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E3 2008: God of War 3 First Look

Developer: SCE Studios Santa Monica | Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1 Player Game | Genre: Action

Release Date: 03/16/10

god of war.jpgAs expected, Sony showed a very quick glimpse of God of War 3 for the PlayStation 3 during its press conference. And, what would seem like the perfect announcement to end a somewhat lackluster press conference, Sony tipped their hand by showing a picture of Kratos as a PS3 character early in the show and trailer was shown without any buildup or surprise. It was more of a “Here is a quick look at God of War 3” rather than a “Just wait until you see what we have for you” kind of announcement.

The trailer was very quick and didn't give any real details other than confirming its PlayStation 3 existence. The familiar voice over was present along with a brief explanation of the danger that was facing Olympus. Of course, only Kratos can save the day but we were warned that Kratos must suffer in the end.

The most exciting part was when the camera zoomed into Kratos and showed his face. The character model reminded me of Heavenly Sword and it appears that the game may look similar. However, whoever decided to greenlight the introduction to one of the biggest franchises Sony has with this type of trailer should be replaced. Gamers want to see a glimpse of gameplay, a taste of what is to come, and a reason to hope that this will be the biggest and best action game on the market.

We will just have to be content to use our imaginations for this until Sony gives us more details. Keep reading CVGames for the latest on God of War 3.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 07/15/08
ESRB Details: - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content - This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a half-human, half-god-like Spartan (Kratos) who seeks revenge against the gods of Mount Olympus. Steeped in ancient Greek mythology, the game depicts a fantasy world on an epic scale. It also depicts exaggerated acts of violence and frequent killing. Using double-chained blades and arrows, players hack-and-slash skeleton soldiers, rabid dogs, a centaur, a cyclops, fire-breathing creatures, and other monsters. This combat is both bloody and fantastical. Large sprays of red blood occur when enemies are hit. Blood often stains the ground, surrounding walls, and sometimes on Kratos' body. When defeated, enemies drop magical, glowing orbs that boost health and experience. The most intense depictions of violence occur during boss battles with the gods. Players engage in close-up and extended battles that are completed by pressing button sequences corresponding to on-screen prompts. One god will be thrown repeatedly into rocks and walls; another god's eyes will be gauged out by thumbs. A god may get pummeled into the ground or have its legs sliced off, its head torn off. In one sequence, blood will stain the screen after each of Kratos' blows, building up to the point of complete saturation. Immediately after 'dying,' the defeated gods often have fantastical endings such as transforming into a swarm of mitelike insects or a cascade of plummeting water. The game contains a sex mini-game. Players will encounter a goddess and her two hand maidens, all topless, all holding and caressing each other. If players wish to, they may join the goddess (and only the goddess) in bed. Actual sex is never depicted as the camera drifts, then fixes on the two maidens, who watch from a distance. As players respond to the on-screen prompts with button presses, the topless maidens will continue to watch, and sometimes caress. Moaning sounds from the bed can be heard throughout the sequence. The game includes some behind-the-scenes footage that contains a few instances of profanity (e.g., 'f**k' and 'sh*t').
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