Is God of War The best game of 2018? Here’s my review!

As a new player of the God of War franchise I wasn’t 100% certain of what I was going to get from this game. The God Of War games already had a whopping 7 titles out and I’ve not played a single one – that is until now! God of War for PlayStation 4 was released here in Australia on the 20th April 2018 and I completed it within 2 days! Why did I get so immersed in this game? Let’s get into that now.

Brought to us by Santa Monica Studios exclusively for the PlayStation 4, God of War is one beautiful game. The development team have created a gameplay experience that is seamless with beautiful scenery throughout, excellent dialog between the characters and controls that rival the best platformer games out there. I almost feel that even if you don’t enjoy gaming you could easily pick up this game and be hooked from the first chapter.

Now keeping in mind I don’t wish to give too much away with this review, there are going to be some spoilers if you wish to stop reading now.

Cinematic and visually breathtaking from the intro.

 

After meeting Kratos and Atreus at the beginning of the game you’re already feeling the anguish and pain of the journey to come. The voice actors Christopher Judge as Kratos (also known for his work in StarGate SG1) and Sunny Suljic as Atreus both give outstanding performances. Also with the graphic design and lifelike effects given to each character it’s easy to be swept up in every emotion and feeling as the story unfolds.

The direction, production and cinematic style of the game was also well thought out and written. The scripting between the two is heart felt at times – when Kratos is not sure to console Atreus I could feel his pain and see that he is unsure if will he be doing the right thing by holding his son. Those tender moments are all timed perfectly throughout the game giving it the extra edge of feeling like your watching a movie.

Moving moments between father and son.

 

It’s important once progressing through the game to continue to upgrade each character. Taking on stronger enemies will also help you to grow however, they have the ability to kill you in a single hit if you don’t have adequate armour and stronger weaponry. This is easy enough to do whilst playing through. Just always be on the lookout for chests, ruins, side quests and favours along your journey. By completing these tasks or opening chests you will receive enchantments and items that will build up your weapon levels. The combo’s are also exciting to use and very straight forward with R1 & R2 used to strike. The controls to also use Artreus in combination with Kratos is so well done. The speed and accuracy in both of their movements is a credit to the studio and once you have a stronger pair even level 7 mini bosses will be a breeze to fight.

Upgrading weaponry is a must to successfully beat the game.

 

The game was action packed at every cornerstone of the game. It was also at the right moments and never too much or not enough. One fight after another is also concurrent in some areas which keeps your heart pumping so be prepared for some epic battles. Certain areas also have a greater difficulty to their mini bosses / sub bosses. The enemy characters are all exceptional and the boss fights at the end of each location are quite challenging. The final area fights can also go for quite a while – with some of the fights taking me 10-15 minutes from my last death to complete. The last boss Baldur is probably one of the best fighting scenes I’ve ever played and without spoiling it further I just hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Epic battles and cut scenes that are jaw dropping.

 

Now you might be thinking is a game guide required to complete this game? 100% no! I completed the game without the need for a guide. I’m not saying it’s easy however. Once you get the game play and achievements you quickly realise that areas will be visited again (sometimes up to 3 times) so that when you’re stronger or have additional weapons you’ll be able to complete the tasks. The game map is a vast area but don’t worry, you will be able to travel back quickly by opening portal doors the first time you visit them. Once you return with extra weapons such as electric arrows or the Krato’s blades you’ll be able to open chests that had been once locked. This will continue to build your level strength and give you more goals to do within the game.

Do I have any gripes with the game? Of course but only minor ones. I found that the controller can be particular on the O button when going up to the boat and sometimes I’ve found Atreus to be in the way. Other than that I found the battles to be challenging but fun once I had the controls downpat.

Once you’ve beaten the last boss you’ll be back on the initial story journey. This part of the story again brings you back to the cheeky and loving relationship between father and son. The ending has such a great explanation of Atreus and possibly what the future holds for the game franchise. I am expecting more games of this caliber from Santa Monica Studios and hopefully very soon! God of War is easily 2018’s best video game release and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life PlayStation 4 Unboxing After Hours Edition

 

So far I have enjoyed the in depth story line. I feel like I know a little about Kiryu and where the plot will develop into. Great graphics and nice controls as well. Definitely a must play 2018 title. Check out the video to see what was included in the After Hours premium edition.

Games Room Update from Australia – Almost back in action!

