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How God Of War: Ascension’s Hidden Code Points To A New Hero For GoW IV

"God Of War: Ascension, out tomorrow, has a hidden message protected by a cipher. It’s found on one of the paintings in the game, and has had people scratching their head since it was highlighted." (God of War: Ascension, PS3)

Root  +   723d ago
Kratos is God of War

It's like Uncharted without Nathan Drake or Tomb Raider without Lara Croft. It just wouldn't be the same
kratos123  +   723d ago
come on man let SSM experiment with somebody new, you don't know if they can or cannot replace kratos.
NewMonday  +   722d ago
the Greek myth hs has run it's course, we need a new mythology, an new hero and new gameplay for a new genration
ginsunuva  +   722d ago
We don't need mythology; they should do something unexpected.
Omni-Tool  +   722d ago
I vote a viking type setting for the new GOW.

As for this article, it sounds like its part of a puzzle where you have to put images or statues in order.
dafegamer  +   722d ago
@ginsunuva
It Wont be god of war without any mythology
Omegasyde  +   722d ago
No they should use Nariko. Anyone who beat Heavenly sword also knows there is a "slight" possibility of a sequel there too. I mean Let Kratos rest.

***SPOILER ALERT***

At the end of Heavenly Sword, Nariko is presumed dead because the sword was cursed and all and her village put her "dead" body on a boat and let it go to sea.

Heres the ending for those whom forgot
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

She could pull a krato's (after all dude died how many times?) and wake up in another land preferably one with their own set of deity's i.e. Egyptian/Norse/Super Saiyan's etc.

Technically in the final battle her spirit fused with the "god" spirit of the sword.

****End of Spoiler****

Why should should Sony waste the IP on one outing? And for #%@%#@ sake let Sony Santa Monica do this sequel and NOT Ninja Theory.

+ The Voice actress (Anna Torv) who played Nariko is now unemployed due to "Fringe" ending. Window of opportunity.
guitarded77  +   722d ago
Then make a NEW IP... don't take a chance of ruining a classic series. I can understand making a completely new franchise worthy game. I cannot understand changing GoW into something other than the story of Kratos.
AsimLeonheart  +   722d ago
I agree; it will refresh the game and also silence the media that has been bashing this game. Regarding Ascension, I do not care what the media says. It is up to the consumer to decide if he likes the product/service or not. Media can praise or bash all it wants. If the consumer hates it then that is it and if the consumer loves it then that is it. Just like it happened with DmC; the media praised it but the gamers did not buy it.
morganfell  +   722d ago
The real window of opportunity is the fact that the greatest of all Greek supermen, Hercules (the more well known Romanized version of the Greek Heracles) and his 12 Labors could make for one of the greatest games ever. In the hands of Sony Santa Monica the game would be incredible. After all, so much of the Kratos story is blueprinted from Heracles.

They have to completely divorce it from the GoW universe. The inclusion of the Kratos/Hercules fight in GoW3 was an error and a resolute misinterpretation of the Hercules myth.

There are two movies in the works as well. One a sure to be forgettable popcorn version with The Rock, and the other a more serious and tragic take on the classic tale.
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SuperSandLegend  +   722d ago
@NewMonday I'd like to see Norse mythology...or how about Saiyan mythology? Yeah!
knowyourstuff  +   722d ago
Kratos is definitely God of War, but it doesn't mean that they can't shake up the series, experiment with Kratos' brother, going back and forth between the two in an intertwining story. Although the logic this "author" is using makes absolutely no sense, just like every other conspiracy theorist's logic.

