For the past couple of years now, developers have been enjoying making remastered and HD editions of fan favorites. We have seen many titles from various franchise being re-worked on. Games from series such as Devil May Cry, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy and Halo have been recently updated with better sounds, visuals and more content. Overall, these re-releases make a more complete game, but based off of reviews we have written and read online, it doesn’t necessarily push the title in question further in terms of quality. Is God of War III Remastered part of the “good remake” list, or is there something missing that just doesn’t cut it?
The God of War series is known for putting you in control of Kratos, who is also referred to as the “Ghost of Sparta”. He was given that title after accidently killing his own family. Describes as well as a demigod, Kratos is a brutal, violent and talented warrior who seeks revenge. God of War III takes place across various locations set on Mount Olympus. The game’s setting, story and other elements do not change from one version to another. However, this remastered version pumps a lot more juice from the new Sony console than the original version did from the PS3.
Visually speaking, the game is outstanding. Although the title is but a remake from the 2010 game, the developers did a fantastic job with the details. Whether it’s your surrounding, the enemies, the characters, the special effects or the weapons, the work of making them look much better is evident and undeniable; this new version looks like it was make native for PS4 when you take a closer look.
The title really takes the spotlight while you are in combat. God of War games are famous for allowing you to perform sick combos while showing off your warrior’s impressive fighting skills. Now, with updated visuals and an improved resolution, Kratos’ Blades of Exile look outstanding; they seem to be a lot more fluid in combat. If you are new to the series, you might feel frustrated because of the use of “dated” Quick Time Events, but fans of the franchise can reassure you that they are necessary for a genuine experience with God of War. Only this time around, they have a better feel to them and look a lot better too.
Set aside the improved visuals and all, is there anything new to the game that differs from it’s original version? As a matter of a fact, yes! In God of War III Remastered, a new feature called Photo Mode was implemented within the game. This super popular function is fairly simple to understand and really easy to use. Just like in many titles that have been released over the past few years, the player, well, you, can now enter in this Photo Mode while in the middle of your gameplay experience with the game. Enter the mode, change your filters and contrasts, and take a nice screenshot. You can then share your shots with your friends online, to show them just how badass you were able to make Kratos look – it shouldn’t be that hard though.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, many games have that feature. However, it isn’t necessarily as developed as others. In this game’s case, the mode in question feel dull and primitive due to the fact that you are very limited when it comes to camera positioning – I am not a photograph, but limiting users from using different camera positions restricts them for fully exploiting their creative picture-taking freedom. As far as it goes, it doesn’t affect your experience with the title itself, but it would have been a lot more positive for the developers to have integrated a more complete Photo Mode.
God of War III Remastered has a better framerate, outstanding visuals, great resolution upgrade, improved details and a new Photo Mode, but what about gameplay? Yes, you get to swing around Kratos’ god slaying weapons, but is the feeling any better? Unfortunately, while everything other aspect of the game was reworked, the combat mechanics have been untouched from the original title; you can still have a blast dealing blows, especially with the Blades of Exile. Although these mechanics were untouched, the rewarding feeling of slaying a power foe still gets to you and gives you a sense of accomplishment and power. Exactly how a demigod should feel like after taking down gods who claimed to be a lot stronger.
Making remasters and remakes of game have benefits for both parties. On one side, the developer makes some extra money, but on the other, it allows fans to replay their favorite games with better looking visuals. Of course, this also gives a chance for gamers with new consoles to check out some of History’s best games. For what it’s worth, God of War III Remastered offers the same gratifying feelings mixed with the nostalgia of playing as the famed demigod, Kratos. The new feature might seem a little out of place and unpractical, as well as incomplete, but at least it permits you to save a shot of some awesome and legendary moments during your gameplay experience.
God of War III Remastered is in fact a fantastic title. The original version was beautifully made to begin with and now, thanks to this enhanced version, I was able to enjoy it even more. The gameplay mechanics weren’t as much affected as the visuals, which is often the key element modified in a remaster version, but it still offers the same gratifying feeling at the end of each sweat-breaking battle.
As popular as it might be, I found that the addition of the Photo Mode was utterly useless; I find it to be a pain in every game to be honest. The fact that it was also limiting in terms of camera positioning only pulls it down ever deeper than it originally was. Unfortunately, some mode doesn’t fit certain games; it would have been a little more interesting to have additional content instead!