Remasters and remakes are just inescapable this generation. Just about every good game from the last generation is being remade, remastered or re-released – and the latest game to be given a shiny gloss of HD paint is God of War 3, one of the best-looking games from the earlier days of the PlayStation 3. It utilised the hardware so well, creating a scale that had, at the time, not really been realised in games of its ilk before.
And it’s out again, this time on Sony’s new consoles, bringing Kratos’ exploits to the fore once more. Is the remaster worth double dipping in to, and more importantly, is it worth picking up for people new to the game? Here’s what critics think of the rejiggered release.
Kratos is the vessel for an instinctive kind of gameplay that is rarely this successful. Your rewards for following God of War III’s linear trail are genre-defining combat, excellent pacing, and the innate joy of watching enemies spew forth clusters of glowing red orbs when they fall. It’s the ever-compelling quest for shinies, accomplished by slamming your cestus into the ground, then gutting a centaur and watching its viscera spill onto the floor. Your reward is more power, which you use to earn more shinies and to see more entrails. That the game finds so many ways to stay consistently fresh within this traditional structure is a feat worthy of the gods.
Nevertheless, being half a decade old and still kicking plentiful quantities of arse, God of War III: Remastered is definitely one of the recent double-dips that I feel confident to recommending, even to those who have already played it. It runs beautifully – I encountered one glitch across the eight-hour experience, and nothing deal-breaking – looks fantastic, and delivers that shameless, gratuitous action without feeling aged or tired.
God of War 3 was an impressive feat for its day, and it still impresses today in God of War 3 Remastered. Its beautiful graphics are prettier than ever, and a higher frame rate adds more fluidity to the action. The story will be confusing to newcomers, as it picks up right in the middle of the saga, but the exciting combat and epic set pieces hold up exceptionally well.
It’s the same game that earned so much acclaim five years ago. With that being said, God of War III Remastered does nothing to entice old players to return; apart from photo mode, you won’t find any new options or tweaks to inject novelty into the adventure. You even need to beat the game before you can use the handful of included DLC costumes. God of War III is still a fantastic experience, and a significant beat in gaming history, but this remaster doesn’t build on its legacy.
While God of War 3: Remastered may scratch the nostalgia itch we all have for Kratos-related mayhem, it doesn’t offer anything more than a good-looking trip down memory lane. If you have yet to play the original God of War 3, this would be a great opportunity to do so, but those who don’t want to have their memories tarnished due to a lack of bonus material may want to steer clear of God of War 3: Remastered.
It seems to be a rather good one, as far as remasters go – possibly paving the way for a new adventure for our favourite angry Spartan to grace the PlayStation 4. The gist of it is that it runs at 1080p and 60frames per second, and is a great entry point for newcomers. Those who’ve played the game already are least likely to benefit, save for nostalgia’s sake.
Last Updated: July 14, 2015