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God of War 3 Demo

God of War's Kratos is angy as hell...again

By Briana Lawrence     December 10, 2009

God of War Demo
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Somehow this reviewer has gone her entire PS2 career without playing a single minute of the God of War series, and she’s had a PS2 since the first year it came out. So why not jump into the series head first with God of War 3? 

So Is the Demo Any Good?
Yes, yes, and hell yes. As soon as you hit the start button the slaughtering begins. It’s fun. It’s appealing to the eye with its broken apart cities and larger than life monsters. The music makes you feel like you’re a part of something epic. And it’s got a man who seems to have a fetish for brutal attacks that spare no one.

Define Brutal
Kratos isn’t afraid to show us how lots of blood and severed heads look on 1080p. You get to rip out the eye of a giant cyclops in a reaction command mini-game, and Kratos really digs into that eye socket, the camera not hesitating to zoom in on the action. And Kratos can ride around on said cyclops to trample over his enemies. Nice guy, Kratos is. If that wasn’t gross enough for you then just wait about two minutes when you get to rip off the head of Helios. Dear god, you can see the skin being pulled away from his neck as his head is ripped off! Afterwards you use his head as a sort of flashlight to uncover secrets and light up dark areas. Nice. And lets not forget the chimera you fight whose tail you get to rip off, then you get to break one of its horns and stab it in the eye. 
No one is safe from Kratos’ wrath, not even innocent people caught in the crossfire. This is probably common knowledge from previous games, but to the first timer its quite a surprise to see a man on the edge of a building begging for help, and Kratos reaching over, smashing his head into the building, then letting him fall over the edge. Just… holy bananas! 

Holy Bananas Is Right! But Is the Gameplay as Good as the Graphics? 
It’s incredible from start to finish. The game will tell you how to use the three different weapons you start with and will teach you about Kratos’ attacks, but honestly, just hit some buttons and watch the magic unfurl. Seriously, keep hitting those buttons and seeing what combos you can come up with. And use every weapon you have because good gravy they’re all awesome. Blades, giant gauntlets for fists, even a bow and arrow if you feel like sniping airborne enemies. 
There’s only one real complaint with the demo and that’s flying via harpies. It’s a bit odd to control and at first it was hard to tell if you were supposed to keep hitting the button to punch them or if Kratos did it automatically. It does show how kick ass Kratos is -- shooting the creature with his bow and arrow then repeatedly punching it to force it to take you across gaps -- but hopefully the “torture harpies controls” are a bit better in the actual game. There’s a part later where you’re flying up an air vent and for some reason the flight controls are inverted. You have the option of changing them, but it was a bit of a surprise the first time.

How Do You Get the Demo?!
There are three ways, actually. The God of War Collection on PS3-- remakes of God of War 1 and 2 only in 720p -- has the demo code inside of the case. You can also pre-order the game on Amazon.com or at GameStop and get the demo while supplies last. There are two versions of the game available for preorder, the normal and the “ultimate” edition that comes in Pandora’s Box with an art book, digital content, a documentary, a downloadable combat arena and a Kratos skin. You can also purchase a copy of “District 9” when it’s released on bluray and the demo will be on the disc.   

Is the Demo Worth It?
Ever since the first E3 trailer -- crashing waves, epic narration, and a pissed off looking Kratos -- its been hard to not be excited for this game, and the demo will only succeed in making you more anxious then you were before. Gorgeous graphics, insane combos, and plenty of grotesque images makes this perfect for anyone who wants to run in and beat the crap out of everyone around them. 



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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 12/10/2009 2:40:56 AM

The God of War series is the dumbest series ever.  I don't know how a game continues to go on when it has the worse story, gameplay, and graphics ever made on any system. I've seen Atari 2600 games that look like Uncharted 2 compared to this game. 


Ouch, I just burnt my lips on my crack pipe.




I AM THE GOD OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stpeteharry 12/10/2009 2:44:25 AM

God of War is a masterpeice.  I bought a PS3 for one reason and one reason only and that was GOW III.  I have been lucky however and enjoyed Uncharted 1&2.  I just bought the collection for the PS3 of I and II and it is epic.  Nothing like gettting your spirit refilled by banging two chicks on a boat while being attacked by Hydra.

The only thing that concerns me with this game is that the original developers are no longer working on it.  I just don't see how they could mess this up though.  I can not wait.

hanso 12/10/2009 4:23:29 AM

Say whaaaaaaaa? You had never played God of War till this demo? Blasphemy, just straight up blasphemy I tell ya! Buy the GoW Collection for $40 before you take on part 3, there is much to know about Kratos’s journey before you sit down with his final chapter.

