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God of War III is an action-adventure video game for PlayStation 3, developed by Sony Santa Monica, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released today in North America and will be released soon after in other territories. It is the fifth and final chapter in the current story arc, chronologically after God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War, God of War: Betrayal, and God of War II. The storyline will be told in a way that is true to traditionalist roots in Greek mythology, from moral consequences to brutal battles against the Gods.

However, there has been some concern that the true impact of the game might be minimized as there have been various reports of PS3 shortages around North America.

GOWIII is a single player game that allows players to take on the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he scales through the intimidating heights of Mount Olympus and the dark depths of Hell to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him. Armed with double-chained blades, and an array of new weapons and magic for this iteration of the trilogy, Kratos must take on mythology?s darkest creatures while solving intricate puzzles throughout his merciless quest to destroy Olympus. Check out all the great God of War III guides at Playstation Lifestyle.


Utilizing a new game engine built from the ground up and state-of-the-art visual technologies, the development team behind God of War III has made standard-setting strides in giving players the realistic feel of actually being on the battlegrounds. With texture resolutions quadrupling since God of War II on PlayStation, God of War III will features fluid, lifelike characters, as well as dynamic lighting effects, a robust weapon system, and world-changing scenarios that will truly bring unmistakable realism to Kratos? fateful quest. Players will have a chance to join battles on a grand scale that is four times larger than its predecessor. There are more realistic muscle striations, detailed facial expressions, and new heightened levels of brutality and gore.


Several of the menacing creatures of Greek mythology in God of War III can now be manipulated against their will, as Kratos uses them to cross chasms, inflict blind rage against enemies, reveal puzzles and secrets, and as tools of complete annihilation.


New deadly weapons such as the Cestus – powerful metal gauntlets with devastating strength – and other brutal instruments of war that will allow Kratos to learn ruthless new techniques such as grappling with enemies and launching explosive wall-to-ground attacks.


The dynamic lighting solution employed in GOW III is only feasible through the computing power provided by the Cell SPUs. For example, using the High Dynamic Range Lighting (HDRL) technology, the camera ? when using Kratos? sight line ? will emulate the human retina, causing players to feel a sharp brightness when Kratos exits a dark area and enters a sunlit area, similar to how the human eye would need to adjust.


Destructoid gave the game a perfect 10 saying that “it’s a game that redefines scale in action games, one of the few titles that truly hammers home the meaning of ‘last-gen.’ God of War III is like nothing you’ve ever seen or experienced in gaming.” They continue to say, “without question, God of War III sets the new gold standard for action games, clearing and then raising the near-impossible bar that was set by its previous installments. For many years to come, this will be the game by which all others in the genre are compared, and I suspect we won’t see anything like it for quite some time. If God of War III was the reason you bought a PS3, your purchase has been justified and then some.”

1UP.com gave the game an A saying that “while the new ideas and variety prevent God of War 3 from feeling stale and provide loads of fun, the story and boss fights stand out as the most memorable parts of the game.” They also commented that the leviathan fight at the beginning of the game is “one of the most impressive fights” they’ve seen in a game. They even went on to say that “the animation and camera angles make the cut-scenes better than you see in most movies.”

GameInformer went on to say that the cinematic camera work is even more impressive than Naughty Dog?s feats with Uncharted 2. They also praised the gameplay, however, they said that the only area that God of War III didn’t blow them away was with the story. “The plot isn?t bad or difficult to follow, but it also doesn?t have any standout revelations or developments; Kratos hunts down the gods, kills them, and steps over the corpse to reach his next target until Olympus is in shambles. It isn?t a major problem, however, because the real joy isn?t in the events themselves, but rather in the astonishing ways those events unfold.” GameInformer gave the game a perfect 10/10.


IGN, giving the game a 9.3/10, praised the game saying that “God of War III practically redefines what the word ’scale’ means with regards to videogames, as it throws you into scenes with Titans that are larger than entire levels in some other games.” The only complaint the IGN reviewer had was “that two of the three additional weapons that you’ll earn are extremely similar to your blades. They have unique powers and slightly different moves, but by and large, they’re more of the same.” In terms of visuals, the reviewer said that “God of War III presents some of the most impressive visuals that I’ve ever seen in a game. Kratos in particular looks phenomenal, and is perhaps the single most impressive-looking character ever in videogames.”

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