‘God of War’ Is Here, Kratos & Son VS Thor [Video]
By the end “God of War III,” the protagonist “Kratos” had killed every god on Olympus and doomed Greece to apocalyptic horrors. During the last moments of the final cinematic scene, the avenging Spartan laid dying after he was stabbed by Athena before his body suddenly disappeared. During E3, “Sony” finally revealed what happened to the god-killer via a trailer of the latest addition to the legendary title. It seems that “Kratos” will be facing off against Norse deities this time, along with his son.
As Gamespot points out, the new game is called just “God of War” instead of putting a 4 there somewhere. This could be connected to the new beginning that “Kratos” was referring to at the end of the trailer; meaning that it is less of a sequel and more of a new story with a new setting altogether.
This is clear in that the trailer shows a snowy landscape, which looks distinctively northern. “Kratos” and his son, “Charlie” are also wearing fur garb. Add to that the troll that they fought speaking the word Valhalla and it becomes quite clear that the story revolves around Norse Mythology.
Based on the trailer alone, it seems that the gameplay revolves around the same combo fighting mechanics that the franchise is known for. This time, though, there are new elements involved, including bare-knuckle fighting. More than that, the third-person view is conspicuously narrower than previous titles and the fighting is more dynamic.
“Kratos” is armed with some kind of magical axe as well, while his son is armed with a bow. This could imply that there could be elements of co-op combos during fights, with the boy playing a supporting role.
VentureBeat notes that the franchise has sold over 21.5 million copies worldwide. The last game in the series to be released was “God of War: Ascension,” which was a prequel that didn’t really sell all that well. Perhaps a change of pace and the prospect of fighting Thor himself will reinvigorate the interest of players, both old and new.