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PS3 news: Sony Announces ‘God of War: Ascension’

Rejoice Kratos fans, there will be another “God of War” game. After the massive, worldwide success of the “God of War” trilogy (the first two games released for the PS2 and the third an award-winner for the PS3 in 2010), Sony announced today that there will be another title — “God of War: Ascension,” releasing a logo and promising more details soon. We don’ t know much at this point (although it seems safe to expect a 2013 release date given today’s timing) but we will bring you further developments as they’re announced.

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Posted on April 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: Developer spotlight: Ready at Dawn

How much do you know about God of War Collection Volume II developer Ready at Dawn?

Ready at Dawn is the talented developer behind God of War Collection Volume II on PlayStation 3. Discover how the acclaimed company paved its way to create classic after classic…

Daxter (PSP, 2006)

Ready at Dawn’s mission statement is deceptively straightforward: “making fun games a lot of people want to play”. And the California based developer got off to a fine start with Daxter on PSP.

Spinning off the successful PlayStation 2 series Jak and Daxter, Ready at Dawn’s first PlayStation title was a fresh-faced platform game starring everyone’s favourite ottsel sidekick, Daxter. Filled with bug bashing fun, mini-games and imaginative levels, Daxter swiftly became a fan favourite – and the perfect introduction to Ready at Dawn’s talent.

Daxter was just the beginning for Ready at Dawn, which was far from finished with impressing players and critics…

God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP, 2008)

Not intimidated by the high bar set by Daxter, Ready at Dawn smashed expectations with its entry into the God of War series. Chains of Olympus was the first God of War game developed outside of Sony Santa Monica Studios – and all eyes were on Ready at Dawn.

“It was an honour to work on the series,” says Marc Turndorf, Ready at Dawn’s director of production. “We had never made a God of War title before and the learning curve was quite high to make one on a par with the original God of War team’s wonderful games.”

The pressure didn’t faze the team, who went on to create a massive PSP action adventure that did Kratos – and Sony Santa Monica Studios – proud. “From an early build they acknowledged that not only were we on the right track, we were far exceeding what they expected from a God of War game on PSP,” smiles Turndorf.

The question wasn’t so much of how can we make a God of War game on PSP – it was more that we just wanted to make the best God of War game possible. Our biggest early challenge became a source of great triumph when we gained the trust and respect of the original God of War team.”

God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP, 2010)

With another successful feather in its cap, Ready at Dawn turned its hands to a follow-up which helped cement its reputation as a quality developer. God of War: Ghost of Sparta was even bigger and bolder than Chains of Olympus. Staggering set pieces and a storyline which revealed some of Kratos’s most emotional battles made Ghost of Sparta an essential PSP game.

Raising the stakes on both a gameplay and story level is something Turndorf is particularly proud of in both God of War titles on PSP. “My highlights usually come from our designers coming up with an incredible idea or set piece that seems almost impossible to pull off – then our team work together to figure out a way to make it happen in spectacular fashion.”

God of War Collection Volume II (PlayStation 3, 2011)

With two classic PSP titles under its belt, Ready at Dawn felt it was only fair to give PlayStation 3 owners the chance to check out what they may have missed. So both God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta were re-mastered into God of War Collection Volume II, a PS3 game available on Blu-ray Disc and to download from PlayStation Store.

“We wanted to make sure we put our best effort forward when creating God of War Collection Volume II”, says Turndorf. “This meant adding trophy and wireless controller support, as well as a massive range of visual and audio improvements. On top of all this we added stereoscopic 3D, all the bonus costumes found in the PSP versions and the Director’s Live Video.”

The result is a must-have package which feels right at home on PS3. The explosive combination of well designed gameplay and all the advantages of PS3 make it an unmissable experience.

“We had worked so hard on the PSP God of War games that it was a labour of love re-mastering them for PS3,” says Turndorf. “The game really shines in High Definition, and stereoscopic 3D adds a whole new level of immersion to the game.”

You can enjoy Ready at Dawn’s latest Greek epic, the incredible God of War Collection Volume II, by downloading these amazing adventures of magic, monsters and mayhem from PlayStation Store now.

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Posted on September 15th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

news: Demo Guide: God of War Collection Volume II

Discover how to display some godlike skills in the free PlayStation Store demo of God of War Collection Volume II.

The wrath of the gods has been unleashed in God of War Collection Volume II on PlayStation 3 – and you have the chance to experience the thrilling adventure that awaits. Get a taste of this incredible journey through Kratos’s past with the demo, downloadable now from PlayStation Store.

Check out these top tips to help you smash your foes in true Spartan style in the demo, which features the opening level from God of War: Ghost of Sparta – one of two epic games found in God of War Collection Volume II. You can also play this demo in amazing stereoscopic 3D if you have a TV that supports stereoscopic 3D display and 3D compatible glasses.

Stay fresh to stay alive

Even in this early section of God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Kratos has a range of attacks that would make any deity green with envy. This is why you should get used to trying different attacks when you can, putting you in good stead for the full game.

