God of War 3 was one of the top games on the PlayStation 3. It did a good job of ending off the trilogy, had great gameplay and gave us some memorable moments. God of War 3 Remastered has been released recently and delivers an enjoyable upgraded version of the PS3 classic.
God of War 3’s story picks up right where the previous game ended. Kratos, the former God of War, leads the Titans in a most epic charge on Mount Olympus where he hopes to kill Zeus, the most powerful of the gods, for his betrayal of Kratos during the events of God of War 2. From start to finish, the story plays out rather nicely but doesn’t really have any standout moments or twists in the plot. This is, however, until it progresses close to the end of the game; at which point it ends rather aptly and is somewhat moving. The only problem with the story I had is that it’s a continuation from a previous game and does not do enough in catching up newcomers.
The recurring characters from the series help the story move along nicely and also make for some amazing setpieces.
In terms of gameplay, God of War 3 Remastered stays true to form and features some truly well-crafted mechanics. Kratos is like a machine of death and controlling him couldn’t be easier. Platforming, puzzle solving and combat is the name of the game and is done so rather well.
Combat is quite enjoyable and is easy to pick up and play. Kratos has both light and heavy attacks and chaining these two attacks together can have devastating results. As the game progresses and Kratos dispatches enemies, he earns Red Orbs. These orbs can be channelled into his various weapons to unlock more deadly attacks and also to upgrade the amount of damage dealt. The gameplay mechanics haven’t really been tweaked in any way since the original God of War 3 was released, however, this makes sense as it’s never really had any issues.
The Gameplay features over-the-top action, somewhat violent methods of puzzle solving and some awesome bits of gameplay featuring QTE’s (Quick Time Events). The latter has always been a staple throughout the series and God of War 3 is no different. These are prevalent in some of the larger setpieces but are also optional when an enemy is primed for the finishing blow. It usually results in a gory kill which may also yield Health or Magic orbs.
Kratos can also upgrade his health and magic bars by finding sets of items such as Gorgon Eyes and Phoenix Feathers.
In addition to Kratos’s Blades of Exile, he comes into possession of a number of different weapons and items throughout the game.
While the variously godly items are quite useful for both combat and puzzle solving, I felt as though the weapons that he obtains were only really useful for puzzle solving. Unfortunately they behave too similarly to the Blades of Exile to actually warrant being called different weapons. It’s a little unfortunate because you’d expect the final chapter in a trilogy to have some badass weapons that behave differently to that of your default blades. Each weapon does have its own magic attack, however, which is a plus.
Aside from the main game, God of War 3 Remastered includes all previously released DLC for the game including some challenge modes which may make some players pull out their hair in frustration but offer a decent distraction. Additionally, the game includes a Photo Mode so you can catch Kratos in some awesome positions during play.
Visually, God of War 3 Remastered looks amazing. When it was originally released on the PlayStation 3 in 2010, the game looked incredible and is still one of the best looking games on the system. Everything looks so much better; lighting and shadows have been improved and Kratos looks more defined, from his armour to his signature weapons. It also displays an astounding sense of scale, especially so when traversing Cronos or Gaia as their bodies are so gigantic that it functions as an actual area or level.
The game runs at a solid 60fps, making gory kills and QTE’s look near poetic. It’ isn’t really locked to 60fps but it never dropped in such a way that was noticeable.
The quality of the audio is very much on the same level as the game’s visuals. God of War 3 Remastered features stellar voice acting and the soundtrack is one that delivers a feeling of being on an epic quest, rather fitting for a game such as this.
God of War 3 Remastered is a great game and a decent remaster. Both the story and gameplay are thoroughly enjoyable and the updated visuals are a feast for the eyes. Unfortunately, it does fall short where weapons are concerned as they are overly similar to Kratos’s default Blade of Exile. In addition, it caters to players who are familiar with the events of the preceding titles. This makes it somewhat difficult to recommend to newcomers.
Lasting appeal: 8/10