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God of War (Zero Punctuation)


Whoops, I hear the enchanting sound of freshly
disembodied giblets raining upon the roof, I think we’re getting a visit from that loveable
nutter Kratos, video gaming’s favourite godbotherer / godpulveriser. But then we start God of War 4 and it’s like
our crazy alcoholic friend showed up to the party and quietly asks for a mineral water
because he found religion in prison. You wanna go out and murder some people who
mostly don’t deserve it, Kratos mate? “No, I have to set an example for the kid
now.” Oh for the love of god, of war, Kratos, last
time we met you pulled a guy’s head off ‘cos he had glowing eyes and you needed a flashlight. Now you’re all teaching your kid about restraint
and mercy and the only decapitation is consensual. Maybe there was a feeling God of War needed
to age with its audience, but the original God of War’s unique selling point was its
sheer ridiculous audacity in violence and now I feel it, like Evil Within has been sacrificed
on the altar of the serious hairy dad game pioneered by the Last of Us that I still say
is overrated. I should probably admit to being somewhat
biased against God of War 4, and yes I am going to insist on calling it that, ‘cos I
hate when a big game comes out on a Friday and takes up my whole weekend that I could
have spent wasting time playing video games instead of wasting time playing video games
for work. But also because I remember the first God
of Wars on Playstation 2. Specifically I remember how they used to start,
with Kratos getting dropped into a roomful of enemies, yelling “If anything’s still alive
in thirty seconds I’m gonna get a REAL nark on” and splattering them all against rocks
like he’s doing the laundry. Meanwhile, God of War 4 starts with Kratos
very slowly carrying a big lump of wood home to cremate the missus. I’m slightly insulted by the way the game
insists on making us press buttons and push forward to progress this glorified cinematic,
like we’ve got any fucking choice. Maybe I don’t feel like carrying the body
to the pyre. Maybe I think it’d look nicer on the privet
hedge. I say the game starts this way but really
the game ‘starts’ about six times. After the funeral Kratos takes his little
cumsprout hunting and then the game finally starts when a troll shows up and the combat
kicks in, but after we formally introduce him to the inside of his chest cavity we just
go back to bed. Finally the game actually starts when an introductory
boss appears, or at least after we kill him and set off on the big journey. Then we play through some linear levels for
a while before we unlock the boat and the world opens up and the game can truly begin. Right after you get to Tyr’s Temple and unlock
the nine realms, anyway. This is like listening to a story being told
by a very old person and waiting for them to get to the fucking point, eventually realising
there might never have been one in the first place. So yes, the plot. Having ensured that the ancient Greeks now
have to pray to a skip full of guts and severed heads, Kratos is now hiding out in Norse mythology,
but after the death of his wife the local gods start noticing the four mile radius of
disembowelled goblins surrounding his house and he and his son must go on a road trip
through Midgard and the nine realms – well, four or five of the nine realms, gotta save
something for the fucking DLC – to smash Odin and Thor’s heads together until they start
making squishing noises. Oh wait no not that sorry I forgot we’re a
serious hairy dad now, we’re just going to scatter the wife’s ashes, learn valuable lessons
about maturity and maybe get some ice cream. In fact, despite the game constantly banging
on about Odin and what a violent paranoid fuckface he is, he never fucking shows up. And what I assumed at the time had been a
rather bland and heavily scripted boss fight as a prelude to the final chapter of the game
ended up being THE final boss. And then at the very very end the game does
a very cheeky thing by setting up an explosive climactic battle and then going “Whoops, here
we go again!”, freeze frame, roll credits, like it’s fucking Happy Days. I know there’s no law saying that games have
to end with boss fights but when I looked back on God of War 4 I felt like nothing much
of consequence happened, we tootled around Midgard for a while, at one point a dragon
pops up out of nowhere which we smacked straight back down with a rolled-up newspaper, and
the only major Norse god we got to beat up was Baldur, who it seems never recovered from
being in Too Human and became addicted to meth. I partly want to blame this on save-it-for-the-DLC
syndrome and partly on the open world design that it seems is now as mandatory for triple-A
games as picking up a case of crabs on shore leave. It means the plot can’t be so consequential
that we can’t blow it off for three hours to go winkle picking. And the game’s really not subtle about pushing
that aspect. “Hey, we could continue the plot, but then
again we could piss about for a while, whaddya say?” says Kratos’ precocious little sperm
deposit on three separate occasions. Nice try, game, but if I explore I’m damn
certain I’m going to find treasure orifices that can only be spread apart with the magic
anal beads we don’t get until plot mission 9 or whatever. You haven’t mentioned the combat yet, Yahtz. Alright fine the game’s pretty good for majestic
landscapes and I felt moved to progress just to see what the next environment was and if
we could get souvenir postcards to bore Kratos’ neighbours to death with once we get home. Erm, I was actually asking about the combat. And I suppose the relationship between Kratos
and his overgrown pubic louse is quite nicely written and watching them mutually develop
over time is the big draw of the plot, even if the open world thing also makes their arc
a bit stop and start – Yahtz, tell us about the comba – THE COMBAT’S NOT GREAT, alright,
are you happy now? It’s overcomplex for one thing. It didn’t take long for me to start finding
it really hard to decide what combat upgrades to unlock when I knew damn well just from
the descriptions that I wasn’t going to use any of the fuckers. Press R1 and then pause and then hold down
R2 and bite down on the track pad to do the Spartan Gurgling Death Bum Wiggle? Thanks, I think I’ll stick to just mashing
light attack and pressing dodge or block when appropriate. Oh yes, and later in the game remembering
to switch between my ice weapon and my fire weapon depending on whether the current enemy
has orange or blue stink clouds coming out of their armpits. Also I know you’ve long admired Kratos from
afar, camera, but now he’s let you into his life there’s no need to be so fucking clingy. The way the camera stays right up his bum
the whole time makes it hard to gauge distance and your surroundings, which isn’t ideal for
melee combat, and I know for a fact the game fully agrees with me because it had to put
visually off-putting and hard to read glowing arrows around you to indicate when something’s
standing right behind you with a smile and a massive stiffy. Seems like the much more elegant solution
would have been to just draw the camera back a bit so it’s not giving us a constant rectal
exam. God of War 4… God of 4? God of 4 is absorbing and imaginative enough
to keep me going and perfectly satisfactory in a vacuum, but I can’t help thinking of
it as yet another classic series sacrificing some of its unique identity for the sake of
making itself more like the standard triple A game of today. Grindy sidequests, item crafting and standard
camera bum-hugging instead of the arty fixed camera angles overseeing combat like watching
a lawnmower blade inside an overheating tumble dryer. Younger Kratos was never relatable but he
was pretty fucking interesting to watch when he had a nark on and two fistfuls of cyclops
nutsack. Serious hairy dad Kratos is more human but
also boring, stuffy and aloof. Yeah, Kratos really seems like a guy concerned
with maintaining his dignity, that’s why he coloured in his face with red biro and put
on a cheerleading skirt.

