The long road ahead
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.