My personal history with the God of War franchise is fairly recent and not very positive. I borrowed GoW II from a friend who lent me his PS2 so I could play some Final Fantasy XII, but neither game really held my attention. Before I could even be repulsed by any misogyny or edginess, I fell off due to the uninspired combat and the miserable quick time events. A bit later, I borrowed GoW III from the same friend and again failed to be impressed by it.
However, the new God of War will release in two days, and its critical reception has been… quite something. With a Metacritic average of 95, it sits comfortably in the #50 spot on the site’s list of the best (read: highest rated) games of all time. Its only competition from this year, Celeste, with one point less, has only found itself at #94. Even if we look one year back, only three games have surpassed it.
And so, cool, trendy guy that I am, I have decided to see what all the fuss is about and make my trip to the video game store this Friday to pick up my very own copy of God of War IIII.* However, as God of War is known for its uh, unique storytelling, I have decided I would be doing myself a disservice if I played it without first playing through the original GoW trilogy. And since I am jealous of @VulpesAbsurda’s Souls Series Playthrough thread, I have decided to share my impressions here with you fine folk.
Besides, it’s Israeli “Independence” Day. I might as well play a series about hateful, militaristic violence.
*Get it? It’s a Call of Duty reference!
Content Warning: I’m not really sure what’s coming, but from what I’ve seen already, there is plenty of violence and sex. And while I have neither the desire nor the intention to discuss any gory details either way, be aware that I will mention these things when they happen - in as little detail as possible, I assure you, but still, tread carefully.
Also, not sure if this counts as a content warning, but from what I’ve seen of the older games, I expect to be fairly negative until at least III. I’m as tired as everyone else of the “angry gamer guy nitpicks games” schtick, and I have no intention of being overly ranty. I aim for this to still be thoughtful critique. However, there are some things I absolutely hate about these games, and it’s going to show, so be mindful of that.
Spoiler Warning: Plenty of these, naturally.