Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: April 20th, 2018
Should you play it?:Short answer is yes.
You've been hearing a lot of talks lately that single player games are dead. That everyone only wants to play multiplayer games nowadays. Games like Breath of the Wild, Mario Odessey, and God of War prove that completely wrong. The most recent call of duties and battlefields cannot hold a candle to the grandeur and majesty that these games posses, and there's a good reason for that; Story.
A lot of us play video games to be told or experience a story. God of war does this in spades. If you've never played a God of War game before, I'll give you a quick rundown on the plot. You play as Kratos, the demigod son of Zeus that goes on a rampage and kills all of the Greek gods. Takes him 3 games to get to Zeus and finish him off. He then retires and moves to Midgard (no not the Final Fantasy 7 one) and settles down with a new wife and has a son. That's where this game starts and shortly after, Kratos is drawn back into his old ways when a stranger comes a knocking.
I don't want to spoil too much about the story because you really should experience it for yourself. Let's touch on the gameplay for now. They've merged the old with the new for this game. It's still very much a hack-and-slash, however, they've updated it with things like combos, abilities, and weapons that can be fine-tuned and upgraded. The world being open means you now have a 360 swing camera to juggle as well which makes combat a lot harder since you can have enemies sneak up on you. You also have your son with you, and he can help you in combat progressively more and more as the story goes on. Another great thing about this game is the visuals. The entire game from beginning to end (not including dying and going to the menu) is one single camera shot. The camera pans around characters and the environment, not cutting to a different frame at all. The transition from a cutscene to gameplay is smooth and makes for an unbelievably gorgeous piece of art.
There are also tons of puzzles and collectibles that tap into the Norse mythology that surrounds the game which just further adds on to the experience. This game truly is a masterpiece and should be experienced by as many people as possible. It's still incredibly violent, yet it tones down on the blood and gore from the previous games. I still wouldn't play this around your kids.