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. oldschool1987 Posted on August 31, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    This game isn't going to have DLC

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  2. Xelgodis Posted on September 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    That last bit was a tad misinformed. His skin is perma stained with the ashes of his wife, while his birthmark/mark of the chosen is in honor of his brother.

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  3. Dave Adams Posted on September 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    wasnt it god of war 5

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  4. Ivan Ivanovich Ivanovosky Posted on September 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Play the God of War 2017 drinking game….
    Take a shot every time Kratos says "Boy".

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  5. Camilo Fernández Posted on September 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Having read the comments:
    There are those who shit on the video, accusing Yatz of being old, grumpy (actually saw the word GRUMP various times, is that a thing now?) or just overall shit at games/reviewing mostly for disliking the combat or complaining about the arrows.
    There are those seeking confirmation of bias, who were predisposed to dislike the differences regarding old GOW games.
    Some just came here to accuse the game of being overhyped and throw all hairy dad games under the bus, while others just came to bitch about how is the best game ever.
    And some just came to write variations of BOI in hilarious ways.
    there are also those who either came to say Yatz is the only honest reviewer or that he’s been paid off, but I feel bad even acknowledging those pricks

    A few comments actually bring interesting points to the discussion of franchise fatigue and evolution, market trends and homogenisation, and to discuss the idea of whether or not a game or it's characters need to "mature" to remain engaging.
    I'd say it’s a good comment section. If a bit infuriating because not many people are willing to put their arguments in nothing but a smug self-serving tone trying to invalidate discussion from the outset.
    But there is some discussion, and that makes me happy.

