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Man the number of button combo's is a bit too much for my poor old brain to remember.   Good fun but I forget most moves I've unlocked until I occasionally spot them again when unlocking the next level up.  I think I had similair with Horizon Zero Dawn but it feels like there's more here.

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14 minutes ago, rafaqat said:

Man the number of button combo's is a bit too much for my poor old brain to remember.   Good fun but I forget most moves I've unlocked until I occasionally spot them again when unlocking the next level up.  I think I had similair with Horizon Zero Dawn but it feels like there's more here.

Don't worry, almost all the extra moves are irrelevant. It's the usual skill tree nonsense that developers shoehorn into games for no good reason but to give an upgrade hook. You can pretty much button mash your way through the game with the basic moves, as the combat is wafer thin.

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As for previous God Of War games, the combat system only gets tested when you go for the optional challenges (or higher difficulties). It's all about crowd control and situational awareness, and I enjoyed it a lot in the older games. CBA with this one so much, though I did have fun with it.

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The feeling of complete domination when you take on a group of enemies, throw the axe, punch them about a bit and finishing them by recalling the axe is incredible.

 

I loved the combat in this game. Darting in close to land hits, a quick combo, pulling back, then really going to town on a bigger enemy. 

 

It's certainly not wafer thin.

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Looks like I was pretty close to the end but it's just the same arena combat->cutscene->linear walk which after all the time I spent on it I just decided to play something else.

 

Interesting to read my above post when I initially loved it but that feeling went pretty quick to feeling like a chore and a game should finish.

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I dialed down to “story” mode difficulty after a couple of attempts at my first encounter at “Hard“ mode. Glad I did, because I’d have slung the controller out during the fight-as-plot-device that follows shortly thereafter.

 

And I’m playing the mode that ISNT performance, so my pro sounds like a hair drier near all the time. 
 

 

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3 minutes ago, Boothjan said:

Started this last night - it's a pretty fucking good looking game isn't it?  Only about an hour into it but liking it so far.

I thought the same starting it too, an absolute visual juggernaut.

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Like @Boothjan I have also just started this (after finishing Spider-Man). Just had an encounter with a stranger so not very far in at all but enjoying it so far. It looks lovely but boy does my launch PS4 struggle with it technically. So much so I'm considering playing on headphones to cut out the fan noise.

 

Never played a GoW before so totally new to the characters/franchise but so far Kratos seems quite the badass :) 

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40 minutes ago, FiveFootNinja said:

Never played a GoW before so totally new to the characters/franchise but so far Kratos seems quite the badass :) 

 

He's a bit different here from the rest of the God of War games. In the rest of them he's mostly just an irredeemable asshole on a revenge killing spree. I like this iteration of Kratos far, far more that what he was before.

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From what I can recall, there was a rumour that they were early into working on dlc for the game, but quickly realised the scope was too big for just dlc. I expect they are working on a direct sequel.

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I played all the previous GoW games and it's certainly different from those - he's a much deeper character in this.

 

I'm now about 10 hours in and I think it's a masterpiece.  The visuals seem to improve as the game progresses - some of the set pieces are ridiculous.  The combat is glorious and a LOT of fun, although some of the boss battles are pretty solid - I did have to lower the difficulty levels for some of them.  I especially like how 'meaty' the action is - every fight feels full on and the sound effect of the axe slapping back into Kratos's hand after he throws it is one of the most satisfying noises in video gaming history.

 

Atreus is an excellent companion.  I was a bit worried that it'd suffer and the AI wouldn't be up to scratch, but it works really well.  It's a bit more linear than what I would have liked, but I suppose that's one of the issues with the GoW series.  It's not a massive downer mind you.

 

The big 3 PS4 games I've played recently have been Horizon, Spider-man and now this - all 3 are superb, I think I'd rank this 2nd of the 3 (behind Spider-man which I adored from start to finish).

 

The best thing about this game?  I have an 11 year old son.  Who I now only refer to as "BOY" when I talk to him.  It's really annoying him.

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1 hour ago, Jamie John said:

@FiveFootNinja, it is indeed a fantastic game. The platinum is very achievable, as well - you can get it in one playthrough and it encourages you to see everything the game has to offer. I'd recommend going for it.

I probably will give it a go. I've got the platinum for Bloodborne and Spider-man already so it would be rude not to add this to the collection too.

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1 hour ago, df0 said:

I never bothered with the birds and runes. When I have to rely on guides for collectibles, I'm out.

 

Yeah, generally I prefer that if a game does have collectibles it has some sort of mechanic/map inside the game to help find them, even if it doesn't get unlocked until after the main campaign is over or something.

 

I'm on 33 of 51 ravens finding them as I go so far so I'll see where I get to but I'm hoping there aren't too many to mop up at the end.

 

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Roughly at level 5 - no idea how far in I am but just unlocked the 

Spoiler

Blades of chaos

 

The resulting carnage with the frost twats who are immune to the axe was simply delicious. :lol:

 

I may have actually roared.....

