New games bring to life the horror of the Hydra and the smarminess of infowarriors.
Battling harpies and international thugs
Sony's "God of War" is set against the background of ancient Greece. The player controls Kratos, a tattooed Spartan warrior whose mission from the gods is to stop a renegade deity from destroying Athens. The game is known for lavish visuals.
"God of War" begins with Kratos trying to kill himself by leaping from a mountain. A narrator interrupts, however, flashes back to events of the past and begins dispensing tantalizing bits of information about the murderous Kratos. Apparently, it takes awhile to learn all there is to know about the game's hero, but he does end up seeming "endearing," according to the GameSpot review.
Some of the game's villains "amount to mere grunts that can be cut through reasonably quickly," according to the GameSpot review. But "the game tends to throw lots of them at you, meaning you'll need to be quick with your attacks." Still, the game isn't all about killing; it also features some challenging puzzles, according to the review.
The game's visuals have received mixed reviews. The New York Times' Charles Herold says "technically, the game's graphics are the best of the series...yet the series seems to be losing its visual panache."
According to GameSpot, "Fisher and his foes look a bit too much like plastic action figures, (but) the game's incredible animations, meticulously detailed environments, and gorgeous lighting effects more than compensate."
According to a review by NextLevel Gaming, the point of the game is sneaking around: "Sam's way isn't running and gunning; his best work is done in the shadows when you have no idea he's even there." But, yes, Sam does have plenty of guns.