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Universal acclaim - based on 118 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 118
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 13, 2018
    100
    The return of the furious Spartan warrior was made well. God of War is already a great contender for game of the year and you shouldn't miss it. [Issue#285]
  2. CD-Action
    Jul 6, 2018
    100
    Cory Barlog and his team achieved what many thought impossible – despite having changed almost everything Santa Monica managed to preserve that elusive spark that makes God of War game feel like a God of War game. They created one of the defining titles of the current generation and a technical marvel whose stunning beauty in motion words cannot describe. And there’s one more thing. Barlog’s touching reaction to his masterpiece’s scores shows that even in the world of huge budgets, micropayments, loot boxes and sales forecasts there still is a place for artists who pour their hearts into their work. We need someone to remind us of that once in a while. [06/2018, p.38]
  3. Jun 3, 2018
    100
    God of War shines with sincerity. It is a true and great masterpiece featuring amazing storytelling and a strong desire to develop its heroes throughout an incredible and generous adventure.
  4. Apr 30, 2018
    100
    It has been a long time since a game has gripped me like God of War. It's the type of game that when you sit down to play it, hours pass by in the blink of an eye. It's the type of game that you can't put down; you always want to do just one last task. And it's the type of game that when you aren't playing it, you're thinking about playing it. Addictive, engrossing and compelling; it's epic, that's what it is.
  5. Apr 30, 2018
    100
    With an exceptional story, brilliant acting, superb controls and gorgeous level design, God of War is a masterpiece and is easily the best title on the platform to date, and possibly the generation.
  6. 100
    Like Tomb Raider before it, God of War has managed to keep something of its heritage while grounding its previously inaccessible main character and filling the whole experience with depth and feeling.
  7. Apr 23, 2018
    100
    This brutally violent mythological adventure was the last place I ever thought I’d find deep, meaningful ruminations on what it is to be a father, and the sacrifices involved. God of War is brilliant in ways I never thought games could be. That it’s also perhaps the most highly polished game I’ve ever played, with unsurpassed presentation and mechanics, is actually secondary to the fact that it generated in me the kind of childlike awe I haven’t experienced in decades. I have been writing about video games for almost 20 years now, and in all that time I have never given any game a perfect score. Until now.
  8. Apr 23, 2018
    100
    Plain and simple, God of War is one of the best games ever. Good luck to the other Game-of-the-Year contenders. The next generation is here.
  9. Apr 21, 2018
    100
    The best comparison to be made is that Sony Santa Monica took a blockbuster, popcorn action flick and made it an Oscar contender, without sacrificing any of the series’ central DNA. God of War is one of this generation’s crowning achievements and is up there with some of Sony’s best.
  10. Apr 19, 2018
    100
    God of War joins as the main star of Sony's arsenal of successful exclusive games and there is no doubt that every gamer with a PlayStation 4 system must play it.
  11. Apr 18, 2018
    100
    God of War is a genre redefining epic, a triumph for SCI Santa Monica, and the single best reason to own a PS4 in 2018.
  12. Apr 18, 2018
    100
    It’s a triumph in storytelling and design, making it one of the most exceptional experiences gaming has ever seen.
  13. 100
    God of War is an absolute marvel of a game, a visual feast filled with immersive gameplay that is one of the must-play titles of 2018.
  14. Apr 17, 2018
    100
    The new God of War, with its remarkable visuals, living world, superb combat mechanics and mature narration marks the beginning of a new era for the franchise and, dare we say, single player gaming altogether.
  15. Apr 16, 2018
    100
    Kratos’ new beginning is full of heart, loaded with action and is easily one of the best games of this generation.
  16. Apr 15, 2018
    100
    I couldn’t help but think of how Santa Monica took the best of GoW as a franchise and melded it beautifully with the most distinguishable designs of other modern games to create something with an immensely potent synergy.
  17. Apr 13, 2018
    100
    Perhaps most importantly, I didn’t know how much more ground could be covered with Kratos as a character. The new Nordic mythology obviously gives Sony Santa Monica plenty of new material to play with, but it’s the new Kratos that’s responsible for the game’s most striking evolution...God of War grew up, and the result is the best entry in the series.
  18. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is that rare game that manages to reinvent itself while still maintaining what made its predecessors such delights to play...A triumph, and well worth your time. Now grab your axe and get chopping.
  19. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is the perfect trifecta of innovative gameplay, gorgeous visuals and engrossing narrative. It’s a game that grabbed me from its opening moments and had me holding my breath for almost 30 hours...This is a beautiful game and one of the most engaging experiences I’ve ever had. Unlike previous God of War entries, this is one game that I will be thinking about for many, many years to come.
  20. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    Whether we're talking about the exploration, combat system, or the story, God of War is nothing short of a masterpiece.
