The long road ahead

Play (UK) - - Welcome - Josh West deputy edi­tor @Origamikid PSN: Origamikid

Kratos has changed.

Can you re­ally blame him? He has, af­ter all, been on this twisted jour­ney for twelve long years. The leg­endary Spar­tan war­rior has spent most of that time suc­cumb­ing to his dark­est in­stincts, im­mers­ing him­self in the most vis­ceral lev­els of vi­o­lence imag­in­able. Get­ting his hands around the guts of the gods seems to be the only thing that can sat­isfy his lust for blood. His des­per­ate search for re­venge has been a long and lonely path; hon­estly, it’s all a lit­tle ex­haust­ing. Kratos has changed, God Of War has changed and, guess what, we’ve all changed too.

God Of War made its de­but back in 2005 on the Plays­ta­tion 2. The land­scape of the in­dus­try has shifted sig­nif­i­cantly in that time. De­vel­oper Sony Santa Mon­ica un­der­stands this, and it has up­dated God Of War ac­cord­ingly. And lis­ten, we will be the first to ad­mit it, your first steps through the new Norse world will feel strange – per­haps a lit­tle un­nat­u­ral. The new cam­era, the new weapons, and the some­what stoic hero will all feel un­fa­mil­iar. And yet, as you be­gin to sink your teeth (and a hand­ful of hours) into God Of War you’ll quickly come to re­alise that this was all for the best. The play­ers that made God Of War a suc­cess have grown up – it makes per­fect sense that the se­ries should grow up along with them.

This is a truly brilliant re­boot for the se­ries. Achiev­ing some­thing on the scale of God Of War

is no easy ac­com­plish­ment – we had so many ques­tions. So we went off in search of answers. In­side this is­sue of Play you’ll find a deep dive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what makes God Of War tick, as told by its game di­rec­tor, Cory Bar­log.

You’ll also find an ex­haus­tive look into XCOM: En­emy Un­known’s spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor Phan­tom Doc­trine and a deep ex­plo­ration of Fron­tier’s epic new man­age­ment-sim, Juras­sic World Evo­lu­tion. I find my­self say­ing this ev­ery month, but there truly has never been a bet­ter time to be a PS4 gamer. The qual­ity of ex­pe­ri­ences we are re­ceiv­ing right now is ridicu­lous and I hon­estly can’t wait to see what comes next.

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