During Sony’s press conference at E3 2016, the company revealed a new God of War for the PS4. The game is simply titled God of War and doesn’t seem to be numbered “sequel” to 3. We got a chance to get behind closed doors and watch an extended presentation of this PlayStation exclusive. Read more after the jump to see my impressions of the “new” Kratos and why this reboot was much-needed for the franchise.
God of War has always been one of those series where I would try out each game to see what it’s all about but never got invested in. It’s an angry man getting revenge on all of the gods and I could never really relate to the character in any sort of fashion. The combat was bloody, deadly, and fast but the series has always been stagnant in my opinion.
This new entry in the series takes everything we know about God of War and turns it on its head. The developers over at Santa Monica have stated that the game is indeed a reboot of sorts, but Kratos is still the same Kratos that we know, except that now he has another son. The gameplay demo shows Kratos as a very older man, who is teaching his son to hunt. Essentially, he wants his son to be a god like his father. He wants him to be strong and unafraid of whatever gets in his way.
“Kratos is teaching his son to be a god, while his son is teaching him to be a human again”, a quote from IGN’s Marty Sliva explains in one sentence what the tone of the game is. There is now emotion and feeling in God of War and I’m very excited to see more of the game.