God of War 3 PS3
God of War 3
Now I am going to talk about the God of War 3, the final ending of the god of war series. God of War III is a third person action-adventure video game developed by SCE Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game was released for PS3 in 2010 and is the sequel to God of War 1 and God of War 2. God of War 3 features gameplay similar to previous installments. A third-person, single-player, fixed camera game, the player controls the character Kratos in a combination of combat, both normal and quick-time, with platforming and puzzle game elements. The game also features a first person camera view during two boss battles.
Kratos fighting Leviathan
The game is set in Ancient Greece, just like the previous series with the player controlling the protagonist Kratos, the former God of War after the betrayal by his father, Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods. After rescueing the Titans and by reigniting the Great War, Kratos ascends Mount Olympus with Gaia to destroy the Olympian Gods. Launching a counter-assault against the Titans, Poseidon is killed by the combined efforts of Kratos and Gaia. His death, however, has caused the oceans to flood. Reaching Olympus' peak, Kratos and Gaia attempt to attack Zeus, but are driven back and plunged from the mountain. Gaia clings to the side of the mountain and refuses to save Kratos, stating he was nothing more than a pawn.
An epic fight against Hades
Kratos falls to the Underworld and loses the Blade of Olympus. He lands in the River Styx as the souls of the underworld weaken him and ruin the Blades of Athena. He is confronted by Athena after exiting the river. Athena provides him with the Blades of Exile, stating that to destroy Zeus, he must quell the Flame of Olympus. He will then locate the Three Judges of the Underworld and the Chain of Balance that maintains the equilibrium between Underworld and Olympus. Soon after encountering the Olympian blacksmith Hephaestus and recovering the Blade of Olympus, he kills Hades. His death releases the souls of the underworld and exacerbates the chaos caused by Kratos' assault on Olympus. Exiting the underworld, Kratos travels to Olympia where he encounters a wounded Gaia. Ignoring Gaia's request for aid, he severs her arm, causing her to fall from Mount Olympus to her apparent death.
Kratos killing Hermes, the overconfident god
Kratos will then proceed his journey, he overcomes various foes in the meantime, including the Titan Perses and the god Helios. Helios' death causes worldwide darkness and storms. Encountering Hermes who mocks Kratos, the Spartan chases after the god which leads him to the Chamber of the Flame. Kratos soon will learn that Pandora's Box is once againt the key of success of his quest. However, Athena informs Kratos that the Flame of Olympus surrounding the Box can only be quelled by its namesake. Continuing his chase after Hermes, Kratos eventually catches him and kills the overconfident god. His death releases a plague on the world. Reaching the Forum, Kratos has an audience with the drunken goddess Hera who disregards Kratos' request for Pandora's location. She then calls upon the demigod Hercules, who discusses his jealousy of his half-brother. Hercules then attacks Kratos, but is killed by the Spartan. Taking use of the Hyperion Gate in Aphrodite's chamber, Kratos travels to Tartarus, where he is forced to kill Cronos and then Hephaestus. Reusing the Hyperion Gate, the Spartan travels through Hera's Gardens, where he kills the taunting goddess. Her death causes the end of all plant life. Kratos will then return to the Labyrinth to find Pandora.
A warming up battle with Zeus
Kratos meets the imprisoned Daedalus and he learns that he must unite the Labyrinth first in order to find Pandora. After doing so, he fights his way through the massive puzzle and rescues Pandora. Athena then instructs to break the Chain of Balance so that the Labyrinth can be raised and Pandora can reach Pandora's Box. Neutralizing the Three Judges and breaking the Chain, Kratos raises the Labyrinth and Pandora attempts to enter the Flame of Olympus. Zeus appears but after a warming-up battle, Pandora successfully sacrifices herself and quenches the Flame. However, the Spartan discovers Pandora's Box is empty and battles Zeus once again. Gaia suddenly returns and attempts to kill the pair, but both escape via a gaping wound in her neck where the two continue their battle. Gaia is killed when Kratos impales Zeus against the Titan's heart with the Blade of Olympus, an act that apparently also kills Zeus. Kratos recovers the Blade and begins to leave, but is then attacked by Zeus' spirit. Losing consciousness, he is saved by Pandora during a mental journey into his own psyche. With the help of his wife Lysandra, Kratos forgives himself for his past sins, regains consciousness, and viciously beats Zeus to death.
Kratos killing himself after the last battle
Athena reappears and demands that Kratos return what he apparently took from Pandora's Box. He states that the box was empty, which Athena refuses to believe. She explains that when Zeus sealed the evils of the world (greed, fear, and hate) within the box, she foresaw that it would eventually be opened, and so she placed her own power – hope – within the box. Athena then realizes that when Kratos first opened the Box to defeat Ares, the evils escaped and infected the Olympian Gods, while Kratos was endowed with hope. The goddess demands Kratos return her power, stating she knows how to use it to rebuild the world. He refuses stating his vengeance is over, and impales himself with the Blade of Olympus, releasing hope's power for all mankind. An angered Athena pulls the sword from Kratos and states that he has disappointed her. Kratos, nearing death, collapses as Athena departs.
