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Why God of War III could change everything

For years now, the PlayStation 3 has been, in terms of games at least, more or less on equal footing with the Xbox 360. Every time a multi-platform game is released, it looks more or less the same on both systems, and the PS3’s exclusive titles (while pretty) haven’t truly been anything beyond the 360’s technical reach. Two years out, the system still needs something to truly set it apart. That changes with God of War III, which – if it delivers on all of its promises – could be the game that finally unleashes the PS3’s full, monstrous potential.

 

There’s a lot that’s changed in the shift from the PS2 to the PS3 (obviously), but the two biggest take-aways from our first glimpse of God of War III are an unprecedented sense of scale, and a detailed level of in-your-face brutality normally reserved for horror movies. “We want to define this generation with this game,” said Stig Asmussen, the game’s director, during an invitation-only press event earlier this week. God of War III will “redefine ‘scale’ in games,” he said, by introducing the Titans - Kratos’ massive allies - as moving, dynamic levels that will exist as independent creatures within the game world.

The series has done similar things before – see Pandora’s Temple in the first God of War, which was carried on the back of the Titan Kronos, or the massive Atlas level in God of War II – but those were really just static levels built to look like Titans. These, however, will be actual level-sized beings with terrain-like skin, which will undulate and shift as they crawl, climb and stomp around Mt Olympus. As Asmussen put it, they’re “living, breathing spectacles that I believe are going to change the way people think about games.” It’s difficult to do their enormity justice with words, so we’ll let the trailer show you:

What you’ve seen above is the Titan Gaia, who according to Asmussen could comfortably fit the Medusa level from the first God of War into the palm of her hand. One of the Titans, Asmussen said, will be taller than the Sears Tower. And while you’re navigating your way across their craggy bodies, the world around you will explode into chaos as the war between the Titans and the Olympian gods rages.

The action will scale from the quiet puzzle-solving and brawler-style skirmishes that GoW fans are used to, to massive, full-scale clashes between Titans, airborne gods and the monstrous armies of Olympus. Asmussen said the approach is to “take D-Day, combine it with the movie Cloverfield and put Kratos right in the middle.”  While that means Kratos will get to wade into massive hordes of monsters, it won’t mean endless, Dynasty Warriors-style brawling; according to Asmussen, Kratos’ attacks will evolve dynamically depending on how many enemies he’s fighting at a time.

 

But we’ll come back to that in a minute. First, we’ll talk about the insane levels of gore that we mentioned earlier. Now, “gore” is a word that gets tossed around a lot in videogames, and it usually refers to bloody dismemberment or maybe a loop of intestine poking out here and there. God of War III takes that shit so far, it made a theater full of jaded games journalists go “eww!” in shocked unison. It’s not hyperbole to say that its gruesomeness is unprecedented in gaming. To be honest, there’s such a level of uncomfortable realism to it that it makes Gears of War’s chainsaw deaths look cartoonish.

First, there was a demonstration of the game’s “zipper technology,” which was trotted out during the gameplay demo when Kratos faced down a centaur. Being a large enemy, it can be finished off with one of Kratos’ quicktime-event finishers – which ends, shockingly, with Kratos slitting open its belly and letting its clearly identifiable guts spill out onto the marble floor.

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70 comments

  • theman24 - March 2, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • kendall - February 21, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    i have that video on my ps3 and those graphics are gay they look better on mine
  • REBELYELL89 - February 19, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    I cant believe the crap people are saying in here especially the graphic wise seriously that guy is blind this game has improved and set a standard for games like MGS4 the leap for GoWII to III is incredibly the amount of change and how they are using the ps3 to it's full potentional the game wont ever be multiplatform this has been made specifically for the ps3 so it's going to run hardcore xD Just from the trailer's the amount of enemy's the titans how you move about the enviroment makes this game a win then there's the awesome combo system not just button mash same thing over & over. Those judging it based on the first two ... did you even play them because they where great games. GoWIII will be great & has come along way & shows true gore not some fatass in a mech suit (Queers of war yeah impressive if you like 06 graphics seriously that game barely looks much better then the first its not even much better looking then UT3 xD) -Sony Fanboy 94
  • zeekzilla1955 - February 19, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    this really shows the end of xbox 360 they lost the war of HD to blue ray ,and after their 1st year x-box shows no improvement in game quality !!now the PS3 shows improvement in graphics & all around game play!! this is what a new system is about,continuing to raise the bar & the only thing M.S.raised is on-line fees
  • Russianred90 - February 18, 2009 12:53 a.m.

