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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:51 pm    Post subject: God Of War Review Reply with quote

God of War Review by Chris
PS2 Review: We review one of the hottest PS2 games of the year.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i have to say those screens don't do the game any justice whatsoever... at least not while in motion icon_confused.gif

i've not had much of a go on this game (only beaten the second Hydra battle) but it is pretty damn fun...

(also, is that Hydra photo a battle with 2, or is this a non-aussie version... the HUD is a little different to what mine was/is... namely the double-directionality of the Hydra's health bar)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey, a good game based on Ancient Greek mythology!
Yay for everything Greek!
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I don't think I'll get the game though - I don't really use my PS2 any more...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We don't take the screenshots ourselves, they're all materials given to the media. Hence why they sometimes look old, buggy, etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i have to say those screens don't do the game any justice whatsoever... at least not while in motion icon_confused.gif


Screenshots 'never' give a game justice. Never. That's why I don't really take them into consideration when judging a game on it's graphics through screenshots.

Good review though. Despite all the hype surrounding this game, I haven't actually seen a lot of it in action nor has it really interested me. I've played and enjoyed the Devil May Cry series and this looks right up my alley in that area. I'll buy the game, but might wait another month once some deals start kicking in.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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^ i'm aware that they never do a game justice, but sometimes you can kind of imagine how a game will look in motion from some decent screens, those, however, are truly horrible screens (well, the three in the article... i didn't look at the media panel)

BTW: EB have demos of the game if you go and ask for them... they actually gave me one when i bought the game... which was bizarre, i thought it might have some extras or something, but if it does, i don't know where to get them (maybe i have to finish the demo)...

send me a PM with your address and i'll post it to you if you can't get one yourself...

EDIT: i don't have the demo anymore, so don't PM me...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can anyone tell me if the game is unedited?
Why is this information so damn hard to find out!!!???
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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well, i've just started the new level with 2 naked women in my bed...

...and the game contains a lot of violence too icon_razz.gif

blood, dismemberment, gore galore

and yes... boobs...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hooray for boobies.

But on a serious note, I definitely want to look into buying this game, but it seems the games have taken me over, as I am greatly behind in my buying schedule.

I'm definitely going to try to get this one though, even if I need to trade in other crap to get it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So, can you have sex with the two girls? If you say yes, I'm definately buying it.
No, I'm not hard up for some porn action. I am simply sick of games getting edited or banned here.
I want all my gams uncut and untouched.
Same as any other media or artform I look/listen at/to.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBS

I don't know whether you can 'do' the pretty ladies or not, but they are definitely there (see above). I had some family friends over and I just wanted to get outta that room as quickly as possible, they're a little uptight about this stuff, too bad. Apparently if you want to get down and dirty, you've got to jump onto the bed and press O. Apparently.

I've put a few hours into this game and it is really living up to the hype. I'm a big fan of mythology, especially Greek, so I was destined to love this game. It looks great, plays great, load times are basically non-existent, the soundtrack is amazing. And Holy Freaking Bejeezus, that Hydra was bloody awesome. And you say that's a taste of what is to come? Wow, I find that hard to imagine.

Like the review said the only main issue I’ve got is with the camera, it does a very good job MOST of the time, but every now and then I get screwed over because I can't see what I'm doing.

Oh and this game is HARD! I've been getting my ass handed to me on a platter every time I face a new enemy for the first time. At least at Spartan difficulty anyway. Whenever a game I've been really looking forward to comes out I always max out the difficulty, to keep me at it for longer. And it's also good training for the inevitable run through on God mode, those unlockables seem to good to miss. I'd rather have the game be a bit harder than a hell of a lot harder if I had played on Normal. One thing I've learnt from this difficultly; L1 is your friend.

Anyway, this game really is a must by for all PS2 owners. If you're looking for a challenging action game with production values that are through the roof, look no further! Do it for the Hydra! icon_wink.gif

btw, the game has a lot of boobies. Really! icon_razz.gif
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OK, I'll cave in - what is this game?

Is it like a 3rd person type action adventure game where you do stuff in Ancient Greece?
Free-roaming or linear?

What is this game?

Answer or not, I don't care - I'll look up a review somewhere...
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Andro: it's quite a lot like PoP:SoT (haven't played WW) but more focus on action than on puzzles... the only puzzles i've really come across have been how to defeat a particular enemy to progress ahead... in between is (so far) been running from one place to another, and back again with a key...so: it's linear... so far... but then i've been on boats for now so there is only so much movement allowed in these circumstances anyway...

Sex: i did the sex "minigame" and yes, you jump on the bed and an "O" symbol comes up like when tackling a boss... the camera moves to the side showing a vase on a cabinet and you have to press buttons and move the left control stick as it tells you... if you "win" you get heaps of red orbs (buys upgrades) and the vase gets bounced off the cabinet...

all quite pointless IMO... if i was 10 years younger i'd probably get a kick out of it, but now it seems to detract from the game if anything... it kinda makes sense from a story POV... Kratos is running from his past and his memories and taking solice in the arms of big breasted women is a way of doing this...

i'm not actually too sure i like the minigame elements of the boss combats, you should be able to kill the boss's through sheer perserverance as well as pressing buttons in the right order... though i suppose in the case of the Hydra, it opened up the next story element...

and L1 (block) is indeed your friend... infact i've only come across 1 attack that this doesn't block, so combat is sometimes a little easy IMO, but then i'm only doing it on normal...
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"What is this game?" I cracked up when I read that. If I saw the words boobies and sex in relation to a action game, I'd ask the very same thing...

