NZGamer: "God of War has earned itself something of a reputation; it seems that if you've got a PlayStation console of some sort and are an action fan, you're a bit bonkers if you don't own at least one of these games. Games don't tend to earn that sort of reputation through marketing alone, as that sort of hype will only get the disc to your drive. From there, the only thing that'll stop it going straight up on Trade Me is if it's actually any good. God of War, it turns out, is generally very good. So very good, in fact, that a new release in the series sets expectations so high it's hard to imagine how any game (even a God of War) could live up to it."