God of War III Remastered comes to the PS4 and looks better than ever. However, does it really add anything new to the PS3 original that came out back in 2010?
When God of War III was released for the PS3 five years ago, it was one of the best looking console games ever released. At the time, the graphics were close to the CGI you would see from a Hollywood movie. Five years on, the game still looks pretty good.
God of War III Remastered slightly improves on the already impressive visuals. The resolution jumps from 720p to 1080p and it now runs at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second.
The differences are noticeable if you own a TV bigger than 40 inches. For anyone else, the changes are too subtle for you to really pinpoint anything different from the PS3 version. If you already own the PS3 version, the upgrade to PS4 won’t be necessary.
Sony did announce a few months ago that God of War III Remastered is aimed for gamers that never played the original game. According to the company, around 40 percent of PS4 owners did not have a PS3 console previously.
For newcomers to the franchise, God of War III Remastered is a real treat because it’s an epic and action packed hack-and-slash game that never gets boring. From the beginning until the very end, there is never a dull moment in this game.
The God of War series thrives due to its high level of violent action and epic scale. Even during the tutorial, you will see Kratos walking across the titan Gaia as she climbs to the top of Mount Olympus. It’s a grand sight that you rarely see from any other game out there.
If you are new to the series, you may have to go back and read up on what it going on. The story doesn’t give you any detail on what has happened in the previous games. Not to mention newcomers might be amazed at how ruthless Kratos is.
Main characters are usually noble and are good role models. Someone like Batman doesn’t kill his enemies and would never hurt innocent people. If there is one flaw in the God of War games, it’s that players are forced to be bloodthirsty killers and that’s what Kratos is.
Kratos doesn’t show any mercy and sympathy for anybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s an enemy or innocent people. He has one goal in mind and that’s to get revenge on the Gods. I feel the game could have been slightly more interesting if it added a morality system that led to different outcomes.
Gameplay wise, God of War III Remastered is excellent. The hack-and-slash gameplay never gets repetitive and the controls are easy to master. Kratos has a lot of cool animations that are violent and full of blood.
Throughout the game, Kratos gets new weapons and magic attacks that he can use as well. To spice up the gameplay even further, there are puzzles to solve and numerous platform sections where Kratos is forced to jump and/or climb.
Kratos will face lots of bosses in God of War III Remastered and most of them are huge and overwhelming. Thankfully, they’re not too hard to overcome and quick time events allow you to finish them off in style.
The only fault that I can find in the gameplay is the outdated camera system. The God of War series has a fixed camera system that might be a pain to some people. Maybe the camera system will finally change when an original PS4 release is due out sometime in the future.
If you are new to the God of War series, God of War III Remastered is a must buy if you love action and violence. It’s like if the Mortal Kombat series were ever turned into a third-person action game, you’ll get God of War.
However, God of War III Remastered sadly offers virtually nothing new if you already played the PS3 original. The visuals aren’t all that different and the gameplay is exactly the same. Only newcomers should get this.