Review: God of War: Ascension | iLLGaming

“Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact… same fucking thing… over and over again expecting… shit to change… That. Is. Crazy.”, Vaas Montenegro, Far Cry 3.

No you haven’t stumbled on the wrong article, nor is this an error from our end. This is indeed our review of God of War: Ascension. But what does that iconic quote from last year’s Far Cry 3 have anything to do with it? Well, surprisingly, everything.

God of War: Ascension is the second in the series on the PS3. Considering that each game was infinitely better than the last, I was skeptical about how it could ever top the sheer insanity that was God of War 3. And if you’re not looking to add another God of War game to your collection, you’ll be relieved. Well, at least not for the single-player.

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LessThan2Tflops1726d ago

Good review, multiplayer was fun for a couple hours but I think it only has 5 maps

badz1491725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

a freakin 6/10? same thing over and over? ooohh...sure! I think that makes every CoD, AC and every Mario (except maybe Galaxy) this gen deserve 6/10 at the most too, right?

Ryder491725d ago

Uh they don't deserve a 6/10?

Coming from a fan of AC, CoD and Mario...

slapsta721725d ago

people giving this game low scores seem to not grasp the fact that it has been 3 yrs since gow3.

this isn't a yearly cash grab release...

badz1491725d ago

just ignore them as the game is awesome!

Good_Guy_Jamal1725d ago

Lets take a look at what you're saying and see if it's got any merit. I'm going to list all the God of War games that SONY have published for the PS3 and their release years.
God of War Collection 2009 (Ps3)
God of War III 2010 (Ps3)
God of War Origins Collection 2011 (Ps3)
God of War Saga 2012 (Ps3)
God of War Ascension 2013 (Ps3)
There has been a God of War game released on the ps3 in one form or another each year since 2009. Sounds like a yearly cash grab to me, especially since 3 out 5 of those games are just re-releases of previous games. If that doesn't say cash grab, I dunno what does.

Good_Guy_Jamal1725d ago

I see a disagree, but I see no arguement to the contrary.

Skips1725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

LMFAO! Collections are pretty much just bundles on sale buddy.

Comparable to how Steam does a lot of their "bundles".

Is it considered milking when Valve puts together their games and release them at a much lower price on Steam? Only difference is these are physical bundles and what Valve does is all digital.


Doesn't matter how you try to spin it kiddo. The fact is the only full fledged God Of War games on PS3 are God Of War 3 and Ascension.

Ezz20131725d ago

you still count HD ports as new games ?!
we only got 2 real ps3 games on ps3 the rest are 2 psp games and 2 ps2 games

halo games on xbox360 (alone) and non of them are HD ports :

halo 3
halo wars
halo odst
halo reach
halo 4

5 halo games on xbox 360 + i didn't count halo HD remake
2 halo games on xbox1
and still more to come on 720 confirmed by MS and 343!

now this IS milking ..but of course you won't admit it ;)

Aceman181725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

why in the hell would you count HD remakes, and collections as main releases on the PS3?

sorry dude there have only been 2 main GoW games this generation on the PS3, take BS elsewhere.

this review and all those that are below an 8 are BS imo. i'm having a great time so far with the single player.

Good_Guy_Jamal1725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

I counted them because this was a topic abut cashing in. Making collections every year of the same games over and over IS cashing in. LOL @ calling them bundles though, nice spin. Re-releasing a games that were previously only available on another platform is bundling now? Got it!

Not sure what Halo has to do with this Ezz, if you ask me if MS cashes in on Halo I'd admit it very easily. They do. Sony does the same with God of War but worse so because they re-release the same games more than once.

In one generation Sony have released
2 PSP God of War games
2 PS3 God of War games
2 Remaster collections
1 Saga collection.
They've cashed in on the GoW IP 7 times since 2008. 7 times in 5 years.

Skips1725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

"LOL @ calling them bundles though, nice spin. Re-releasing a games that were previously only available on another platform is bundling now? Got it!"

Are you stupid or something? Here buddy, you obviously need the dictionary to understand what bundling means for ANY product.


Definition #3 - "a package offering related products or services at a single price"

That's EXACTLY what the God Of War Collections are smart one. LMFAO!!!!!!! HAHAHA! Nobody's trying to spin anything but you kiddo. XD

And if what YOU'RE saying is true. Then I guess Valve is the worst offender of them all considering all of those collections/bundles they re-release through Steam sales right?

