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Review copy of God Of War provided by PlayStation Australia

God Of War Review – Spoiler Free

God Of War is the newest in the God Of War franchise of games, of which this is the fourth game in the series and picks up after the events of God Of War 3 (although there have been multiple other releases in the franchise including some PS4 remasters). The game franchise was quite popular during the PS3 era of gaming, where it too was a PlayStation exclusive title.

The original titles in the series had an ancient Greek setting, with Kratos being the God of War in that world. But this new game has a Norse mythology setting and is a continuation of the life of Kratos, who is now a father and has a son named Atreus.

When the game was first teased some time ago, I was quite excited to see it get released as I had been quite a fan of the old God Of War games and have always been interested in them because of my love for ancient history and anything with Greek Mythology in it. The old games always appealed to me quite a bit, but I was never a super fan of the franchise. I did always enjoy it, but other PlayStation exclusive games like the Uncharted series always seemed to be more of the style of gameplay I preferred. In the older God Of War games, the camera was always positioned quite far away from the character, which I don’t really enjoy. In the new God Of War, the camera is always behind Kratos, so I feel like I am playing as him or closer to him, rather than taken out of the action and looking in. This game is a little more similar to the Uncharted style of gaming that I enjoy and I feel that for a a character driven experience, which is what this God Of War game is, then it’s the right gameplay style to go for and the camera positioning in this game was excellent and a massive improvement on what was available in the past.

This God Of War game is a father and son story. Kratos has been living in the world of the Norse Gods, but has been quite quiet there and had barely any quarrels with anyone at all. When his wife dies, Kratos and his son Atreus go on a journey to bury the ashes on top of a mountain and this is the primary objective of the story. But, being a God, Kratos doesn’t go unnoticed and it’s not long before a bunch of characters from the Norse mythological world start appearing and interfering with Kratos’ and his son’s journey. It’s a rough fight and a tough journey that you will go on in this game.

Kratos - God Of War Review

Kratos – God Of War Review

I can’t really go into the story all that much because of the spoilers. But what I loved about the journey of Kratos the most was the father and son relationship that we see develop. Atreus is a young boy, who is quite interested in the world around him and the world of the Gods. But Kratos himself, isn’t as interested and doesn’t want to really be involved in anything to do with the Gods, primarily because of his past. When the Norse Gods start appearing, it causes much friction between Kratos and his son. The contrast of the two characters as they go through the journey and how they both handle situations is polarising, as the characters change and their beliefs change throughout the story it becomes quite an interesting tale. There’s quite a lot of character development for Kratos in this game, more than in the other God Of War games that have come in the past and it’s all very good.

Being a game with a Norse mythology setting, it is rich with lore and characters to meet. As you go on your journey you’ll hear tales of Odin, Thor, Baldr, Freya and much more. For those like myself who are interested in Norse mythology, the game offers one of the best recreations of the old Gods and the old world that I have ever seen. In the game there’s also bits of lore you can pick up and collect. All of this is great, not just for making a rich world for a gamer to explore, but it’s also a great education experience which you can build on in your spare time should you go online and start reading some of the old Norse myths yourself.

Kratos and Atreus with the serpent - God Of War Review

Kratos and Atreus with the serpent – God Of War Review

The graphics in God Of War are exceptionally beautiful. You can tell that a lot of hard work went into the game and the people at Santa Monica studio really did a great job. Not only do the character models of Kratos, Atreus and the rest of the Gods and mythological characters look awesome, but characters like Kratos and Atreus are customisable too. As you progress through the game you’ll be able to unlock armour and different clothing styles for Kratos and Atreus which will change the look of the character in the game and all of these were exceptional. There’s also a bunch of visual attacks when using weapons, firing arrows or magic that all looked well done, with barely any looking the same as another, meaning that there is a great variety to the visuals you see as you progress through the game.

Gameplay will see you play as Kratos for the whole game, but Atreus does accompany you as a you go through the game. What I liked about this duo, was that I didn’t really feel on my own during the battles. Many games give you AI allies, but sometimes they’re silly and you can’t really work with them. But in God Of War you can prompt Atreus to take action, for example there are buttons you can press on your control to make him fire an arrow at any enemy, which at times is a great help. Other times Atreus acts out on his own and attacks enemies or he might help you out with a health potion. You will also need to help Atreus when he’s in trouble too.

In some ways, having Atreus as a companion felt a little like my experience with The Last Of Us and having Ellie there with me. There are similar gameplay mechanics to what Ellie and Joel did in The Last Of Us, like Atreus pushing rocks from high above to help you up, or kicking down a chain to help you climb to a high wall. But I felt that being able to prompt Atreus to do things felt a lot better than anything I’ve played before as I didn’t have my AI partner seemingly doing nothing when i’m in trouble trying to fight someone, Atreus can actually help me and I loved that.

Kratos meeting Mimir in God of war - God Of War Review

Kratos meeting Mimir in God of war – God Of War Review

God Of War is an action adventure game. So much of the gameplay sees you as Kratos battle bunch of enemies. Enemies are broken up into common enemies, some of which may fly, some use fire, some are giant, some use magic and some use poison. You encounter them as you go from level to level in the game. Enemies are varied by the different Norse realms you travel to and some are immune to certain attacks. Some can’t be hurt by your axe, others can, some can only be damaged by melee attacks, some need other weapons entirely. The other enemies you will encounter come in the form of bosses. There are quite a few bosses in the game that you will encounter and some of these will be the Gods themselves, others will be monsters of the Norse world such as dragons. Each is a different challenge to overcome, but I never got bored with any of this at all. The gameplay of God Of War is incredibly fun and the upgrades for your weapons and armour ensure that things change as you progress and become even stronger.

The music of the game is another high point. The music in God Of War comes composed by Bear McCreary who some may know as the composer of music in other things such as Battlestar Galactica or Caprica. There’s quiet pieces for the sad moments, but also some very epic themes for the more action based moments, or God encounters. The music is an important part of the game because so much of the tone and the feel for God Of War comes from the sound and with Bear McCreary’s themes, things were epic at the right times and sombre in others and that’s always a good thing.

Overall God Of War is an exceptionally good game for PS4 owners to get. You will get to go on a well crafted father and son journey in the world of the Norse gods. Fans of God Of War will get to go back into the world they love, with a character they all adore who is better than ever to play as in this latest title. The music by Bear McCreary is epic and the graphics are beautiful. Santa Monica Studio did a great job with the game. For those such as myself who love the lore of the old Norse gods, the game provides a rich experience filled with great content to go through and many realms to explore. This is the best Norse mythology game out there and the experience is beyond all expectations that I had before I started playing the game. I highly recommend getting God Of War for your PS4 collection, it’s one of the best games on the system to be released so far, if not possibly the best titles on the system.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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