In other news, Sony Santa Monica released a commercial during the Superbowl for God of War: Ascension, which may tug on the heart strings a bit. You will appreciate the commercial even more If you are familiar with Kratos’s backstory around how his wife and daughter died.
God of War: Ascension tells Kratos’s backstory before he donned the Blades of Chaos. You will see a much more visceral Kratos filled with rage that will pummel his enemies more viciously than seen in any of the previous games.
Ascension mixes up the formula a bit for the better as Sony Santa Monica has replaced the quick time events with mini-games involving some tact and skill. For example, instead of a QTE move you can hook your weapon into an enemy, at which point it switches to a third person view. From here you must dodge the enemy’s blows while dangling by the weapon. A series of successful doges and counter attacks will result in Kratos ripping the creature to shreds.
The single player story and gameplay looks really good from what I have seen so far. Ascension also manages to mix up interesting gameplay mechanics such as time manipulation to stop a crumbling building and reverse the event to create a series of steps to climb up.
The game’s subheading writes – “Before he was a god, he was a man.” In the later iterations of the franchise, you take Kratos on his journey to taking the throne from Aries, becoming the new God of War. However, Ascension starts out with Kratos betrayed by Aries despite his previous allegiance to him. Enraged at Aries, Kratos breaks ties from the God of War. However, as the game explains, oaths to Olympus cannot be easily broken by mortals as Kratos is cast into chains for eternity.