God of War 2016 vs 2017 vs 2018 Trailer Early Graphics Comparison

Cyckiewicz writes: "Here it is folks . God of War release date set to 20.04.2018 and a brand new gameplay trailer showing gorgeous graphics making this game right now the best looking title on PS4 in my humble opinion. I also noticed that there is one particular scene that we already may have seen during very first video of GoW revealed back in 2016 during E3. Let’s compare that scene and check how the game evolved since then.
How do you like the changes?"

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AspiringProGenji2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

The giant serpent looks slightly better now and Kratos still has lots of details on him. The other scenes seem to have different lighting so I can't really tell... where kratos is pulling the axe the background looks foggy, but Kratos looks brighter.

looking really good. Sony devs don't downgrade

EatCrow2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

The shadows of the earlier build are much more natural and cinematic. Every studio downgrades. Some more noticeably then others (ubisoft). Even naughty dog. Every single studio downgrades but it is part of the development process. Optimization is the last or one of the last steps probably and therefore sacrifices all around need to be made to keep things consistent throughout,.

TheKingKratos2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

This is the same idiot who claim HZD and UC4 were downgraded and DF and others plus the awards for graphics prove him wrong

Eonjay2317d ago

2018 looks better in my opinion. it doesn't look like an upgrade or a downgrade. It just looks completely different in some scenes. Lighting to be honest is better in the new one. I think the older one is darker for cinematic trailer proposes or maybe their vision of certain areas is different or maybe there is a time of day thing here.

TheKingKratos2317d ago

No my logic is not off
where is DF article about HZD downgrade ?
I think it's better to leave this stuff for guys who know what they are doing and not someone who is knowen to show low quality videos for Sony exclusives to scream downgrade

also we don't know if the misty scene with the snake is the same scene as the bright one
why not it's a different scene where they meet again in a different time in the day since the boy told kratos the snake want to help and maybe it asked them to bring the head we see in the trailer later .

EatCrow2317d ago


Go ahead. You can leave the thinking to other people if you choose to.
Graphics have nothing to do with technical aspects of the game. Realism is not subjective. Pixelated shadows with hard edges vs smooth transitions can be an artistic choice but one is more realistic then the other. This is not subjective.

Only one screaming "Downgrade" seems to be you.

AspiringProGenji2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

You first need to differentiate a downgrade From a change. Ubisoft downgrades are another level of downgrades, while here just because SSM changed the background and slighty redesigned the serpent (look as his nose) doesn’t mean it is a downgrade. Every other detail still remains there, only the foggy background gave it more focus, while this background gives it more light

It was cinematic trailer so maybe that is why you find it “more natural” even tho the serpent still looks natural.

DialgaMarine2317d ago

“Even Naughty Dog”

Guess you missed the DF videos, huh? Or you’re conveniently ignoring them.

DrumBeat2317d ago

So many trees and much of the foliage is missing in the new build. It still looks great, but why can't people be honest?

Silly gameAr2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

Always has to be people like you in articles like this imagining downgrades, even when there are none.

EatCrow2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

Its because they're passionate about it. No fault of their own. Its the downside of these chats. You have a bunch of people who may never have had to face real criticism. Criticism is all over the Design and Art Industry. Criticism is meant to help the project or improve upon it. These guys defending the downgrade just dont know how you could possibly love it and still critique it.

The serpents look drastically different. Its the same serpent but with a different coat of paint. Different shadows. Different looking skin, etc. Where you notice the shadow differnce the most would be around the eyes and the nose section. Just compare the two and youll notice a blockiness to the nose on the current build vs the prev .

The teeth and mouth look more real as well. The way that the light plays off the left side of the snakes head and the left side of the nose is a lot more realistic then the current one which has shiny light all over the face. Then looking at just the noses you can tell that the one on the left, older, has more realistic detail. And it almost look as if there is breath coming out of the nostrils. Whereas with the newer build all of that is lost.

StrangerX2317d ago

You have a good eye! the draw distance is less in the new build, Kratos has more muddy textures in arms just like the snake creature which in the older build looked like a CGI but in this build you can observe its a graphic model but very close to the original and enemy detail is less and more blurry, the global illumination or light reflection in the surfaces are minimized plus even the water reflection is little even on daylight compared to the earlier build. still the game looks very good. like any game developer they always show a representation of what its almost gonna be and usually they have to do some adjustments and it's understandable. I'm being honest here with what I see from this video, nothing more and nothing less.

AspiringProGenji2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

Missing trees and bushes is not a downgrade lol. Who isn’t being honest cherry picking? That area was just slighty changed

Where’s the drastic difference? You realize both are in a different weather condition right?

IamTylerDurden12317d ago

Sony typically doesn't downgrade, in reality they often upgrade their games. Games like GT Sport, Driveclub, Uncharted, HZD and even exclusives like The Order were arguably better looking at launch. Please don't include Sony in the company of publishers like Ubisoft and Microsoft in terms of downgrading.

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Imalwaysright2317d ago

Yes they do even even if their games still look incredible. As for GOW to me is the new graphics king on PS4.

UCForce2317d ago

Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn were both best looking game of 2016 and 2017 according to Digital Foundry and NX Gamer.

EatCrow2317d ago

Definitely. Nothing comes close so far. But then of course theres Last of Us 2.

And well earned but it doesnt mean they dont downgrade. The word downgrade when applied to these devs means a slight visual fidelity reduction. With other devs its a much more serious case.
The water scene where nathan drake wakes up...for instance. Its a complete change and downgrade from the initial reveal.
Awards for graphics does not equal no downgrade. They can be downgraded and still be the best looking games out there. Your logic is way off.

Imalwaysright2317d ago

That NX guy was the one that had the nerve to say that Uncharted 4 wasn't downgraded from the reveal wasn't he? Digital Foundry were the ones that said that for honor felt good running at 30 fps when comparing the game running at 60 fps on PC weren't they? Sorry but what they say to me is pretty much irrelevant. I prefer my eyes over what they say.

DialgaMarine2317d ago

Not only that, HZD was a technical marvel that likely won’t be surpassed until next gen or its sequel. The fact that it was 100% open world and so alive made its beautiful graphics that much more impressive. I don’t think any enemy ever is nearly as impressive as the Thunderjaw.

DrumBeat2317d ago

UC4 and Lost Legacy were absolute visual powerhouses. I'll simply have to wait to play God of War before I reach a verdict. Still, I've never seen anything like Naughty Dog's last two games.

Incredible visuals.

dantesparda2316d ago


Just as what you say is irrelevant to all of us.

Imalwaysright2316d ago (Edited 2316d ago )


Yeah the buthurt disagrees from ps fanboys such as yourself and your comment are proof of it aren't they?

dantesparda2314d ago (Edited 2314d ago )

The only thing that sounds "butthurt" around here is you, with you all over this thread whining, now quit your whining.

And p.s. i dont bother with disagrees, i just straight up tell people what i think of their opinions.

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MegamanXXX2317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

The graphics looks good enough and looks phenomenaI! I just want to play the game! Like right now! At the end of the day what really matters is playing a great game! I rather play a good game with decent graphics than a game with great graphics that sucks. There's a lot of games like that but I won't name them

sprinterboy2317d ago

I'm hoping the side quests are interesting, that's my biggest gripe with most open world environments.

dantesparda2316d ago

"There's a lot of games like that but I won't name them"

Yeah, like Gears, Forza and Forza Horizon. Good graphics, boring/sucky games.