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GOD OF WAR (2018) Father Son Vacation Simulator

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:49 AM

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:38 AM

My 2 year old nephew walked in on me playing god of war the other day. He loved it. He kept giggling and saying fighting, fighting every time I used the axe to smash a barrel or something. This amazes me for multiple reasons, one of the most important is why the hell does he know how to say fighting but cant say his own name or mine? Also find it interesting that he could understand what was going on but also was not worried by it.

He seemed to love it. He would ooh and aah and was rapt. I was gonna stop and take him away but my sister seemed to think it was fine. He really seemed to have no problems with it. He both did and don't understand what was happening.
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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:24 AM

Okay I'm finished.

Good game. Which I could see how long I have taken (can you do this?).

I could see the plot fairly early. If you have even a basic understanding of norse mythology the plot is telegraphed quite nicely actually. I felt good to be able to see it not cheated
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. I otherwise also very much enjoy the story and the different but familiar take on the norse Pantheon. They are dicks. Is it the pandaro taint? It seems to predate that. The graphics are amazing and the storyline good in general. Would have preferred a slightly bigger take on monsters and it lacks some of the OMFG scale of the boss fights in God of War 3. Love the take on the nine realms. Will be cool to see the rest.


It does have a few flaws however. The combat system: it has hints of depth and greatness but I think that for the most part, even in muspelheim trials, you can get away with just R1 and R2 attacks, a few arrows from Boy and runic attacks. Their is no really no need to get fancy. I practically ignore all fancy combos involving rage of Sparta, fist attacks or the guardian shield. The introduce enemies that are immune to the axe cold and two bosses have moments when they are immune to fire attacks but I think they could have expanded this. Also there is seldom a need to juggle enemies effectively so by mid game and onwards freezing enemies with axe throws, tossing people into the air or slamming them with shield sweeps to the legs are really unnecessary. I dislike the sorta open world, dark souls like aspect for one reason only and its the same complaint I had with assassins creed. Its your level not your skill that really locks you out of certain areas. I tried to kill a Valkyrie when I was level 3 and got whooped. When I came back as a lvl 6/7 I slaughtered the 6 in Midgard, alfheim and hellheim without a sweat. Similarly the final boss fight in the game was too easy, I think by the time I started it I was too high a lvl for what I should have been (this fight should always scale to your lvl I think). Robbed it of some excitement. Still most annoying of all was opening a realm tear is always just a random toss up between getting an encounter you can handle or having 3 lvl 8s pop out to kill you. Its not cool to find out too late you cant handle whats on the other end. I get the game is almost entirely one long uniterupted take but sometimes I would have been okay with a cutscene, fade to back, the game has already transported me across the entire map to where it now wants me to go.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 04:38 PM

Oh wow you guys. Started playing today. This game is stunning. If I'm right, there hasn't been a loading screen or any real transition between cut scenes and gameplay, it is seamless! Just a phenomenal creation! Enjoying the gameplay too.

I'm guessing the Stranger you fight near the beginning is Loki and that I will be fighting him again despite it appearing like I have killed him.

Got to the part where the dwarf gives you the first axe upgrade. So far it just seems like we are going to dump some ashes on a mountain but I'm guessing it will be much more then that when all is said and done.

Are you able to go back to places you've already been? E.g. in the first part where you're hunting the stag there's a hidden room or something but you can't get in. Or have I missed that now?
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 04:46 PM

View PostTiste Simeon, on 02 July 2018 - 04:38 PM, said:

Oh wow you guys. Started playing today. This game is stunning. If I'm right, there hasn't been a loading screen or any real transition between cut scenes and gameplay, it is seamless! Just a phenomenal creation! Enjoying the gameplay too.

I'm guessing the Stranger you fight near the beginning is Loki and that I will be fighting him again despite it appearing like I have killed him.

Got to the part where the dwarf gives you the first axe upgrade. So far it just seems like we are going to dump some ashes on a mountain but I'm guessing it will be much more then that when all is said and done.

Are you able to go back to places you've already been? E.g. in the first part where you're hunting the stag there's a hidden room or something but you can't get in. Or have I missed that now?


Man, you're in for a treat with your first play through. Happy gaming.

And yeah, you get to revisit places so no worries there.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 04:53 PM

You sir, are in for a gaming experience, one of which you've never experienced before. So far, GoW gets my 2018 game of the year (this might change when RDR2 comes out).

