The Ties Of Blood

Happy Weekend TAY!

Second to last weekend before Christmas if holiday shopping is your thing. The roads around here were crazy on Friday night and full of accidents. Please be careful and patient while out there this weekend.

I “finished” off God Of War last week and it is absolutely one of the biggest feathers in the PS4 cap. It isn’t perfect and there is quite a bit that needs to be improved for future sequels but damn if it isn’t just a whole lotta fun. It is huge too, I’m around 40 hours and counting.

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Backtracking becomes a bit of a chore later in the game, though that’s a common issue with these types of game worlds. I think my biggest complaint is that the whole game moves slower than I would like.

Kratos is a little sluggish and movement throughout the world is more tedious than necessary. Too often I seem to be presented with boring walls to climb or pointless journeys through linear tunnels, whose only user interaction is to hold up on the stick for the duration of the passage. I think a lot of this is to cover the loading of the next scene, but the fun comes to a grinding halt at these moments.

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It was the overall level design that won me over with God Of War, though the combat is enjoyable and varied. This might be some of the most creative map designs I’ve seen in a long time and it is definitely one of the best examples of a 3D Metroidvania game.

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Now that I’m finished with the main story, I’m likely going to go back and mop up the outstanding sidequests. I was so in love with the level design that I relished finding every collectable, but the previously mentioned slowdown points are so frequent that it makes revisiting levels less fun than it could be. Still, I’m probably going to make a good attempt at getting everything.

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With the business of the holidays and my kid’s upcoming birthday, I’m likely not going to get into anything deep until the new year now that I am basically done with God Of War. Thankfully, I have my new PSVR to play with for quick sessions in between prepping the house for visitors. I just grabbed another handful of games for PSVR on sale at the PlayStation Store and I’ll have more than enough to keep me occupied until 2019.

My family is hopefully going to watch the third of the Hobbit movies this weekend, The Battle of the Five Armies (which I have never seen)...we’ll just need to find three hours to do it. Hopefully, I will also be able to get to more of The Last Of Us with my wife and Breath Of The Wild with my kid.

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So, what are you playing this weekend?