    For the record, I'm on the "confirmation of bias" camp. I never really cared if Kratos was relatable, I just wanted mindlessly hack'n slash gruesome spectacle in a hilarious escalation of violence. But then again, I don't even own a PS4, so I don't really give a fuck. If people want a hairy dad Kratos they can have it. I'll try my luck with DMC5 for the hack'n slash, but I doubt Dante is going to start ripping intestines and using innocent people as levers to keep doors open just for the sake of being a complete dick.

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  6. Alee F Posted on September 13, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    The God of War series already sacrificed its unique identity after GoW2, were it stoppped being a greek tragedy about hubris, damnation and redemption. Every GoW after that it's just the gaming equivalent of lard.

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  7. Roman Woolner Posted on September 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Gonna have to disagree with you Yahtz, I think the story carried weight because Kratos found someone who managed to calm his raging demon and that alone is reason enough to spread her ashes, making Kratos calm is like trying to ride a rapid bull with 2 fiery blades on it, the combat can be a bit complicated but once you really get into the spirit of things I feel it's fucking sweet, also the relationship with Atreus feels real and it develops and the fact you control when he fires his arrows develops the relationship further as he can help you and when he starts not listening to you he actually stops listening to your commands in battle, it visually stunning, the snow deforms as you walk through it, but I think the reason I love the game is the fact that it shits on the notion that triple A single player games aren't profitable, EA keeps saying that then God of war and Spiderman comes out and they make a ships worth of money without any microtransactions, so along with it being a great game it also shows other publishers that single player is still alive and can make boatloads of money

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  8. Pedro Augusto Ferraz de Melo Vieira Posted on September 28, 2018 at 4:16 am

    I loved the game, I watch zero punctuation just to laugh at how Yatzee manages to completely criticize a game.

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  9. Joseph Mills Posted on September 29, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Disagree, this was a fantastic game.

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  10. Mitch Posted on October 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I liked it, it was the Resident Evil 4 for God of War

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  11. Trolez Posted on October 2, 2018 at 12:36 am

    If people didnt take zero punctuation so seriously they would enjoy it alot more

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  12. Hadley Souther Posted on October 3, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Magerama I honestly don't get that at all..
    I got into god of war from game 1 on PS2, and he's wrong the games don't start with instant combat, 3 does but 1 is a slower start with the suicide on the cliffs
    Honestly, he's an older Kratos now, he's matured, it really does fit with the theme now
    And fuck, it makes the classic gow stuff that much better once it opens up with the Baldur fights and the dragon, honestly
    Plus..Zeus, Poseidon and Hades dont show up in 1 either.. just ares.. this is the 1st one. So Baldur=Ares. Like it's just pointless griping that doesn't even apply.
    I really don't get the need to nitpick and be anal instead of just enjoying it, it's gorgeous, the combat is slick, getting your blades back gave me chills
    And just because you can spam r1 doesn't mean the combat is bad, just the player.. every game has a path of least resistance. It didn't sacrifice thing to be more AAA, it evolved, and if it was a pure hack and slash with a hollow story you'd be bitching about it being dated and not adapting to the times.
    Each game improved on the last, and honestly it's one of my favorite series..but him griping about the puzzles..? Really? 2 and 3 had some parts that were a total slog to get through. Temple of the fates, Pandora's..maaan. and that was way clunkier. I agree with most of ZPs reviews and have loved this channel for 5 years, and sometimes I just disagree big time.
    It's not just because this title suddenly scooped up a bunch of new fans to be trendy

    Ever since the first game, and then especially after the end of 3
    I hoped sooooo badly that some point waaay in the future they would do one with norse mythology. I love Greek myths, my dad taught them, but Norse eddas and myths have had a place in my metalhead heart since 2001 in jr high.
    So finally seeing that realized was a dream come true, ever since my PS2 glory days

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  13. Kurt Wall Posted on October 12, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Personally, I liked the story, graphics, and gameplay a lot. Overall, the game was a solid 7 or 8. The combat alone? 10/10. The combat is so self expressive and diverse but somehow feels organic and intuitive. The combat is the reason why this game was so good to me. It kept me engaged and I just wanted more and more of it. Maybe if you spent more time trying to learn how to actually play the game, you'd like it more.

    Most of what you said comes off so entitled and contrived that I could hardly listen through the whole thing. Not saying you can't dislike something I do or whatever, but the cognitive dissonance it takes to simultaneously criticize the game for not being innovative enough while whining about it not being enough like the previous games is too much. But hey, it's easy for you to just say things without actually having to justify them because you're just giving your opinion.

