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God of War: Ascension Review | IGN

Unfortunately it’s a criticism that can be aimed at Ascension as a whole – it’s an enjoyable game, but one that doesn’t quite live up to the pedigree of its predecessors. The story, which promised so much by revealing a more emotional side to Kratos, stumbles along and is so flimsy it’s almost incidental. The combat has been refined and is therefore as satisfying as ever, but the lack of any really memorable set-pieces – combined with its tiresome reliance on carbon copy battles against waves of exactly the same enemy – result in a game that is at times spectacular but all too often forgettable. Kratos fanatics will no doubt revel in the challenge it presents, especially the gruelling Trials of Archimedes, but there’s no escaping the fact Ascension is the weakest in the series. (God of War: Ascension, PS3) 7.8/10

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Good_Guy_Jamal  +   940d ago
Talk about late to the party. At least people can't say it was a rushed review.
Majority of reviewers seem to believe its a very good game (8/10) but the story isn't as engaging as the others.
3 prequels was cutting it close but I'd say they got away with it.
I can already see the comments claiming other games get a free pass but I can honestly not think of a single game franchise that has been given a free pass for 3 prequels and maintained high reviews.
Spinal  +   940d ago
Well I buy games based on gameplay I love what I see then I buy it. My god of war was posted yesterday I'm sure ill be enjoying every minute of it.

Also ready for the PS4 :)
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   940d ago
The way I see it is that the game hasn't done enough to change up the formula, it's still a great game but it needs shaking up a bit.
7.8 is a very good score and if you're a fan of the series you're going to have a great time with it. Ascension might be the "weakest" in the series but the series has set a very high bar for itself. Chances are it's still a great game and worth your money.
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legionsoup  +   940d ago
HarryMason - that didn't work for Resident Evil 6!
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   940d ago
It worked for Resident Evil 4 though.
Not saying it needs a drastic change on that kind of level. For me personally God Of War is fine the way it is.
I expect big things if they release a God Of War on the PS4 though.
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guitarded77  +   939d ago
I'm playing the game, and it's great so far... I don't understand why EVERY game is expected to change the formula. GoW has become a classic which has tried to be emulated by several other games without the success of GoW, because they cannot build a GoW clone with the quality of gameplay of GoW. When that's the case, you don't have to change s#!t.

Ascension added multiplayer, which would be a change in "formula". I'm so sick of everyone talking about changing the formula... if it ain't broke... I think a 7.5 to a 9 is a reasonable score for this game depending on the reviewer, but for GoW fans like myself, it will be at the higher end of the spectrum. I have a few gripes, like the environments not seeming as dynamic as GoW3. You can't kill random prisoners in cages for orbs, and some items which would seem destructible aren't. But Ascension is a true GoW game, and deserves the attention of fans of the series and Kratos.
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snipes101  +   939d ago
Just because someone tried something new and it blew up in their face isn't justification for stagnation and rehashing. What it means is that the developers went about making a change in entirely the wrong way.
blitz0623  +   939d ago
It didn't work for RE6 because RE6 actually changed up the formula for the WORSE, not better. What HarryMason said is that GoW didn't change a lot of things, which is a good thing because you don't need to fix something that's not broken, and RE6 did that.
GrandTheftZamboni  +   939d ago
Why would anyone expect a quantum leap when the game isn't even called GoW 4? I don't expect it to be much different that GoW 3 in terms of graphics and gameplay. I just want a new story and enemies.
MikeMyers  +   940d ago
I've said it before and I will say it again, if there is a demand they will keep making games. However when the quality starts to dip that's when it's time to take a hiatus for awhile.
j-blaze  +   940d ago
i said it from the beginning this game is going to disappoint, Ascension looks nothing but a boring rehash to me.. so much hype for nothing. the franchise need to die imo...hack n slash fans should look forward to the king of the genre Bayonetta 2
Sizzon  +   940d ago
Lol can I borrow your time machine?

and no this franchise does not need to die, I'm sure GoW 4 will deliver on PS4. Still Ascension is a great game.
GuyManDude  +   939d ago
I'm not spending $387-$440 to play Bayonetta 2.
Skips  +   939d ago
I'm sorry, but the king of the hack n slash genre still belongs to God Of War.

