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RTTP: I don't think I have played a game as speculatular as God Of War 3

OZ9000

Member
I loved all GoW games.
3 is incredible:

But GoW 2018 is everything and more that GoW 3 should be.
The music, pacing, and bosses are vastly inferior. Furthermore, the levels/world seems more interesting in the older games. You are taken to completely different locations. Unfortunately in GOW 2018 you spend most of your time in a boat. The load screens and long animations pissed me off.
 

Banjo64

Gold Member
The post was aimed to the PC players playing GoW for the first time saying the game is great.

They are absolutely missing out if they didnt play gow1 to 3.
The disrespect to Olympus and Sparta…


 

itshutton

Member
GOW 3 personally features in my top 10 games of all time and if I am not mistaken, it is the most common platinum, or at least it was back in the day so a lot of people must love it.
I really loved 2018, but yes, I feel GOW3 is the peak of the series.
 
I really wish they would remaster the original games, or just released them again, I want to replay god of war 2 without having to deal with the dualshock 3.
 
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HTK

Member
GoW franchise no doubt is great. But I do agree on one thing, the sense of scale and epicness in boss fights in previous titles is severely missing in the new modern era God of War (2018). Let's hope the next one brings some of that stuff back.
 

RoadHazard

Gold Member
You should play GoW2 (well, you should play all the main ones). It's the best of the original trilogy, with much more varied locations etc. GoW3 was actually slightly disappointing to me. Sure, it has the most epic start to a game I think I've ever seen (which is made even better by knowing how 2 ends), but then it kinda loses steam. It didn't feel like the grand adventure 2 did.
 
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Swift_Star

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Kratos is a degenerate cretin and it's such a juvenile power fantasy I cringe whenever I play it.
But the gameplay and setpieces sure are solid.
 

RoboFu

One of the green rats
eeeww. no I was os doen with GOW3 that it took me 2 years to play PS$ GOW even through i bought it day one. So glad they switch it to zelda formula .
 
So I recently decided to play GOW 3 Remastered after completing God Of War 2018 on PC.

I thought God Of War 2018 was good, but my god, it feels so tame compared to God Of War 3. Seriously - this game is balls to the walls awesome from the get go. The sense of scale is unmatched, and every boss battle feels unique and epic.

The music is also spectacular. I don't recall much music being played during my God of War 2018 playthrough. Everything was so subdued. Furthermore, there is not a single boss battle in the sequel which compares to GOW 3 (except the final battle with Baldur).

Frankly I've enjoyed my time with GOW3 much more. It was an adrenaline fueled rollercoaster ride. And the level of brutality/violence was also much better in GOW3. There is absolutely no violence in the sequel and enemy bodies disappear after 1 microsecond. Hugely disappointing.

The one shot camera in God Of War 2018 really hurts the story telling and cinematic experience. I have no idea why developers think a one take direction is the way to go. I really did enjoy the introduction to GOW3 - with Zeus' speech and seeing the titans climb Mount Olympus. The way the camera zoomed in and out was a visual feat when battling the bosses and navigating parts of the game (eg Labyrinth). The fixed camera angles really did help with the cinematic approach (although I'm aware this is considered 'dated' game design).

I don't think I have played a game as spectacular as GOW3 to be honest. As a package, it delivers on all fronts - fun gameplay, great graphics, fantastic bosses, and a satisfying ending. In truth, I do miss the cinematic linear games of the old (God Of War 3, Resident Evil 4, Halo 3, Modern Warfare 2, Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid 1/2/3 etc) - although I don't think anything compares to God Of War 3. It takes the crown for being the most bombastic video game experience out there.
Assuming you never played Majoras Mask
 

Neolombax

Member
GOW3 is a fantastic game, played it when it came out, played it again when the remaster was released. The action is as bombastic as they come. But from the perspective of that time period, at that point I felt the GOW games were quite one dimensional and that was already the third game of the original console trilogy. There was not much story, its a pretty straightforward story of revenge and is basically a series of reasons for Kratos to smash others to pulp. Each sequel only grew in the how gory and violent they were, more elaborate QTEs and different weapons to play around with.

The 2018 GoW was memorable to me because it gave Kratos some character and stakes other than himself for once. That was a nice change of pace. Also it came out during the period when I was already a father so Kratos' journey with Atreus was relatable to me personally. The action was plenty subdued if we compare it to the monster that was GOW3 for sure, nothing was near the level of the Poseidon fight nor were they memorable like caving in Hercules' face. But i still prefer Kratos' journey in 2018, because I felt it was more meaningful.
 
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OZ9000

Member
Kratos is a degenerate cretin and it's such a juvenile power fantasy I cringe whenever I play it.
But the gameplay and setpieces sure are solid.
Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

It's why I also like Doom 2016/Eternal.

Dad Kratos is far too toned down for my tastes.

I wish they brought back some of the violence and brutality the series is known for in GOW:R.
 
Within the Pantheon of action games it stands tall above the rest, an all-time classic. I got the plat when it first released on PS3 and finished it again on PS4, so many memorable moments, from that opening battle with Poseidon to ripping out Hades' organs, tearing off Helios' head, turning papa Zeus into a red mist, SSM did not hold back, Stig took the director mantle and ran with it. GoW 2018 is fantastic too, they are simply very different beasts.
 
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OZ9000

Member
Devil May Cry is better than DoW or GoW 2/3.
Different games with different focuses.