Fact is:
Last Handheld Generation (PSP) - Chains Of Olympus, and Ghost Of Sparta.

Current Console Generation (PS3) - GOWIII, and Ascension.

Re-releases are just bundling up all the games together so the customer can by them ALL at a low price. Same EXACT THING that Valve does. JUST IN PHYSICAL FORM.

ILive1725d ago

Not everyone owns a PSP, so your logic is kind of flawed. If they all came out on the ps3, then you could have an argument. But if we were to look at the ones that came out in consoles, we've only seen four entries, spanning two consoles. Unlike gears of war where there have been four entries on one console.

But I really don't understand what it is about the game, for it is better than previous console entries in every aspect.

hulk_bash19871725d ago

@Jamal talk about flawed logic there buddy. There have been 2 count them.....2 GOW games on the PS3 this gen. I hate people calling this a milked franchise when. Assassins Creed released 5 games this gen, Halo released 4, Call of Duty released 6 and Gears released 4.

Hingle_Mcringleberry1725d ago

Why are you retards saying there have only been 2 games on PS3? God of War HD Collection, is that not a blu-ray game that is only playable on PS3? Is that not a game? God of War Origins Collection, is it not a ps3 game only playable on ps3?
How are those not PS3 games?? It's milked to the point that they've remastered psp and ps2 games so that each and every year they release a God of War game to make money off the IP.
At least CoD and Halo and Assassin's Creed milk with DIFFERENT games, God of War is the same games over and over, recycled and re-recycled to make more money. Milk. Plain and simple.

DigitalRaptor1725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

@ Hingle_Mcringleberry

F**king priceless. A renowned troll comparing milk to milk. Calling people retards for the same "retardation" himself.

"At least CoD and Halo and Assassin's Creed milk with DIFFERENT games, God of War is the same games over and over, recycled and re-recycled to make more money. Milk. Plain and simple."

So you basically just said that CoD, Halo and AC do indeed milk, so that is milk. Plain and simple. But then you proceed to call out GOW for also being milk, but in a worse way? Ooookaaaayyy... So what would you say, is the milk creamier in Sony land?

Where the actual difference lies, numb-skull, is that the outcome of a franchise is dictated by their current offerings, not their "repackagings".

God of War's offerings this gen have been 2 original games on PS3. 2 original games on PSP. One in 2008, two in 2010 and one in 2013. How these games are sold is Sony's BUSINESS. You might as well call Valve the kings of milk for putting on bundle sales on games. It's the same sh*t on a different day on a different platform. But those of us with more than a spec of dust in our noggins know that what Valve does, they do to make more money. Is it to the detriment of their franchises? Hardly. Is it a detriment to their consumers? Hardly. Yet as far as Sony is concerned, they can't do business unless it's on your terms of what is considered "milking", right? Funny that.

If you actually understood business, you'd know that the portable and home console market are different... MARKETS. Remastering happens in the film and television business too. It's called "HIGHER-DEFINITION". Perhaps you're not used to that, or just don't know enough about the industry, but as far as the industry is concerned, double-dipping is a consumer choice.

hulk_bash19871725d ago

Lol now I know youre trolling. Gtfo with that stupid a** logic.

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Lvl_up_gamer1725d ago

So now games should be reviewed on their frequency over their gameplay and what is being offered?


Sony fanboys always manage to come up with new excuses to avoid accepting the truth.

DigitalRaptor1725d ago (Edited 1725d ago )

And what truth is that?

The fact that on technical merit, Ascension is at least as good as God of War 3 and that it offers something new (multiplayer) despite the shouts of "more of the same", whilst other franchises get away from the same criticism scott free?

Notice how Assassin's Creed Brotherhood got resounding acclaim for its inclusion of multiplayer, despite the fact that it wasn't as good a game as AC2. See where the hypocrisy lies? People will focus on what they want to downplay at any one moment.

Yeah come back to me when you've actually played GOW: Ascension to know that it is nowhere near 6/10 in terms of quality.

Reviews are supposed to speak to the entire market, not just fans of the series who might or might not be fatigued by the game's signature traits.

justlikeme1725d ago

That quote was from Albert Einstein.

GamerzElite1725d ago

LOL, Does they have balls to gave same score to a COD game?

GamerzElite1725d ago

I found some reviews on their site:

Skyrim V - 7.5
Far Cry 3 - 7.4
Dead Space 3 - 6.5
Crysis 3 - 6.7
Assassin’s Creed III - 8.7

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