“I was trying to make you a great warrior” – Ares
“You succeeded.” – Kratos
Well it’s official Kratos has returned.
Sony’s E3 coverage was a stand out overall but nothing beats the pure epicness of the live orchestra sounding out the new soundtrack to the God Of War franchises much anticipated return.
I for one am extremely excited. To be fair whatever Santa Monica Studios did with the game I would’ve been happy, I’m just a sucker for our beloved anti-hero Kratos. The God Of War series was my childhood. The story, the hack-and-slash game-play, the broooooooootal quick time events and executes topped off with an epic tale situated through Greek mythology. What was not to love?
This reveal gave us a very interesting look at the scope and feel of the new game.
God of War Hype – 5 Things I’m excited about
1# IT’S A SEQUEL
That means MORE KRATOS! We will get to see a continuation of Kratos’ story after the (spoilers) Greek Pantheon of God’s was eliminated and Kratos basically destroyed the world. This will allow us to see the evolution of Kratos’ character as he turns another page in his life. From what we can see in the game-play trailer he now has a son. A second chance. This won’t just be a ruthless revenge mission. I believe Kratos is grounded by his son, he has something to live for a new life mission. Being a father. Oooh it’s fathers day in America – not here- topical.
#2 DAD OF WAR
Kratos has a son. It seems as if that Father son relationship is going to be at the core of game. The gameplay from what I could see has a ‘The Last of Us’ feel to it which is great because that was possibly one of the best games of all time – story wise. This gives an interesting new story line for Kratos. He has a second chance at fatherhood a new beginning, and now a son who he will have to teach to be not only a man but a demigod. It also raises the issue: How do you be a father when you’ve never been fathered? Something that I’m sure will hit me personally.
Corey Barlog (the Game’s writer and director says “The game is about Kratos teaching his son how to be a God and his son teaching Kratos how to be human again.”
#3 CAMERA CHANGE
Long story short the traditional fixed angle camera that God of War was notorious for has been discarded for a more intimate over the shoulder camera that can be moved by the player as the game becomes slightly more RPG open world in design. Apparently the game is going to be made to be one continuous shot, no loading screens!
#4 RPG ELEMENTS
With a new weapon system, magic, miscellaneous skills that can be trained and a controllable son (rumor has it he is controlled with one button how that works out only time will tell) the new God Of War has implemented some traditional RPG elements and customisable options/skills by the looks of things. This will ad to the fresh approach to the game and certainly bring more customisation and individuality to how players will end up playing Kratos. Granted this could all be speculation or completely scrapped by the time the game has come out.
#5 NORSE MYTHOLOGY
Personally Greek and Norse mythology were my biggest passions in my early years at school. With the aid of History’s ‘Vikings’ Norse Mythology has been making a resurgence in popularity these past few years. (As you can see in my mask drawing). Just imagine the pure awesomeness of Thor and Odin walking the earth. Kratos fighting in or bringing Ragnarok. A whole new mythological pantheon and a fresh start easily sets up another trilogy worth of content.
For those of you under a rock that haven’t checked it out yet watch it below!