God of War 3 has always been the pinnacle of violence, epic stage sequences, and gore in a video game series. Sony announced a God of War III: Remastered, and along with Santa Monica Studios they brought back the most gory, sexual, and violent God of War title in the series, and it’s just the way we like it.
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God of War 3 is set straight after the events of God of War 2. Kratos and the Titans are headed towards Mt. Olympus to confront Zeus and take him down once and for all. Kratos has formed an army of Titans o help him avenge the death of his family. Everything in the series has lead up to the moments in God of War 3, Kratos is angry, he wants his revenge and will stop at nothing to get it.
The remaster does not sway off the path of the original at all. It is the exact same game, with 1080p, 60fps visuals, and a better texture resolution. It is clear from the get go that this is a prettier version of the game. Although this is a remaster, some nice motion blur, or particle effects from Kratos’ blades would have added to the crisper visuals in the long run. At times it just feels like there could have been more effort put in to the port. Sure there are some added sound effects to the DualShock 4 when levelling up your weapons, but that is the extent of the new additions. Regardless, the core gameplay is the main attraction here.
As someone who got a platinum trophy on the original PS3 title, to replay God of War 3 was amazing. The game has some of the best boss battles and set pieces in the series, from the battle with Cronos, to the fight against Poseidon while on Gaia’s head. It is one huge action game that really sets the bar for creative enemies and crafty battle sequences. You start off the game with everything you had at the end of God of War 2, and in a matter of minutes you lose everything by falling into the River Styx. Here you begin your adventure as you need to find you way back up to the top of Mt. Olympus.
The battle system in God of War sees you bashing buttons to chain together heavy and light attacks with different weapons. Enemies then either crumble leaving behind red orbs or you need to complete a certain button sequence to lethal kill them. These lethal kills are sometimes pulling out an Ogre’s eye, gutting a Minotaur, or beheading a Gorgon. The battles get intense as you always need to be ready to block an attack, roll out of the way or find a weak spot on an enemy. It’s all rewarding at the end, and once you have acquired more weapons, upgraded them, and have gotten the hang of battles, it’s one of the game’s best features.
When you are not killing enemies in the most gruesome way possible, you are exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Underworld, and Mt Olympus. These areas are well put together and they are carefully created to imagine exactly what the world of the Greek Gods would have actually looked like. There are cleverly designed puzzles at every turn, and boxes hidden away behind walls that are often missed due to the game’s fixed camera. While you are exploring the area you are always on the lookout for large boxes that contain Phoenix feathers, and Ogre eyes that increase your overall health and magic bar. You also need to snatch up every red chest for red orbs that are needed to level up your weapons, ultimately unlocking new attacks.
When the main game is over you can enter the arena mode, this is the most challenging part of the game and pits you against certain enemies with certain requirements that have to be met in order to win the round. This all adds to the overall gameplay experience and lets you also train in the “Art of Kratos” so you are master when it is time to take on the hardest game mode.
Overall God of War 3: Remastered is great, it looks good considering it is a port, it runs smoothly, and it is a reminder of why we love Kratos and all his anger so much. With 4 difficulties, new costumes that change your abilities, and the arena mode, its replayability is fantastic.