PS4 ‘God of War’ Review Roundup: GOTY or Game of The Decade? Here’s What Critics Are Saying

We’ll be making our own ‘God of War’ review, but while we wait lets take a spin around other sites and see what they’re saying about the PS4’s latest blockbuster exclusive with this ‘God of War’ review roundup. If you were looking forward to this game, then you’re likely not going to be disappointed. It looks like Playstation has its killer app for the year and this could be a tough one to beat.

IGN

Score: 10/10

The verdict: “I expected great action from God of War, and it delivers that handily. But I didn’t expect it to be a thrilling journey in which every aspect of it complements the others to form what is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a game in which Kratos, a previously one-note character, becomes a complex father, warrior, and monster, embattled both on the field and within his own heart about how to treat his son; one in which the world opens up and shifts, offering rewards in both gameplay and knowledge of its lore that I treasured with each accomplishment. The obvious care that went into crafting its world, characters, and gameplay delivers by far the most stirring and memorable game in the series.” – Read the full review here.

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Polygon

Score: NA (Polygon doesn’t give a score.)

Scale and combat: Reviewer Andrew Webster says, “The new God of War offers the satisfyingly kinetic combat and the absurd sense of enemy scale that made the series so beloved, but it fuses it to a much more complete game.” – Read the full review here.

Destructoid

Score: 10/10

Quote: “God of War is a different game for a new era of the medium. While I’m a sucker for more frantic arcadey action there are plenty of studios left carrying on that legacy. Unless something catastrophic happens to Sony Santa Monica, there’s more story to tell, and I hope the exact same team is able to tell it.” – Read the full review here.

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Gamespot

Score: 9/10

On ‘God of War’s’ graphics: “And like its predecessors, God of War is a technical and artistic showcase. It is without a doubt one of the best-looking console games ever released, with every breathtaking environment and mythical character exhibiting impressive attention to detail and beautifying flourishes aplenty. The vision behind all of this is evident in Kratos’ meticulously grizzled physique and weathered equipment, in the atmospheric effects that transform believably rustic environments into the stuff of dreams, and in the overall design and structure of the world itself.” – Full review here.

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Gamesradar

Score: 5/5

Glowing quote of the day: “Realistically, however, I don’t think it’s possible to overstate just how good God of War is..” – Full review here.

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Variety

Score: Great

Quote: This new “God of War” has some rough edges remaining in its transition to something new, but even in its concluding moments, it commits to its vision in a way that few games do — and it’s the first time the series has felt vibrant and important in a decade.” – Read the rest here.

GQ Magazine

Score: “A remarkable artistic achievement'”

Quote: Author Sam White says, “Every aspect – from its unrivalled looks to its haunting score – is marvellous to behold, and it’s unquestionably the most beautiful looking game ever made.” – Full review here.

The Guardian

Score: 5/5

Quote: “It is rare to play a game so accomplished in everything it sets out to do. God of War is a standard-setter both technologically and narratively. It is a game that, until recently, would have been impossible.” – Click here for full review. 

Kotaku

Score: NA

On the world:God of War initially feels rigidly linear. For the first several hours, you’re confined to a series of hallways and small open areas linked one after the other. But it eventually becomes apparent that the game started you out on the far end of one spoke of a hub. Upon reaching said hub, things open up. No, the game does not become The Witcher 3 or anything, but maybe it’s like Witcher Lite: You can wander around, take on sidequests, find chests, solve puzzles, and beat up more enemies to earn more experience points, all without advancing the story.” – Kotaku’s full review here.

The Daily Dot

Score: 4/5

The verdict: “Full of genuine surprises, thrilling action, and emotionally grounded in almost every moment, this God of War is easily the best entry in a long series that had no right to reinvent itself so well.” – DD review here.

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You can swing over to Metacritic to check out more. ‘God of War’ is currently sitting at a 94% with 74 critic reviews.

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