    I watch your videos because I like to get a lot of perspective on games, and this game in particular has so much positivity that it was hard to get a really honest review for it. But this video showed me that your perspective is so blinded by the urge to be incendiary that instead of giving a truly honest review, you ended up just going full troll for it's own sake.

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  14. Cynical Realist ಠ_ಠ Posted on October 16, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I genuinely love this game but I love watching Yahtzee dissect it more.

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  15. Guilherme Heitor Posted on October 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Love the combat and dont think the old kratos fit nowadays, or at least I think it will go more apeshit later, complex or not is pretty fun still

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  16. 04whim Posted on October 23, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I definitely don't think much to this review after having played the game. I'm definitely on board with the bit about the camera and the glowing arrows that then have to compensate for it, but otherwise I kind of get the impression that Yahtzee never picked up on the show-don't-tell aspects of God of War 3 that foreshadowed this sort of arc for Kratos three years before Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite ushered in the whole dad-game phase. You can read it in his face for the last hour or so of the game that Kratos knows killing Zeus won't achieve anything but he can't stop himself at this point. Kratos was always a conflicted and nuanced character, nothing about him has been sacrificed to chase a trend, and it's the best example of the trend since Bioshock either way.

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  17. Fly 5 Posted on November 2, 2018 at 1:33 am

    that game still has no dlc boy

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  18. Chocolate Giddyup Posted on November 2, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Watching the fanboys get irate over a review that isn't even negative, but points out glaring flaws in the game is great. I also love how Kratos literally became an entirely different character with no development whatsoever and nobody even blinks. I like Sony–my favorite games are Okami and Shadow of the Colossus, but my god if everyone doesn't cling to the balls of this game as if it weren't their mom.

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  19. Redneck Ram's Parlor Posted on November 2, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I’m just surprised that the kid doesn’t look like Kratos and instead looks like a normal kid. I halfway expected them to make him look like he was not only beaten with the damn ugly stick but also the tree the ugly stick fell out of given what Kratos looks like.

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  20. Nick - Marseil Posted on November 4, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Well this was a big pile of shit.

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  21. thatdapperfellow Posted on November 10, 2018 at 8:14 am

    The game came out six months ago and the title's already confusing.

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  22. sil ' Posted on November 11, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I really do like this game, i can even watch other people play it and I'll be on cloud 9, granted i never played the other entries, but maybe that makes me love it more i have nothing to compare it to so i just let it hold my hand and amaze me, i already know the whole story behind god of war, i'm not missing anything so dont out right piss yourself comments

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  23. sil ' Posted on November 11, 2018 at 1:40 am

    I honestly feel like theres no such thing as satisfying people in the gaming industry, you stick to the same formula and people get pissed at you for not coming up with anything original, but the moment you do something the community turns into chaos, and no im not attacking you yahtzee, i enjoy your content truly but this particular review has me perplexed

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  24. Sekiberius Welkesh Posted on November 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

    The combat was actually quite simple IMO, it gets pretty good once you understand the combo's.

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  25. Jorge González-Páramo Posted on November 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I'm playing this just now and I just don't know what people saw in this game. It isn't bad, but nowhere near the masterpiece people made it to be… and the world is interesting, yes, but they managed to make Kratos the least interesting part of the game

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  26. Never Nowhere Posted on November 13, 2018 at 6:20 am

    God of 4 was the game that actually made me give a shit about the God of War series.

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  27. Tomasz KŁĘBECKI Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    GG mate 😉

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  28. shadow jester Posted on November 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Me thinks Kratos’s son is gona die and he will lose his nanas over it! Or so I hope!!

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  29. geoffrey rolan Posted on November 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    After watching several of this guy's reviews I'm starting to think that nothing makes him happy and that he's just sitting in his home on mount crumpit saying damn you whos of whoville

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  30. Paul Andersen Posted on November 22, 2018 at 10:46 am

    "The Last of Us, that I still say is overrated."

    Thank you! It's a fine game, but damn if people don't act like that game is the second coming of Christ.

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  31. Lone Star Posted on November 22, 2018 at 10:49 am

    The way Yahtzee abridges the script into a couple of sentences just goes to show how utterly ridiculous this game is.
    Yes, the old games were ridiculous too. But they were self aware. This nonsense thinks it's a Ken Loach movie.
    Jesus Sony. Will your exclusives get a sense of humour already.

