God of War III was originally released back in March 16, 2010 exclusively for PS3, and 5 years later, Kratos has comeback for another play through, now for PS4 – God of War III Remastered.
God of War III was one of the best games in PS3 back then and you can even include that title in top 10 best games in PS3 so remastering it to run in 1080p and 60 frames per second is a great idea, or is it?
Here, you’ll get the review of God of War III Remastered in the first time gamer point of view. Not that I haven’t played the games in PS3 because I did, but I am reviewing this game in a perspective and with the assumption that people who are going to read this are those who are going to play God of War III for the first time or at least, already played it once. Quoting Sony’s response on their remaster games, “40% of PS4 owners are not PS3 owners,” so without further ado, here’s the review of epic conclusion of Krato’s trilogy.
God of War 3 is a third-person, action-adventure, hack-and-slash type of game and despite the game being remastered, there’s no changes in terms of gameplay, I mean, it is exactly the same game that was released 5 years ago in PS3 system with just a higher graphics and new feature like Photo Mode.
Speaking of the added new feature in the game – Photo Mode, I think that this is a very useless add on into a masterpiece game such a God of War III. Seriously, a photo mode? Haven’t you heard about the share button in the DS4 controller? It is almost the same thing and unless you belong in “selfie generation” you wouldn’t enjoy this photo mode to the extend that you’ll just ignore it.
The gameplay type of God of War III is hack-and-slash which is pretty innovative back then and still salable until know. With games releasing right now falling under FPS or RPG, it is nice to have another genre to play every once in a while and GoW 3 is a good filler to that.
The puzzles in this game is also cleverly made. Easy when you’re going to compare it to other games with puzzle type mission but solving every puzzle in the game really gives you a satisfying feeling that you want to proceed and find more puzzles for your to solve.
The story of God of War III picks up right after the events of God of War II where Kratos is riding at the back of Gaia, an ancient Greek God of the Titans and climbing Mt. Olympus to kill Zeus. The story is simple, Kratos is on his way to slay his father, Zeus and on his path for vengeance come different Greek Gods to stop him in killing the God of Sky and Thunder.
As mentioned, the story picks up where you left off the God of War II so it is not recommended for anyone to play this game without playing God of War and God of War II as God of War III is the epic conclusion of this trilogy.
I must say that the story is the weakest part of the game as there are times that the game becomes boring because of the story and you just want to skip every cut scene to proceed with the mission and fighting. The story or the game in general in very short. You can finish it in less than 10 hours and that includes all your deaths, cut scenes, figuring out the puzzles, etc. I’m sure that this is all good back then but with the release of short games like The Order 1886, gamers these days will definitely hate the game length of God of War III Remastered.
Kratos’ fighting style and combat is the strongest point of the game. You’ll get to maximize every buttons, joy stick and even the touchpad of your DS4 controller. The movement of Kratos during combat is really fluent and the responsiveness is also outstanding. I also like how you can shift from different weapons in just simple push of the button and how every weapons has its own power and weaknesses.
God of War III Remastered is running at 1080p with 60 frames per second however, when you compare the original God of War III and God of War III Remastered, you’ll barely notice the difference. God of War 3 that was released on PS3 has a 30-40 fps but the 60 fps of the remastered version is not really locked throughout but you can still say that the game is beautifully done. You can really see the details on Kratos, background of the game and all the enemies. The lighting is also good in this game.
The game is already a masterpiece back then and releasing it again armed with good graphics is really not a good selling point. I don’t even think that this game is included in one of the most anticipated games in 2015. I know that this remaster game targets the gamers who don’t own a PS3 back then but they should have released God of War and God of War II so players can really follow the story. Yes, there is already God of War collection released in PS3 that includes the first two games but it would be really nice to play it in 1080p and 60fps graphics. So generally, God of War III is not advisable to gamers who sill haven’t played the GoW and GoW II as you will not understand the story of this one.
If you’re a God of War fan, then this game is perfect for you but I suggest that you wait for this game to cut its price as 1,695 PHP is really not worth it for the exact same game as the one released in last gen with just a better graphics. If you already played God of War III on PS3, I suggest that you skip this one and save your money for upcoming games.
Overall, this is still a great and fun game for the first time God of War III players.