PSU Impressions: God of War III trailer
- Posted December 15th, 2008 at 12:58 EDT by
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What is probably one of the most anticipated games for 2009, God of War III finally reared its head again during Sunday’s Spike TV Video Game Award show, showcasing the first in-game footage of the title in action. After viewing the trailer a few times and carefully analyzing each action sequence, here are our overall impressions of the video, and what we hope to see in the coming months as Sony releases more on the title.
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After my first viewing of the trailer, I wasn't really all that impressed. Perhaps it was the amazingly huge hype behind it, or perhaps it was just that the footage shown wasn't all that mind blowing. However, after my second and third viewing, and watching the trailer frame by frame in high definition, my feelings have changed.
According to Sony, God of War III will be running at 1080p resolutions and at 60fps, which is very impressive for the amount of detail in the textures. Also, watching the trailer frame by frame, you can see animations and how fluid they play out. Everything from Kratos's eyes and mouth movements to his body textures and fluid animations, you can see how much time the developers have put into creating a unsurpassed experience.
With the showing of the new wolf headed gloves, it seems like melee combat will play a bigger role in God of War with players using the new weapon to bash and smash enemies. Also, the wall run seems to be a new mechanic. Not sure yet if this is something that is controlled by the player or if it's a pre-scripted event, much like the button combo sequences in the first two titles.
My guess is that the gameplay that was shown is from early alpha build and I hope that we will see improvements over the following months. If you add up the total amount of gameplay footage that was shown, there is only about 17secs. To me, that's more of a teaser than a full out gameplay trailer. Hopefully it's not too long before Sony decides to show us more.
I’ll come clean immediately – I’ve never played God of War. There, I said it. However, in a way, with the third instalment looming, I couldn’t think of a better time to appreciate the obvious appeal of Kratos’ hulking, muscle-bound antics, and the urge to pick up both God of War and its mammoth sequel is very much a staple on my collective gaming consciousness since clapping eyes on yesterday’s thrilling footage.
Admittedly, I was suitably impressed. While I’d hardly classify myself as an expert on the series, all my pre-conceptions were certainly met and ultimately surpassed. Lush visuals, hulking beasts, not to mention an ample array of moves in which to dispatch them.
The visuals were a particular highlight for such an early sneak peak, from Kratos’ brooding, glum appearance to the rough, scaly features on the various creatures that our hero promptly batters. The sheer scale of the enemies certainly dwarfs anything this side of Resident Evil 5, so it looks like we’re in for some decidedly mammoth boss fights. As a newcomer, I’m personally looking forward to seeing what Sony has up its sleeves for the title in terms of locations, boss fights and any new gameplay mechanics the team has come up with.
All in all, I’m stocked for Kratos’ latest outing and expect more information to show up over the next couple of months.
With Uncharted 2: Among Thieves releasing sometime during the Fall of next year, we expect that God of War III may be an early 2010 release. Sony has yet to give an official release date, but it would seem more likely than not.
- 8:07am EST - December 15th, 2008
The xbox 360 fanboys on gametrailers are already bashing the game's visuals. This is only pre alpha, who knows how good the final game will look running at 1080p 60fps, its gunna be sick.
- 8:10am EST - December 15th, 2008
I can't wait for this game to release already, i want to bash some cyclops eyeball.
OH yeah, **** you effortless8, if you don't care about the game then don't keep posting how crap it is everytime there is an article about it. hopefully you wont post anymore about it, but you're a loser so you might.
- 8:12am EST - December 15th, 2008
I have never played God of War. *Blushes*
- 8:13am EST - December 15th, 2008
yeah this game is awesome i can't wait i mean they onlt been working on the visuals for about a year maybe longer. so i can see in the future this game looking better and better
- 9:10am EST - December 15th, 2008
it doesnt look very good....
but it will look better.much better.
- 9:23am EST - December 15th, 2008
im thinking this is gonna be released in january or february 2010 just because they already have a ton slated for 09, kinda like what they did with kz2
- 9:42am EST - December 15th, 2008
Who cares about game trailers
I remember when KZ2 was first shown and people actually compared them to CoD4's graphics
And how everyone said KZ2 had better graphics than GoW2 but when IGN gave GoW2 best graphics at E3 all the 360 fanboys retracted on their statements and were like "GoW2 FTW"
Art direction is where i think gears was a lot closer but the greys i have seen in the KZ2 beta felt bold
Of course the game will improve graphically but i am interested in the gameplay.
I hope that they can either make QTE's more minimalistic or add some more depth and nuance to the QTEs.
- 10:40am EST - December 15th, 2008
im very disappointed... come on ppl. the leap from ps2 to ps3 is massive, the power on offer is massive. this maybe an alpha build but they better improve it big time. the leap from mgs3 to 4, or killzone 1 to 2 is the leap we should be looking for. i mean drakes fortune is just a crazy game, and god of war should be on that level at least. if not better
- 10:52am EST - December 15th, 2008
@ 5 its cool i still haven't beat gow2
- 11:25am EST - December 15th, 2008
I wasn't particularly impressed with the trailer. I'll admit I'm not a huge GOW fan in the first place, but from what I was hearing from people they were saying it was going to be near-lifelike visuals, pushing the PS3 to its limit. Judging from the trailer, the graphics are certainly no slouch, just not a quantum leap forward as expected. Kudos on 60fps @ 1080p though, more games need to be achieving those standards.
- 12:55pm EST - December 15th, 2008
They crapped on Killzone 2 for such a long time and now everyone is eatign their words.....the demo was amazing visually and gameplay wise. Now we see GoW III preaplha and they start to crap on it, man just wait 6 months and wait then when it releases then we will all be in awe.
- 1:28pm EST - December 15th, 2008
textures just need some work in my opinon. Especially Karto's
- 3:52pm EST - December 15th, 2008
this game looks sick cant wait till its comes out. f all you microsoft hatas. FYI gears of war sucks peroid. YEAH I SAID IT
- 6:16pm EST - December 15th, 2008
dat wolf gloves looks more like lion heads then a wolfs
- 7:09pm EST - December 15th, 2008
I honestly thought Sony Santa Monica should've held this one off for a few months, GDC perhaps? Im a huge GoW fan (GoW2 is my second favorite game of all time) but I wasn't that impressed. IMHO the Uncharted 2 trailer was miles better, then again I am a Naughty Dog loyalist. lol
- 7:49pm EST - December 15th, 2008
Unbelievable. You nay-sayers...you're looking a pre-alpha code on a grainy, non-HD source and you're all ready to say that it doesn't look good? If this is actually 1080p at 60fps, let's see anyone else pull that off on other hardware. It WILL have less anti-aliasing, but will be much higher resolution and fidelity. Let's wait until we see HD video capture and the thing's even REMOTELY close to release, shall we? Negative anti-PS3 fanboys crack me up. Bottom line, we're starting to see those power advantages that we've known were there. Let's just see how effective they are. Will 1080p games be substantially better than 720p with more anti-aliasing? At least now we'll be able to find out! This is a great time to be a gamer!
- 6:19pm EST - December 16th, 2008
looks pretty good.
- 11:06am EST - December 26th, 2008
this is going to be a really fun and interactive game i am waiting to play . i pre-ordered mine and cant wait till october.
- 7:21pm EDT - August 31st, 2009
a monster in a man body must do what he have to to show no mercy
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