  21. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    Once mastered, God of War’s combat is one of the most rewarding I have tried in a long time. Kratos becomes a hurricane of death and destruction, blocking, shield bashing, slicing, dicing, spinning around and throwing his axe at an enemy further away, while pummeling closer monsters with punches and kicks, and then recalling the weapon to catch two more draugr in the back, before going in for one of the several spectacular finishers. It’s fast, complex, addictive, and exhilarating, but I never once felt like I wasn’t in control.
  22. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    A tribute to the Fumito Ueda will delight the veterans of the original game same as introduce this classic to the newcomers, who are not tuned on a nostalgic note. An ideal opportunity to improve your video game education and a wonderful experience in the same time. Some clumsy controls and occasionally stubborn camera can’t ruin the great experience.
  23. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    Despite the non-numerical title suggesting a complete do-over, God of War is thrillingly different. This is more redemption than reinvention, though there is plenty of that too, as Sony Santa Monica levy the weight of Kratos’ past in one of the most gorgeous, spectacular and impactful blockbusters of the generation.
  24. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    It is rare to play a game so accomplished in everything it sets out to do. God of War is a standard-setter both technologically and narratively. It is a game that, until recently, would have been impossible.
  25. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    This is how you do a reboot. After Kratos lost his way, Sony Santa Monica has set the God of War on a new path. A more measure, nuanced character, a great supporting cast, an excellent combat system, and some of the best graphics in the PlayStation 4 game to-date add up to a winner.
  26. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is, in a single word, holistic. Every aspect is excellent on its own, but more importantly, it all serves and accentuates the larger vision. Some die-hard fans may fear this isn’t really God of War. I suppose they’re right. It’s even better.
  27. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    It's possibly the best example of what the PS4 has to offer, and I feel like it's going to be one of those games that instantly comes to mind when they think of this console generation...The graphics, sound, combat, world, and plot all come together to make an exquisite package that is a prime example of why games are art and God of War is right up there with the best films and novels when it comes to storytelling. If you have a PlayStation 4, you should play God of War. If you don't have one, you should consider getting one to play this game.
  28. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    One of PlayStation’s finest moments, Kratos has been reimagined for a new audience while keeping the best bits of what originally made him great.
  29. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War doesn’t just feel like the next step for the franchise, but for the entire video game industry. Phenomenal visuals, rewarding exploration, and a deep, nuanced combat system contribute to an epic adventure that should be experienced by every human on earth. Santa Monica Studio is taking us all to Valhalla.
  30. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is one of those rare titles that define the console generation. Kratos’ fighting has been refined to its very best and the lands of Midgard are filled with wonders of all manner to explore and defeat. It’s been nearly the entire lifespan of the PlayStation 4 console since Kratos has seen new adventure but the wait has been worth it. Santa Monica Studio’s journey is still far from over, but they’ve once again shown why Kratos is one of gaming’s greatest anti-heroes.
  31. 100
    From its renewed focus on storytelling, to its stunningly gorgeous world and incredibly satisfying combat, God of War is nothing short of a masterpiece, one that sets a new bar for what can be accomplished in the world of AAA games.
  32. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is, simply put, the best PS4 game I have played in the console’s lifecycle. I can’t stop thinking about its world and characters. I had so much fun exploring it and taking on its combat. I wanted more, and the game delivers. After having hesitations about the direction I thought the game was going, I am thrilled to report that all of my concerns were nullified within the first hour of the game. This is the true evolution of the series, and quite possibly the best game of the year. Well at least so far.
  33. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War has amazed us from the narrative standpoint as well as with its incredible graphics. The new adventures of Kratos redefines the beat’em all genre, and makes the game the best exclusive on the PS4 since its inception.
  34. 100
    God of War is an epic reboot of an epic franchise. The evolution of Kratos could have gone horribly wrong. Instead, Santa Monica Studio has given the franchise the treatment it deserves. This new narrative tone has heart, and serves to make Kratos much more relatable in his new role as protector, while remaining as brutal as past installments. Reworked and improved combat options make for an enjoyable and customizable experience, and phenomenal audiovisual performance ensures that each trip to the mythical lands before the Vikings is a wonderfully grisly experience. God of War is a must-buy experience well worth the wait.
  35. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is a special game. This reimagining of the famous PlayStation franchise elevates the series in unexpected ways, without forgetting the core tenets that made Kratos a fan-favourite to begin with. This is a sprawling single player epic with an abundance of secrets and a storyline that keeps you hooked from start-to-finish. While it borrows liberally from other action adventure greats, its unique combat and outstanding artistic direction separate it from its immediate peers. A truly impressive achievement.