The demo made me wet my pants it was so goooooooooood. The level of detail now on Kratos is amazing, there was a part in the demo where blood just splatters on him and you could clearly see it dripping off his body. Kratos is a bad mofo. I like the fact that the game will pick up right after GoW 2 ended, that’s why in the demo Kratos has the Golden Fleece and the Icarus Wings.

Speaking of the wings, like in the demo, the game is supposed to have a few flying spots as Kratos is climbing towards Olympus. It was a nice change of pace from all the killing.

The way the demo ended made me scream at my TV and weep cause I couldn’t play the game no more. Kratos pulling out the Blades of Chaos and screaming as he is falling towards the Titan was epic! Can’t wait for the game to drop. At least I got the Collection to tide me over, I’m a couple of hours into GoW 2 right now.

“In the end there will be only chaos!”

hanso 12/10/2009 4:34:22 AM

StPete - I wouldn't even worry about it man, Sony Santa Monica is still making the game and if you remember from GoW 1 to GoW 2, the creator of the series David Jaffe stepped away from it and only worked like a consultant or something on GoW 2.  I think he did for GoW 3 also or the director of GoW 2 ended up as consultant for GoW 3.   Anyway, it should be mind blowing when the game delivers in April.

dbrock06 12/10/2009 8:17:49 AM

I never got the chance to play God of War 2 until now.  Holy F!  These are great games.  Classic Masterpieces of gaming.

Why was GOW #26 in the Game Informer to 200 of all time?  Should have at least been in the top 10.

scytheofluna 12/10/2009 5:34:09 PM

Solid demo, but I'm certain it's pretty rough compared to what the finished game will be (it's the '09 E3 floor demo after all, so they'll have had almost a year of development time to polish the game by the time we get our hands on it.  I gotta say though, I'm ready for some camera control in this franchise.  With as much emphasis as there is on the art and level design I never did like the fact that there's no camera control.  I'm having a blast playing through the first two games in the new collection, and I've already got my preorder in for the collector's edition of God of War III.  Now if they can just get the ball rolling in the right direction on the movie.  I'm hoping Hot Toys will pick up the license to make 12 inch figures.  Their Leonidas from 300 is going to be amazing.

Anybody who has a PS3 should also check out the Dante's Inferno demo.  360 won't get it for two weeks, and oddly enough the PS3 is getting the collector's edition exclusively so I guess that's the version I'll go for.  It's pretty much God of War with a different character and setting.  The level designer worked on the first God of War.  EA might finally be coming into their own with games like Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Brutal Legend and Dante's Inferno under their collective belt.  Sports games mean less than nothing to me and since up until recently that's been their primary focus all of this new stuff has been a pleasant surprise.

stpeteharry 12/10/2009 7:52:56 PM

Well I just finished playing the demo Hanso and I have no doubts about this game now.  It looks amazing on the PS3.  You were right about the way the demo ended to I got up and walked out of the room screaming "WHY?!"  I just didnt want it to end.  I went to put a pre order on it and they were saying it won't be out till the fall.  It can't get here soon enough.

brichibi 12/11/2009 8:40:35 AM

@Hanso:  Yeah, never played them.  I have no idea how that happened  O.O  I have the collection though for the sheer purpose of playing them.  And I agree, when the demo ended I just stared at the TV and kinda whimpered, because... I wanted more!  When it got to the reaction commands and eye-ripping I was kinda like, "omg omg gross gross gross this is so cool."  Now I have to go back and play the other 2... and maybe the PSP one?  

@scytheofluna:  Oh yeah, for it being the E3 demo you can see the rough spots, but there are very few and the demo is still awesome.  Dante's Inferno?  I'll have to check that one out.  I'm excited for Darksiders, that one looks very good.  I wasn't aware that the collector's edition for Dante's Inferno was PS3 exclusive, and I'm a sucker for collector's editions that come with extra stuff  ^^


hanso 12/11/2009 10:20:04 AM

Brichibi - If you got a PSP definitel checkout GoW, it's one of the best PSP games for sure.  The game is a prequel to GoW 1.

Scythe - I didn't even know the Dante demo was out, thanks a lot for letting me know.  Going to start downloading it right now.  I had heard of the game but hadn't thought about getting it cause it releases the same day Bioschok 2 does.  If I like the demo I'll have to reconsider.  I checked out Darksiders like you suggested and it looks damn sweet man.  That was a game I didn't know about, but if it's action with some Zelda elements I may get it cause I wansn't thinking of buying anything in January. 

stpeteharry 12/12/2009 2:31:10 AM

I will be down with Dante's Inferno.  Joe Madeira the former marvel creator and x-men/deadpool artist helped design the game.  Madeira is the man and I definately have high hopes for that game as well.  How do you get the demo is it at the Playstation store online?

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