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_Jamal1834d 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.

Spinal1834d 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 :)

HarryMasonHerpderp1834d ago (Edited 1834d 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.

legionsoup1834d ago

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

HarryMasonHerpderp1834d ago (Edited 1834d 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.

guitarded771834d ago (Edited 1834d 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.

snipes1011834d 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.

blitz06231834d 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.

GrandTheftZamboni1834d 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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MikeMyers1834d 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-blaze1834d 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

Sizzon1834d 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.

GuyManDude1834d ago

I'm not spending $387-$440 to play Bayonetta 2.

Skips1834d ago (Edited 1834d 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

MysticStrummer1834d ago

"king of the genre Bayonetta 2"

lol Not even close.

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StrawberryDiesel4201834d ago

At least mention a good game like Metal Gear Rising Revengeance.

TheRealHeisenberg1834d 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.

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smashman981834d ago

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

joab7771834d 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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ritsuka6661834d ago (Edited 1834d 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.

AusRogo1834d 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.

medziarz1834d ago (Edited 1834d 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...

snipes1011834d 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.

ILive1834d ago

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

medziarz1834d ago

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

Mystickay861834d 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.

sGIBMBR1834d 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 Repellent1834d ago (Edited 1834d 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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