Sony CRT & Games Room Setup

 

Our games room was in need of a little change up. It was feeling a little crowded in some areas and the consoles just didn’t have a good flow. We decided to swap out our dedicated music area spot with the CRT TV’s unit. This has made just a VAST difference. The consoles are now all dedicated together on certain CRT’s or the flat screen TV’s.

It is amazing how much the feel of the room has changed. It’s almost like a new room and everything feels even more organised. Our current setup of consoles is below and I have referenced the size and or model of the TV’s if I have the info:

Setup for our games room – Side 1 Sony KV-HR36M31 is for all movies with Betamax, Laser Disc and VHS machines Loewe Calida 5072 is for Nintendo 64 PAL & NTSC-J, Super Nintendo & Super Famicom plus Gamecube Sony KV-21SP1 ‘PlayStation 1 TV’ dedicated to PS NTSC-J, Panasonic 3Do and PC Engine Sony 14 inch is setup using UHF for a top loader NES and Sega Master System 1 Sony 50 inch big screen is setup for all PAL consoles PS1, PS2 Fat, PS3 60g backwards compatible model and PS4

Side 2 Sony 50 inch (to be confirmed) running Sega Megadrive, Mega CD 1, NES Mini, Super Nintendo Mini, Xbox One S and PlayStation 4

Jusco 30th Anniversary Nintendo 64 Unboxing Rare Japanese N64

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The Japan exclusive Jusco 30th Anniversary Nintendo 64 console unboxing. This unit was sold only in the retail chain Jusco and so far on the search I've not been able to see how many consoles had been produced. These beautiful two tone clear grey and transparent N64's are different to the Charcoal or Smoke Black. They are a slightly lighter grey with a clear base and it's contents are exactly the same as all other standard Nintendo 64 consoles sold. The collectable side of this unit is that they didn't come up for sale very often and it's only recently more have become available. @team1upem #NintendoCollector #Nintendo #N64 #Nintendo64 #Gamer #GamerGirl #Collector #retrogamecollecting #retrocollective #retro #Pikachu #Rare #Consoles #gaming #videogames #gamersunite #GamersOfAus #gamersofinstagram #gamersoftheworld #Rare #Jusco #30thAnniversary #Team1UpEm #RetroGamer #RetroGaming Moments by Sappheiros https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b… Music provided by Music for Creators https://youtu.be/haiMw3ve1lg

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Nintendo 64 Major League Baseball starring Ken Griffey Jr. Australian Exclusive

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This week we have one of the final Australia exclusive N64 PAL releases I own. The game Major League Baseball starring Ken Griffey Jr. – It surprises me that it falls into the exclusive category. I don't even know if back in '98 baseball was really that popular in Australia. Any whoo this was one game that i'll admit I found hard to get into and play. I just don't understand the rules of baseball as it turns out. The key features of this title are that it does have the official licensing of players (not that I really know who they are – sorry baseball fans) and that you can play batting as arcade or classic. Pretty neat! Oh and the camera angles also are very good for an older sports game. Overall it's not for me but I like the fact that it's an exclusive game and very happy to own it. So anyone else like this game? After some research apparently it had a big fan base @Team1UpEm #MajorLeague #MajorLeagueBaseball #Baseball #NintendoCollector #Nintendo #N64 #Nintendo64 #Gamer #GamerGirl #GamerGuy #Collector #retrogamecollecting#retrocollective #retro #Rare #Consoles #gaming #videogames#gamersunite #GamersOfAus#gamersofinstagram #gamersoftheworld #Team1UpEm #RetroGamer #RetroGaming

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Aussie Rules Footy for the NES!

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In 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System developers Beam Software from Melbourne, Australia released the Aussie Rules Footy game. An exclusive to our PAL region (and Australia) the simulation game depicts in third person our Australian Rules Football #AussieRules. It's game play is pretty similar to the rules / moves of the actual real life game. Most of the teams you're able to select are still teams today but I am not sure if at that time there was a few thrown in like Darwin and Canberra. Overall this is a cool game that I am pretty happy with how it still stands up to the test of time. I do love a classic and I think this one has it in spades. Kicking it out of bounds on the full is also pretty funny. The voice over reminds me of my Uncle haha. @Team1UpEm I can't wait to see all the other International posts this week 👌 Remember to swipe to see the video 👉👈 #Team1UpEm #NES #Nintendo #NintendoCollector #RetroGamer #RetroGaming #Gaming #FunFact #GamerGirl #AustralianFootball #Football #Collector

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