This is how God of War's director reacted to the great reviews

There is a hub world of sorts that lets you travel to different realms and explore nearby locations

Also, you can run into debris in the boat or find spots of sunken treasure a-la The Wind Waker and it can help fill out your coffers.

It's been a while since we've seen a new "God of War" game. This expands ten-fold at Lake of Nines, where you're given a canoe and freedom to row anywhere your heart desires. Fans who have been on board since the original game may be apprehensive about all the alterations, but it's still undeniably God of War. But The Last of Us works overtime to break every hated trope of the escort mission. This meter recovers over time, so try to save up your arrow shots for when you're close and ready to unload to maximize your chance of stunning someone before they can retreat and reset the meter. If you feel this way, don't fret. You will obtain this pre-order rewarded regardless if you bought the digital or physical version of the game.

Even back then, developers were looking for ways to make escort missions more playable. Listen and soak them up. "I was crying." Once he dried his eyes, he went out for dinner and ordered the champagne. You use the first Mystic Gateway to move forward to one of the other mystic gateways you've unlocked/found. Kratos fights with a magical axe called Leviathan - a brutal tool of decimation that channels the frosts of Midgard to unleash powerful icy attacks upon his enemies. Axe throws are more than just pretty though, and serve a big goal in crowd control. There's a lot of different types of collectibles, but selling them won't stop you from being able to collect each kind.

The cursor when throwing the axe will give you a good indication of what you need to do in certain parts of the game. Don't forget the difference as I did.

So, forget Egyptian and Mayan myth. God of War 5 will have Kratos and Loki dealing with Thor, Odin, Freya and more characters we've yet to meet from Norse lore. Enemies will break out of juggles and punish you for it, and larger ones will straight up not give a damn. For a series built around the concept that Kratos' revenge was more important than the fate of the world itself, this sudden shift into a game that hinges on truly caring about another character is remarkable. At one point you just kinda nip Cronus in the thumb with your sword.

Kratos has had a shield of sorts before, but parries have never had such a strong emphasis.

Get yourself a heavy rune that pops up multiple enemies. If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself prioritizing upgrades for Kratos' son as you lead him into the game's many dangers. Although Luck is often ignored, you're best served finding gear that raises this stat. The Aesir will laugh at your bad choices. "It is a long, long, long time coming".

But don't just take our word for it. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella is confident in God of War's ability to make a splash, stating on Twitter "my confidence is high that God of War will be the biggest exclusive debut on the PS4". Side quests are one thing, but the game features multiple endgame challenges designed for a Kratos that has seen war and then some.

The new combat system requires skill and a lot of patience.

God Of War is heavy-duty combat and third-person exploration and adventure gameplay at its best, but with a deep and complex story players can invest in. Breathe it all in and savour it. Other than the time you spend in the menus, the game as you play it is near seamless.

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