Screen shots don't do this justice. In motion it's simply incredible.
Screen shots don't do this justice. In motion it's simply incredible.

Screen shots don't do this justice. In motion it's simply incredible.

Your move set and abilities are added to as you work through the game by using red orbs. These series mainstays are collected from defeated enemies and chests located throughout the game's environments, and then pumped into upgrades via the pause menu. As such, combat becomes increasingly exciting as you progress, and enemies more diverse, with many requiring you use certain attack strategies to defeat them. New to Kratos' move set are a superbly useful grapple (used to latch onto enemies and drag to the centre of battle) and a fun ramming move that sees him use an enemy as a battering ram. Add to this the core block, counter, and dodge mechanics seen in previous God of War titles, and the ultra powerful Rage of Sparta attack mode, and it's impossible to grow tired of taking out enemies.

God of War 3 is a brutal, blood-soaked experience. Whether you're simply taking on a group of skeletal soldiers, a cyclops or one of the main boss characters, there's blood spewing all over the place, limbs being ripped off, heads removed and bowels gutted. At times you can get trapped into using the same attacks over and over again (which makes the game hugely accessible to newcomers when played on standard or easy difficulty), but there's huge scope for variety if you look for it, or are forced to find it when playing on the harder difficulty settings.

It's impossible to talk about the core combat mechanics without also mentioning the locations, so integral are they to the overall experience and epic feel the game exudes. The colossal Greek titans play a huge part in the game's story and also serve as gameplay environments, with Kratos both fighting atop them, traversing along them, and directly attacking them. You're not aboard these behemoths all the time, with Kratos moving throughout many other beautiful indoor and outdoor locations, but they are the real highlight. There's just something incredibly special about unleashing hell on a group of grunt-like soldiers while running along the arm of such a massive creature. Sure, the final encounters are often ended with quick time events (another staple of the series), but these moments are phenomenally good looking and superbly choreographed.

Revealing the many memorable encounters will spoil what is an experience that everyone should discover themselves. The game does, understandably, feature lengthy periods of arena-like combat (where walls are placed around Kratos until he defeats all the enemies), but only once did this feel like it dragged on for too long, with the pace generally being spot on. There's a great sense of building towards the next showpiece encounter, and the game's story does its job linking up the numerous characters and locations. There are a few quieter periods, too, in which Kratos has to solve environmental puzzles. These, while certainly more taxing and better designed than what we saw in the recent Dante's Inferno, aren't brain benders by any stretch of the imagination, but they work well in the context of the game and generally make sense rather than seemingly randomly placed to give players something else to do.

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renegade

Is this the first 10/10 Ps3 Exclusive? Time to crack out the champagne
Posted 17:03 on 08 March 2010

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Woffls

That's a very good point actually, but then people would argue that God of War isn't a platformer at heart. Of course, the same could be said of Prince of Persia in that it's not a combat game primarily. Both use the other as filler between the next part where you do what the game's really good at. The difference being God of War's platforming and puzzle filler was rubbish (of what I played) and Prince of Persia's was decent and occupied much less time.

It's a shame, because Forgotten Sands was a really good game that has been overlooked by almost everyone.
Posted 09:24 on 03 August 2010
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guyderman@ El-Dev

This is one of the things that annoyed me about Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands criticsm from all the reviewers. They all kept marking PoP down for not having deep combat and comparing it to GoW3 - but at no point did they mark GoW3 down for not having platforming sections that were up to the standards of PoP. I actually thought that PoP pissed all over GoW3!
Posted 09:15 on 03 August 2010
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Woffls

I actually rented it and aside from the stunning visuals and production value, I just hated it and didn't even bother finishing it. I despised the dated last gen gameplay and the bosses, the uninspired puzzles which are only there as filler between the combat, and that wasn't even fun either. I understand why a lot of people like the series, but I can't bring myself to accept that it deserves more than an 8.
Posted 22:30 on 02 August 2010
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El-Dev

Some of the platforming sections in this are f*cking atrocious.
Posted 19:36 on 02 August 2010
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renegade@ Techdex

Well you think Dj hero is bad, so there is no hope for you.
Posted 02:49 on 07 May 2010
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Techdex

Tedious and yes, it's a button masher. I do agree that it's quite an impressive opening sequence but by the time I reached the battle with Hades i'd had enough. The high quality presentation does not make up for the fact that it is extremely one dimensional and quite unrewarding. Did not live up to expectations, will be trading it in at the first opportunity.
Posted 22:56 on 06 May 2010
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Fuzzynutz

I have just been playing this my-self and i have to agree...The opening is just Awesome..and taking out Posiden from all the diffrent angles is brillent...There are no words to explain how well sony have done with this thired installment G.O.W 1 AND 2 Were great and fantastic..G.O.W III is just Frigging Awesome A must buy for fans and new commers 10?10...I can't wait to see what else is around the corner on this game of games...I truley can't wait to see what is instal for Kratos BIG THUMBS UP.
Posted 20:05 on 19 March 2010
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tonixuk

I had never played GOW until recently when i picked up the GOW collection. Man, am i glad i did! Im completely hooked and i am currently in the middle of no 2 after completing 1. I really have to finish it in time to play this. In terms of story etc i think GOW really stands out as one of my fave games of all time. I usually use my 360 more for games but since getting into this series my shiney old 40g PS3 has worked its little socks off! Good review and i am glad to see a reviewer who isnt afraid to give a 'hyped up' title a 10 when it clearly deserves it.
Posted 11:04 on 10 March 2010
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clangod

I can't stand Pokemon or any of that garbage tbh. No offence to those of you that do, just my preferences.

I, like Woffls found the demo rather boring and I decided the hack 'n' slash genre was wasted on me. GoWIII is clearly a visually stunning game and one that probably should be experienced by any gamer regardless of tastes. It has it's devout and it's sceptics (like me), but when I eventually give it a shot, and I will, I hope the overall package can keep me fixed until the end. I've always loved the GoW story and the setting/ themes etc. Maybe GoWIII can entertain me enough to tolerate the button mashing mayhem.

EDIT: Great review by the way :)
Posted 08:44 on 10 March 2010
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guyderman

LOL @ this thread becoming Pikachu vs Kratos :)
Posted 08:16 on 10 March 2010
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spirit2

The game is 10 hours :'( why is this developers whyyyyyyy :((
Posted 20:38 on 09 March 2010
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Woffls

Might rent this just to see if it can do a better job of convincing me than the demo, which I found unbelievably boring

Pokémon, however, takes absolute priority. Ironically it has more depth and complexity than God of War...
Posted 19:20 on 09 March 2010
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GeNeCyDe1993@ DarthKratos7

Still prefer pokemon! Everyone has their own opinion mate
Posted 17:13 on 09 March 2010
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IndoorHeroes

Pokémon is badass dude. Silver and Gold are my most anticipated games of Q1&2.
Posted 12:14 on 09 March 2010
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El-Dev@ RAGE_OF_THORN

If this was QI a loud buzzer would be going off now.
Posted 10:43 on 09 March 2010

Game Stats

10
Out of 10
God of War III
  • Seriously good looking
  • Incredible boss fights
  • Tons of combat options
  • The game ends
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Release Date: 19/03/2010
Platform: PS3
Developer: In-house
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 280 6
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