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God of War 3 reviews around the web |

Aaah, God of War 3. Lets just all pretend that we have no idea how awesome this game will be. So we all look around for reviews from different websites because *insert sarcasm here* we are still thinking if we should get this game next week.

Gamespot – 9/10

God of War III sticks to the strengths already established by its predecessors, but what it lacks in innovation it more than makes up for in execution. The combat is simple to pick up, but the added moves and weapons give it more depth than before, and the spectacular visuals make fights even more brutal. But God of War III is so much more than its satisfying combat. The imaginative visual design and moody classical score balance your quest for vengeance with artistic pleasures, and the well-crafted puzzles further tap into your cerebral vein. God of War III is a brilliantly paced, meticulously detailed adventure that is sure to thrill and satisfy until the very end.

Eurogamer – 9/10

God of War III is much the same: a technical marvel, but with all the clever stuff turned towards the aim of very basic gratification. There are no branching paths, no complex decisions, and no multiplayer modes, but this particular game is all the better for it, since the results are rich and focused rather than drawn-out and a little ragged. Ultimately, if you want to revel in old-school pleasures decked out in the very brightest new armour, this is about as good as it gets.

Oh, and in case I didn’t make this entirely clear, it includes the absolute best dog-kicking puzzle you’ll ever see.

Gamepro – 4.5/5

God of War 3 is more than an action game: it’s the conclusion to a commercially successful and critically acclaimed series that acts as the ‘face’ of Sony’s entire gaming brand; what Master Chief is to Microsoft and Mario is to Nintendo, Kratos is to Sony. As such, God of War III was burdened with a Herculean set of tasks. But while it lives up to the high bar set by the previous installments, it can’t quite bear the weight of bringing the epic story of Kratos to a meaningful end. It’s still a finely crafted action experience that fully showcases the PS3’s immense capabilities but it isn’t the satisfying conclusion that fans both want and need. – A

In the past, I’ve referred to God of War 1 as having the best story in the franchise, and God of War 2 as the best on the combat side. Along those lines, God of War 3 is the most balanced. It’s not quite as focused as GOW1, nor is it as lengthy and moment-packed as GOW2, but it’s the most consistent and varied of the three, and when it’s at its best the first two can’t touch it.

You can undoubtedly find little details to complain about in God of War 3 (you can’t skip cut-scenes even on a second playthrough, for instance, presumably to mask load times). But given how well everything fits together, how all of the items and weapons feel useful, how the Titan fights are some of the most impressive battles ever seen in games, how the animation and camera angles make the cut-scenes better than you see in most movies, how the combat grapple works incredibly well, and how the visuals almost make it worth playing on their own, I’m not really sure how much that kind of thing matters.

Destructoid – 10/10

Without question, God of War III sets the new gold standard for action games, clearing and then raising the near-impossible bar that was set by its previous installments. For many years to come, this will be the game by which all others in the genre are compared, and I suspect we won’t see anything like it for quite some time. If God of War III was the reason you bought a PS3, your purchase has been justify and then some. If you’re looking to show off the power of your console, this is your new showcase — it’s an experience that simply can’t be missed.

Playstation Lifestyle – 5/5

God of War III is the ultimate climax to the most highly acclaimed franchise ever to grace PlayStation consoles. Kratos’ legacy of brutality and chaos ends with a remarkable bang. The game is brimming with unforgettable, jaw-dropping moments that will stay with you forever. As good as the previous God of War games were comparing them to God of War III is like comparing Mount Olympus to a single grain of sand. Kratos’ final journey is the crowning example of why we play video games. If you own a PlayStation 3, you owe it to yourself to play this game. If you don’t yet have a PlayStation 3, this is the reason to get one.

Gamerzines – 97%

So, like Mass Effect 2 and Uncharted 2 before it, God of War III’s one of those titles that will change the way you look at everything else. On its first attempt Santa Monica Studio seems to have wringed every ounce of power it possibly can from the hardware to provide a faultless (and unrivalled) presentation, while offering an unforgettable end to one of the greatest story arcs in years. The Dog’s had its day: God of War III’s a brutal, bone-shattering thrill-ride of an adventure, PlayStation 3’s finest hour and quite possibly the greatest action title ever made.

Okay. I’m convinced. God of War 3 out in stores, March 16.

  • TheRealMaxPower

    I was reading the IGN review and read a few posts. IGN gave it a 9.3, which seems like an honest score. They didn’t reinvent GoW, they went with what worked, improved the graphics and sound, and made the game bigger.

    People are so pissed off! They think it should be a perfect score! I just don’t get it. The review points out some of the problems with the game. He flat out says it is awesome, just not perfect.

    Is anyone else reading reviews and angry? If you are why? Scores won’t effect the sales much, as many are closing out the trilogy of a great series.

  • I haven’t really played GOW3 so I don’t know how to accurately react to the reviews. I’m basing my personal review (which is Awesome) from the videos Ive watched.

    If there’s a game that should get the perfect score is if they remake GTA San Andreas for the PS3 lol

  • oly1kenobi

    G4 gave it 5/5

  • oly1kenobi

    @theRelMaxPower I agre.. 9.3 is an awesome score.. perfect 10/10 should probably never be reached.. what happens when the next awesome game come out.. ok well its def better than GOW3 so lets give it a 11/10??

  • Royalty32

    One thing that really gets to me is that ppl complain about the combat. Saying that theres nothing new. Thats were the confusion comes in, when god of war came out nobody complained about the combat, then gow2 still with the same combat and nobody complain, now since gow 3 doesnt really change anything now everybody wants to complain. Thing is if it aint broke dont fix it. Yes the combat is the same but they’ve add so much more to it. I was one of those ppl that was wishing gow3 would get all perfect scores but im not mad at the scores it has recieved so far. Still in my opinion it will be goty and best action game as well. Cant wait til March 16th, this day will be an epic one.

  • Couldn’t agree more Royalty. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel…even though I’ve never played a full GOW game.

  • Game Informer gave it a 10/10 too.

  • JimmyMagnum

    here’s the metacritic score (which is/was at 94):

  • feel free to post links of GOW3 reviews here

  • Legion213

    I was kind procrastinating on preordering GOW3. I knew I wanted to and I knew I wanted the ultimate edition. But now you can’t find it for preorder anywhere. That is until I saw Wal-mart still allowed you to preorder online.

    I’m half expecting to get an email from them near or on the day or release saying they don’t have it. Which will suck.

    The thing about scores is it can some times be a bit biased. When you see games like this and Uncharted 2 get a 9,2. While games like Halo 3 get a 9.8.

    Like the PS3 games are put under a microscope even though they are clearly some of the best games to come out in a while and sometimes define their genre for the coming years.

  • Michael

    I saw the gamepro review first because a mate pointed me at it. Weird review – ‘we wont spoil it but xxxx yyyy zzzz’. Whining about the normal plot devices that are part of the GOW world (and greek mythology) just seems to miss the point. I’d avoid reading it.

  • elijahclark17

    can’t wait to have this one…i don’t care what does all the reviews said…i just wanted to have this and play it all nite long….