God of War Concept Art Reveals Norse Mythology

The God of War franchise has to be one of Sony’s biggest exclusives, with the protagonist Kratos battling monsters and demons as he faces off against some of the biggest and badest creatures from Greek mythology. Some uncovered God Of War concept art may have revealed the next pantheon to face Kratos’s wrath, beware the Norse gods.

The concept art was uncovered by NerdLeaks who located the images on the personal website of an artist who is known to have worked at Santa Monica Studio, the development studio behind the God of War franchise, in 2015. Since the leak both NerdLeaks twitter and website have been inaccessible, but not before others had managed to grab the images for everyone to see.

With the concept art mentioning Kratos by name, it’s safe to say that it was for the game series. The image below shows sleek stone buildings, meant to represent the world of Alfheim, home of the faeries while the forests of Vanaheimr are lethal with the exception of the plants shown in the concept art, revealing several plants that could aid or assist the warrior in his journey.

Could this all be a hoax? Could it be a clever tease to gauge interest in the idea before the reveal of a new game? Who knows the answer, but with the internet seeking the answers it would seem that people want to see Kratos fight off against gods like Thor and Loki while battling giant beasts like the wolf Fenrir and even the dragon Jormugand.

You can find all the images here. What do you think? Would you like to see Kratos face off against the Norse gods or is there another pantheon that needs to face his wrath?

God of War III Remastered Coming to PS4 – Release Date and Trailer Released

Ten years ago the original God of War launched, which only goes and makes me feel that little bit older! So what better way to celebrate the release, than with a new HD remaster of the 3rd game in the iconic series. Well, other than a new game in the series.

The game is porting over nicely, but while I must admit that the original God of War III game is still a fantastic looking game that doesn’t really need a remaster, I guess this re-release of sorts is more aimed at those who missed it on the last generation, bringing the game to a new audience. It’ll also make a nice warm up for whatever the studio has planned for the series in the hopefully not too distant future. Check out the trailer and screenshots, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

God of War III Remastered will be hitting the PlayStation 4 in July.

New God of War Game Officially Confirmed at PSX

It’s official, the new God of War is on its way! This game was inevitable and it has been teased and in the past, but up until now, next to nothing was known. Unfortunately, we still know next to nothing!

God of War is one of the top franchises for Sony, so it was only a matter of time that this game would show up and given that this is still an early announcement, we would expect you’ll not see the game until around the time of next Summers big gaming events such as E3 and Gamescom. I’ll even take a shot at guessing its release date, which I would expect to be in October 2015, but as is often the case, it could also launch in the Easter 2016 window; as many games do.

Is Kratos still the star of the show, or will we take control of a new god and a fresh set of mythology? I can’t wait to find out!

Thank you DualShockers for providing us with this information.

A New God of War is Coming, but Many Details Remain Shrouded in Mystery

T.C Carson, the official voice of Kratos in the legendary God of War series is already rumoured to have been back in the studio, working hard on the next iteration in this iconic PlayStation bound series.

There are still a huge vast of details unknown about the game, all that is known is that “something” is in the works, but what shape or form the game will take remains to be seen.

Fans of the series (myself included) still have some unanswered questions, for starters we don’t know where Kratos body is. One of the few rumours we’ve heard suggests a new trilogy with a new set of mythology behind it, possibly even a new lead for the series, although it seems certain that Kratos would still take some role either way.

One of the few details of the series known is that the developers acknowledge the games development and story “are in good hands.”

Personally I do enjoy taking Kratos out for a spin, but perhaps it’s time to let another god to the fighting, especially when Norse mythology is so ripe for the picking.

Thank you ShotsfiredTV for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of ShotsfiredTV.

Lighter PS Vita Heading To North America This Spring

The lighter and slimmer PlayStation Vita was released in Japan at the end of last year, and a few days ago it was also launched in the UK, now Sony have confirmed that the new hardware will be heading to the US as part of a $200 combo that will include the Vita version of Borderlands 2 or God of War 1 and 2.

The Wi-Fi-only version of the PS Vita Slim features a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 Core processor, SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB of RAM, 128MB of VRAM, and a resolution of 960 x 540. It measures 183.6 x 85.1 x 15mm and weighs 219g, 5 per cent lighter and 20 per cent slimmer than the original Vita.

One of the biggest changes in the Vita slim is that Sony have dropped the expensive OLED display in favour of LCD, this goes a long way to improving battery life on the hand held, something that will prove useful on those long journeys when you’re away from a plug socket.

