God of War 3 is an epic roller coaster ride, and prime example of what all video games should aspire to be. God of War 3 presentation is on par with blockbuster movies, and is a prime example of what videos should be.
God of War 3 keeps the formula that made the previous 2 games in the series successes. However, it evolves and expands upon those concepts so perfectly that it makes the other games feel as dated as they are.
The first major overhaul has been to the gameplay. The gameplay is fundamentally the same as God of War 2, however, additional moves like the the grabbing ram, and grappling with the chains of exile, and real time weapon switching make the combat so effortless that you forget that you're only using two buttons to attack. I've always felt that linearity and combat were God of War's weakest points, but Sony Santa Monica has done an excellent job turning those weakness around. The combat system has turned from being good enough into high quality gameplay. The new weapons and tools you obtain along the journey are all extremely useful, and combined with the items Kratos keeps from God of War 2 and a new magic meter specifically for items, God of War 3 can now comfortably compete with the other big games in the genre in terms of gameplay.
Speaking of linearity, God of War 3 doesn't change that formula. However, the game hides it very well. The entire game takes place on Mount Olympus, but this mountain has tons of nooks and crannies. You go from the top of the mountain to the pits of Hades, up through the mountain innards, to Poseidon's lair, through the mountains, into the realm of the Olympians, down to Tartarus, and more. And the game hides it's linearity by bridging each area together as if they're truly connected.
Another thing improved upon is the camera. The camera provide the most dynamic image available for every scene in the game. When you're scaling the mountain it zooms in on you, before panning out and letting you see just how far you've come. When you go in for the kill it zooms in letting blood splatter spray everywhere. The camera is like a character itself aiding Kratos show off his talents. The QTE's have also been revamped by having the button press appear in the sides of the screen as they're laid out on the controller. The makes it easy to perform the QTE's without missing any of the action on screen.
Finally Puzzles and Platforming are given more face time this go round, and both section are done well like every other part of the game.
Graphically God of War is a stunner. It's easily one of the Top 5 best looking games this gen. Highlights include the boss battles. Each one seems like a choreographed scene from a movie. The character models are also amazingly detailed especially the titans, but even common enemies vary from one another which is not seen in many games. Another thing to note is that while God of War 3 is aesthetically beautiful it's also a technical masterpiece. The game runs at 1080p at 60 fps. But that frame rate varies between 30 and 60 fps, however, the frame rate is never a problem because the drop occurs at times when it's never noticed. How SSM (Sony Santa Monica) did this I don't know, but they need to teach this technique to other devs. There's not enough that can be said about God of War 3's visuals so just play the game and see for yourself.
God of War has always had great audio and part 3 is no exception. As always TC Carlson ("Living Single", "Final Destination 2", and now a Macy's commercial) does an excellent job as Kratos, but everyone in this game is voiced well. And the music does an excellent job of moving the game along as well.
God of War 3 is an perfectly paced game, that unfortunately feels shorter than what it is simply because you don't want it to end. The game is around 10 - 12 hours long, and afterwards you can take on the Challenge of Olympus or replay the game uses the powers from the urns and items you've unlocked. So that's it, then end of the trilogy and how the series ends. It's been a great ride, but everything must come to an end sooner or later, and God of War is leaving on a high note. God of War 3 along with the franchise will go down as one of the best of all time.