Well, the battle system of the game is almost the same as the previous series. However, it is very important to carefully string together attacks that build off one another to maximize damage and keep your enemies indisposed for as long as possible. As you may have noticed in the previous games, Kratos can perform both light and strong attacks that can produce some devastating combos when chained together. Each weapons has its own unique in-game list that you can consult to read up in the game. For the defense system, Kratos has a Golden Fleece that will allow him to deflect enemy attacks and even retailable as long as you press L1 at the moment when enemy makes contact. A successful Golden Fleece counter glows and is extremely valuable in combat.
Kratos' main weapons are the Blades of Exile (initially the Blades of Athena), with some other new weapons which are the Claws of Hades, the Nemean Cestus and the Nemesis Whip. The Nemean Cestus (a pair of fist gauntlets), and the Nemesis Whip are crucial to gameplay, as they are required to advance through certain stages of the game. The difference of this game with the previous series is that each weapon has an individual magic ability: Divine Reckoning (Blades of Athena), Army of Sparta (Blades of Exile), Soul Summon (Claws of Hades), Nemean Roar (Nemean Cestus) and Nemesis Rage (Nemesis Whip). The power of each magic ability increases via upgrading the weapon to which each is linked (excluding the temporary Divine Reckoning). There are also some secondary weapons, which are oftenly called as Items that have limited usage before needing recharging, such as the Bow of Apollo, the Head of Helios and Boots of Hermes. All three are required to advance through certain stages of the game. Kratos loses almost all upgraded weapons and magic at the beginning of the game. Kratos retains only the fully upgraded Blades of Athena. However, the Blades of Athena is lost after the first main battle with Poseidon. They are replaced by the Blades of Exile eventually. Many of the familiar combination attacks reappear, with the new additions including the combat grapple: a ranged "grab" maneuver that, depending on the weapon, can either pull Kratos towards foes or forces them away (necessary at certain points in the game, with Kratos effectively "riding" harpies across chasms), and a simple grab with bare hands that allows Kratos to use lesser foes as a battering ram. Kratos can also rapidly switch between weapons (eventually, all four primary weapons) in battle and continue the same attack combination.
Cyclone of chaos
All these four weapons can be upgraded by collecting red orbs throughout Kratos' quest for vengeance. Each weapon is maxed out at Level 5. For other items, they will be maxed out after one upgrade. There will be more than ample Orbs near the end of the game to upgrade everything, but in the beginning you must decide carefully which weapon is to be powered up first. The Cyclone of Chaos attack with the Blades of Exile is large crowd-cleaner, and so I recommend starting with that.
A cool mini-game using Blade of Olympus
The relics Poseidon's Trident, the Golden Fleece, and Icarus' Wings that were acquired in previous games are automatically retained. Blade of Olympus, on the other hand is also retained but is no longer a primary weapon, being now utilized in conjunction with the special ability, the Rage of Sparta. The Rage of Sparta is the equivalent to the Rage of the Gods and Rage of the Titans from God of War and God of War II, respectively, and provides temporary invulnerability and increased attack damage. The Blade of Olympus is also used to defeat more powerful bosses. Kratos has also acquired another passive item, that is Hades' Soul, which allows him to siwn in the River Styx without being attacked by lost souls.
Throughout the game are special ornate chests that contain one of three items: A Phoenix Feather, a Gorgon Eye, or a Minotaur Horn. Phoenix Feather augments the blue magic meter; a Gorgon Eye increases the maximum health meter, and a Minotaur Horn increases the item meter. Collect three of each to upgrade the corresponding meter. Aside from these upgrades, you will also find unique Godly possessions that grant special abilities to Kratos during a second playthrough. Keep in mind that upon activation of these items you may not be able to gain Trophies. Later on, when you've collected everything there is to collect the special chests will contain a plethora of red Orbs instead.
Mini-game while fighting against Leviathan
There are lots of Quick Time Events (QTE) throughout the entire game. These QTE, or simply called as mini-games are referred as the randomized button sequences that appear for a few seconds on-screen to advance the storyline or finish off some special enemies. Most of the cases, you will be asked to use almost all the buttons available on the PS3 controller. So, don't put down your controller during long cinematic, as you may miss an opportunity to perform a QTE. Failure in correctly pressing a button usually ends in some detrimental effects for Kratos. A very good example will be the final boss fight against Zeus where you will be asked to press tons of random buttons on your controller so that you can finally kill him with the Blade of Olympus.
Sex mini-game with Aphrodite
As all of you may know, there is also a quick-time sex mini-game included in the game, as in the previous God of War series. This time, Kratos will have an an encounter with goddess Aphrodite. The game also features 36 Trophies, which are awarded for Kratos' achievements, unlike the 2 series before which were released on the PS2. Personally, I like the entire God of War series very much, especially the third series, which is also the final ending to Kratos' vengeance towards all the gods. The graphics of the game is especially good, because the game was released on the platform PS3 and it is still one of the largest game ever released with a record of around 40 GB. The 3 games feature a lot of blood spills that no other games can offer. Well, if you are hardcore type of player, then I will strongly recommend the 3 games for you. Click here if you wish to buy the game.