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  32. mark mccaffrey Posted on November 23, 2018 at 2:52 am

    You just suck at the combat ahaha

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  33. Bran the Broker Posted on November 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    But if they panned the camera back you wouldn't be able to fully appreciate the new bum sweat technology

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  34. Quiet Time Gaming Posted on November 27, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    The only time I needed to use any of the "advanced" combat skills was in Muspelheim, or against the Valkyries.

    On top of that, as good as I think the game is, all of the realms outside of Midgard were completely underdeveloped, under/misused, and we're the most limiting and linear sections of the game.

    Midgard- Semi-open-word, non linear map that unlocked/opened incrementally as you progress the plot.

    Alfheim- Linear, one-track map who's only purpose severed to advance the plot, and never needs to be revisited after obtaining "the light".

    Helheim- Linear one-track map leading to a troll bossfight.

    Niflheim- A map that contains mist that continuously drains your health… Used as a time-sensitive challenge mode.

    Muspelheim- A battle-stipulations challenge map, where the challenges get incrementally more difficult as you progress.

    Jotunheim- A tiny, linear, walking-simulator plot area, that you spend 5 minutes in, it's more or less "on-rails", and can't even be revisited once you leave.

    Asgard, Vanaheim, Svartalfheim- Realms we never get to see or visit. Probably saving thm for the sequel, since there won't be any DLC..

    It's just a waste… Basically, there's no way he won't kill every Norse God in the next installment, simply because they've ruined most of the Realms, and there isn't much left to do.

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  35. God Emperor Posted on December 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    The fact that the 'human head as flashlight' sentence is literally true always cracks me up.

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  36. PureSniperWolf Posted on December 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    ~~God of 4~~ Dad of War

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  37. Beau MacDonald Posted on December 8, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Game of the year.

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  38. josh mcglenn Posted on December 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I don't understand why they yadda yadda over the character development of kratos and just expect us to care about new kratos. Why didn't they make the game about him meeting his new wife fighting along side her and falling in love while letting go of his past and his rage.

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  39. Michael Para Posted on December 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    At least we can take solace in that fact that even though they ended on a cliff hanger, we can be like 99% sure that there IS a sequel coming

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  40. Red Viper Posted on December 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    It won game of the year. F**K you

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  41. ObscurousX127 Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:37 am

    I trust Yahtzee's opinion more than any other reviewer. I specifically got Driver San Francisco because he said it was good and that surprised me (him too apparently). I also love the shit out of dark souls. But he is dead wrong on this one. The combat is not overly complex, it is complex, and awesome. If memory serves there are 4 difficulties? Easy, normal, hard, and then a step above hard. I played on hard. What a goddamn joy this game was. I haven't cracked out for multiple hours on a video game until this came out. Throw an axe to freeze a mob, attack the others, call your axe back, get a combo in, dodge and back off. What awesome pacing. And then the upgrades you get are so excellently designed and fluid. Now when you throw your axe you can call it back and immediately do an attack, or throw it in a different way, add combos to it. And man, did it ever have great artwork and satisfied that Norse MYthology aesthetic.

    This game was like the Halo 1 (or 2) of hack and slash. It reminds me of the making of Halo 2 where one of the devs said "every game is basically just 30 seconds of fun, repeated", and it really feels like they nailed that philosophy in this game. The climbing up around shit, and solving "puzzles" was really not overly long at anyone point (except maybe for some optional areas) and everytime there was a fight I was happy. In any other game I would have been huffing and puffing angrily because the game is stopping me from just making forward progress to the end. But in this one….man, designed so well.

    I'm not saying there aren't problems. I too thought the making me hit the forward stick on those cutscenes was unnecessary. I was disappointed that the Hel bridge boss was just another Troll (although, they really do look great). The executions were the same everytime. I think they change once you get something specific but, seems like you could have just created 3 and randomly cycled between them. I never upgraded anything til the end cuz you keep finding shit, and you get tons of XP and silver, but not enough to just willy nilly throwing upgrades on in case you find something better. But as much as you all want to give the old God of War games praise, they were shallow button mashy crap. I honestly lost all hope for hack and slash. I give Dante's Inferno a lot of, cred for the awesome depiction of Hell (I'm a sucker for heaven/hell imagery), and people told me its worse than the previous God of War games. N it isn't, they both suck just as hard at combat. No matter what, button mashing is all you need to do, in between dodging. I had high hopes for Darksiders 2.
    It had awesome battles. Too bad every awesome battle was spread out in between long navigating 1 way only dungeons, and battles of 1 or 2 throwaway mobs.