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i'm not actually too sure i like the minigame elements of the boss combats, you should be able to kill the boss's through sheer perserverance as well as pressing buttons in the right order... though i suppose in the case of the Hydra, it opened up the next story element...


Trust me, sheer perseverance is a good way of describing what is needed on Spartan mode, for me anyway. I've gotten pretty PO'd for getting chewed up and spit out by some undead bastards, but every successful battle is a small victory. I look forward to those minigames to pop up because it means I can finally relax a bit! Oh and that 'next story element' was pretty funny, "Help me!" huh? where's that coming from... icon_lol.gif (That transition from out to in was so cool. Seamless)

And what's with those "Would you like to play on easy mode?" messages! Damn, what a blow to your pride. They might as well have said, "Wow, you really suck. Let's drop the difficulty for the little baby baby." Screw you guy... icon_cry.gif
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Heh - well Capoeira, I was getting curious as to what this was...
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ObsoletE: I had to think for about a minute before I even knew what "PoP:SoT" even was...
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But, I think I get you - I have never played a PoP game, so I don't exactly know what to expect - Zelda games are my main experience with thrid person advanture type games with enemies and such...

Thanks for the info though!
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ok, it doesn't really compare with Zelda IMO...

but i've not played many since i hated the first 3D Zelda...
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You hated "Ocarina of Time"?
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I'm shocked and outraged!
Kidding...
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Ah well, I guess they do look kind of EXTREMELY different as far as games go, but I just read a review of GoW intoday's Herald, and they gave it 5/5!
I might hire this one out next weekend and see what it's all about then.
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it's strange... given your rants on sexism and so on, it makes me reluctant to tell you to buy it, but so far it's been a great game in spite of this content...

depending on your family, you might want to give it a miss if you don't have a private TV to play it on...

and yes... i hated OoT...

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Well, we have one giant plasma TV over here, so there is 0% privacy in that respect - what I watch, eveybody else watches, and vica versa.
It makes it very hard to play video games too, in a household that is largely over video games...
Too bad for me...
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The content might be a bit "mature", but if the game is as good as everyone says it is, then it might not be a problem...

But, I don't know - I was about to sell my PS2, and I still might - I need more money for future Nintendo stuffs.
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And as for OoT - fair enough.
If you don't like it, then you don't like it.
First time I saw it, it was unlike anything I'd ever seen, so I've been hooked ever since.
Anyways man, thanks for the info and the recommendation!
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lol
That is funny, kinda.
Have you played Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden?
If you have you know what to expect with God of War.
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After watching more of this game, Im starting to realise how much it really is like Devil May Cry.

One thing that is disturbing me is the combat system. Everything looks cool but it looks like more cinematic fights, for example like in RE4 the knife scene, when you need to quickly hit buttons that appear on the screen.

Is there actually more to the basic fighting than that?

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i haven't played the knife scene in RE4 so i don't know how similar it is but basically this is the combat system:
you have 2 attack buttons, light/fast/horizontal swing and heavy/slow/vertical swing... plus block, jump and grab buttons and the right stick is used to dodge... and when you get them, there are magic spells/abilities you can use too...

you attack in combo's, such as [],[],[] (3x light attack) or [],[],/\ (light, light, heavy) to beat guys up...

but there are several "grades" of enemy... normal troops, heavier troops and bosses (so far)

normal troops are the everyday skeletons and harpies and so on, you kill them by normal attacks and grabs and so on...

the heavier troops i've come across have been Minotaurs, Cyclops and Gorgons... these can be killed in the normal way, by simply beating them to death, but once they are nearly dead the O button is used to activate a death move, which requires a button or control stick combo to be played correctly and the beast is finished off, usually yielding a health or mana restore pickup...

then there are the bosses... these are beaten like normal for a time, then a O move is activated and this repeats several times until it is killed... but they are killed through the combo moves...

this is a basic rundown on what happens anyway...

actually, these combo/deathmoves (the game calls them minigames) remind me in a way to Dance Dance Revolution... if you played without the mat... you basically press the buttons in time to the display in order to perform the moves...

also, these moves appear to be random... ie: the buttons you need to press aren't the same from enemy to enemy...
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^ Thanks for that man. It does seem alot like RE4's cutscenes. Does the system get repetitive? or do you get new combos along the way or something?
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you get new normal attack combos through upgrading your weapons/magic abilities...

throughout the game you collect different coloured orbs, red, blue and yellow (or is it green? being colour blind can be a hindrance)

the blue and yellow restore mana and health respectively, and the red orbs are used to buy upgrades... think Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers/Return of the King...

actually those games are very much like this game, except with only 1 character, and no ranged attack (initially)

the minigames do get a bit repetitive since there seems to only be one death-move animation per heavy troop... ie: Minotaurs - you jump on their chest and ram your sword down their throat...
Gorgons - break their neck... Cyclops - stab them in the eye...

but the actual combos are different... for minotaurs you press buttons in the right order (as per on screen prompting), for gorgons, you perform half and full circle moves on the control stick...
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