God of War III Remastered

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8.8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2015

God of War 3 Remastered's update is mostly visual, but the action reminds us why we love this bloody series.

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Jul 22, 2015

That parade of cathartic moments still makes God of War 3 worth playing, especially given the vividness and eye-popping destruction woven into every major battle. It peaks and drags and peaks and drags, sure, but God of War at its high point was never going to be sustainable. Five years on, it's clear that God of War 3 is especially emblematic of a series trying to figure out how to go higher when you've already reached the top of Mount Olympus.

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7 / 10
Jul 15, 2015

Hardly a game that was in desperate need of a makeover, but the original is still a solid action adventure and Kratos' story is given at least an element of closure.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

The core game is still amazing, though the lack of any notable changes or additions in this release disappoints

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8 / 10
Jul 13, 2015

God of War III on the PS4 is the same exciting game that it always was--just a little prettier.

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Jul 13, 2015

This re-release seems unnecessary at first glance, but the conclusion of Kratos' journey serves up a level of spectacle that remains impressive in 2015.

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Jul 13, 2015

The simplicity of the plot, the solid combat, and the bizarre perspective shifts during boss gameplay make this feel like it's the "purest" God of War game to me. It's a tribute to how much the game does right to the point that I didn't remember a lot of this stuff when I started playing God of War III again, playing from start to finish in a single session (normally I space these things out).

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7 / 10
Jul 14, 2015

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.

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Jul 13, 2015

God of War 3 Remastered feels like a game made explicitly for those that did not catch it the first time around.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2015

A daft, angry, bald journey, led by a screaming topless adonis that lets us kill everything that moves. Fair play, Sony.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2015

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.

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65 / 100
Jul 14, 2015

God of War III Remastered delivers exactly what it says: a prettier version of the same game you played five years ago. Those looking for the same experience will find it, and those looking for something new or a fresh take on the series won't get much out of this remaster.

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Aug 24, 2015

Controls feel a little slower, slightly mis-translated, though the combat's core is still solid and visceral. But without any new content, this might be a better title for those who haven't played the original.

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Don't Buy
Jul 14, 2015

If already bought the game, though, there's nothing new here – just the updated game and assembled DLC. Aside from the visual improvements, this is the same game it was on PlayStation 3, for better or worse.

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80 / 100
Jul 29, 2015

I would always give this game high marks, no matter how many times they re-released it.  But while it was, and remains, a great and classic game in its own right, unless you have somehow never played it before, you should give this Remastered version a pass.  Instead, wait for a bonafide new instalment of the series, if and when another one is made in the future.

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7 / 10
Jul 18, 2015

[W]hile this remains an exceptional example of Sony Santa Monica's slick character action series, you should only really consider ripping open your wallet for this re-release if you've never experienced it before.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

A solid title, not because of improvements made during the remastering process, but rather the strength of the original creation. Sure, it looks a little bit nicer, and the photo mode is a nice addition, but this is primarily the same game that it was five years ago.

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Ken McKown

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8 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

God of War III Remastered feels like an empty shell of a great game. It is fantastic for those that never had a chance to experience it, but the price tag hurts the most. If it had included Ascension or any of the previous games it would definitely be more enticing, but as just one stand alone title, this is one remaster I feel needs a serious price drop before considering diving in.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2015

God of War III is a title worth playing as you can see by the review score, but it's just hard to recommend one game for $40 when you can spend $20 and get five including GoW III.

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Jul 17, 2015

With a 1080p resolution bump and a smoother frame-rate, God of War III retains its place as one of the mightiest brawlers ever made. You can quibble about the lack of new features or the failure to upgrade and include the earlier two games, but when a game delivers this much intense, imaginative and downright magnificent spectacle you're almost helpless to resist.

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