Defence is key

While it’s tempting to wade into battle using the powerful Blades of Athena, make sure you’re also comfortable with blocking and evading. Enemies can be surprisingly quick even at this early stage in the game, so master Kratos’s defensive moves to keep the angry Spartan from a grisly doom.

Stay as sharp as the Blades of Athena

Even the boat journey to the lost city of Atlantis is treacherous. You would be wise to pay attention all the time, as you never know where the next threat lurks. Along with deadly enemies looking to turn you into fish food, there are also a few on-screen button pressing mini-games you’ll need to master to defeat the gigantic, fabled sea monster Scylla.

Scylla thriller

The monstrous sea-dwelling horror, Scylla, may seem intimidating due to her size and ferocity – however, a clear and careful mind can tame her with ease. When you face off for a battle on the shores of Atlantis, avoid her lashing tentacles and then hit her with jumping attacks. Scylla’s crushing claw swipes can be blocked or parried with good timing, leaving her open for a counter with the Blades of Athena.

With the tide of battle turning, your colossal foe will retreat and spawn her spider-like brood on you. They’re easily dispatched with throws and any regular attacks you unleash can also hit Scylla as a bonus, so show no mercy. Defeated brood reward you with energy orbs, preparing you for the final stages of this confrontation…

 

Make sure your Spartan skills are up to scratch by the time God of War Collection Volume II launches on PlayStation 3 on 16 September 2011 – download the demo from PlayStation Store now.

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Posted on September 9th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: The People vs – God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Dana Jan, game director at Ready at Dawn Studios, answers questions from the PlayStation community about the sequel to the 2008 award-winning smash hit PSP game, God of War: Chains of Olympus.

Where does God of War: Ghost of Sparta sit in the God of War series timeline on PlayStation? (Blink2662, United Kingdom)

The story is set after God of War and before God of War II on PlayStation 2.

In God of War on PlayStation 2 there is a cutscene called The Birth of the Beast that focuses on Kratos´ younger brother. Some people thought that this new character would appear in God of War II. If God of War: Ghost of Sparta takes place before God of War II could it be possible we’ll see him? (victoruzumaki, United Kingdom)

Yes. We’ve released some information, including a recent Origins trailer for the game that shows Kratos’ younger brother, Deimos. Fans that unlocked and watched that movie from God of War on PlayStation 2 will finally learn what happened to Kratos’ brother.

Do you plan on integrating the game with God of War III on PlayStation 3? (addyjones1234, United Kingdom)

We recently announced a Deimos costume [Kratos’ brother featured in God of War: Ghost of Sparta] for God of War III when you pre-order the PSP game.

What inspired you as an individual developer to return to the God of War series on PSP? (balpares, France)

For me it was Kratos first and foremost. His ability to destroy anything and everything in his path to get to a singular goal is inspiring. The saga as a whole has great characters and a powerful story of revenge that was set in motion even before the events of God of War on PlayStation 2. We knew that there was one more important piece of Kratos’ story that was left untold.

With God of War: Chains of Olympus you set new standards for PSP games. I once read in an interview that Ready at Dawn Studios didn’t plan on making another PSP game in the God of War series canon, regardless of success. What made the team change its mind? (CaptainCortez, United Kingdom)

We did a lot of work to make God of War: Chains of Olympus for PSP. We also thought that we had it in us to improve upon it if given the chance. So, it made sense for us to leverage that work and make another God of War game. You, the fans, also wanted more Kratos on PSP, so we were very pleased to get the opportunity to create God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

How did you find it developing on PSP? Were there any difficulties and did you manage to achieve what you wanted to? (Chepunator, Russia)

We have enjoyed our time with PSP. It’s certainly challenging to make big games like God of War on a handheld. But, we like a challenge. With God of War: Ghost of Sparta, we’ve been able to achieve what we wanted to in the God of War universe, and we feel confident to say that we’ve realized the full potential of the hardware.

How did you manage to create a game with such truly amazing graphics for PSP? (reinaldo90, Portugal)

A ton of hard work from the team is required to make a game shine this bright on PSP. I think that’s the secret. Having a series that puts the main character in fantastic settings helps, and having a team of individuals dedicated to delivering the most amazing looking handheld game doesn’t hurt either.

How long will it take for someone to play through God of War: Ghost of Sparta from start to finish? (Spurvugle, Norway)

It varies from person to person based on playing style and skill. Overall, we can assure you that the game is longer than God of War: Chains of Olympus.

Will there be more boss battles compared to God of War: Chains of Olympus? (Xx-Beno57-xX, France)

There are more, and better, bosses than God of War: Chains of Olympus. The fights are bigger, some of them are physically bigger, and the way Kratos finishes off each of them is much bigger than anything we did in Chains of Olympus.

Are you able to give us any hints as to which Greek legends we’ll meet over the course of the story? (Tobi1989, Poland)

I think listing them out here would spoil the experience, so I’d prefer to let people meet the characters while they’re playing the game.