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I've done a short sprint this weekend on the main quest line stuff pretty much from where you are @Boothjan, partly because it was a kind of locked in path, but also I felt like I needed to resolve a few things :) However I have just... 

 

Spoiler

...forged Tyr's sigil.

 

It feels a bit like I'm entering the final Act and was a bit of a natural beat, so I have gone back to exploring for a while. Midgard is now at 91% complete with lots of the areas now fully done. And I've just taken on a favour that has lead me to a new, large area, which I think should take me to somewhere near 95% complete looking at the lists. I also went for a wander around...

 

Spoiler

...Muspelheim and completed a few trials and have just crafted a very tasty set of armour. 8-) And with that went and kicked another Valkyrie back to Valhalla (but also got absolutely pummelled by two others that I tried so there is work to be done).

 

As it stands I've used a guide for about 8 of the ravens if I haven't been able to track them down after a good explore of an area, and feel fairly vindicated as several of them have been very obscure to find. But everything else has been discovered through natural movement around the areas, or some more dedicated exploring to try and mop up missing bits. I don't feel too bad about it though as I've not hit collectable fatigue like I have with so many other games. Still loving this and hoping to wrap up the story this week and then see how much is left over to do for the platinum.

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I just finished this for the first time last night. 

 

Amazing game, one of the best this gen. Going from TLOU 2 and then playing this. What a double header. 

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Well it's 2am... and for about the 10th obsessive night in a row I've stayed up too late and just turned off God of War with heavy eyes... except this time with a new platinum trophy on the shelf. :omg:

 

What a thoroughly kick ass game. I posted previously that I had a bit of a slow start with it, but my word does it open up into something truly epic. I still feel the combat is just not quite as tight as it could be (some really great games have been ruined by Bloodborne) but what it lacks in finesse there it makes up for in giant sized bucket fulls of breathtaking scenery and set pieces. The story is solid too and, as a fan of all things norse, I loved how they weaved things together and brought some of the sagas to life in interesting ways. Also, as a father of a young boy, there were even a few little touching character moments that I would not have put money on going into this blind. Dad of War is strong.

 

If I had one complaint...

Spoiler

Sigrun is a total pain in the arse. After smashing through pretty much everyone else in the game with a handful of attempts I ended up trying her after my first runs through Muspelheim and Nilfheim, just before the final mission. However after about 15 attempts and - in frustration of not getting her past 50% health - left her and polished off the story/Baldur, did another few runs around the challenge realms to max my armour and upgrades to get to level 9 and then came back to finish business.

 

She isn't a difficulty curve, she's a vertical cliff compared to everything else and not in really in a good way as it's too much of a gear shift (and that's from someone who likes a soulsborne challenge). She was definitely my 'Martyr Logarius' of this game, but I got there in the end and she's flying free of her curse now. :D 

 

It's a really really solid game though and yet another fantastic PS4 exclusive. Sony have smashed it this generation and credit to them. Horizon Zero Dawn is downloading as we speak which I plan to get onto after a little indie game palette cleanser.

 

"Cheer for your father's victory boy!"

 

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@FiveFootNinja - great stuff. Glad you went for the platinum. It's the best way to get the most from the game.

 

Re your spoiler, I also struggled with her. I played the game on hard, but this was the only time I had to drop it down a notch after spending hours bashing my head against that wall. Thankfully, the game doesn't punish you for doing so. Watch this if you want to feel bad about yourself:

 

Spoiler

 

The concentration :lol:

 

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Thanks @Jamie John I ran it on normal but dropped it down for some speed runs of challenges to get resources faster.

 

Just got an email from PlayStation with my stats and it reckons I spent 54 hours on it which is more than I thought. 
 

Re: Your video in the spoiler... wow! I’m so many levels below that skill wise. Very impressive.

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What difficulty was it on? 

 

Fuck.... that!!

 

I have started playing my NG+ save again and this really is / was a stellar title. I put it on the 3rd of the 4 difficulty settings and was getting obliterated by the very first Draug encounter so stuck it back down one but now it’s far too easy. The difference in those two settings is bonkers. You go from being able to only take 2 hits to having at least 6 or 7 on your chin. It may be because a lot of my gear is still only level 5 and I have some upgrading to do?

 

Anyway, this and my NG+ on LoU2 will keep me busy until Ghost next week. Just reflect on those 3 titles, all exclusives among several other exclusives and it just confirms how strong that Sony stable really has been this generation. 

 

Looking forward to getting more of this played and striking a balance with the difficult increase once I upgrade a bit more. But being able to take only 2 hits in the first battle, where enemies really go wild on their unblockables makes me wonder what the holy fuck happens in that final difficulty, because right now it feels the only place they have to go is enemies being able to kill you by staring at you for more than 2 seconds :)

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