You can't get any actual words out of the jumbled string of letters unless you're super high on acid. Whatever nonsensical result you get means about as much as the other voices in your head, if you really thought it was another character that had something to do with lions and the sun. I mean really.
DragonKnight  +   722d ago
The funny thing is, they've been talking about a "new hero" since the end of the first GoW. Hasn't happened.
MysticStrummer  +   722d ago
It wouldn't bother me to see another character take on the gods from another mythology. I'm tired of Kratos actually. Though I loved GoW3, one of my first thoughts playing the game was a mental sigh when Kratos started yelling. They could have new characters tear through several different mythologies in different games, then have an epic crossover story where all these characters, including Kratos, meet.
Xaphy  +   723d ago
Kratos and Norse mythology would be freaking epic. Imagine having to fight Odin and all the norse gods.
Root  +   723d ago
I don't see why they don't do that

I mean there is people who say Odin and Zeus were the same person in our real life mythologies and that they were just what the Norse myth represented Zeus as in their own representation of the greek gods but I suppose in the game they could make them totally different

Then you have other gods aswell in other mythologies....theres so many of them
kingmushroom  +   723d ago
dude that would be METAL \m/
Xaphy  +   723d ago
@kingmushroom

and in metal we trust
Sketchy_Galore  +   723d ago
Norse mythology would be a great fit for this kind of game but then I'd like to go the whole hog and play as Beowulf.
Omni-Tool  +   722d ago
Norse mythology would be awesome but I think they should do a new protagonist. Someone more heir to the viking battle set and mythos. Kratos was great for Greek mythos but the torch needs to be passed on.
Ezz2013  +   722d ago
@xaphy
kratos vs thor
that would be as epic as they come
OMG make it happen SSM ..DO IT
MysticStrummer  +   722d ago
I'd rather they have a new character take on the norse gods, then have other games where other new characters take on the gods of their own mythologies, then have a final game where all these characters, including Kratos, meet. Maybe they could all team up to take on Cthulhu... co-op!!!
rainslacker  +   723d ago
I agree, but realistically there is only so far you can go with the story in my opinion. Eventually they will just start recycling things, and at some point his anger, and the motivations of the Gods will get boring to people. Not to say they've reached that point yet, as I recall GOWIII did hint at a sequel.

Quite honestly, if they wanted to go this route I'd prefer they expand into a new IP. I really like the series and don't want to see it get run into the ground, and staying with one IP can limit advancement as people want things to stay like they were.
Root  +   723d ago
@kratos123

Well they should of done a spin off using a new hero instead of doing God of War Ascension in my opinion. Prequels should be left to handhelds.

Main titled games should always feature the main character if you can.
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Tony-Red-Grave  +   723d ago
same goes for snake and mgs. characters we are s9 use to seeing that when their replaced it breaks our hearts. Quite frankly GoW doesn't need a sequel. its like MGS the story has been told the character did what he had to and the story has all been wrapped up.

making sequels after such epic endings only really hurts the story and what made those characters so awesome to begin with.
joab777  +   723d ago
Maybe its God of something else...probably too risky. Most likely explanantion, if Mithras can ressurect people, is that he will bfing Kratos back. Makes u wonder whats left to do.
Derekvinyard13  +   722d ago
They should make a new mythology I know these guys can do it there very talented
x5exotic  +   722d ago
Easy: God of Death featuring a bad ass from another mythology... or any God of X

just don't do some horsemen/angel/devils/bible/dm c/darksiders/dante's inferno crap because it's been done too many times just in the last 3 years and they all sucked.

Mesopotamian myths would be fresh. (egyptian ones are overused) and south american-y ones are better fit for explorer games like UC and TR and Temple Run :P

Roman gods are similar to greek stuff so it wouldn't be that different.

Japanese mythologies would be badass

PS: How about a Kratos x Nariko tag-team co-op game?

