Resolution Magazine writes: "God of War has always taken delight in its kills, showing in vivid detail the stabbings and punchings that Kratos doles out to those who serve as ambiguous targets for his revenge. But this is suddenly, strikingly different. You're still pressing the buttons that make Kratos beat the living snot out of the Lord of the Sea, but you're doing it through the eyes of Poseidon. As in, you press circle, and suddenly you're punching yourself. You're watching Kratos punch the screen, until finally he grabs Poseidon's head, your head, and holds his thumbs over you. Press R2 and L2, the screen prompts. What, so that I can gouge my own eyes out? Are you mental?"