  36. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is the best example of how you should manage the beginning of a new era for an established brand, in every entertainment media. It’s the pinnacle of Sony’s will to promote creative freedom for its first party studios. It’s a melting pot made of old school video game elements and technical mastery, a great script and revolutionary ideas.
  37. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is an astonishing achievement in the series, a magnificent and deep game that plays quite differently but greatly and succeeds in absolutely every aspect. The action is great, the exploration is great, the story is great, the characters - who are remarkably played - are great, the setting is wonderful, the music is truly special: players can't turn their back on this absolute work of art.
  38. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    It’s very rare that a game grabs me this completely, but God of War is, without a doubt, an early contender for Game of the Year. It’s flawless in its execution, and the new benchmark for action titles. Well done, Santa Monica Studios, and thanks for taking us on this entirely new adventure.
  39. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    One of the best games on PS4, and one of the best games of this generation. A masterpiece.
  40. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    I expected great action from God of War, and it delivers that handily. But I didn’t expect it to be a thrilling journey in which every aspect of it complements the others to form what is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a game in which Kratos, a previously one-note character, becomes a complex father, warrior, and monster, embattled both on the field and within his own heart about how to treat his son; one in which the world opens up and shifts, offering rewards in both gameplay and knowledge of its lore that I treasured with each accomplishment. The obvious care that went into crafting its world, characters, and gameplay delivers by far the most stirring and memorable game in the series.
  41. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    God of War is back with one of the most rewarding experiences on the PlayStation 4 to date.
  42. Apr 12, 2018
    100
    Sony Santa Monica has made it clear that there’s more story to tell, and I hope the exact same team is able to tell it.
  43. Apr 12, 2018
    99
    God of War is an excellent game that has evolved with great quality in every aspect. The game feels more mature, profound and solid than we have ever seen in the saga. Its gameplay is still dynamic and its story will keep us in the edge of our seats from beginning to end. However, it lacks magic in some moments and has a few repetitive bosses, which does not allow this game to reach the perfect score.
  44. May 9, 2018
    98
    In conclusion, the game has a very good score, thanks to its excellent graphical quality, its impeccable sound and its very entertaining dynamics of gameplay. Both fans and new players of God of war will be pleased to see that the game offers a universe of mythology that offers one of the best gaming experiences that has come to the PlayStation 4.
  45. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Apr 28, 2018
    98
    At first, we were skeptical about the prospect of open world in God of War, but Santa Monica Studio managed to avoid the typical pitfalls. Here, you won’t find a list of watchtowers to visit, outposts to clear, swarms of respawning enemies to kill. Not to mention that side-quests are far better than typical “kill 10 somethings” stuff. [Issue#229, p.38]
  46. Apr 13, 2018
    98
    God of War has a far grander scale than either Horizon Zero Dawn or The Last of Us and tugs on different emotional heartstrings while still making you care about the cast. This is the best incarnation of Kratos yet and one of the finest experiences on the PlayStation 4.
  47. Apr 12, 2018
    98
    This is a God of War game, and it’s f.cking brilliant. It has old-school game-design coupled lovingly alongside a modern storytelling tilt, and it marries the two in a contemporary and meaningful way. And playing on PS4 Pro on a setup like my Samsung QLED 65” Q8C with HDR, it just screams quality.
  48. Apr 12, 2018
    98
    God of War is all you can ask from a new game in a franchise; very high production values, charismatic characters and satisfying combat, visceral with no lack of action. However, this is accompanied by a very well-told story, excellent animation, a very interesting new universe, fun gameplay and a partner that develops a very promising personality. You can feel the dedication and care that Santa Monica Studio put into every frame of this game. Despite going in a new direction, God of War somehow manages to feel familiar and it is a worthy beginning of a new saga that surely has a lot to give us in the future.
  49. Apr 12, 2018
    98
    Kratos’ reinvention serves as a narrative hook, but it also parallels the series’ evolution as a whole; where God of War once relied on bombast and bloodlust, now it leaves space for strategy and nuance. It still has superb action and plenty of jaw-dropping moments, but it supports them with a new level of depth and maturity. God of War learns from its past while clearing an exciting path for the future, and emerges as one of the best games of this generation.
  50. Apr 12, 2018
    97
    PlayStation boasts a new and wonderful exclusive that will be difficult to match and, of course, it seems that it gives way to a new saga within the wonderful universe of Kratos. It is not enough to be ambitious. The most important thing is to know how to land those ambitions.
  51. Apr 12, 2018
    97
    God of War is a successful reboot of one of the most brutal hack-and-slash action games, and it's remarkable, fun and still uber-violent. The core gameplay has changed significantly, and Santa Monica did take a risk that won't appeal to some orthodox God of War fans. But all in all it turns out that those new game mechanics are so well-crafted and of course it's great progress.