NO hack n slash game has yet to top God Of War III. Until God Of War IV on PS4 comes out. :D
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MysticStrummer  +   939d ago
"king of the genre Bayonetta 2"

lol Not even close.
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StrawberryDiesel420  +   939d ago
At least mention a good game like Metal Gear Rising Revengeance.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   939d ago
The king of hack n slash is any Ninja Gaiden before that horrible NG3. God of War is a close second followed by Bayonetta.
smashman98  +   939d ago
its not fair to call ghost of sparta a prequel when it is actually a sequel
joab777  +   939d ago
While i agree with the review, and lately ign has been fairly slot on, i dont understand the 7.8 unless expectations were so high that even a solid game stood no chance. I look at numbers in comparison and i dont see this game as 2 points lower than GoW3. Its more GoW, and the quality alone deserves an 8. Improvements were made and yes there were expectations that werent met but the fact that we got more GoW before this gen ended...an 8.75.
ritsuka666  +   940d ago
but one that doesn’t quite live up to the pedigree of its predecessors. combined with its tiresome reliance on carbon copy battles against waves of exactly the same enemy"

Agree.. I can understand GoW franchise fatigue over other large franchises. The difference is pretty much every GoW game has been exactly the same, with a few differences here and there. A series like Halo, for example, has tried different things throughout the series.
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AusRogo  +   940d ago
They only difference they done was Halo Wars.. I love Halo, I love God of War, I dont care if they are the same. As long as some things get changed a bit or added (Halo 4 with Spartran Ops and GoW with the multiplayer which is actually pretty good) Halo has been the same.
medziarz  +   940d ago

"the finale is a spectacle I’ll never forget"

"but the lack of any really memorable set-pieces"

The words speak for them selves.
The anti-Sony agenda returns.
The Playstation manufacturer got enough slack already,
things were getting out of control recently...
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snipes101  +   939d ago
"Finale" and "set piece" are not necessarily one in the same. A finale is defined by what takes place while a set piece is more geared toward scenery.

You are using your a poor example to bend people's perception towards something that is not really there.
ILive  +   939d ago
What did Halo do differently in terms of the core mechanics of the gameplay? Yet, ign game Halo 4 an almost perfect score.
medziarz  +   939d ago
Nothing, furthermore ruined a lot of it by making it a CoD clone.
ginsunuva  +   939d ago
stealth troll...
Mystickay86  +   940d ago
Diagreed on the MP part. It's actually pretty good. With them announcing free DLC map packs, I hope it keeps the community active.
sGIBMBR  +   939d ago
I'm yet to try the Multi player as I'm in the UK and the game isn't out to the majority of people over here yet, so I will wait till tomorrow and play with people from my own region.

However the single player is excellent, I don't see a problem with this game at all, it's a true GoW experience. People are just too god damn picky. Just because a game might not be as good as it's previous installment, doesn't mean it's a bad game, it's just that GoW3 set the bar that high.
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SDF Repellent  +   940d ago
Played through 3 hours of the game today and the combat and gameplay is exactly I am expecting from a GOW game, which I love. I need to finished the game to see if I feel any fatigue about the gameplay or not. I am glad IGN took their time with the review and I am sure they went through ever piece of details about the game but I won't read the review because I don;t want to see any spoiler until I had completed the game. I think thus far I will giver it a 8 -8.5 based on the 3 hours I had with the game.
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despair  +   940d ago
I'm still waiting for my copy of the game to arrive but I have to agree somewhat with what I've seen so far in both the demo and videos. Its still a GOW game but after GOWIII it looks a bit too familiar. It will be enjoyable and gorgeous but its time to change the series with GOWIV. Still...will play till I get the platinum :)
FunAndGun  +   940d ago
Totally disagree...the MP is amazing. I would buy it as a stand alone game. I guess gamers are just not into spending time with a mode to learn how to play. They just want to jump in and expect to be a God without understanding gameplay mechanics.

Button mashers get killed, get frustrated, and then say it sucks because they can't grasp how to play. What ever happened to the challenge of learning a game? Gamers are such cowards nowadays and expect everything to fall in their lap.

oh well, doesn't take anything away from me enjoying one of the freshest MP modes in a long ass time.
andibandit  +   940d ago
The MP sucks, after 2 hours you hardly see the point any more.
FunAndGun  +   940d ago
well, what is the point to any MP game???

people have hundreds if not thousands of hours in every MP game out there. They are all repetitive in some regard. It is the competitive nature that keeps people coming back for one more match.

I have almost spent more time with Ascensions MP then I have with GoW3. I have not even started Ascension's SP yet. As a whole package, Ascension is amazing. The MP is full and complete. There is not much to do after you finish a God of War game besides play it again and do the challenges. Ascension allows fans of the God of War universe to play together while adding longevity to the title....instead of just talking about the epic moments of SP.

After I played MP for 2 hours, I was still amazed at what SSM accomplished, and then I played for 5 more hours. I still have yet to reach max level for just one God and there are Three more to go.

