E3 2016: Kratos Returns in a New Scandinavian ‘God of War’

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The God of War series has always been a favorite among Playstation owners and it had been highly speculated that a new one was going to be announced for Playstation 4.  Of course, fans were right but it was announced not as everyone was expecting.  God of War will follow Kratos to Scandinavia and will follow Norse mythology, as stated through small gestures in the E3 trailer.  Kratos still utilizes his Spartan Rage attack and has the scar that Zeus gave him in the second game as well as the white skin from the murder of his family, which rules out the idea of a reboot as many people thought.  He does have a son, or at least a small boy that refers to him as his father, that also appears in the trailer.

Kratos seems to have calmed down a bit, getting angry with his son before taking a moment to calm down, take a deep breath, and control his anger.  It’s clear that the Kratos that we see in this game is not going to be the same one that was filled with hate and anguish for what he did to his family.  Most, if not all, of the Greek gods and deities were killed in the previous games so it was a little hard to tell what Kratos’s newest adventure was going to be about.
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Also, his beard is not the only new thing about this new installment; the gameplay has also changed drastically compared to the previous ones.  The previous games were very similar to most ‘hack and slash’ type games where you built up combo moves and attacked rigorously through button mashing.  The trailer shows that this one will take a little bit more of a Dark Souls approach as per when Kratos nears a giant, who towers over him, and utilizes quick moves and dodges to attack him.  That’s when you see him utilize his Spartan Rage move to weaken the enemy and give his ‘son’ a chance to kill the foe.

The trailer showed this as well as a few other things that weren’t expanded further, like how it looks like you will be able to develop skill sets or how this boy is even related to Kratos as it looks like he has no mother.  The trailer ended without a release date but it definitely looks to be a mid 2017 game.

Check out the E3 gameplay trailer below:

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