  52. Apr 12, 2018
    97
    God of War is the best thing that has happened to PlayStation 4 since Bloodborne. Nothing is out of place, nothing is ordinary. The art direction is amazingly inspired, the combat system is really deep and engaging, and everything on screen is, hands down, unlike anything else you have ever seen on the PlayStation 4. Honestly, there's no reason not to play this new masterpiece from Santa Monica Studio.
  53. Apr 12, 2018
    96
    Every single aspect in God of War works perfectly in order to create a violent, yet moving masterpiece. Probably the best looking game on current gen consoles and a deep story, whose only weak point is that we get the feeling that the best is yet to come.
  54. Apr 12, 2018
    96
    God of War is a true revolution to the franchise. The heartwarming dynamic between Kratos and Atreus is even more intense because of the fluid camera that shows action, drama and silence in an incredible way.
  55. Jun 7, 2018
    95
    Where most games excel in one single area, God of War manages to deliver on every front, providing players with one of the best experiences we’ve seen so far this generation.
  56. May 7, 2018
    95
    A few insignificant nitpicks aside, this is a prime example of a modern slasher, a crown jewel of this genre, a new definitive killer app for PlayStation 4.
  57. Apr 28, 2018
    95
    God of War is one of the most sublimely constructed action games of all time. It may lack a little of Souls' depth, but this is more than made up for with bombastic appeal, setpiece variety, and top-tier storytelling.
  58. Apr 24, 2018
    95
    God of War has never been so good.
  59. Apr 20, 2018
    95
    God of War is the fourth "main" game in the franchise, but in so many aspects is also a first and by far a better game than the rest of them. Good story, great gameplay and fantastic voice acting make GoW something really special.
  60. Apr 17, 2018
    95
    God of War takes everything good about the franchise and elevates it. Almost every aspect is polished to a fine sheen, with a particular standout being the world itself, and the new emphasis on telling a mature and meaningful story that explores remarkably complex themes. God of War sets a new bar for storytelling and world building in games, and transforms Kratos from a one note character to a fascinating man with a story worth hearing. If you have a PS4, this is a must have title.
  61. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    The Gods here are more human then they've ever been, and there's something as captivating about that as there was about the larger-than-life absurdity of characters like Poseidon and Hades in the original series. God of War works for what it keeps and works for what it changes. It's a foundation for a series that's suddenly a tentpole once again.
  62. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    Santa Monica has achieved to modernize, expand and rescue all what did God of War a great experience. It mixes a more technical and refined combat with a narrative sensitivity that enrich the saga. One of the most complete and shocking experience in the year so far.
  63. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    God of War has changed. This new Nordic chapter transforms the series into an impressive action/adventure, allowing us to rediscover the value of exploration. Yet the soul of God of War is still intact: and emerges, in all its imperious power, during the brutal fights and the violent clashes. As the main story progresses and the optional contents unfolds, God of War affirms itself as one of the most dense, surprising and rich adventure of the last three generations. It overwhelms the market with a force that leaves you speechless.
  64. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    God of War is one of the best action game of this generation. Everything is at the right place, the combat-system is extremely engaging and the story is super. A game that brings new life to a series that obviously had something more to tell.
  65. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    The God of War series has undergone a fantastic transformation. I'll miss the fixed camera and tales of revenge that previous titles provided but this new evolution makes for a far superior and profound experience. It's one of the best games of this generation.
  66. 95
    In God of War, story and gameplay unite for a gripping, memorable journey with unerring focus. Kratos’ new beginning is masterfully written, emotionally resonant, and a thrilling challenge.
  67. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    A fascinating story, sublime mechanics, and a beautiful world come together in an experience that is about as confident of a step forward as the God of War series could make.
  68. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    This is a skull-smashing story about making mistakes and taking responsibility. While hacking and slashing their enemies, a father and son build bonds of love and loyalty. God of War is a minor masterpiece.
  69. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    The new God of War brings back Kratos in a superb fashion. Santa Monica studio should do the same for a potential sequel and I won’t be able to worry about my favorite hero. The game is bold in introducing some radical changes to the series’ formula but if you stop looking back you’ll know – this is an excellent game in every way.
  70. Apr 12, 2018
    95
    God of War isn’t just a great God of War game, it’s the best so far. Sony Santa Monica has clearly put love into this latest title of the series and has given both longtime fans and newcomers a monumental gaming achievement. Put your fears to rest – yes, Kratos is getting older, but even after all this time, he’s better than ever.
  71. Apr 12, 2018
    94
    Kratos returns with an epic action adventure that redefines some aspects the series but keeps its essence intact.
