Hideki Kamiya, creator of Capcom's Devil May Cry franchise, has spoke of his lofty ambitions to "make a game that exceeds God of War's sequel".
Speaking with US publication Electronic Gaming Monthly, Kamiya commented, "Out of all those action titles, there's one game that I am paying really close attention to, that I think is a rival game, a good game, which is called God of War 3."
"So there's like a wall for your imagination or ideas, and when you're actually creating something, you don't even see the wall. But with GOW, I felt like I saw beyond the wall," he said.
"I felt like they created the game in a very good way which managed to bring in the users, they gave you a huge impactful feeling right in the beginning, and just drew you into the game. So I'm very impressed that they made the game like that."
Kamiya, who is currently working on the action title Bayonetta, was decidedly less enthusiastic in regards to Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series.
"I've never played Ninja Gaiden, and to be honest, I'm not that interested," he said, explaining, "the quality that gets you interested in something is that you feel something for them" and "Ninja Gaiden just didn't have that power".