GOD OF WAR III: REMASTERED

Kratos’ Zeus-pum­melling quest is re­born on PS4, in one crisp, killer pack­age

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTENTS -

You’d think we’d all be sick of HD do-overs by now, but when a re­dux is as beau­ti­fully han­dled as Kratos’ PS4 bow, it’s hard to grum­ble. Quite frankly, God Of War III: Remastered man­ages a ti­tanic tech­ni­cal leap over the orig­i­nal game, breath­ing fresh life into a still stel­lar (if slightly age­ing) clas­sic. It’s tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of the orig­i­nal art as­sets that this re­mas­ter looks so damn hand­some. Few of the PS3 game’s tex­tures or mod­els have been tweaked for this PS4 port, partly be­cause they looked so ruddy good to be­gin with. In­stead, Whole­sale Al­go­rithms con­cen­trated on bump­ing the res­o­lu­tion to 1080p (up from 720p), and in­creas­ing the fram­er­ate to a but­tery 60fps (the PS3 ver­sion is locked at 30fps). The lat­ter upgrade im­proves com­bat tremen­dously, and there’s now a snappy feel to con­trols dur­ing fights that poor old PS3 sim­ply couldn’t de­liver.

Away from tech­ni­cal tin­ker­ing, the core God Of War III ex­pe­ri­ence re­mains as sturdy as Kratos’ al­ways- ag­i­tated abs, even seven years on. Few ac­tion games since have matched the Spar­tan’s di­vine com­bat model, let alone bet­tered it. GOW III’s per­sis­tent charm is also a great ad­vert for ef­fec­tive pac­ing – space your thrills out prop­erly, and a game’s ap­peal will last in­def­i­nitely.

Kratos the char­ac­ter may have aged poorly when com­pared to fully fleshed-out mod­ern he­roes like Hori­zon: Zero Dawn’s Aloy, but there’s no deny­ing his Mount Olym­pus mur­der­fest re­mains a crack­ing ac­tion ti­tle. Of course, the next time we see Kratos on PS4, the Spar­tan will be a whole lot more pa­ter­nal and beardier, prob­a­bly more char­ac­ter­ful though likely no less murdery. This Greek blast from the past is fun. Now bring on the Norse slaugh­ter!

“THERE’S NOW A SNAPPY FEEL TO CON­TROLS DUR­ING FIGHTS.”

The game in­cludes a photo mode. Smile for the cam­era, Kratos!

FOR­MAT PS4 RE­LEASED 2015 PUB SONY DEV WHOLE­SALE AL­GO­RITHMS

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