    damn i no itll never come out for the xbox but thats why i have friends with the ps3 :D but i do have a ps2 so tonight ill run threw the first two
  • DasavageJ - February 17, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    HOLY CRAP!!! I have to admit after the first trailer i was kind of 'cool but not great' due to the lack of length. Now after reading this article and watching the trailer in glorified HD on my PS3 I have slapped myself 3 times, crapped myself twice, and I'm pretty sure I just pissed myself ALL IN EXCITEMENT FOR THIS GAME!!! That gameplay looks so Epic and cinematic that I'm still trying to get over the fact that its real. This one is a winner for sure!!!
  • rizzler - February 17, 2009 9:16 a.m.

    I think Killzone 2 has already shown wot the ps3 has to offer graphics wise. GOW3 will show wot the ps3 can offer gameplay wise like no other game befre (except maybe MGS4)
  • SmokeyPerrito123 - February 17, 2009 7:10 a.m.

    the entire thought of another God OF War game makes me want to Pee my pants not only is the God Of War Franchise making dough like crazy but has the great games they made to stand by it not only was it the best PS2 franchise but with the power of the PS3 Like you said it could change every thing
  • skelt - February 17, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    the ps3 is taunting me. first LBP, then killzone 2, and now this.
  • The_Lurcher - February 16, 2009 3:40 p.m.

    Ha! Sebastian16 you such a joker and kfs777 i bet you have LOOOOOOADS of freinds (read with very mocking sarcasm) and i cant believe how good this looks i always thought the first two were a bit 'meh' but this looks incredible, shame i wont be playing this anytime soon (not rich enough to own ps3) oh well back to doing extra hours at work maybe ill be able to afford one in a couple of months IF im lucky and im not made redundant because of the recesion.
  • pimlicosound - February 16, 2009 2:01 p.m.

    I actually agree with Jorw. It looks good, and very cinematic, but it doesn't look like anything the X360 couldn't do.
  • sage62 - February 16, 2009 7:08 a.m.

    lol, looks like I speant to much time typing my comment again, gotta work on that
  • sage62 - February 16, 2009 7:05 a.m.

    Sebastian 16, just because you are probably some kind of 360 or wii fanboy doesn't mean you have to be ignorant. I own all three consoles and play them all, mainly my 360, and short sided ignorance like that is a sign that you are a biased, misinformed douche. There is nothing wrong with the ps3 itself, I would have to say that all and all it is a superior console to the 360, it's only problem is all the wasted potential, the same applies for the wii, there are a ton of extremely pretty ps3 exclusives, the only thing these games tend to do wrong is that the gameplay is average at best, whereas multi platform releases like, say, Dead Space or Mirrors Edge generally tend to be better AND available on both consoles, so the ps3s potential has so far been pretty much wasted, somethign that this is looking to fix, as the god of war series has been great from the beginning and this looks to be no exception, just much bigger and prettier. You shouldn't allow your bias to change your opinion on a game, a lot of people has posted comments saying they wish they could play it, because god of war is amazing, the console a game is on means nothing
  • kfs777 - February 16, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    i'm sick of everyone speaking so highly of God of war. i've played it and am not very impressed. there are a truckload of games i would play before brushing the dust of of god of war. The whole god of war series is mediocer at best.
  • twishart - February 16, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    Mikel's description of some of this on TalkRadar this week was awesome. I don't see myself buying a PS3 anytime soon, but I'll certainly have to check this out at some point.
  • cdell - February 15, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    i buy a PS3 just for this and LBP
  • charley235 - February 15, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    damn i hate when games come out on the expensive ps3, i want ths sooo bad
  • John-117 - February 15, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    Genre: Action Expected release date: TBA Published by: Sony ********* Developed by: SCE Santa Monica Studios******** This game is made by sony, is not and NEVER will be coming to any console but the PS3. I don't know where people think any PS3 exclusive game can just be magically coming to 360 but it's especially not happening here. I'm getting really psyched for this, I can't wait to see some more titan gameplay mechanics. I just picked up GoW I and II so I'm excited to catch up to the story.
  • k13mud - February 15, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    now i got to break down and spend the money for a new ps3
  • theschwartzb - February 15, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    i want to play the god of war series so bad, but i dont have the cash to spew out for a ps2/3.

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