  72. Apr 12, 2018
    93
    The worlds are beautiful, the combat system is fun throughout, and the story remains exciting. It's a successful overhaul. God of War manages the balancing act between modern action RPG and classic feel.
  73. God of War's new story and gameplay mechanics make for a fresh start for the series, and it succeeds. This new adventure of Kratos turns into an epic adventure with Atreus.
  74. Apr 12, 2018
    93
    God of War is a new beginning for Kratos, a different game, but still one of the best entries in the series and one of the best games of this generation.
  75. Apr 15, 2018
    92
    If both Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us are the ten out of ten benchmarks for the action-adventure genre, then God of War sits just below them.
  76. Apr 12, 2018
    92
    God of War is one of those games that comes along every now and then which you just have to give it a go. It is enchantingly beautiful, has a well written story, great characters and convincing combat. It would have been perfect if only God of War would have just a bit more of the overwhelming boss fights it sparsely throws at you.
  77. Apr 12, 2018
    92
    Of all the iterations of Kratos I've seen over the lifetime of the God of War series, Old Man Kratos is probably my favorite. His newest adventure might not have quite the same wall-to-wall bombast as the ones that came before, but he's added a new dimension to his personality. He can only stay Old Testament-angry for so long, and the table is definitely set for more installments. There's more to explore now in this new corner of mythology, and it'll be compelling to see if he burns everything to the ground or finds an even higher place to go.
  78. Apr 12, 2018
    92
    God of war is an example of a great reboot. Intense and violent as its predecessors, the new combat mechanics, point of view and nordic mythology are solid arguments to declare it one of the best PS4 exclusives. And amazing starting point for the future of the series.
  79. Games Master UK
    May 17, 2018
    91
    An excellent, essential update of a PlayStation icon. Kratos has never been more relevant or relatable. [June 2018, p.72]
  80. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 21, 2018
    90
    Forget any fears you had. Kratos makes a truly triumphant return in what proves to be his best game yet. Every change - the addition of Atreus included - is for the better, while every non-negotiable tradition is perfected. [Issue#149, p.74]
  81. 90
    God of War is nothing short of sensational. It improves on the best aspects of the previous entries in the franchise while also providing a fresh take on what should feel like a tired and worn series by now. Truly essential gaming if you love great gameplay, narrative and stellar presentation.
  82. games(TM)
    May 17, 2018
    90
    It's a game of two halves, God of War. For the first dozen or so hours you may find yourself frustrated by the slow levelling up, a bewildering map system, and perplexing storyline stuffed with gated areas and treasures. Stick with it, though; the more you do, the more of the realms you'll open... and that's where the fun REALLY begins... Like Kratos, this game gets better with time. [Issue#200, p.70]
  83. Apr 20, 2018
    90
    God of War isn’t a perfect game, but it’s exactly the kind of reinvention the series needed. This game is a must own. If you own a PlayStation 4 and are even remotely interested, you owe it to yourself to pick it up.
  84. Apr 17, 2018
    90
    That the gorgeous visuals as well as the revamped fighting mechanics would deliver, was foreseeable. But I wouldn’t have thought possible, that story and direction would reach these heights from beginning to end. An inventive reimagination of one of Sony’s most durable heroes.
  85. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    Judged as a pure technical showpiece, as a demonstration of art design, or as a work of popular entertainment the new God of War succeeds mightily.
  86. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War feels ambitious in the best kind of way: the messy kind. It’s not afraid to get its hands dirty digging at something it thinks is interesting, while knowing it might not find it at that moment. It’s fine with not telling you everything, or with dialing back on the usual tropes of loud music, brutal violence, and hamfisted emotional manipulation.
  87. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War feels like a breath of fresh air, thanks to a reimagined world and some deeper customization features. But at the root of the game is the classic God of War combat, slightly less gory but only slightly less grisly. Tearing monsters apart bare-handed is just as much of a rush as it ever was. And that's good, because even if it's time to grow up, it's okay not to change too much.
  88. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    In crafting a thoughtful fable about a man contending with surpassing his sins to keep them from his child, the new God of War has already transcended its bloody roots.
  89. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War achieves a very impressive balance between the epic and the mundane, between the ultra violent and the domestic. It's undoubtedly the coolest and most interesting God of War to date.
  90. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    Kratos is back and he brought his son. The setting is new as are most of the aspects of the game. You get to wreak havoc in a stunning open world full of new enemies and other surprises. The Norse gods better hide!
  91. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    The beloved God of War franchise certainly makes a sharp turn. But not for the worse, as this game packs all the looks, terrific gameplay and memorable characters needed to make it a true, frost-riddled gem.
  92. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    A top-to-bottom revamp of the whole God Of War franchise that matches thrilling, if slightly shallow, combat and exploration with some impressively trenchant storytelling.
