One of the most-anticipated games coming next year is God of War, the latest entry in a long-running series. First revealed at E3 2016, many were taken aback by the completely altered camera angles and seemingly slower pacing. If you were worried that this game might have lost its teeth, fear not, as God of War has been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Their description of the content awaiting players is, well, just take a look for yourself. Do be aware that if you consider weapon types to be spoilers, you won’t want to read it.
Here’s the summary:
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of half-human, half-god-like Kratos as he battles supernatural forces with his son. From an over-the-shoulder perspective, players travel through the Norse wilderness and use axes, double-chained blades, and swords to battle various enemies (e.g., rival gods/demigods, monsters, dragons, skeleton warriors). Combat is frequent and often bloody, with characters punching and kicking each other repeatedly, using bladed weapons to slash/stab/impale enemies. Larger enemies and bosses are dispatched in more intense sequences of violence: Kratos slashing and stabbing a dragon’s tongue; a character using an axe to hook and tear off an ogre’s jaw. During one sequence, players decapitate (off-screen) an imprisoned character and carry the severed head around; headless corpses also appear in other scenes. The words “f**k” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.
So there you go, the brutal combat against Norse monstrosities doesn’t appear to be censored in any way. There is however an interesting lack of any sexual content in the description, which does fly in the face of previous titles. Although, given that this game seems to be taking a much more serious, mature approach to its storytelling, it’s not necessarily shocking.
While we surprisingly still don’t have a release date, God of War was announced to be coming in Early 2018 at E3 2017. There was a PSN store glitch I thought might be the release date however, we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully we won’t be waiting too much longer, I’m eager to boot up my PS4 and start working through the Nordic mythological roster.