos' prequel may lack the scale and ambition of God of War III, but it's still an absolute blast to play thanks to those infamous chained blades. Sony Santa Monica may have produced the PS3's best looking game too, with visuals that would look at home on the PS4.
Developer: Sony Santa Monica Studios
Following up the cataclysmic events of God of War III must have been a terrifying ordeal for a studio to go through. However, when a series already has a prequel along with another game filling the gap between games one and two I struggled to see how Kratos’ adventures could do anything but go forwards.
In an old panel interview with the other four individual God of War director’s, David Jaffe (GOW1) said that he would have liked to see gods from around the world (think Norse and Chinese) move in on Olympus in a power vacuum caused by the death of the Zeus and his brethren. That would have been an unbelievably hot premise and the only true way to follow up Kratos’ gloriously enraged finale. It’s going to happen; it’s too good an idea to not. But sadly, I expect we’ll have to wait until PlayStation 4 as Sony are playing it safe with this prequel set before even the events of Chains of Olympus.
So where do you go after taking on the gods of Mount Olympus and even the mountain-sized Titans? Even further back into the ancient world is the answer as Kratos’ main adversaries this time are The Furies, three beings who hunt down anyone who has broken a blood oath to a god. Having recently decided he’d had enough of being Hades’ plaything, Kratos is the latest object of their affections.
Series fan may have already picked up on the fact that this story forgoes much of the reason Kratos is locked into servitude to Hades and such. I thought with this being the earliest game in the chronological timeline it wouldn’t rely so much on knowledge of the past games and I’d be able to recommend it as a starting point for any newcomers. This isn’t the case, if this is your first God of War game; you’re going to feel a bit left out. A missed opportunity to find a new audience to be sure. On the plus side, I will recommend the HD collections of the previous games as the overall series is amongst PlayStation’s very best. Right, enough newbie pandering, let’s get stuck in.Click here to read more...
To anyone thinking of picking up God of War: Ascension to get their hands on the exclusive The Last of Us demo we'd advise some caution. It would seem that the demo isn't quite ready. There's a button to access the demo from God of War's main menu, but it takes you to a countdown page counting down to May 31st.Click here to read more...
This may take a while to come down in price, but this is the cheapest we can find at the moment. Acting as a prequel, Ascension explores the time when Kratos originally broke his blood oath to Hades. This envoked the rage of the three Furies, ancient beings who punish such sins. The action is a familiar mix of hack n' slash combat, platforming and puzzling. It may lack the epic scale of GoWIII, but it's arguably the best looking game on the PS3. The game also includes a demo for The Last of Us (sort of). I'll have a full review, including the multiplayer tomorrow.
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A trophy in God Of War: Ascension has been officially renamed following controversy over whether it was deeply misogynistic.Click here to read more...
The latest trailer for God Of War: Ascension gives us another look at the singleplayer campaign, which has been ignored lately in favour of crowing about the multiplayer suite. A demo is slated to hit PSN tomorrow, so you won't have long to wait before getting hands-on with Sony Santa Monica's prequel.
Ascension certainly seems to be a visceral and satisfying brawler, at least from what we've seen of it, but will it be able to drive the franchise forward or simply sideways for a bit? We'll find out on March 13th.
It's portmanteau time! What happens when you stuff motion-capture and voice-overs into a blender? Well you get a broken blender and a mess of really expensive gadgetry. But you also get VO-CAP!
Anyway, this latest GOW: Ascension vid takes a look at the process, going behind the scenes at Sony Santa Monica, and getting a bit of insight from the cast and crew. Game director Todd Papy looks particularly enthused.
Kratos vs. a Manticore. That's all you really need to know. Put it in your faces and get ready to take control of the slapheaded, bloodthirsty demi-god once more.
The game's out for PS3 on March 15th here in the UK, with the US getting it on March 12th. Sony Santa Monica have also released a video of the first half-hour of the game for your delectation, but (as you'd expect) there will be spoilers.Click here to read more...
Want early access the demo for The Last of Us? Well you'd better get pre-ordering God of War: Ascension, because Sony are dishing out exclusive first access to those who purchase Kratos' return.
All you'll have to do is stick the GOW: Ascension disc into your PS3, and The Last of Us will pop up on the main menu, providing details on how to get stuck into the demo. There'll be more details to come from Naughty Dog at a later date.
Ha ha! Kratos has feelings, what a lady! Joking aside, see a softer side to Kratos in this story teaser trailer for the upcoming God of War: Ascension. Then watch him stab up a few massive beasties including the Elephant-man (no, not that one) and a previously unseen Kraken-esque sea-beast.
March can’t come soon enough for Kratos’ next adventure as we’ve all but forgotten our initial apathy towards the game upon hearing it was another prequel. For any PlayStation Plus subscribers out there don’t forget you can get free access to the game’s online multiplayer beta right now.
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The latest developer diary from Sony Santa Monica Studios is much less about the history of GoW: Ascension's multiplayer than the practical realities of how it will work. Watch the new video for the multiplayer characters and discussion of how the new modes "bring the God Of War gore to killing your mates."
Sony are clearly keen to push God Of War: Ascension's multiplayer suite as hard as possible, but are you actually excited about it? If you're fired up or lurking on the fence, you can now download and participate in the beta, so long as you've got a PlayStation Plus subscription.Click here to read more...
The latest developer diary for God Of War: Ascension illustrates how the multiplayer has evolved over the last two years. It's great to see developers taking serious time and effort when it comes to adding multiplayer to a predominantly singleplayer-centric franchise, and here's hoping that it will be worth playing once the campaign's over.Click here to read more...
Sony Santa Monica have been chatting about the trials and tribulations of putting God of War: Ascension together in their series of insightful developer diaries, and this latest one tackles a new element that's being introduced to the series for the first time: multiplayer.
In it, the devs chat about the difficulties that come with creating a mutiplayer element for a 3rd-person action title, the camera angles and animation techniques that have been used to try and create a compelling experience, as well as a bunch of environmental features, such as a marauding, one-eyed leviathan.Click here to read more...