Đánh Giá God Of War 4


The new God of War game does something I thought was impossible: it made me care about Kratos.

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Over the original God of War trilogy và a multitude of spinoffs, the series’ lead character was little more than a caricature. He was rage embodied. There was a story tying together his violent ventures throughout Greek mythology, of course — a quest for revenge, naturally — but I can’t say I remember much of it. Every beat felt the same: the gods had done something khổng lồ anger Kratos, and he phối out to lớn kill them. Rinse and repeat, then rinse again in copious amounts of blood.

As such, I approached the new game — a soft reboot that shifts the series khổng lồ Norse mythology — with more than a little trepidation. This new story stars a quieter, gentler Kratos. He lives a simple life in the woods, where he hunts for food and scrounges for supplies. He has a son. He’s… a person. Someone with actual thoughts and feelings. The game is billed as something of a redemption story for the burly Sparchảy warrior: following a lifetime of death & rage, here he is trying khổng lồ make the world, at least in some ways, a better place. But after a decade of seeing Kratos as little more than a cloud of spinning blades, I was unconvinced this approach could work. With a body toàn thân count that is impossible to lớn calculate, does Kratos even deserve sầu redemption?

Shockingly, his lathử nghiệm adventure makes a pretty strong case that he does.


God of War opens on a somber note that sets the tone for the game. Kratos and his son, Atreus, are out in the woods, chopping down a tree to be used for a funeral pyre for their dead wife và mother. The quest that’s central lớn the game follows: her last request was for her ashes to be spread at the highest peak in all the realms. And thus the two phối off lớn climb the highest mountain and fulfill her dying wish. Naturally, they’re pulled into something much bigger — Kratos can’t seem khổng lồ stay away from the gods, whichever realm he’s in — but no matter what happens, & the trouble that arises, the two remain steadfast in their determination to bring the ashes to their final resting place.

The relationship between Kratos and Atreus is the crux of the game. It isn’t just a part of the story, it’s woven into lớn virtually every aspect of God of War. The two are almost never apart. There’s even a button on the Dual Shock controller dedicated specifically to Atreus. You can hit it to make him fire arrows in battle or to lớn translate runes on an ancient statue. The two complement each other. While Kratos can often brute-force his way toward a solution, smashing his way through obstacles with his new magical axe cộ, Atreus is smarter & more nimble. Solving puzzles, of which there are a lot in God of War, often relies on exploiting both of their abilities.

The story is tightly interwoven with the gameplay
The pair also grow together. Initially, Kratos doesn’t seem all that far removed from the one-dimensional warrior from past games. He’s short-tempered và struggles lớn keep his cool. When his son misses a shot while hunting a deer, you can see the impatience building up in Kratos. He looks ready khổng lồ lash out at any given moment, và he speaks mostly in cold platitudes. After the deer incident, he tells Atreus “Don’t be sorry. Be better.” Later, when his son troubled by the idea of taking someone’s life, Kratos tells hlặng to lớn “Cchiến bại your heart khổng lồ it.” He’s not exactly warm & cuddly. You can see warmth within hyên, though, even if it’s slight. There are times when Kratos starts to lớn comfort his child only khổng lồ pull away at the last second. He’s trying, he just has no idea what he’s doing.

But that changes as the story progresses, and the shift feels natural và real. There are genuinely warm & touching moments when Kratos worries about Atreus, or tries lớn impart some kind of wisdom, in his quest lớn make sure Atreus becomes a better person than himself. “Be better” turns into “you still have sầu much to lớn learn” and eventually Kratos says things that could almost count as compliments. There are even — & this may shoông xã God of War veterans — actual moments of humor. It turns out Kratos’ grim and cold exterior makes a great foil for some of the more charming characters.

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One of the most remarkable aspects of the game is how this story, và the relationship between father and son, are so tightly interwoven with the gameplay. Everything feels lượt thích it’s there for a reason. As Atreus gains confidence và continues khổng lồ learn from watching his father, he naturally becomes more proficient in battle. The boy talks quite a bit, not only providing historical details on the mystical world around you, but also giving hints at what you need khổng lồ bởi next. Meanwhile, you can easily find your next objective thanks to lớn a magical compass gifted lớn you by a witch, và Kratos’ axe pháo and gear keep getting better over the course of the game thanks to a pair of squabbling blacksmith brothers, who continuously try to lớn one-up each other’s craftsmanship. With the exception of a few video clip game tropes lượt thích exploding barrels and enemies with glowing weak points, virtually every part of the experience feels directly connected lớn the narrative sầu và characters.


The game itself, meanwhile, feels much more robust & varied than in the past. Older God of War games fit squarely inlớn the hack-and-slash genre. The core action involved slicing up huge swaths of foes và racking up massive combos, with the occasional puzzle & boss fight to phối things up. These elements still exist in the new game, but with a much better balance. You probably spover about as much time hacking into lớn bad guys as you vày figuring out surprisingly complex & clever puzzles, using magic and observation to awaken ancient machines. The combat, meanwhile, feels more intense, thanks to lớn a more cinematic camera that stays cthua trận khổng lồ the action, and flexible controls befitting a proper action game.

And while the game isn’t phối in an open world by any stretch, it’s still fairly large & offers up opportunities for exploration, whether it’s seeking out hidden treasure or taking on some side quests.There are moments of calm và quiet, where you can soak in the world or listen to lớn Kratos tell a story of past adventures. The new God of War offers the satisfyingly kinetic combat và the absurd sense of enemy scale that made the series so beloved, but it fuses it to a much more complete game.

With all of these changes, it almost makes you wonder why this is a God of War game at all. Kratos is nearly unrecognizable, with an actual personality and an impressively bushy beard, and he’s been transported lớn a new world, one that’s much more vibrant and alive than it first seems. But even here the game feels particularly well thought-out. I don’t want to spoil anything — the reveals are some of the best parts of the game — but the connections between the new God of War and its predecessors feel both necessary and genuine. This had lớn be a God of War game; without Kratos, it just wouldn’t be the same. And long-time series fans shouldn’t worry that he’s lost his trademark rage: he opens up treasure chests by punching straight through them.

God of War is the kind of lush, expensive single-player experience that has become increasingly rare in a world where online, service-heavy titles have sầu come to dominate blockbuster games. It feels singular in its purpose, and it pulls it off magnificently. There are some minor nitpicks — the narrative’s heavy use of magical MacGuffins, a needlessly complex loot system, and an over-reliance on particularly gruesome kills — but they vì little to detract from the overall experience. On their own, the various elements that make up God of War don’t sound especially unique or interesting. But it’s the way they work together — how the story informs the action & vice versa — that makes it memorable. God of War takes a one-dimensional series & turns it into lớn something with depth & emotion.

This isn’t the Kratos you rethành viên — & that’s what makes it work so well.

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God of War is coming lớn the PlayStation 4 on April 20th. This đánh giá originally ran on April 12th.