GXC: "God of War has always been about power, rage, and revenge. Kratos gets angry at some god, titan, or other mythical creature, then rips their heart out. God of War: Ascension doesn’t lack in the heart tearing, but it has lost a bit of its rage and revenge. This softer side of Kratos is a bit awkward at first, but ultimately, it matters little to the amount of carnage and overall gruesomeness in this game. God of War: Ascension begs a lot of questions, but the most important of which is this: Does Ascension live up to the epic nature of its predecessor? Or does this prequel merely serve as an unneeded episode in a worn out series?"