The latest game to get the HD remastered treatment is one already originally delivered in HD: God of War III. Armed with an improved framerate, more detailed textures and a new photo mode, the PS3 to PS4 re-release is looking for your hard-earned cash.
If you’re new to God of War, III is a good and bad place to start. It’s obviously the third in a trilogy, yet manages to take the best set pieces from the previous two titles if you can’t be bothered slogging through them. God of War was the first in the franchise to be released on PS3, though you can grab the original two PS2 games – and God of War’s two PSP outings – in a five game bundle called God of War Saga on Sony’s latest last-gen console.
The game’s story is one of revenge. In it, protagonist Kratos wants to basically kill anyone and everyone – but the Gods especially — and you join him at the beginning of the game as he attempts to ascend Mount Olympus to do so.
Giving GoW III another playthrough proved a testament to (most of) its gameplay. While not as technical as newer releases like DmC or Bayonetta 2, you can’t help but be reminded that God of War was the franchise that really spawned release after release of copycats. Its combat remains fresh and exemplary, though its constant need for quicktime events does date it somewhat.
Though, that said, once you’re done with those QTEs, you’re treated to some truly gory stuff.
The game looks great, though it did in 2010 as well, and the photo mode is fun enough to play around in. In the end, though, I couldn’t help but question why this re-release exists. Straight up, there’s not much that’s different from the original.
Don’t for a second think this review is saying God of War III is a bad game – in fact, let’s assert for the record that it’s assuredly the opposite – but the fact of the matter is, this release brings little value for money.
If you’ve played God of War III before and you’re not a die-hard fan, you shouldn’t buy this one again. If you’ve never played God of War III and still have a PS3, you’re better off buying the God of War Saga five-game bundle and having that many more games at your disposal. It’ll be the same price as this release at the very least, or most likely even cheaper.
This one is seemingly for the die-hardest of fans, or at the very least, those who don’t have a PS3 or access to PlayStation Now.
God of War III Remastered was reviewed using a promotional disc on PS4, as provided by the publisher.
Review: God of War III Remastered