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God of War: Ascension
God of War IV
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Release Date (US):
March 12th, 2013
Release Date (UK):
March 15th, 2013
Online Players:
SCE Studio Santa Monica
Sony Computer Entertainment
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
0 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
0 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Exclusive to PlayStation 3.

About God of War: Ascension

God of War: Ascension is a prequel depicting the events that lead up to Kratos becoming the legendary Ghost of Sparta.



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While not quite the high-point of the God Of War series, Ascension delivers an action-packed, gloriously-produced, freak-bashing extravaganza with an addictive multiplayer component to boot.

We like

  • Looks incredible, brilliant character and level design.
  • So much variety in combat that it never gets tiring killing creatures in all kinds of brutal ways.
  • Multiplayer brings the universe to life in an addictive online arena.

We dislike

  • A lull in action a couple of hours into the game with boring platform and on-rails sections.
  • Pushing objects and pulling levers - some of the puzzles can be tedious.
  • Concern about longevity of multiplayer if core players level up too quickly

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I can honestly say in all my years of gaming I’ve never had to fight off a dozen bleating, spear-wielding goat-men from inside the belly of a python. Nor have I ever had to square up against a giant of a man who happens to have the face and arm of a frightening-looking old geezer protruding out of his side like a conjoined twin and who speaks like Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings. But hey, that’s God Of War for yo...

God of War: Ascension News

  • God of War: Ascension coming to PS4 -- rumor

    Sony is bringing God of War: Ascension to PlayStation 4, according to the latest Internet gossip. Well-known insider ‘Shinobi602’ claims that the bloody hack-’n-slash title is in the pipeline for Sony’s next-generation console, though isn’t sure whether or not it wil...

  • God of War: Ascension gets Bout of Honour multiplayer mode

    God of War: Ascension has received a new update adding the multiplayer mode Bout of Honour. Taking the form of a 1v1 mode, Bout of Honour eschews many of the elements seen in the previous multiplayer offerings, including chests, fountains, world weapons and relics. Instead, it’s all about r...

  • God of War: Ascension Elite Update now available, double XP weekend

    The Elite Update (1.04) for God of War: Ascension is now live and you can go grab it to go beyond level 30 and fix a handful of audio bugs. The full list of updates, straight from the press release, is posted below. In addition to the Elite Update, you'll have access to another Double XP Week...

  • God of War: Ascension patch v1.04 coming soon, includes level cap increase

    A major patch for God of War: Ascension “has been testing approved” confirms Sony Santa Monica and will be available to download “very soon.” Posting on the U.S. PlayStation forums, God of War community Manager, gypsy816, reveals three major fixes and changes to improve the ...

  • God of War: Ascension has 'underperformed,' says analyst

    PlayStation 3-exclusive God of War: Ascension only sold around 360,000 units across North America during its first month on sale. That’s according to estimates posted by Doug Cruetz (via CVG), an analyst with Cowen & Company, who also forecast disappointing sales for Microsoft heavyweig...

  • God of War: Ascension 1.04 patch detailed

    Sony Santa Monica has released a hearty list of additions and fixes for the near-future 1.04 update for God of War: Ascension. A major addition, especially for avid players of the Ascension multiplayer, is the increased level cap from 30 to 40. With this higher cap, players have access to two new r...

  • [UPDATE] God of War: Ascension 1.04 update incoming tomorrow

    UPDATE: Sony Santa Monica reached out to clarify that update 1.04 will in fact not be releasing tomorrow, but details on the upcoming 1.04 patch will be announced tomorrow. Thank you, Santa Monica, for reaching out to us for clarification. Original: Santa Monica Studios today announced th...

  • Santa Monica finally patches GOW: Ascension's Trial of Archimedes, adds multiplayer customization

    Santa Monica Studios has finally released a fix to remedy the issue that so many have had during the Trial of Archimedies in God of War: Ascension. Chapter 28 of Ascension has one of gaming's most frustrating events, and many of us at PSU can attest that getting through it will be the worse part of...

  • Sony patching 'difficult' section in God of War: Ascension

    A particularly tricky sequence in God of War: Ascension is to be toned down via a patch, developer Sony Santa Monica has confirmed.   News comes via Twitter following a fan complaint that the section in question – which takes part in the latter portion of Kratos’ bloody ...

  • Sony to amend God of War: Ascension Trophy

    A Trophy featured in God of War: Ascension is to receive a name change following a series of online complaints, developer Sony Santa Monica has confirmed. The offensive Trophy in question, named ‘Bros before Hos,’ is awarded to players after Kratos defeats one of the game’s fema...

God of War: Ascension Features

  • God of War: Ascension is a weak installment

    It nearly breaks my heart to say this, considering I’ve advocated for God of War: Ascension, but this game is not polished enough to be called a God of War game. Santa Monica Studios obviously took a lot of time to recreate Kratos in a sub-immortal light, but after experiencing all of the God ...

  • God of War: Ascension trophy list, brief trophy guide

    After spending a great deal of time in God of War: Ascension over the last 24 hours, it’s apparent that much of this game can be completed without a guide, considering it’s very, very linear. However, there are some tricks and tips that can help make this platinum a little bit easier&mda...

  • God of War: Ascension review round-up

    March 15 sees the hotly-anticipated launch of God of War: Ascension, the latest entry in Sony Santa Monica’s bloody hack-‘n-slash series which began back in 2005 on PlayStation 2. Once again, chrome dome Kratos is the star of the show, though this time the action takes the form of a preq...

  • God Of War: Ascension combat guide - 5 tips to help you stay alive

    Unless you’re playing God Of War: Ascension on its easiest difficulty setting you’re going to have a tough ol’ ride against some of the challenging opponents the game throws at you.          Follow these beginner tips to help you come out on top… ...

  • Could the next God Of War please lay off the platforming?

    Let’s make it clear before I begin: I’m a fan of the God Of War series. I’ve just completed God Of War: Ascension--loved it, in fact--but I made it clear in my review that the platforming sections don’t always hit the mark in this latest iteration. I’d even go as far a...

  • Can God of War: Ascension redefine the online experience?

    We've seen it with numerous titles to date, including Dead Space, Ratchet & Clank, and, more recently, Mass Effect. Now, Santa Monica is presenting its avid followers, and the rest of the industry, a game that has remained a single-player experience through five titles on three devices with its ...

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