There is no denying that Sony’s God of War franchise has been their big trump card for eight years. Even though the three main console games had three different creative directors with David Jaffe at the helm for the original, Cory Barlog with the second, and Stig Asmussen with the franchise’s conclusion, another new director steps in to lead Sony Santa Monica with God of War: Ascension, a prequel that takes place before the events of the first game. Todd Papy and his team had great ambitions for Ascension ranging from not only delivering another satisfying and epic campaign starring Kratos, but also taking new steps with the franchise by the addition of multiplayer. Sony Santa Monica was able to succeed on one half of this anticipated prequel, but disappointed on the other and it is not what you expect from this series. God of War: Ascension takes one step forward and two steps back in this aging franchise.