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God of War III Remastered Review

Kratos doesn't really feel much different on PS4, although when I first loaded up God of War III I have to admit I panicked a little as I noticed black borders around the gameplay. This to me was unacceptable, although it turned out to be the settings on my PS4 rather than the game, so all was quickly forgiven, silly me.

Older games being remastered for the new generation is a trend I don't particularly care for. I understand why developers do it of course - for money. Sure they can say it's for fans who didn't play previously, but why would anyone want to start with the third game in the series? It does seem a little odd that Sony has decided to pick up right where God of War 2 left off, therefore assuming that you have played all the previous entries, and although the recap video at the start tries its best to bring you up to speed, its doesn't do enough to explain what is truly going on.

To be honest, I've always been a fan of the series, so seeing God of War III remastered in all of its glory is no definitely bad thing, although it goes without saying that I'd rather be playing God of War 4 right now. On the bright side, whether you have played the previous two God of War games or not, God of War III is a belter of a game. It's packed with action straight from the off and while a lot of it does depend on whether you like bashing buttons in a certain sequence or not, you can't fail to be impressed with just how good it looks. 

If you had previously played God of War III, then it won't be long before you are taking on numerous enemies while building up your combo count to humungous levels. Brutal violence and huge amounts enemies has always been the name of the game and that intensifies when you are watching it with the polish that only PS4 can bring to the game.

It has to be said that the God of War III does look pretty incredible on PS4 and seems to offer a constantly smooth gameplay experience, which is essential in such an action orientated game. To make the most of these newly polished graphics, God of War III now has a newly included Photo Mode. Here you can freeze the action, zoom and pan the camera and then fiddle around with borders, colour filters, filter intensity and of course, you can hide the UI and upload your perfect shot using the PS4's share function.

Other than the graphical update and the new photo mode, there's not a lot different than what we played in the past, which is why we aren't rehashing the review. But if you have played before and fancy revisiting this game then you'll be coming back to a God of War III that has never looked or sounded as good as it does now. If you are just new to the series and would like to know what God of War is all about, then from the moment you press the start button you'll find out and its likely you'll be pretty hooked from then on. It's just a pity that we aren't writing about the first game, as a remaster from the very beginning would have made a lot more sense.

Words by Joe Anderson.

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Fast paced action
+ Looks better than ever
+ Sound is fantastic
+ New photo mode


- Other than graphics not a lot has changed (although the price seems to reflect this)
- It seems odd to start with the third game in the series
- Doesn't really do enough to explain what happened in the previous two games

Edited On 16 Jul, 2015

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PHILIP 2 years ago
I love the series and this is a fantastic game but even with improved graphics I won't bother with it. Was good enough on ps3
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Turniplord 2 years ago
was thinking about getting this but i'm not sure. never played any of the GoW games. played acension for like 10 mins on ps plus beta (so doesn't really count) and i dunno if i liked it. if its just a graphic upgrade I may get for ps3 cheap and get the ps4 version in a sale or something

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