  93. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War is the new technical benchmark on the console and it's a concrete step forward for the series in terms of gameplay, narrative structure and lore. We're not so sure about its combat system and its lack of enemy variety.
  94. Kratos is no longer seeking revenge, but rather redemption. He feels multidimensional for the first time. As a dad, I sometimes found myself rooting for and even identifying with him on a gut level, especially as I watched him make some obvious parenting mistakes.
  95. 90
    God Of War is a cinematic masterpiece that manages to reinvent and push an already fantastic series to new heights. Barring some pacing issues in its narrative, Sony Santa Monica has breathed new life into Kratos and the God of War series, and I can't wait to see what's next.
  96. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    Kratos has returned in a beautiful new adventure. Forget all previous iterations, this game sets the new franchise standard in which story, combat and exploration are expertly interwoven in spectacular fashion. The game looks and plays stellar while the voice acting is of mind-blowing quality. Atreus is a great addition and together with the new approach to gameplay the latest PlayStation 4 God of War game feels like a breath of fresh air. An unmissable must-play.
  97. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    The developers took the series in a new direction focusing more on cinematics while still providing a satisfying amount of action. The resulting mix of beautiful visuals, emotional story and engaging gameplay makes God of War as epic as it ever was.
  98. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War tells a wonderful tale through a beautiful spectrum speckled with more than a few drops of the blood of your enemies. It’s a shame, then, that boss fights have fallen by the wayside at every level to become terribly monotonous – but if that’s the cost of what Santa Monica has built, it’s certainly a price worth paying...The ending isn’t as grand I’d hoped for, but the setting up of a sequel makes up for this – and there’s still plenty left to do in the Lake of Nine. God of War is the best in the series.
  99. 90
    God of War on the PlayStation 4 has taken me completely by surprise. As a game that follows on from the old games, but somehow turns it completely on its head and makes it a world worth investing time into feels almost like a miracle. It is one of those games that takes Norse mythology as a core idea and treats it with respect, while also integrating it seamlessly into the story and making it important to the narrative. I have a newfound interest in learning more about Norse mythology, and it truly makes a game special when it encourages the player to learn more beyond the scope of the game itself.
  100. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    While there's still gore and violence by the corpse-load, this cinematic adventure feels far more reminiscent of the father-daughter relationship in The Last of Us than the testosterone-soaked Devil May Cry challenger the franchise started as.
  101. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War is a fantastic game in every way imaginable. It offers an amazing world, balanced combat and an emotional story - this is one of the best PS4 exclusives.
  102. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War is an exhilarating, beautiful action game that turns one of PlayStation's biggest icons into a character you can care about.
  103. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    In many ways God of War is what the series has always been. It's a spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become. Like Kratos, God of War recalls the past while acknowledging the need to improve. Everything new it does is for the better, and everything it holds onto benefits as a result. Kratos is no longer a predictable brute. God of War is no longer an old-fashioned action series. With this reboot, it confidently walks a new path that will hopefully lead to more exciting adventures to come.
  104. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    Vengeance may not be what Kratos seeks anymore, but that has done little to stop the God of War franchise. Santa Monica Studios have successfully transplanted the Ghost of Sparta to a new world with a new mythology and given the formula the revamp it needed.
  105. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    God of War very effectively achieves its mission to be a good reboot of the saga and a good sequel. Each one of the days of the five years of development of this new delivery is evident in the great values of production in each one of the sections, materializing perfectly in the constant sequence plane. Perhaps we only regret not having been presented with something truly original mechanically and not a mixture of ingredients that we have seen in other titles.
  106. 90
    God of War has seen considerable changes across the board from previous games in the series, but almost all of them feel like they were for the better.
  107. Apr 12, 2018
    90
    Thoughtful in both its presentation and its mechanics, to simply say God of War surpasses the games that came before it would not do it justice. It takes a dormant franchise, one that’s worse for wear, and uses that baggage to create one of the most compelling experiences we’ve played in a long time.
  108. Apr 12, 2018
    85
    God of War is definitely good, but some aspects lack a certain depth that will make them interesting enough to turn it into a great game. There's a very meaningful armor and weapon upgrade system that allows you to increase your power level to make fights easier, but many of the skills you unlock throughout your journey feel absolutely useless.
  109. Apr 12, 2018
    85
    God of War is a breathtaking adventure with lots to offer to hardcore gamers. It’s a good game that could have been great with a refined story, better characters and more variety in its combats.
  110. May 1, 2018
    80
    The real star is the fluid combat, realistic visuals, and the rousing set-pieces. It is unclear how far the PlayStation 4's architecture is being pushed, but it wouldn't be surprising if God of War is pushing it to its absolute limit because there is never a moment when it does not look stunning. There is a so much to like that the weaker aspects get drowned out and easily ignored and pulling that off is no easy feat.