As an overall package GOW is infinitely more enjoyable.

DMC is a game that I'll play once and never return to again. It's a more technical game if you prefer that however.
 

CyberChulo

Member
GOW 2018 is a more heavily story driven game mimicking the Naughty Dog games. There's a big story in GOW 3 but it was just more focused on gameplay than trying to tell it's narrative while playing. That's why there are so many slow moments in GOW 2018 vs GOW 3. Just my opinion. I also went back to playing GOW 3 2 weeks ago and it's still such an awesome game.
 

Danjin44

The nicest person on this forum
DMC is a game that I'll play once and never return to again.
You are joking, once you get really good at the combat it super fun playing multiple times, GOW doesn’t have that much mastery to it’s combat system like DMC or Bayonetta has.
 

OZ9000

Member
You are joking, once you get really good at the combat it super fun playing multiple times, GOW doesn’t have that much mastery to it’s combat system like DMC or Bayonetta has.
Good combat but level design, bosses, story etc less interesting.

The set pieces in God of War 3 are incredible. I'm more than happy to replay this game again.
 
Oh yeah, super fun games... especially when you consider it's (at best) the 3rd or 4th best GOW game.
And I definitely (personally) give GOW3 credit for best bosses in the series.

Really good series... stacked with quality. 👍
 
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lh032

I cry about Xbox and hate PlayStation.
The post was aimed to the PC players playing GoW for the first time saying the game is great.

They are absolutely missing out if they didnt play gow1 to 3.
GOW and old gow both were different games, including the camera angle.

People who like GOW does not mean they are going to like the old gow format imo.

I personally think people like GOW because of the narrative single player experience, which you dont get this kind of AAA quality often on the PC platform.
 

SSfox

Lies about why mods reply ban and warn me.
GOW3 has the best boss fights in the franchise i think, but to me still not the best gow.

To me it's:

1- GOW, GoW2, Gow 2018 are the best gow games. Pretty much a tie.

2- Gow Ghost of Sparta

3- Gow3

4- Gow Chains of Olympus

5- Gow Ascension

Btw it really stinks that Sony still didn't gave us a remaster collection of all gow games on PS5. Sony is so nonsensical nowadays.
 
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NT80

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I agree that GOW 3 was better than GOW 2018 in almost every way. Better gameplay, story, combat, characters, bosses etc. GOW 2018 is still good just overrated. No way is it a 10/10 game when it has such obvious deficiencies.
 
I enjoy both games but they are very different. Accession gets ripped on a lot, and rightly so.... But it's not that different from God of war 3.... Its just more of the same mechanics (less production value I guess) .... Which is why it didn't review well, and they changed the formula for 2018.

I totally get you though.... Your just hyped from the start of Gow3 and you instantly know its going to be a good game. The sense of scale is awesome. Music great. I love God of war 2018 but as you say... It is more subdued. They are two very different games
 
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My personal takes for comparison within the franchise:

GoW1 - Best story
GoW2 - Best pacing and flow
GoW3 - Best boss fight
GoWCoO - Best puzzle
GoWGoS - Best overall experience that matches a handheld to console quality at the time
GoWA - Best graphic on a dying hardware

Lastly GoW2018, for me this game is a mix bag. It had one of the best graphic for a 2018 game, good story, overall good combat, nice interaction with the son, decent puzzle element, nice inspiration from souls game etc. But this game suffer from pacing problem. A moment you are fighting a elite monster that had no significance in the plot that could kill you in one hit, next moment you curb stomp one of the gods that had significant part in the plot felt like a huge disconnect for the player. Also, all the optional content(include the valkyries) is challenging making the main encounter felt like a walk in the park, they did a mediocre job balancing between the two. But nonetheless I still love the game.
 
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TexMex

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GoW3 is far from the most spectacular game I've ever played but I do like it. God of War 1-3 are great. I definitely enjoy the original games more, but I still like 2018 a good deal.
 

balls of snow

Gold Member
Badass opening good mid with hercules and icarus. But god damn I hated the lead up to zeus. So drab with shifting boxes and shit.
 

balls of snow

Gold Member
It's not just that, Freya, Thors's sons, and Balder in the first game were just normal-ish people with some powers, in the old games, the gods were portrayed as epic monsters with crazy powers. It was more interesting and fun to fight them.
Something to do with Greek gods being more showy and flamboyant. Viking norse gods are more subdued. It works because of the contrast.
 

Mabdia

Member
GOW 3 is just amazing. I've played all the franchise and GOW3 and Ascension takes the crown to me.

Don't know why most of the people don't like Ascension, it is as good as 3. 2018 is an ok game to me, after beating it for the first time, I can't se myself going back to it. Nice graphics tho.
 
GOW 3 is just amazing. I've played all the franchise and GOW3 and Ascension takes the crown to me.

Don't know why most of the people don't like Ascension, it is as good as 3. 2018 is an ok game to me, after beating it for the first time, I can't se myself going back to it. Nice graphics tho.
Its mostly critic giving a lot of crap to Ascension, and herd mentality follows, I actually think Ascension trying something new for the combat system is pretty nice.
 

GreatnessRD

Member
God of War III was a really, really special game. I thoroughly enjoyed watching my cousin beat it. GoW 2018 was cool for sure, but all that Kratos smoke from 3 is unmatched, lol
 
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