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God of War (2018 video game)
God of War (commonly referred to as God of War 4 or God of War PS4) is an upcoming third-person action-adventure video game in development by Santa Monica Studio and to be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). It is scheduled to be released on April 20, 2018 for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console. It will be the eighth installment in the God of War series, the eighth chronologically, and the sequel to 2010’s God of War III. The story is a new direction for the series, as it will be loosely based on Norse mythology—all previous games were based on Greek mythology. Series protagonist Kratos returns as the main character, and he now has a son named Atreus. Kratos acts as a mentor and protector to his son, and has to master the rage that has driven him for many years.
Described as a “reimagining” for the franchise, the gameplay has been completely rebuilt, with one major change being that Kratos no longer uses his signature double-chained blades. He instead uses a magical battle axe called the Leviathan Axe. Another notable change is the camera. The game uses an over-the-shoulder free camera as opposed to the fixed cinematic camera seen in the previous entries. There will also be elements similar to role playing games and Kratos’ son Atreus can provide assistance during gameplay. A short text-based game called God of War: A Call from the Wilds was released on February 1, 2018 through Facebook Messenger, and follows Atreus on his first adventure into the Norse wilds.
While the first seven games were loosely based on Greek mythology, this new installment will be based on Norse mythology. Barlog explained the transition: “it’s kind of this BC–AD change over kind of thing. We’re moving and starting from zero and kind of moving forward on that.” Before settling on Norse mythology, Egyptian mythology was also considered. Barlog said that half of the team was for it, but since “there’s a lot more about civilization – it’s less isolated, less barren”, they decided on the Norse setting because they wanted the focus to stay on Kratos: “Having too much around distracts from that central theme of a stranger in a strange land.” In explaining why Kratos is now in the Norse world, Barlog said that different cultures’ belief systems coexisted, but they were “separated by geography”, suggesting that Kratos traveled from Greece to Norway (Scandinavia) after the conclusion of God of War III. Barlog also confirmed that this game predates the Vikings; it is the time in which their gods walked the Earth. Throughout the game, players will be able to visit some of the nine realms of Norse mythology.
This is my review for God of War PS4 or God of War 4. It will also have a review by sites like IGN and GameSpot.