Or maybe a Zeus and Co. vs Titans spin-off...Great War
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Cam977  +   722d ago
Ideas:
• God Of Chaos
• God Of Death
• God Of Punishment
• God Of Justice (haha!)
MysticStrummer  +   722d ago
Think of the outrage if they had a game where you take on the God of Abraham. I picture Kratos or some other character yelling "Yahweh!!!" a lot.
Tontus  +   722d ago
It's true that God of War without Kratos or Tomb Raider without Lara Croft would be wrong, they're so popular and beloved, but Uncharted without Nathan Drake? That would be a welcome change! He isn't very popular at all ( http://www.google.co.uk/tre... and he's an incredibly shallow character who's only like-able because he's a joker & a goody two-shoes, I'd love to see a different character for Uncharted but a new protagonist for God of War would have to be pretty damn awesome to make sure millions of God of War fans don't get pissed off, I don't mind a new charcter but only if it's because SSM WANT to do a new character versus making a new character to appease the critics & minority... I'd really miss Kratos, we need more anit-hero relentlessly badass lead characters instead of all the generic pretty boy comedian holier-than-thou protagonists.
Root  +   722d ago
Are you joking....Nathan Drake is popular

It's one of the many reasons why people like Uncharted....the main character.
Seraphim  +   722d ago
I could see change. I mean where did Kratos come from. He made a pact with Aries. Perhaps Kratos made a pact with.... In turn cursing his life and seeking vengeance. Ok slightly ridiculous. As it stands it seems Kratos story has become slightly convoluted. While I love the game, the gameplay, stories, epic monsters, titans, etc, it's hard to see this franchise continuing. At the same time it's easy to see a great storyteller coming up with new additions the fit into Kratos life, story, journey.... Aries is dead, Kratos is the God of War so yeah it would be hard seeing a change.
princejb134  +   722d ago
even though i agree kratos is god of war
they could also reboot the series and take a different approach with a different story and different character
IAmLee  +   722d ago
New Catchphrase - 'I am the god of war, I will mildly injure you.'
Hudahudahuda  +   722d ago
Kratos is God of War, He makes the game. Root I agree with you 100% percent he's adds spice to the series.

If anything I think God of War should go towards the Primordials. Kratos taking on beings that embody the Universe itself. Now that would take God of war to new levels IMO. Or they could go with christianity. I remeber seeing a picture of the three wise men in God of War 2. It would be very intresting if Kratos had somehow started the events for abrahamic religions to unfold.
showtimefolks  +   722d ago
a GOD OF WAR game without Kratos won't be the same, also a game with Nathan Drake or Lara Croft won't be Uncharted or Tomb Raider.

I am still not happy with the fact that Commander shepard won't be the main hero for next ME game

but that's just my opinion, but i also think it maybe time for some rest for Kratos so lets see what SSM works on next, they also have 2 separate teams
Y_5150  +   722d ago
I would have thought the same if it wasn't for Second Son. To me, inFAMOUS was Cole McGrah but that changed when I saw SP new game. SP wants to broaden the universe. I can't see why they couldn't do the same for GOW.
helghast102  +   722d ago
"or Tomb Raider without Lara Croft."
They already did that, that new Lara was NOT Lara Croft.
Kran  +   722d ago
I agree... yet... it seems they're able to do

(spoiler dont read if you aint finished assassins creed 3)

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They're able to do assassins creed 4 without Desmond it so seems. I think anyway.
DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   723d ago
hmmm I think a new hero with new weapon and moves and new world could be fresh new start. and with PS4 technology...
I would like that.
I like Kratos but sometimes a new start is better for the IP
Ace_Pheonix  +   723d ago
Like Heavenly Sword 2! That would make me one very happy gamer.
DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   722d ago
me too. loved that game
kevinsheeks  +   722d ago
i also would love a sequel it was a great game
I_am_Batman  +   722d ago
"A new Hero with a new weapon and moves and new world could be fresh"