Will the game include additional challenges, such as the Challenge of Hades in God of War: Chains of Olympus? (Uncharted90, Poland)

Yes. There are a lot more challenges in this game than our last offering. We also enjoy them. Beat the game to start your path to unlocking all the treasures we’ve packed into God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

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Posted on November 3rd, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Videogamer: DLC Royal Rumble – PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs Wii – 10/09/2010

Videogamer writes: “The console war is fought everywhere these days, but the internet seems to be where people are most vocal. It also serves to give each console its own set of downloadable content, fuelling the war even more. Each week we’ll give you a run-down of what’s available to download on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, and declare a winner.

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Posted on October 9th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

news: God of War III: What’s In The Box?

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How do you honor one of the best looking video games to date? By putting it in the most evil of places, Pandora’s box. That’s right, if you are “lucky” enough to get your hands on a copy of the God of War III Ultimate Edition you must crack the seal on Pandora’s box, releasing untold evil on the world, in order to get your game on. Small price to pay to play God of War III in my humble opinion.

I’ve gotten a volunteer to open my God of War III Ultimate Edition, I mean why the Hades would I want to open Pandora’s box? You can see the results, as well as all the contents  in my God of War III Ultimate Edition unboxing article.

God of War III: What’s In The Box? originally appeared on About.com PlayStation Games on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 06:30:16.

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Posted on March 25th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: Kratos Croons in God of War R&B Music Video

Warning: Though much less than the game God of War III, the music video features sexual themes and violence. Watch at your own peril.

In keeping with this week’s God of War insanity, I thought a musical reprieve might be in order.

Kratos is a fighter, hence the God of War moniker, but did you know he was a lover (yes, if you played the games you know he is)? In this excellent R&B spoof video Kratos proves that he’s got mad lady combo skills in addition to his much ballyhooed fighting abilities.

Kratos sings a slow jam

[Source: G4]

Kratos Croons in God of War R&B Music Video originally appeared on About.com PlayStation Games on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 07:29:37.

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Posted on March 25th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: Demo Guide: God of War III

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Unleash your vengeance in this action-packed demo for God of War III on PlayStation Store.

With God of War III arriving in stores in March 2010, the wait is almost finally over as the epic trilogy of Kratos’ fury draws to a bloody close. Now you can experience the awesome rage of the mighty Spartan with an exclusive God of War III demo – download it from PlayStation Store today to battles gods, monsters and Zeus’ minions. Remember, the only way to survive is through chaos, because in the end that is all there can be.

Setting the scene, God of War style

The demo is but a small section of God of War III and showcases the true size and scale of Santa Monica Studio’s latest entry in the smash hit series. The demo pitches you headlong onto battle on the cliffs of Mount Olympus as a giant fire Titan scales the mountain in the background and Helios, the Sun god, rides his chariot overhead trying to fend off its advances on Zeus’ temple.

Control your vengeance

PlayStation fans familiar with God of War and God of War II on PlayStation 2 will easily slip back into Kratos’ skin thanks to the intuitive control system. Light attacks can be performed with the Square button, while heavy attacks are dealt using the Triangle button. You can grab enemies too by pressing the Circle button, and once in your grasp you can either finish them off or use them as a battering ram – just one of the many new abilities in God of War III – by tapping the Square button.

Beast rider

Alongside the wealth of new moves in Kratos’ latest adventure you can now beat giant monsters into submission before leaping atop and riding them, using their hulking weaponry and physique as the ultimate tools of destruction. In the demo, you get the chance to take control of just one of these mythical monstrosities, the Cyclops, as you battle hordes of enemies to get to Helios and finish him off in typical, God of War fashion.

Tools of destruction

Alongside the now legendary Blades of Chaos, you’ll get a taste of some of the new weaponry you will be able to wield in God of War III including Apollo’s Bow, which lets you shoot flaming arrows at your enemies. Fire one at a group and they will catch alight allowing you to move in for a quick kill or follow through with another arrow attack. The second, and arguably most powerful weapons in the demo, are the Cestus, fist gauntlets shaped like lion heads that are controlled in much the same way as the Blades of Chaos, but inflict a lot more damage.

Wings of a warrior

In the final segment of the demo you experience an entirely new aspect of God of War as Kratos uses his Icarus Wings to soar through a vast shaft, dodging debris such as flaming rocks and huge beams of wood before finally shooting out of it, unleashing his Blades of Chaos and coming face to face with the giant fire Titan from the outset of the demo.

Start unleashing your vengeance on the gods and download the God of War III demo from PlayStation Store now!

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Posted on March 5th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

news: God of War III Requires No HDD Installation

The gods have smiled upon us. Unlike Devil May Cry IV, or more recently, Heavy Rain, God of War III will require no hard drive installation. That’s right, you can stick the disc in your system and play God of War without having to a) wait, or b) worry about having 8 gigs free on your PS3 hard drive.
It gets even better. Christer Ericson, director of technology at Sony Santa Monica, has stated that the save game files will also only be a mere 5 megs. It’s almost like the old days, when you could play console games without hard drives, and all you needed was an megabyte memory card (or two).
God of War III is an amazing looking game, and it’s nice to know that Sony seems to care not only about Kratos, et al, but also our game experience. No install and fast loads means happy mortals.
[Source: Twitter, via Kotaku]
God of War III Requires No HDD Installation originally appeared on About.com PlayStation Games on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 18:14:51.

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Posted on March 4th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »