God of War (Video game review)

Okay, I know this is not book related but I finished playing God of War (2018) for the PS4 and I just really wanted to talk about it.

When I first played God of War (2018), I actually never played any of the previsions God of War games, mainly because last generation I had XBOX. From what I was told the previous God of War games was mostly a hack and slash game with Kratos, killing across Greek mythology after the death of his family. Then I remembered the E3 trailer from a couple years back that introduced a God of War semi-reboot with Kratos and his son but instead of Greek mythology the focus in on Norse mythology.

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The story of this game is amazing. From the first ten minutes you are introduced to Kratos, and he left the events of the PS3 God of War era behind him and is now raising a son Atreus. It starts with their wife and mother dying and them burning the body  with the final wish to take her ashes to the highest peak of the mountain.

While the story is a basic journey to go from here to there, the strength lies in its characters, mainly of Kratos and Atreus. The journey takes them across some of the nine realms and they begin to bond with one another and learn to build a better connection with one another.

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It would feel like a very long escort mission but the fact that Atreus is a part of the game play works, with commanding him to fire arrows at enemies and even make light bridges to go across

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The game-play is really amazing. Instead of the normal hack and slash, it introduces a new combat system and the weapon of the Leviathan ax which you could throw at an enemy and call it back to you, very different from the Blades of Chaos. A lot of the enemies have various ways to deal with combat and it starts a bit of a learning experience.

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The boss fights are also amazing. My favorite is the fight between Thor’s sons and after dying a handful of times caused me to really rethink my approach to the fight and trying to utilize Atreus more.

An impressive feature about the game is that it looks as if it was done in one shot, even though there is some cuts in between takes. It makes the game have a more cinematic feel to it and feeling like you are a part of the action.

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In the end, God of War is an amazing. Definitely was a game of the year in my book, with high intense action and a gripping story that made me want to stand up and clap after the game was over.

Grade: 10/10

Fierce Fanboy Friday-The Last of Us

Happy Friday everyone,

This is a book meme I recently found out about and it looked like fun.

Fierce Fangirl Fridays are hosted by Jackie @ Too Much of a Book Nerd 

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

For my first fierce fanboy I am going to talk about The Last of Us. While it is not book related I just want a chance to talk about one of my favorite video games.

The game was developed by Naughty Dog, at first they were mostly known for the Crash Bandicoot and also known for the Uncharted series. The Last of Us is set in a post apocalyptic world in which zombies or “the infected” roam around with also scavengers and cannibals also.

You play as Joel, someone who has dealt with a loss and is tasked to take a girl named Elie across the US to the Fireflies because she is immune to the infection. While it may seem like a simple game its the story and characters that pull you in.

Both characters of Joel and Ellie are equally compelling and have great arcs to them. They pull you into the story and you care about those characters even long after the game is over.

If a game can out you to tears within the first 20 minutes you know its a great game. It is not just a good story. but the game play is also amazing. For a zombie survival game it has good game play in which you could either go stealth or full out guns blazing or both.

The infected come in many forms; runners, clickers and bloaters

 

and with each infected you have to fight them differently and with the clickers its best to get them from afar because one bite and you are dead.

The reason why I was very late in playing this game is because when the game was first released back in 2013, I had an XBOX, and it wasn’t until this year I got a PS4 I was able to play this game.

Throughout the game there is a lot of great story elements and it can be emotionally draining and there was several points that I had to turn off the game and collect myself.

The Last of Us is a great video game that mixes good game play with a fantastic story. Play it if you have a Playstation, or you don’t have one than watch the cut scenes on Youtube.

Have you played The Last of Us? Are you excited about The Last of Us 2? Let me know in the comments below.