    God of War did so much right. Easily, 9/10.

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  42. Clarence Le Posted on December 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Saw this game on GOTY award, bought on discount, tried, felt how convoluted the combat is, how bad camera was fixed for melee-oriented game, 'how this get goty', check review, check yatzhee, same every damn opinions.

    I mean, I die 12 times on that one boss in Elves Realm just because of how complicated the system is: have to dodge these specific attacks, block those specific attacks, meanwhile managing son's arrow ability and where tf my axe is when i threw them, then calculate which combo to pull to stun the boss long enough for me to pull the 10-years-of-winding-up heavy atk, since normal atk doesnt do anything. I graduated from Miyazaki School of Masochism, but even i can't deal with this. If I want to play For Honor, i'd play For Honor. If I want Last of Us i would have play fuckig Last of Us; why even this.

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  43. amirhossein tootooni Posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Sometimes i think there is no game he'll ever like. You're fake Boy!

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  44. Bumworshipper Posted on December 26, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Old video but I’m on a binge of these vids right now lol, I thought God of War had pretty great combat. A little too much sure, but the fact that both weapons were actually enjoyable to use and certain enemies were designed around them was a pretty big accomplishment imo

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  45. Spencer DePriester Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    There is no dlc so far so there goes that idea

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  46. Isabel Schiffer Posted on January 2, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I think this is the first Zero Punctuation review I've disagreed with

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  47. Michael Jarrett Posted on January 2, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I'm gonna get some hate for this but.

    RDR2 is overrated.

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  48. GardenOfXavius Posted on January 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with this review

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  49. Dan Zipfel Posted on January 4, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    lmao the dude is complaining about dlc in a game where the developer said there wouldnt be any dlc…yeah great review

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  50. luedriver Posted on January 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    its like they wanted the last of us in the land of dragon age inquisition staring Kratos

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  51. Lubble-1397 Posted on January 9, 2019 at 1:05 am

    2 mins in and he's such a cunt

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  52. PezzaHando Posted on January 12, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I dont know how you did it, but I feel like you somehow.. played this game wrong..

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  53. IOnceAteAPinecone Posted on January 16, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Like God of War bu—
    shit.

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  54. Lorendrawn Posted on January 17, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Notice how Yahtzee gave Kratos a fire gun because he didn't want to spoil what the fire weapon was. Your first thought when giving a character with an axe anothet weapon would typically be a sword, right? But Yahtzee considerately avoids doing so to spare the plot point and respect the spoilers. Class act, Yahtzee.

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  55. Britton Ferguson Posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Well the GoW dlc was canceled sooooo… yeah… just gotta wait another year or so GoW 2020 or 2022

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  56. Cats 2079 Posted on January 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Holy crap this guy doesn't like video games. I guess that's the joke of the channel. But it makes me wonder why he even plays games. He just hates everything.

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  57. Shloomth Posted on January 26, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I didn't play the originals and I like the one-shot presentation and the combat so Ha, I get to keep liking this game even though I agree with your points

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  58. Akira Kurusu Posted on January 27, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    For the love of God. of War.

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  59. Bowman C. Posted on January 30, 2019 at 9:45 am

    The camera glued to kratos’ bum makes the game feel more cinematic. And they tried their best not to make cuts.

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  60. MrGuy Posted on February 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Sometimes I wonder why you even play games, when it seems as though you don't like most of them

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  61. John Joyner Posted on February 9, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I completely agreed (past tense) with this wonderful review. Now I still do kinda sorta. Except I kept playing the game and found there was a culture shock event taking place.
    I endured because it was gorgeous, the story was well crafted and the mythology was presented with depth and thought. But there was an adjustment out of the hack n' slash to a more considered combat dynamic that I had to get used to. I felt like Kratos, rolling my eyes and proceeding just to get it done.
    What I didn't initially realize was how immersive that approach actually was and then something quite suddenly switched (I think around the dragon boss)… I was having fun. Then I was having a blast. It's a grower (to me anyway) and by the end I couldn't get enough of it. 🙂