I Agree but it would be a new IP essentially and have nothing to do with God of War.
DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   722d ago
I know but didn't he pretty much kill every god and creature in Greek mythology.
I don't know if a new hero would have enough new creatures/enemies to kill in Greek mythology ;-)
mandf  +   723d ago
I would like to see Santa Monica do a Heavenly Sword sequel. I always hear about Kratos's brother but he's dead and people miss that fact.
Hanso  +   723d ago
Kratos died all the time didnt stop him did it?
mandf  +   722d ago
Kratos's father was Zues and he unlocked powers from pandoras box. Kratos brother was mortal.
Sharius  +   722d ago
@mandf
Deimos has the birthmark which Zues think is the threat for him so i think they will come up with something else about that

but yeah, the GoW w/o Kratos really feel miss something, i do love when they make the game have both of brother in this, the thanatos battle feel really epic
The_Infected  +   723d ago
I love GoW: Ascension but please SSM please make a new game.
rainslacker  +   723d ago
SSM is actually a fairly large studio. They aren't just making one game. They also develop engines for Sony Studios, as well as collaborate with a lot of studios on their own projects. They help smaller studios as well, such as thatgamecompany by helping fund them and giving them office space to work with.

GOW is their flagship product though, and Sony does like that GOW money, and we like the GOW games. I wouldn't mind seeing what else they could come up with though. They are obviously talented.
snowman2149  +   723d ago
Its not a new hero it just means that Mithras will bring Kratos back to life in GOW4
RuleofOne343  +   723d ago
Have enjoyed the game but they need to give it a break really how many of them have they made in general don't care which unit it was played on cause it still the same game.Can the developers be allowed to make a new IP at least. try something different before creative people leave to experiment elsewhere or start new independent studios, not a bad thing but it does effect the previous IP in some form when key people are gone. JMT
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jakmckratos  +   723d ago
Jury is out but Kratos is kind of the face of GoW...d rather see him move on through different mythologies as a figure of death and vengeance...Its not exactly about having a cohesive realistic story in a world about gutting mythical beasts...Kratos facing off against Thor Ice ,Giants, Loki , Fenrir,the 4 stags, valkryries, vikings, Baldur and soooo many others would be more meaningful than him killing bottom of the barrel dimestore Greek figures...he could at least kill Xerxes
Skips  +   723d ago
You do know there are a lot more powerful beings than Zeus right? Gods that aren't "bottom of the barrel" figures that would probably make Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades s**** their pants if they ever angered them.

I've been waiting AGES for SSM to at least mention them and it's like the first thing they do with Ascension. lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
http://godofwar.wikia.com/w...

I REALLY hope they go in the direction of the Primordials but if they DO decide to venture into a different mythology. Just create a different character and start fresh. : /
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smashcrashbash  +   722d ago
In mythology nothing was more powerful then Zeus except the Titans. Any other God was basically the same level as Zeus was.Every King of the Gods Odin, Osiris,Cronos etc were basically on the same level as Zeus not more powerful.Every legendary god had the same limits and short comings the Pantheon had.
HorrorGod  +   723d ago
"God of War: Ascension" is a prequel. Kratos died at the end of "God of War III." Hopefully this just hints at him being brought back to life for a "God of War IV."
R_aVe_N  +   723d ago
I haven't got around to beating 3 just yet....
Minato-Namikaze  +   723d ago
He didnt die.......maybe he didnt die
HorrorGod  +   722d ago
Sorry, man. I just assumed if someone was going to read about a GoW game, they more than likely have played the previous ones... or haven't and don't care about spoilers.
Sharius  +   722d ago
well this guy die alot in the last games, but he keep go back and even f*ck all hell up, so i don't see why he is dead after the 3rd, and the final cutscence hint that, kraty maybe still alive
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It's God of War, not Assassin's Creed. The main character will always be Kratos.