If I got murdered online for 2 hours I would say it sucks too. :P

Send me a Friend Request... I would love to see how you button mash, die, and rage over the span of 2 hours. lol

PSN ID: KidCommando
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mattdillahunty  +   939d ago
God of War's combat has been about button mashing square and triangle since the first game, and not much has changed, so i don't know where you're going with your comment. for the record, i'm not saying the series (or even the gameplay) sucks, because it's fun, intense, and visceral. and i've even beaten one or two of them on the hardest difficulty (although icr which one) and got the plats for all three.

but if you want a game with actual challenging combat and a deep, skillful system, GoW is not the place to go, so come off it trying to act like people are just too noobish for it. check out Ninja Gaiden Black or NG2 for a combat system with depth and a serious challenge.
FunAndGun  +   939d ago
I am not talking about SP.

That was about MP and you can't just Square, Square, Triangle in MP or you will die, get frustrated, and say it sucks.
ame22  +   940d ago
The game is not a 7 end of story.
xPhearR3dx  +   939d ago
You're right, it's not a 7. It's a 7.8.
Toman85  +   940d ago
My copy of the game arrive soon. Bought the Collector's Edition of the game. Then I will finish it and see if this game is a 7.8 or more.

It's your opinion that counts for yourself if you like it or not.

Never trusted any reviewers, buying whatever I want.
A site can give a game a 6/10, but for me it can land on 7-9 based on my opinion of a game.
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yaz288  +   940d ago
Gow2 still my favorite from all the series. had the best bosses, most brutal QTE and an Exiting story! (the most badass game I ever played.)

Gow3 although lacked something but was still Amazing!. chains of Olympus was nice, Ghost of Sparta was Awesome! (the story handling on these 3 games lacked something which made the first two game exciting)

The demo of Ascension didn't impress enough but I still think it was decent and the team definitely put allot of effort into. hopefully all this criticism well go to the next game and make it better. The game will still sell regardless anyway.
HiddenMission  +   940d ago
If part 2 was your favorite then you need to go buy Ascension...it's wait for it...even better.

For the longest time part 2 was my favorite in the series but Ascension trumps it on pretty much every level.

Don't go by the demo buy the game and play it...you will see what I mean.

The reviewers leave out a lot of stuff that radically changes the series for the better...trust me I have all the platinums to prove I'm a fan of the franchise!
Y_5150  +   940d ago
Yeah the first boss battle gave me goosebumps!
Heavenly King  +   940d ago
If you enjoyed GOW2 that much, you need to buy ASCENSION.

Watch some playthroughs videos in youtube and you will see this is the best GOW game yet.
TheFallenAngel  +   940d ago
Ghost of Sparta is miles ahead of ascension. God of War 3 is my favorite with God of War 2 as second.
lovegames718  +   940d ago
I bought the collectors edition (by the way statue is awesome) and since ive gotten this game ive been staying up till 4am every night and getting to work tired lol This game is just as awesome as GOW3 and is really good. Imo it is no lower than an 8.5 and i believe it is a 9.

Mp my god its just so addictive. Like someone mentioned above i would also buy it if it was just a standalone mp game. The weapons and special moves are cool. The graphics in mp are literally better than most graphics ive seen during sp and that's insane. All the dynamic events are beautiful and well done. On the Daedelus level you literally are jumping from moving squares during game play and its all done seamlessly. Character armor can be changed and also the colors and skin types. The weapons and the things each do are great!!!

I dont know what ppl want from this game. Fatigue my #ss this game should stay the way it is gameplay wise because it just works. Its not like the devs haven't added things in gameplay and even added a very good mp as well. I swear if it was another game that had the same exact controls and nothing added theyw ould have given it a 9.5 and said "this game stays true to form and is a great addition" 7.8 isnt a bad score but all those 7's ive seen are ridiculous since alot of websites are marking ti down because they say its same old same old smh.
Heavenly King  +   940d ago
Could not agree more with you.
capnjoe217  +   940d ago
Don't you know? "Same old same old" only gets a pass when it's bullet whack-a-mole.
Heavenly King  +   940d ago
I really don't get why most reviewers complain about the single player campaign. For me SP mode is the best of all the GOW games. The gameplay, the soundtrack, the graphics are more refined than ever. The story is good too. So why they rate it that low, I just dont get it.

For me it is the best GOW game yet and deserves at least a 9. The great thing is that everyone who has bought it is enjoying it a lot, so I think the sales will be quite good because of word of mouth, but still reviews like this hurt the franchise.
HiddenMission  +   940d ago

You want the truth well you can't handle the truth :P

All jokes aside there is some important things going on in the gaming press industry that are not good.

1) It's been a long gen and fatigue has set in so existing IP's that are getting sequels are reviewing lower than they should.

2) Reboot IP's are reviewing higher than they should due to their long absences from true AAA status.

3) Ascension in particular's reviews have been marred with absent information...a ton of information regarding the vast improvements to combat, cinematic camera, vast number of varying set pieces have been omitted from reviews.