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  62. joshua armstrong Posted on February 12, 2019 at 2:07 am

    this game is so forgettable, my wife watched a playthrough, and can only remember bits and pieces of the game, even the part where they beat a dragon is fuzzy, and that was supposed to be exciting, now they turn THE kratos into a hairy dad, a stuffy and boring hairy dad, talk about creative liberties, turning kratos from a kickass god murderer, into a boring and aloof hairy dad..booooriiiing! quit taking so many liberties with your franchises, its not fun or funny, which is why we both pretend that this god of war doesnt exist, its too dull to be fun and of course cue eye roll here there's crafting in it, like every other game, sandbox and crafting, as if we need more of it, thanks a lot minecraft, now people think we want games with crafting in them, and not set weapons to discover or loot from actual chests not loot boxes >_> plus kratos becoming a father? HELL NO! thats not kratos, thats a weirdo cosplaying as kratos, the now hairy dad with nothing interesting about him, again, boring! and also forgettable, plus the kid is annoying, also, way to go with the whole "i wanted to "protect" you" nonsense when not telling the brat that hes part god, another eye roll here, this game is mediocre at best and boring at worst, it goes by in a blur, even IF you do side quests, could say so much, but,…meh, and the most annoying of all, is the title of the game, there's ALREADY a god of war game, its the first one! name this one what it is, god of war 4, its less confusing that way, but nope, we get samey game titles, and the fact that THIS god of war is the way my wife was introduced to kratos, sad, no one wanted hairy boring dad kratos!

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  63. AlexanderHL Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:37 am

    They better make the next game around having the little twat killed and Kratos out for revenge so we can go back to playing a real God of War game and forget this one ever happened.

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  64. John Sutton Posted on February 26, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Yahtzee's usually amusing crotchetiness wore a little thin here. This game was a lone throwback, solid narrative, single player game while we're drowning in multiplayer micropayments and had pretty much everything he has ever liked in a game. The combat was better than he gave it credit for, wide variety of complicated enemies, tough boss fights and a solid story. And yet he gave it a ,"meh."

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  65. john70jake Posted on February 28, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    The combat isn't overly complex, you're just shit at it.

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  66. ghost7685 Posted on February 28, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    (yahtzee 2010) : "God of War 3 sucks they should change it."
    (yahtzee 2018) : "Why did they change God of War?"

    If anybody wants advice on this guys reviews, only watch the reviews of things you dislike.

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  67. Fly 5 Posted on March 1, 2019 at 2:35 am

    There are still not actual dlcs you know?

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  68. Crash's Underwear Posted on March 4, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Still waiting for the GOTY edition of this game.

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  69. codafett Posted on March 12, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I don't mind Yahtzee having an opinion but I hate how his fanboys just mindlessly parrot what he says just to be contrarian.

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  70. Jamie Jackson Posted on March 13, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Still no dlc

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  71. Connor Force Posted on March 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Surprised more people didn't hate this game, as an outsider it looks nothing like God of War and everything like the Last of Us with hack and slash.

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  72. Smokey McGee Posted on March 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Does this guy ever say anything positive or does he just hate video games in general?

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  73. spyhunter 8642 Posted on April 6, 2019 at 5:25 am

    I’m half in agreement with Yahtzee on this game. He brings up a lot of true points about the game, but those weren’t downsides for me. In fact, I have the unoriginal opinion of this being a new favorite. Some of the nuances of the combat are complex, but you can get away with a few well-timed choices for most encounters to keep a steady rhythm. And while I liked the choice of the camera and how it helps the combat with Atreus and controlling both weapons, yes it can be a tad frustrating.

    The side-questing is largely excused and addressed as a needs to train Atreus and gather resources for an increasingly difficult journey; flimsy, maybe, but at least they address it.

    The world feels big because it pays homage as well as it can to the source material and also makes all the characters as interesting and dynamic as possible. Kratos might be the least dynamic, but his moments shine through at the right time. Atreus is the best-written companion character in a long time. I don’t think he disagreed with me there, I just wanted to declare that.

    There might be a lot of changes from what God Of War was, but I don’t think it’s completely abandoned itself. In fact, I think the change in tone (SORTA SPOILER WARNING BUT NOT REALLY), definitely sets up the fact that this becoming Atreus’s story, so of course the game’s tone will be different. It keeps the franchise moving in the best way possible while keeping the story organic. I’m looking forward to the sequels (I don’t think we’re going to see much in the way of “DLC”, but time will tell) and wherever they take the story next.

