‘God of War: Ascension’ Story Trailer Shows a Happy Kratos

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 3:37 pm,

Fans of the God of War series didn’t know exactly where the newest in the series, God of War: Ascension would be fitting into the established franchise. Luckily, the latest story trailer helps set the scene for what looks to be the most relatable version of Kratos so far.

Slicing and dicing gods and goddesses alongside mythological beasts may be something that most of only wish we could relate to, but there’s more to Kratos than just violence. There’s anger, too. And with the life he once had (briefly visible in this trailer) we can’t blame him for his crusade against anything and anyone he deems responsible.

The loss of Kratos’ wife Lysandra and daughter Calliope by his own hands hasn’t been a secret to this point, but his guilt and loss look to play a significant role in the singleplayer campaign of Ascension (especially if the live-action Super Bowl commercial is any indication). And while many of these scenes appeared in the previous story trailer, we’re still downright intrigued.

God of War Ascension Story Trailer

Set just six months after the death of his family – and having sold his soul to Ares – Ascension begins with Kratos imprisoned by the chained Blades of Chaos, and routinely tortured by the three Furies as punishment for his crimes. The trailer shows what happens when his bonds are broken, and this former Spartan general is let loose upon those who would keep him locked up.

From there, the plot beats are somewhat harder to follow, proving that despite the game’s commitment to the same hack-and-slash carnage, the developers at Santa Monica do have a story to tell. With massive enemy battles, and character designs that demand far more inspection than a quick glance affords (we’d be interested to see as in-depth an explanation for each one as was given for The Manticore), there were certainly many who felt that Ascension wouldn’t be a ‘full God of War experience’ given the lack of a ‘4’ in its title.

Instead, the trailers and developer diaries seem to imply that this take on Kratos is far more in keeping with a fully-developed hero. Flashbacks and betrayal have all been witnessed so far, but the scenes and characters shown in this trailer have us wondering what the developers are up to. And with a series this predictable, even that is saying something.

God of War Ascension Kratos Lysandra

Exactly how much the story will intrude on the god-slaughtering remains to be seen, but have the trailers and peeks behind the scenes convinced you that Ascension is a worthy installment in the series? Are you more interested in the story being told, or seeing gameplay and visuals improved from God of War 3? Sound off in the comments.

God of War: Ascension releases March 12, 2013 for the PS3.

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TAGS: God of War, God of War: Ascension, PS3, Santa Monica Studio, Sony

  • Varteras

    Kratos happy? Pretty sure hell just got really cold.

  • Gray Snake

    I love God of War, I love every single installment, and I just pre-ordered my Collector’s Edition of Ascension tonight. The thing I don’t think people understand and see to that this game is nothing more then a “milking” of the series, is that they all know what happened to Kratos already, you learn in the first game, however from my standpoint I think going backwards is a wise move for Santa Monica, mainly because though we know what happened, and that Kratos is arguably the strongest video game character to date, we never actually saw what he went through getting to where he was, we just know where he was. Seeing how he got there, and more of how his reputation as “The Ghost of Sparta” increased are something I personally can’t wait to see. And for all the non-believers, I have 1 quote….. “YOU DARE DEFY THE GOD OF WAR!?”

  • umesh

    I really big fan of cretos
    Go4 ascension is such a epyc game ever
    Thanks for santa monica tm

  • umesh

    I really big fan of cretos
    Go4 ascension is such a epyc game ever
    Thanks for santa monica tm
    We waiting .

  • umesh

    Gow3 story was gret. But we missed adventures . Like always start in boat.
    God of war asvension will be very brutal ,
    Epyc and adventurer game . God of war fans
    Still waiting …march 13 ,2013