Tag Archives: God of War

Top Ten – Video Game Tutorials

Following on from my previous post about this subject, I thought it might be useful to take a look at some examples of video game tutorials which are considered to be effective and try to figure out whether or not they actually are.

Because I’m lazy, I did a single YouTube search and just chose the first video that came up. So yeah, there are probably better examples out there which would facilitate more interesting analysis, but whatever. I’m a busy man.

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Review – God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Ghost of Sparta is the sixth game in the God of War series, and the second portable incarnation, once again developed by Ready at Dawn who, after realising that Chains of Olympus was too short and timid, decided to have another go at things, crafting a new adventure set between the events of God of War 1 and 2.

The story this time around is a much more personal one, with dear old Kratos searching for his lost brother, Deimos, whose existence everyone has suddenly started to acknowledge. The drastic tonal shift from rabid vengeance to caring rescue is an interesting one, and the plot as a whole does a reasonably good job of fleshing out Kratos’s backstory, which until this point has been severely neglected throughout the series. Some may argue that a character who headbutts minotaurs doesn’t need much characterisation, but it’s nice to see the series accepting what it’s good at and moving into fresher narrative territory too.

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Review – God of War: Chains of Olympus

So once again we slip into the blood-stained sandals of Kratos, pasty Spartan sword-for-hire and anti-hero of the God of War franchise. He’s busy killing everything for very little reason and touring the Underworld again, and we’re all invited.

Chains of Olympus is a prequel to the main series and concerns a plot orchestrated by the Goddess Perspehone to destroy the world. Because the game is set during the time of Kratos’ ten years of service to the Olympian Gods, it’s his job to sort everything out, primarily by grunting and stamping on lots of faces. It’s a typical God of War adventure and if you’ve played the PS2/3 games then you’ve essentially played this. What sets this instalment apart, however, is the hardware, this being the first God of War adventure finding a home on a portable console.

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