4 Things We Expect From ‘God of War 4′

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4 Things We Expect From God of War 4

God of War 4 Predictions It feels almost like fate: not one month after Sony unveils the PlayStation 4 they have a new God of War game hitting store shelves. Titled God of War: Ascension, this newest proper console release focuses on the early days of Kratos, before he became the eponymous "god of war." Specifically, the game focuses on our hero's attempts to break free of his bond to Ares; a bond that led to the death of Kratos' wife and daughter. However, as we prepare for a glimpse into Kratos' past we also look forward to what might be in his future. There are few franchises we can think of that would benefit better from some increased graphical power, so we hope that God of War 4 is in our future, sooner rather than later. And just in case Sony Santa Monica is listening, here are a few things we hope the sequel includes.

1. Jaw-Dropping Visuals

God of War 4 Expectations - GraphicsThis ones sounds like a no-brainer, but it has us nonetheless excited. God of War has always been a major showpiece for the PlayStation's graphical power, so we expect its PS4 iteration to be one of the most visually impressive games we've ever seen. The trailer for Killzone: Shadow Fall already showed how big a leap a franchise can make from one console to the next, but will the same be true of a highly-stylized world like that of God of War? Fluid movement, some very high-res gore, and incredible backgrounds all top our list for God of War 4, but that's only the beginning. Sony Santa Monica has always pushed the limits of Sony's hardware in the past, so who better to show us how far the PS4 can go.

2. Singleplayer Focus

God of War 4 Expectations - StoryMultiplayer has been a major selling point for God of War: Ascension, but God of War has always been, first and foremost, a tremendous singleplayer experience. While it might be cool to have a co-op partner join in on the campaign, that feels counter-intuitive to the overall experience. By that, we mean: God of War's story has always been about one man (or god) and his quest for revenge; introducing another player into the mix would undermine the game's central premise. That said, we realize there won't be too many games in the next-gen that don't feature some sort of multiplayer element. So, if God of War 4 must feature multiplayer, we hope it's just as unique as what Ascension offers.

3. Even Bigger Boss Battles

God of War 4 Expectations - Giant Boss BattlesIt might be hard to top the scale of boss battles featured in God of War 3, or even Ascension, but if anyone can do it, it's Sony Santa Monica. We've seen Kratos go toe-to-toenail with some gigantic foes, but there's always going to be bigger enemies for him to fight. God of War: Ascension features an ongoing battle with a city-sized giant, but what about a planet-sized creature, or something even bigger? Asura's Wrath played around with the concept of a planet-sized boss, but that experiment was more of an interactive movie than an actual game. For God of War 4, we want to see boss battles that are just as epic, but with carefully thought out gameplay to boot. The sky is certainly not the limit with this franchise, so why not push the envelope as far as the size and scope of a boss battle goes?

4. A New Mythology

God of War 4 Expectations - New Mythology[Spoiler Alert] If you haven't finished God of War 3 read no further! In God of War 3, Kratos wipes out nearly every major player in Greek mythology, from Ares all the way up to Zeus himself. It was a fitting conclusion to an appropriately epic franchise, but it also left the developers with nowhere to go. Post-God of War 3 release, a quote from Stieg Asmussen confirmed that Greek mythology is indeed finished, but that doesn't mean Kratos can't take on the gods of other cultures. Moreover, it was implied that Kratos doing battle with Norse legends might also be a possibility. We think that could work perfectly, and it wouldn't be hard to preserve the spirit of the game: just have Tyr (the Norse god of war) challenge Kratos, and send him on another blood-fueled quest for revenge. Can you imagine Kratos battling Thor or Odin? Awesome.

4 Things We Expect From God of War 4

God of War 4 PredictionsNow that we've broken down the top 4 things we expect to see in God of War 4, we want to hear from you. What would you like to see included in Sony Santa Monica's inevitable sequel? Is change called for after this long, or should they stick with what works? Let us know in the comments below! God of War: Ascension releases March 12, 2013 exclusively for the PS3. Follow me on Twitter @ANTaormina

TAGS: God of War, God of War 4, God of War: Ascension, PS4, Santa Monica Studio, Sony

  • Daniele

    What if Kratos wakes up in hades? he finds out that someone is calling Gods back to life and then he discovers Uranus is doing so. he has an initial fight with him and accidentally break the olympus blade, absorbing its power to drain the gods’soul. he then kills the gods that are alive again: ares,poseidon and hades. Athena reveals to kratos that, if he wants to kill uranus, he has to find the Titans temple (buried under the Fates island) and steal the titans’ blade. kratos does so, but when he encounters uranus (descended on earth) he says that was not the real athena, but a ghost created to fool kratos and make him retrieve titans blade. in order to dend both the blade and krstos into thrle Tartarus. kratos kills the ghost, but doing so destroys the olympic blades (blade of exile with the power of the blades of olympus and the powers of the gods he has killed wiith them). uranus blocks himself and kratos in a nightmare, but kratos wins and kills uranus with the Titans blade. when he wakes up, the apocalypse is raging. the real athena appears and kratos asks to reach the island of the Fates one last time. When he gets there, he is willing to kill himself by cutting the wire but he changes his mind. he pulls his wire until he reaches the day ehen he killed his family. he stops his younger delf and saves his family.
    this would be an ending aligned with the one in GoW 1 because krstis kills the same Ares to vengeance his (ares’) betrayal. but he has no nightmares, do he don’t fight oter gids and therefore he is not chased grom his throne as the god of war.
    moreover, this could eventually lead to another series where kratos daughter becames a warrior working for her father, to vengeance her mother’s mysterious death.

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  • Daniele

    what do you think?

  • roberto

    really good idea but check your spelling man

  • roberto

    how about there is a confirmation or a trailer by santa monica studios of god of war 4 i’m dying over here because there is no confirmation or trailer but I WANT A TRAILER.