  111. Edge Magazine
    Apr 26, 2018
    80
    Sure, the prospect of spending 30 hours with gaming's grumpiest anti-hero and his bratty kid might not sound like fun, but by the time the pair have finally completed their exhilarating, exhausting journey, you'll be delighted you joined them. [June 2018, p.104]
  112. Apr 19, 2018
    80
    God of War's reboot is a triumph...Our few complaints – and there are very few – would be that the boat sections add little to the actual gameplay other than a cumbersome way to explore the world. Meanwhile, upgrading Kratos' gear sometimes means battling some eye-wateringly tiny text and over-complicated power-ups.
  113. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    God of War takes a classic franchise and reshapes it into the modern fold. The end result is a dramatic, polished, visually impressive and somewhat by-the-numbers PS4 blockbuster that slots along nicely beside the other exclusives in the console's library. It has plenty of content and fairly robust combat to entertain newcomers, while fans of the original games will likely enjoy the second half of the adventure a bit more.
  114. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    Sony Santa Monica has turned its established formula on its head and created a core loop and setting with tremendous potential.
  115. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    Though it isn’t perfect, the game excels at nearly everything it sets out to do. Full of genuine surprises, thrilling action, and emotionally grounded in almost every moment, this God of War is easily the best entry in a long series that had no right to reinvent itself so well.
  116. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    A lot of what goes into God of War feels as though it was cherry-picked from the modern gaming zeitgeist. The semi-open world structure, loot system, and a much deeper narrative focus work well, but are all trends being pushed by most other big games. As a result, God of War can feel slightly homogenised in a way that some fans may find unappealing. Thankfully, a strong sense of setting and brutally satisfying combat help maintain that God of War identity. If it wasn't made abundantly clear already, this is the first in what will most likely be a new trilogy for the God of War franchise, and this first instalment serves as a pretty great foundation.
  117. Apr 12, 2018
    80
    Despite all my complaints about Atreus and the game's imperfections, this is still an easy game to recommend to anyone with a PS4. God of War marks the glorious and bloody return of everyone's favorite Spartan, and with the new dive into Norse mythology, there's still plenty of adventures to look forward to as the series evolves.
  118. Apr 28, 2018
    75
    It’s ironic that a story about the value of discipline and restraint would feel like it needs more time in the editing room, but that’s the new God of War – promising but aimless. I like the new Kratos, but I hope his next adventure is more focused than this, and I pray that it actually gives him something interesting to do.
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  1. Apr 12, 2018
    I went into the new God of War expecting a cheesy, mindless action game with a lot of flash and pizzazz. Instead, I got one of the most thoughtful and well-constructed reboots since Tomb Raider, with plenty of story beats and images that will stick with me for a while. It's not a revolutionary standout in its genre, but the new God of War is still a solid example of how to reinvent a well-loved series for a new generation without ruining what came before.
  2. British GQ
    Apr 12, 2018
    It’s bravura game-making – a single-shot production that extends across 30-or-more hours, boasting some peerless direction and wonderful performances. The cinematic decision to keep everything in one continuous shot, the camera constantly in motion, means you never leave Kratos’ side. It’s a choice that makes for the most personal God Of War to date, perhaps the most personal game of its kind.
  3. Apr 12, 2018
    God of War is a staggering achievement in gaming -- the sort of must-play title that we only we get two or three times in a console's lifespan.
  4. Apr 12, 2018
    Despite eye-catching changes, the heart of this series remains gloriously unaltered. [Recommended]
  5. Apr 12, 2018
    It feels like more of a trend follower than a trendsetter, a pastiche of ideas. But they are good ideas, done well enough to bring a once-stale series back up from the depths of Helheim.
  6. Apr 12, 2018
    The shortcomings do little to mar the overall experience, and most only become evident after you've spent 30 or 40 hours in this dazzling world. God of War is a special game. It's the sort of experience that people are going to be talking about for months to come, with a story that hits you right in the feels and smooth, beautifully staged gameplay that clicks immediately like a familiar, old friend.
  7. Apr 12, 2018
    It’s a surprisingly emotional story for one of gaming’s most emotionally stunted characters, told with care and wrapped in a production that’s a flat-out technical marvel, visually spectacular from start to finish and captured with an omnipresent, unflinching camera that makes it look unlike anything we’ve seen before.
  8. Apr 22, 2018
    It's pretty good, I'll say that much. I don't think it's the most brilliant game in the world. It's not having me crying tears of joy. But it's nice to play a game with a sense of a beginning, middle, and end, a game with a sense of pacing. A game that does have its open explore able areas...It's just nice to play a game that feels like a game, more than a service.
