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That menu screen twang of scraping metal; the grandiose shifting battle-grounds and improbable ancient architecture; the lift-based combat scenes; the QTE's, the blood, the boobs - this is definitely a God of War game. And, for better or worse, God of War: Ascension knows it.... read more

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God of War: Ascension review: Slick, brutal, but a series tr

Postby Marlonjb » 07 Mar 2013, 19:07

I've said it before and I'll say it again. This game didn't need, and according to the review hasn't benefited from, Multiplayer. They should just make GOW4 and be done with it but leave the multiprat or cop out gameplay OUT! Still gonna pick this up though. I'm eager to see where the plot goes.
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Postby diablomaster000 » 07 Mar 2013, 19:10

That was the worst review for a game i ever seen, a negative was new mechanics and a kinder kratos how is that a bad thing. This game was before he was full badass of course hes less violent.
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Postby ChrisTypeR » 07 Mar 2013, 19:26

diablomaster000 wrote:That was the worst review for a game i ever seen, a negative was new mechanics and a kinder kratos how is that a bad thing. This game was before he was full badass of course hes less violent.


Totally with you, this is the making of the god. And to fans of GOW (all 3 in my case), why is innovative changes a good thing? I ask you, how can Kratos have new moves when this is essentially a 'step BACK in time'. If you want Call of Duty (which you regularly review high) then buy COD, this is different. The fact that its not innovative draws me to it, who needs a complicated level up system or multi player catch the flag group deathmatch nonsense - Santa Monica obviously have a story to tell and they are doing it at a 90% plus standard, I usually go with C&VG reviews and I have done since I owned a ZX81 but this is an utter let down.
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Postby Dalaeck » 07 Mar 2013, 19:32

I'm very impressed with CVG giving it a GOW an actual honest review. Next on the list, give a real honest score to a GTA.
7.5 doesn't mean it's a "bad" game gents.
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Postby flash501 » 07 Mar 2013, 19:37

Pretty much what I was expecting. I'll definitely be getting it at some stage, just maybe after it's gone down in price a bit. They'll need a big overhaul for the next one though.
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Postby ricflair » 07 Mar 2013, 19:47

It looks lovely, and plays OK. Sounds like GoW to me.

Fixed (especially zoomed out) cameras in these types of games are just horrible, horrible, horrible!
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Postby Theo Popp » 07 Mar 2013, 19:55

75 is good, people expect that games be either good and get a 90 or bad and get a 40 or something. 75 is far from a bad score.
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Postby shev » 07 Mar 2013, 20:18

the robust if uninspiring multiplayer mode definitely fails in its remit where that's concerned

I fail to see how it can be uninspired when there's nothing like it out there.

And yet despite samey combat and a story low in scope, Ascension remains a visually stunning reminder of PS3's pulling power, its sprinkling of incredible set pieces and time-refined combat laid on top of a familiar - too familiar - blueprint.

When it comes to franchises, I never understood the complaint of things being too familiar. A new story is all that matters to me. In a franchise, the concept and gameplay is supposed to feel familiar. If one wants something totally new, one should perhaps seek out another franchise.

I enjoyed reading your perspective on the game but ultimately I think you let personal taste cloud your professional judgment of the game a bit. Reading your review did however give me the necessary insight needed to reaffirm my choice to buy it at launch. It's a new GOW game and a new GOW game is what I want.
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Postby sammikid » 07 Mar 2013, 21:03

Although I don't think 7.5 is a "bad" score, i'll wait until I play it and make up my own mind.

Its quite a different story over on IGN who are holding off giving a score until they play the MP properly once the game releases, he also reckons the SP clocks in at around 12 hours:

"God of War Ascension is the first game in the series to feature online multiplayer. To review the game fairly we’re reserving our overall judgement and holding back on scoring the game until we get to play the multiplayer properly, on retail servers when it releases next week. "

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/03/07/g ... n-progress

Both these reviews seem to contradict each other with the points they make. So like I said I'll make a decision once I play it through, this is GOW after all and will be a day 1 purchase from me.
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Postby wuntuwuntu » 07 Mar 2013, 21:21

Just tell me its not a complete turkey and i'm sold. Not really that bothered about scores and I'm quite looking forward to the MP good or otherwise just to have a ruck in this world against others using this combat system.
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Postby silent moose » 07 Mar 2013, 21:27

The only reason I would have got this is for the last of us demo but I decided I'm not that much of a whore
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Postby Padua » 07 Mar 2013, 21:41

Marlonjb wrote:I've said it before and I'll say it again. This game didn't need, and according to the review hasn't benefited from, Multiplayer. They should just make GOW4 and be done with it but leave the multiprat or cop out gameplay OUT! Still gonna pick this up though. I'm eager to see where the plot goes.


I thought the multi-player was pretty good in the beta. The new co-op mode sounds fun too!
I was disappointed they didn't go to GOW4 too but everything I've seen has been quality.
Kinda chuffed they released it for PS3 instead of waiting for the PS4 actually. :D

I thought the review was ok - but Kratos being kinder is hardly a downer and Aegaeon, the Hecatonchires must count for at least half a Titan surely? :P
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Postby dwhlufc » 07 Mar 2013, 21:49

Not fussed by the score as its just one persons opinion, but I would like more detail. CVG have missed one or two things from their review that's have been covered in other reviews I've read. Not sure how you can really rate the multiplayer when the servers are probably dead, with it being out next week?

Ether way, I know I like the core gameplay and I surprisingly enjoyed the beta and now the co-op horde mode sounds great to.

Quick question for cvg: are the challenges of the gods, or furies in this game still in there?
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Postby Chris Scullion » 07 Mar 2013, 21:59

Dalaeck wrote:I'm very impressed with CVG giving it a GOW an actual honest review. Next on the list, give a real honest score to a GTA.
7.5 doesn't mean it's a "bad" game gents.

7.5 doesn't necessarily mean "honest" either. All our reviews are honest opinions, whether you agree with them or not.
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Postby wwinterj » 07 Mar 2013, 22:21

7.5 is good and what I've rated MGR. The other hack and slash DmC I gave 7 but still 7-8 to me is a reasonable and realistic score. If you gave this game 9/10 much like you did with DmC if I'm not mistaken or 10/10 I completely dismiss the review as it's clearly false to me. Although I am aware reviews are just opinions.

Anyway I have this on pre order(paid in full) and very much look forward to it. The demo was ok with it's set pieces but not as good as Poseidon for a opening. I never expected it to be though as I just love gods. It's on the same level as the Hydra form God of War or Colossus of Rhodes from the second and just as fun. I tried the beta for the online and I'll be honest it bores me. I will however give it a second chance when I get the full game as I may enjoy it more then but chances are I won't. I've bought this game for the single player only. I'm not expecting the full game to be as great as God of War 3 simply because the lack of Gods and Titans but I doubt it will disappointing.
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