Do yourself a favor and play it on "Give me a Challenge" difficulty setting. Man, I wish I was playing God of War for the first time again. Lucky!
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:14 PM

And I'm already stuck haha. Not really "stuck" I guess but it's one of the chests that has an apple thingy in or whatever. You have to hit 3 runes but they're all on bells and reactivate quote quickly. Two are close by but the third is further away and it takes a while to get there meaning the other two have reactivated by the time I get there. Not sure how to do it I've tried changing the order I do them in but it's always just a bit too slow...
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:32 PM

Move around and line your ax up from different perspectives. Sometimes you can line up two of the bells to be struck with one throw.

Let me know if you'd rather this be spoiler'd and I'll clam up and let you work it out.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:47 PM

The game will occasionally block certain routes or areas for story reasons but you will get plenty of opportunities to backtrack and collect stuff.

The game is metroidvania-ish. You'llgain new abilities and tools that will give you access to certain loot. The game is relatively good about telling you when to move on and come back later.

Always be on the look out for ghost ravens and story cupboards.

The three rune chests are always doable, it's merely a question of perspective and skill. Though I do remember certain unlocks make some easier?

About difficulty I recommend turning the difficulty down at the start if it gets too punishing. I had a hell of a time trying to fight some enemies at the start.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 09:07 PM

I'll just keep trying on that particular chest. I'm having so much fun and even the harder enemies are fun to try and fight like the big troll things I'm having a blast jumping and rolling around to avoid being slammed and getting my kid to take out the other dudes around the edge.
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Posted 04 July 2018 - 03:22 PM

Another good season today. I got to the lake and suddenly it seemed a lot more open world. I know it's not but I spent quite a while bombing around the lake looking for spirits and suchlike. Decided that I can't be bothered spending forever lobbing my axe at stuff in order to open the chests and any time it takes me more than a couple of tries I move on.

Also what the heck are those realm tears? I went up to a couple of them and got one-shot killed by whatever came through.

I am now making my way up the mountain through those annoying poison bits and I just killed an ogre! This game is so cool.
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Posted 04 July 2018 - 08:14 PM

Be careful when having a go at the realm tears. The enemies that come through are usually more powerful then you, especially early on. The color they are will indicate how powerful they are. If they have a skull icon, then avoid until you have gotten more powerful. Once you've activated a realm tear, you can always run away if the enemies are too powerful. If you can defeat them, you can then collect materials from the realm tear that are used for rare crafting purposes.

The ogres are fun. Like fighting a big gorilla. Jumping on top of them and using them to fight off the other enemies is singularly one of the funnest gaming experiences I've had. Those poison areas could be frustrating, especially when dealing with Revenants.
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 01:14 PM

This mind sound stupid but I was doing it early in the game, The light throw is faster than the strong throw and that can make the difference (I was quite unimpressed with myself when I finally figured this out). Pressing down will make kratos 180 to look behind himself almost immediately. Sometimes you can line up the axe behind the bell and ting it with a recall, that gives you lots of time to get the other two.

Realm tears are just annoying. Never know if they are too high level until after they kill you. Sometimes you can cheese the fights though.

Edit- just to save some time on what you can do and when, spoiler free except for gameplay mechanics but you decide if you want to read it. I know I was annoyed about not always being sure if a puzzle was a come back later thing or if I just needed to think harder think
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 01:28 PM

Those things in the spoiler are good to know. I've been hacking away at vines to try and get to chests or what have you. Gave up eventually.

Not sure what you mean about heavy throw Vs light throw...
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 02:54 PM

R2 and R1?
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Posted 05 July 2018 - 03:46 PM

Listen to Atreus. He will tell you if a puzzle (ex. chest, door, vines et. cetera) can be done yet. He'll something like "nothing more to do here" or "we can't go there/do that yet".
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Posted 06 July 2018 - 07:30 PM

Flipping heck. Alfheim is stunning! Those flying dark elves are insanely annoying.
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Posted 06 July 2018 - 08:02 PM

If you only knew what was ahead. Posted Image

The "abandon all hope, ye who enter here" never rung more true than in God of War (well probably games in the Dark Souls genre too *teehee Posted Image) I hope you have your shittin' pants on, cause you're gonna shit your pants.
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Posted 28 July 2018 - 09:17 AM

Well, since I last posted I have finally got the Chisel to get into hidden rooms and the like. Those two sons of Thor were really hard to beat, took a few tries. Managed to get a few side quests done too before I carve the rune to get to Jotunsheim.

Tried to defeat a Valkyrie. Nope. Could not beat her. Will probably come back and try again! Is there a way to beat her or is it just dodge and throw?
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Posted 28 July 2018 - 10:26 AM

There's many valkyries. I haven't bothered fighting more than a few of them and never defeated any of the. I imagine I could have done it in the end game when I was all kitted out but they're tough as hell.

From what I understand some are easier than others. You can Google which are easiest.
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