Thank you Pocket Lint for providing us with this information.

God of War: Ascension PlayStation 3 Review

God of War and the PlayStation brand have been the best of friends ever since the game first launched on the PlayStation 2 back in 2005, but 8 years is a long time and since the first God of War title there is certainly time for chance, even more so given that this is now the 6th console release for the series if you could the HD re-releases of the PSP games (which I will, because they were brilliant).

Sony Santa Monica Studio are one of the most talented and capable gaming studios out there and they’ve been instrumental in the crafting of the God of War series, which is in my opinion the finest hack and slash series to date and given the series has seen sales in the millions, I think many would agree with me on that one.

One thing that must be made clear is that Ascension is essentially a prequel to the original God of War series, depicting a time before the Titans and many of the Olympian Gods, right back to when the Primordials were forging the Earth, but after war broke out the Furies, guardians who punish those deemed guilty arrived and punished Aegaeon for breaking a blood oath to Zeus, turning his giant body into the Prison of the Damned as punishment. It’s all a bit complicated really, but it essentially boils down to the servants of the gods breaking their oath and the gods getting extremely angry. Naturally Kratos is one of these oath breakers and finds himself punished for breaking his oath to Ares. The game essentially takes place over the three weeks prior to your capture and anything after that isn’t worth spoiling of course and while the previous title (GOWIII) saw you exploding all kinds of magical environment surrounding Sparta, the bulk of Ascension takes place in and around the giant statue of Apollo, with a few surrounding areas thrown in for good measure including an epic battle at sea.

Sony Santa Monica have shown their true ability once again and as with every other God of War title, the levels and set pieces are true masterpieces of both style, design and function. The world around you is one giant challenge and it can be a couple of hours before you find yourself back where you started, able to open another door, take another path and unravel the labyrinth of challenges that you find yourself with. Each area of the game seems to hold a bigger challenge than the last, both im a physical and mental capacity. While from the out side the GoW series can seem like a dumb hack a slash adventure, that is so far from the truth and the developers are the masters of cryptic puzzles that see you using a set of abilities and some head scratching to navigate, a trend that seems lost in most other modern gaming titles which favour never ending tool tips and quest markers to hold your hand, you’ll find non of that nonsense here.

Combat is less “grand” than before also and while there are still epic battles to be had, this game has been made in true prequel style, Kratos simply isn’t an all powerful god and he hasn’t gained a million new powers “in the past” much like other gaming series have (I’m looking at you Halo). There are four magical elements that are basically fire, lightning, ice and evil, but these take a while to unlock and each unlocks progressively. There is a couple of power items and weapon pick ups, but they only last so long and 99% of the time you’ll be relying on your stock weapon for this game, but that is no bad thing. Controls are as tight as ever and the controls have been refined nicely, yet manage to take non of the challenge out of combat that fans of the series will be familiar with. Quicktime events in battle have been cut down to a minimum too and now a finishing move involved you getting up close and personal with your enemy, able to lay the blows and evades yourself to finish them off, a much better system that “press X to kill”.

The game is a graphical and musical force of nature, at least for a PlayStation game it is anyway and with the exception of Uncharted developer Naughty Dog, there are few others that have such a solid grasp of the PS3 hardware and once again it seems they’ve managed to push the limits of the hardware to new heights. Graphics are on par with GoW III, but with big changes and improvements in the lighting and environments that really bring the world to life.

So how does it compare to other God of War games in the series? Well, if I’m honest, its the worst one so far! Yet it’s still one of the best gaming experiences on the market and it leaves me with a difficult to quantify contradiction. I loved this game, it offers a lot of challenges, some great puzzles, grand boss fights, power progression and a story that fits in nicely with the series time line. Not forgetting some nice refinements to the combat system, improved graphics and a stunning musical score, so why is it the worst in the series?

Out of God of War, God of War II, God of War III and Ascension, I still think GoW III was the best, in terms of story and battle moment you just can’t compare with the Titans vs the Olympians… ever, there just isn’t anything that could top that. God of War II had one of the best opening sequences of any video game ever and GoW (original) will always have a special place in my heart because its the title that started it all.

There is little new on offer here and while it doesn’t out do GoW III, this is still a mighty new entry to the series and fans of the series simply can’t pass this one up, it’s like missing the first film out of a trilogy, or the first chapter of a novel. It’s an important part of the series and it has plenty of great moments of its own. that make it more than worthy of our Gamers Choice Award, just don’t try to compare it to GoW III because they are the opposite ends of a gods lifetime.