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  74. DrEsquizoide Posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:59 am

    I can't wait for the sequels and the moment when kratos guts out loki

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  75. Fotis Thomos Posted on April 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    First of all no dlcs will be released, and nothing happened? You literally started a war with the norse gods, if that's nothing then…. okay….?

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  76. Ichijo Festival Posted on April 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    God of War is a heavily cinematic, story-based series.
    Yahtzee whines about story every chance he gets.
    Before even watching the video, I know how this is gonna go down.

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  77. catulu J Posted on April 23, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Fun fact, you can go pretty much the whole game using nothing but your fists and it wont really change much except the punches feel more satisfying and no enemy is immune to them

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  78. levi Anderson Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Yahtzee bullshitin his way thru this whole review lol. Good stuff

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  79. Tahir Pleasant Posted on April 26, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Jokes on you, there is no dlc

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  80. Kyle-James Parsons Posted on May 11, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Unpopular opinion: God of War (4) is disappointing and highly overrated

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  81. DStork Posted on May 13, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Why not call it God of War Omega?

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  82. Fenrir Wulfheart Posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Three gods Yahtzee. Magni and Modi count as gods two albeit lesser gods.

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  83. Phillip Arpin Posted on May 28, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I am almost done with GoW for the 1st time. I was talking to a friend last night and complaining constantly about it. He linked me this video. Said I'd like it. I did. I also thought TLOU was stupidly overrated.

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  84. Richard Morse Posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I love the humor, and I usually die laughing, but I disagree with like 80% percent of your conclusions.

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  85. Cagon415 Posted on June 2, 2019 at 5:59 am

    "I'm just here to make sure everyone knows I love this game." Ffs

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  86. Szkotu Szkocki Posted on June 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    There is no dlc …

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  87. newshot_reply Posted on June 14, 2019 at 2:14 am

    I know this video is for fun, but combat is good, it kept me entertained even with many dull enemies and areas, spamming r1 only on give me a challenge mode doesn't work

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  88. Beta Maxis Posted on June 27, 2019 at 12:51 am

    As far as I'm concerned, God of War 3 never happened, and it all ended with the fan remake Bit of War, which was closer to the series creator David Jaffe's original vision.

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  89. Etienne Steenkamp Posted on June 28, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I am sorry man, but maybe you think the combat is not good because you're not a good gamer and can't do it. If you practice the moves, the game makes the combat experiences really cool…but I guess you wouldn't know if youdon't play the game on the easiest setting (which I am guessing you did) it forces you to practice the moves making the feeling of mastering the combat really rewarding.

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  90. Vox Populi Posted on July 2, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I ended up using virtually all of Kratos' skills. His runic attacks are a different story. And the combat is like an evolved version of Dark Souls, since Cory has literally said that was the inspiration for the new system. And the combat is very fluid, so I don't know what the problem is. The only thing I can really agree on is the camera can use a little more distance. I think just a few feet would improve it drastically.

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  91. Croatilillious Partridge Posted on July 4, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Fair enough.

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  92. Xenokiller 00 Posted on July 15, 2019 at 6:40 am

    It's funny how much you mention dlc yet they haven't done any greedy dlc shit.

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  93. Bill Something Posted on July 21, 2019 at 4:58 am

    i never agrees with him on games but i still eat up hes video like a class A drug

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  94. DinosaurFan88 Posted on July 23, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    It's funny about the close-in RE4-style camera as one of Yahtzee's friends pointed out when he did the post-ZP stream of God of Phwoar, that it was clearly chosen since it would be easier to render the beautiful environments that would be requisite to sell people on buying a PS4 than the traditional zoomed-out camera seen in previous games in the series (and in the games that a decade ago were trying to imitate GoW's style).

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  95. Joseph Waters Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I actually liked God of War 2018. After he killed Zeus in GoW 3, I liked the idea of Kratos killing himself and reincarnating into someone better. He learned how godawful he was during his period in Greece, decided to relieve himself of his own pain and unshackle himself so he can just lead a normal life. God of War 2018 taking combat tips from Dark Souls was also a nice touch as well (even Santa Monica Studios intended for that kind of combat change). In my opinion, while there WERE some infuriating parts (like the elevator that has to be constantly controlled at all times), God of War 2018 was one of the most breathtaking, family-bonding games I’ve ever played in my entire life.

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  96. Жека Иванов Posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I really like that he was wrong about dlcs

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