  9. Apr 12, 2018
    On their own, the various elements that make up God of War don’t sound especially unique or interesting. But it’s the way they work together — how the story informs the action and vice versa — that makes it memorable. God of War takes a one-dimensional series and turns it into something with depth and emotion.
  10. Apr 18, 2018
    The new God of War is a departure from its predecessors that gives the player more without making any compromises. It’s challenging, beautiful, brutal, rewarding, and even a bit funny on occasion. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, it’s well worth your time.
  11. Apr 25, 2018
    Kratos remains capable of startling violence. But there is a sense that even Sony Santa Monica has recoiled from some of “God of War’s” legacy, and the game is better for it. It is a game that treats its history with respect where appropriate, but without obligation, even in its very concluding moments. This new God of War has some rough edges remaining in its transition to something new, but even in its concluding moments, it commits to its vision in a way that few games do — and it’s the first time the series has felt vibrant and important in a decade.
  12. Apr 12, 2018
    God of War has grown up. It is violent, but it’s not excessive. It is angry, but there is something to contrast it against. There is a flash of nipple, but it’s Kratos’s. Kratos is older, and he feels remorse for his past, but it feels like Sony Santa Monica also wants to atone. If that was God of War’s goal, the studio deserves a standing ovation. This isn’t only the best God of War game, it’s one of the best games of the current generation.
  13. Apr 12, 2018
    Somehow, in a game about gods fighting other gods, God of War feels grounded. And because of some of the new directions it moves the series in, it has the room to explore this mythological family drama. By giving God of War small stake tension, the whole thing benefits.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 8589 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Apr 20, 2018
    10
    Pretty much everything Ive ever wanted from a God of war game. Excellent story, deep combat and great graphics. Great experience from start to finish
  2. Apr 28, 2018
    5
    As a huge fan of the God of War series and The Last of Us, I was really excited for God of War, and seeing the many perfect score reviews comeAs a huge fan of the God of War series and The Last of Us, I was really excited for God of War, and seeing the many perfect score reviews come in made me drop everything to get it at launch. I knew this game would be different, and seemed really cool. Well, I was disappointed... a lot.

    The premise seems interesting, where Kratos ventures to a mountain with his son, Atreus. They clearly take a page out of The Last of Us' book, but this is much worse. Neither of the two are as likable as Joel or Ellie, and their relationship does not develop as well either. I don't want to sound like I'm comparing too much to another game, but since they clearly used the other game as an inspiration, it's hard not to. It is cool how the game is all in one take, instead of having separate cutscenes, and their are some interesting side characters, but overall the story is not that great or even close to as epic as the older GoW games.

    I thought that the graphics were great, with several beautiful environments and moments, and the voice acting and sound design was excellent as well.

    Now then, the gameplay. I didn't like it, at all. The combat is clunky and dull, where you have very limited weapons and fight repetitive enemy types numerous times. You mainly use one weapon, an axe, but it gets really really old to slash enemies with it, throw it, and do the same finishing moves over and over again. The boss fights aren't that great or exciting, either. I honestly felt like the combat was like the Witcher or Dark Souls, but more boring and repetitive, reminding me of an early PS3 game.There are some complex puzzles, new for a series, that are relatively fun.

    I am just so disappointed by this game, and do not understand the hype, at all. I know people will say those who don't like it is because it isn't like the older games, but it isn't that. I understand that combat isn't supposed to be the only focus anymore, and the game is supposed t include more of the story and have more nuanced, less brutal/graphic violence. But the combat isn't all that exciting, and with a subpar story and characters, there really isn't much here to be excited about. Other reboots or gameplay changes in series, such as Zelda BoTW, Tomb Raider, and MGS 5 have been great, so I was hopeful for this title. But instead, the changes made here are not successful and have created a very vanilla game. I will say that this is the most overrated game on the PS4.
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  3. May 23, 2018
    2
    El juego esta increíblemente sobrevalorado, es un juego con unos gráficos increíbles y ya esta, como película no esta mal pero como videojuegoEl juego esta increíblemente sobrevalorado, es un juego con unos gráficos increíbles y ya esta, como película no esta mal pero como videojuego deja mucho que desear, por ejemplo:
    En las plataformas no te puedes caer. ¿¿¿¿¿????
    De hecho no te puedes caer de ningún sitio ni precipicios ni puentes...
    Los puzzles son ridiculamente faciles.
    Las muertes viscerales se repiten una barbaridad.
    Las cinematecas demasiado largas
    Las frases absurdas (sobretodo las de atreus)
    La historia no es nada original trillada a mas no poder.
    Pocos bosses y repetidos.
    No es nada regulable...
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