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.

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Good_Guy_Jamal1951d 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.

Spinal1951d 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 :)

HarryMasonHerpderp1951d ago (Edited 1951d 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.

legionsoup1951d ago

HarryMason - that didn't work for Resident Evil 6!

HarryMasonHerpderp1951d ago (Edited 1951d 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.

guitarded771951d ago (Edited 1951d 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.

snipes1011951d 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.

blitz06231951d 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.

GrandTheftZamboni1951d 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.

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MikeMyers1951d 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.

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smashman981951d ago

its not fair to call ghost of sparta a prequel when it is actually a sequel

joab7771951d 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 8.75.

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ritsuka6661951d ago (Edited 1951d 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.

AusRogo1951d 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.

medziarz1951d ago (Edited 1951d 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...

snipes1011951d 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.

ILive1951d ago

What did Halo do differently in terms of the core mechanics of the gameplay? Yet, ign game Halo 4 an almost perfect score.

medziarz1951d ago

Nothing, furthermore ruined a lot of it by making it a CoD clone.

Mystickay861951d 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.

sGIBMBR1951d 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 Repellent1951d ago (Edited 1951d 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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