God of War II Demo Impressions

by Laurance 

Obviously there isn’t much I can tell you about this demo that hasn’t already been plastered all over the greater gaming community. however, I will share my personal thoughts because, as fans, we finally have our opportunity to take the Ghost of Sparta into battle with the Colossus of Rhodes for ourselves. That is if you pre-ordered the game and got yourself demo copy. You did, right? right!?After playing through the demo several times, there are a couple things I did notice and no neither of these involve the absence of two voluptuous vixens. One thing I noticed was that the game play felt identical the first God of War with the exception of using your Blades of Chaos to swing across certain parts of the environment a la Indiana Jones. The mini-game used to take down larger foes is here again and breaks up the button mashing aspects just as they did in the previous game along with the occasional puzzle. The animation of the colossus was quite enjoyable although, I did find myself wanting to run up his arm like in Shadow of the Colossus. does this prove that Wander is a much more wise and skilled giant-killer than our bloodthirsty Kratos? The demo does leave a lot to be desired as far as the game play is concerned, but we wouldn’t want the developers to spoil the experience before we get out hands on the full version would do we?

Visually, God of War II seems to take the ps2 to it’s limit and then stretches it even further. The architecture is something to really admire and the little things like floating dust particles in the light of a window really add to the ambience. You can’t talk about the visuals without talking about the Colossus of Rhodes. The Hydra boss I encountered in God of War was nothing short of epic, and the little amount of time I got to tango with the colossus gives hope that it as well will find a home in my memory. Even though I was stripped of the joy that tearing the monstrosity would have given, I am very much looking forward to finishing what I started.

In addition to god of War II releasing this March, hardcore fans such as myself, can pre-order their very own Kratos action figures over at cornerstorecomics.com. There are two versions available:

Kratos Blades of Chaos for $12.99

Kratos Golden Fleece Armor for $13.99

Both figures are 7 inches tall.


~ by laurance on February 17, 2007.

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