4) Ascension difficulty spike revealed that reviewers are just pathetic at difficult games and they rarely play beyond easy difficulty. Don't believe me review footage from youtube regarding the trials chapter and compare it to the "high difficulty spike" that reviewers are complaining about.

What does this all mean well it illustrates the biggest issues that have been happening for years in the gaming press world. Issue such as false information or intentionally omitting information to slant review scores, the shallow depth a reviewer consumes of a title before producing the review and lastly the reviewers inability to removed their own personal biased opinions from a review.

Key success to a well established review is providing all of the facts about the title pulled from a deep understand of all the working mechanics and staying impartial...
wenaldy  +   940d ago
Fair enough, im quite busy with Tomb Raider, so i'll buy it in couple of weeks.
Der_Kommandant  +   940d ago
The game isn't a 7.8, but to be fair Santa Monica abused with prequels, as much as i love God of War, we need something different.
HiddenMission  +   940d ago

You do realize Ready at Dawn did the other two sequels right...Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were not done by the Santa Monica Studios.

This was the 1st prequal done by SSMS and it proved that it was stronger than all of the previous titles by a clear margin.
nirosan  +   940d ago
Pretty good score...I'm enjoying the game though alot. There are still scenes in this game that make my jaws drop, it's really good. I would give it a 9/10.
DivineAssault  +   939d ago
i chose to buy tomb raider over this.. im still getting it but not til it drops a bit.. im not interested in the multiplayer & single player is good but not great so ill wait
Game0N  +   939d ago
Dont let this score sway you.this is a must buy. In the top 3 gow games for sure.
chiwoo  +   939d ago
It does not really matter what IGN says GOW fans will buy it regardless which is a good thing.I only played a few hours so far and I can say it's on par with GOW3.Cannot wait till there gears review and se what that game does new
jakmckratos  +   939d ago
I was worried this would be a problem from the moment they said it was a prequel...a prequel where they had already killed off many of the famous Greek figures. The combat is great as ever but this made me think how important it was to God of War to have meaningful enemies to kill. I'm hoping these lukewarm reviews make Santa MOnica realize that it needs to move on for God of War 4 to a new mythology. Norse, Egyptian and Japanese all seem like prime takers
GraveLord  +   939d ago
Here I am enjoying God of War Ascenion multiplayer. This addition alone deserves to be praised.
Shadowolf  +   939d ago
Of course reviews are nothing more than individual insights into a properties pros and cons. With that said our professional insight of IGN's assessment of the game and with all due respect must disagree with the reviewers opinion which is founded on the 7.8/10 rating.

After completing Ascension twice and carefully taking in the complex approach of offering another prequel approach to the series yet again, now on the PS3, Santa Monica Studios definitely delivers an overall amazing experience with Ascension - Here's a review we believe intelligently convey's the Ascension campaign experience - http://game-insider.com/201...
elda  +   939d ago
I'm having FUN with GoW:A & this is my sixth GoW game the last 5 were fun & so is this one!!
younghavok  +   939d ago
Doesnt nintendo get roasted for releasing "the same game over and over?" Why do people care so much what reviewers think? If you like the game buy it. Reviewers hated Red Steel but it was my favorite fps last gen. If ign or whoever doesnt agree with you on the score who cares? Are you enjoying it any less? The industry (fans included) are a screwy bunch. Its okay to complain about everything else until somebody starts complaining about something you like, than its fire and brimstone
ndl1531  +   939d ago
if you love god of war then GET THIS its awesome i dont get these reviews ? wtf is up ? it brings many combat changes . it feels fresh to me and OMG the visuals are amazing. i just dont get all the hate ? i guess its the cool thing right now huh? hate on god of war but trash like call of dudu or modern borefest come along and they get great scores even though they are running on that old tired a$$ game engine with nothing new. it baffles my mind gentlemen so to these reviewers i say F#CK YOU ALL
ndl1531  +   939d ago
this game is no less than a 9 period
StrawberryDiesel420  +   939d ago
Yet every Mario game comes out gets a free pass 9 score. How much has that franchise changed? How about Mario Kart? Games that have a good formula don't stray much from it. How about COD, each one scores well each iteration, what changes have they made? What a shitty excuse to rate a game down, the way it was originally made is now a negative? These reviewers get worse each review.
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Mikey Mike  +   939d ago
The game rocks, f(*& the review. IGN has become to critical of late.
Ikonic  +   939d ago
So this game gets a 7.8 because its the same story concept/combat and CoD gets 9s when they rarely change anything in the game, and the story is always about killing terrorist x,y, or z... Makes sense
chukamachine  +   939d ago
If you like GOD OF WAR, you will buy it.

If you don't you won't.

Don't listen to reviews, just play the game and decide for yourselves/
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