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God of War 3

God of War III

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Date of Review:  July 31, 2012
Format Reviewed:   PS3
Language / Country of Origin:   English / USA
Online Capability:  There is downloadable content (DLC) available for this title.
Prequels: God of War, God of War II.
Sequels:
God of War: Betrayal, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required:
 None required.

Review:

Plot:  
God of War III continues the story from the previous game in the series, God of War II.  In the setting of ancient Greece, players control Kratos in a war against the King of the Gods, Zeus.  Kratos learns through the spirit of the goddess Athena that the key to restoring peace and defeating Zeus lies in Pandora’s Box.  In his quest to locate Pandora’s Box, Kratos must journey through various locations (such as Hades and Mount Olympus), solve numerous puzzles, and battle countless monsters and angry gods.

Cultural / Historical Value: 
God of War III is the seventh game in the critically acclaimed God of War series.  This title is set within the time period of ancient Greece and references numerous characters from Greek myths, particularly the Olympian Gods (such as Zeus, Athena and Pandora).  The game received almost universal praise, with several critics proclaiming it the best game of the year (2010) and the best PlayStation 3 game for its graphics and gameplay..

Teaching / Learning Characteristics: 
Though the game’s plot is a work of fiction, God of War III exploits the nature of Greek mythology brilliantly and gives the player a challenging simulation of surviving “hell of earth” as Greek Gods meet Titans and battle for the fate of man. It is difficult to forget the names and some facts about these creatures and Gods after battling and befriending them face to face. Though not recommended as a means to cram the night before a big Greek mythology exam, God of War III is an excellent source for becoming familiar with Greek mythology and several characters that originate from that canon.  Game designers will find much to learn in this title as well, as it made numerous “game of the year” lists.

Replay Value:  
God of War III features three difficulty settings: easy, medium, and hard.  Therefore, players can play through the game at least three times and experience new challenges.  On each playthrough, the game has at least 10 hours of content.  There is also downloadable content available for this title, which gives it further replayability.

Likely Audiences:
Fans of Greek mythology will get a kick out of this title and the God of War series.  Those who like third person action games will also probably enjoy God of War III.  Despite its universal critical acclaim, due to the gory violence, intense battles and mature themes, the game is probably not for everyone and those sensitive to these issues should beware.

Overall Score:
95/100

Other Reviews:
1up.com
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

 

About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire.  He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart.  As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime.  As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
Golden Joystick Awards 2009One to Watch Award Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2009Most Anticipated Game Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Best Action Adventure Game Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Best Graphics Winner
Golden Joystick Awards 2010Action/Adventure Game of the Year Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Best Original Score Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Best PS3 Game Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Biggest Badass
(Kratos)
Winner
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Character of the Year
(Kratos)
Nominee
Spike Video Game Awards 2010Game of the Year Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2011Action Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2011Action Game of the Year Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2011Artistic Achievement Winner
Game Developers Choice Awards 2011Best Technology Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2011Game of the Year Nominee
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2011Gameplay Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2011Outstanding Achievement in Animation Winner
Interactive Achievement Awards 2011Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2011Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering Nominee
Interactive Achievement Awards 2011Outstanding Character Performance
(TC Carson as Kratos)
Nominee
Game Developers Choice Awards 2011Best Game Design Nominee
Game Developers Choice Awards 2011Best Visual Arts Nominee

Additional Info

ESRB Description:
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content

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