Unless they choose to use Deimos I guess.
HorrorGod  +   722d ago
The main character has always been Desmond in the AC games. So comparing AC to GoW is an odd choice.
tndtloveu  +   722d ago
Well, but who give an eff about Desmond's present story anyway? AC's true heroes are always Altair, and Ezio.
mamotte  +   723d ago
...even if I dont know if Kratos is exactly a "hero". More like an Antihero.
nevin1  +   723d ago
@Root

"It's like Uncharted without Nathan Drake or Tomb Raider without Lara Croft. It just wouldn't be the same"

I think using using other characters in Uncharted would work. It will be cool to play as Chole or Elena in their own full fledge Uncharted adventure.
R_aVe_N  +   723d ago
Chole maybe, but Elena I don't think that would be such a good idea.
BanBrother  +   722d ago
@nevin

I think Uncharted should be given a rest. That way, in a few years into the PS4 cycle, when everyone is asking for a new Uncharted, they can give us a game with Nathan Drake's son as the main protagonist. You could then have the Drake/Sully relationship move toward an actual father/son relationship.

I don't know, I just really loved Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, the Harrison Ford/Sean Connery banter was hilarious and legendary.

As for God Of War, we really need Hack N Slash games. Just freaking buy Darksiders already (obviously keep the RPG elements as well.
Jek_Porkins  +   723d ago
That would be kind of weird, but so far I'm enjoying the new game, wish they would have went deeper into his story though, overall quite enjoyable. I think there is plenty left for them to accomplish with Kratos, to me he is God Of War, so hopefully he comes to the PS4 at some point and we get the chance to be impressed with Kratos on the new console like we were with him on the PS3.

I remember when I first played God Of War 3 on the PS3 I was blown away by the cinematic scope of the game.
InTheLab  +   723d ago
I'd love to play as Zeus or the other Olympians...fighting the titans in the war. Would be epic.
SkirkRidgeEX  +   723d ago
I would hope that they just leave Greek Mythology and Kratos in general and tackle either Norse or Egyptian mythology with a new hero. Heck, even Celtic mythology would be an interesting setting. :)
dafegamer  +   722d ago
Hype!!!!!!!!! "The Persians saw Mithras as the principal assistant of Ahura Mazda, the god of goodness and light. Mithras battled demons, sorcerers, and other evildoers and helped the souls of worthy humans. In another role, as a god of war, he rode in a golden chariot pulled by four horses."
epic. Open World hack and slash rpg confirmed(hopefully)
Tzuno  +   722d ago
Why i am giving the feeling that GOW saga will end with Kratos death and maybe continue with something else? Maybe his death will be his release from all the pain.Maybe he will die avenging everything.
Megulito  +   722d ago
It would be dope to play as gilgamesh or a thor knock off like kratos is is a herc knock off
SlyFamous02  +   722d ago
Making a GOW game without Kratos is like making a Metal Gear game without Snake......Oh, wait.
NateCole  +   722d ago
For PS4 they should rest Kratos.

Move to Norse mythology with a new hero but this time add RPG elements to freshen up the gameplay.
RTheRebel  +   722d ago
Aztec Of War
Egyptian Of War
PLZ =)
RandomDude655  +   722d ago
From Article:
QUJ IKPH IUEE EKMJ QUJ
SUN BIRD BULL LION SUN

Sun Ra head of falcon and sun disk
Music Hathor horns of cow and sun disk
Destruction Sekhmet head of lion
Sky Nut blue with golden stars

Egytian mythology it is! ( http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/j...
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sarshelyam  +   722d ago
I think Egyptian Mythology would offer a wonderful setting with a bevy of personalities to litter the battlefield with. I used to obsess over some of those deities and Gods!
killerorca258  +   722d ago
Egyptian mythology would be pretty dam epic. Egyptian mythology is riddled with Ultra powerful, merciless, and varied gods that would be perfect for this kind of gameplay.
breakpad  +   722d ago
Ihope they replace Kratos ....this hero was irrelevant completely with the Greek Mythology..RED tattoo and white skin with dual chain blades WTF (worse than Holywood) and no dramatic at all (kills all the the Olympian gods :(((( ) at the the end manages to be hated by the players....Santa monica replace your art team and and you ill see for sure much beter results
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lx1  +   722d ago
It should be based on aztecs

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