Showing posts with label Santa Monica Studio. Show all posts
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

God of War (2018) Celebrates First Anniversary

Santa Monica Studio is celebrating first anniversary for God of War with new PS4 dynamic theme and avatar set.

It has been a full year since developer Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment has brought us genre defining action-adventure PlayStation 4-exclusive game God of War and it is time for some celebration.

On their first anniversary of Kratos and his son Atreus stepping into a new saga, entire studio is planning a week-long celebration to honor their dedicated fan-base of this beloved action game and they also have a message for community.

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God of War (2018) Celebrates First Anniversary

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To celebrate this amazing success of their overhauling attempt, development team involved in the game wishes to THANK YOU!




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Kick-starting their mythical journey back in 2005 when Santa Monica rolled in their first installment for God of War, the studio already celebrated 10 year anniversary of this renowned fan-favorite franchise back in 2015.

Then creative director Cory Barlog came up with a vision that would revamp everything about the series by sending Kratos on a journey to fulfill last wishes of his wife and his son Atreus to honor his mother, while building a dynamic father-son duo.

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God of War Dynamic PS4 Theme

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Bringing change to a long-established game series is not just hard but it comes with a lot of doubt and is a huge risk for entire dev team. However, millions of PlayStation fans have embraced that newly envisioned journey with love and passion.

To show their appreciation, a dynamic PS4 theme and a set of character avatar will be made available from this Wednesday, April 17. Regardless of whether you own the game or not, these two giveaway items are free for everyone at PlayStation Store.

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God of War Character PS4 Avatar Set

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Last year, the game even won "Game of the Year" honor at The Game Awards 2018 and many other prominent outlets with support from an overwhelming number of fans worldwide, which doesn't come to any surprise at all though.

Santa Monica Studio has mastered the craft of storytelling in video games over past two decades and that experience is what shaped God of War to become a masterpiece reflecting their passion for art, something we look up to see in their future games too.

Friday, November 9, 2018

God of War Prequel Comics

Dark Horse writer Chris Roberson comes up with a prequel story for Kratos, God of War with artist Tony Parker.

The newly rebooted run of mythology based action-adventure game God of War from developer Santa Monica Studio was undoubtedly one of this year's biggest games. The saga is moved from Greek mythology to Norse mythology to establish a new run.

Although that seemingly worked out pretty well for a new setting of this game, there was void left behind that needed to be filled. So, after releasing God of War: The Official Novelization for the title, a four-issue prequel comic series is in works now.

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God of War Prequel Comics

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When comic-book writer Chris Roberson (Aliens – Fire and Stone, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. – 1953) from Dark Horse Comics handled the project of creating a prequel this year's PS4 blockbuster, he was intrigued and intimidated at the same time.

Roberson was aware of the new setting of Kratos that has been moved from his previous roots and it surely was a huge task. A story that takes characters from one era or genre and places them into another has opportunities for a lot of development.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #1

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A world filled with ice giants and trolls itself is vast enough to throw different obstacles at Kratos in his way to encounter every now and then. Then again, handling such a recognizable and well-established character with a huge fan-following is quite challenging.

To add more to his backstory, both Santa Monica Studios and Dark Horse Comics decided to go with a direct prequel to the new game that will maintain continuity. To start with that itself is a herculean task itself and also an honor.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #2

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The story premise follows Kratos after he has left his history with Olympus behind and builds a new life in the remote Norse wilds. Destiny would still find a way to use his rage for fuel of destruction and thus he entangled into troubled he didn't wanted.

When he was trying to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a monstrous bear in the woods, he unintentionally gets into beef with a mysterious cult. Since the former Ghost of Sparta always gets punished for his good deeds, this time seems not to be any different than his bloodied past.

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Collaborator and artist Tony Parker was a great help to Roberson as well as game director Cory Barlog. During their first conversation, he pitched the basic outline of the plot and then it took some time to eventually bring the story to life.

The first issue from the series is going to be released on November 14, 2018 and the prequel story nicely ties to the emotional journey Kratos go through in the new God of War game. All of this hard work will only pay off when readers will see it for themselves and enjoy the extended take on the saga.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for September 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Destiny 2 and God of War 3 Remastered for the month of September 2018.

We are more than halfway through 2018 and have been enjoying some fine games this year from PlayStation Plus. In August, we had action-adventure video game Mafia III from developer studio Hangar 13 and action survival horror Dead by Daylight from Behaviour Interactive.

Other titles on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita were just as good. As the moth has come to an end, we are back again with more exciting news of new free games lineup for upcoming month of September.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for September 2018

Before we get into what is ahead of us in PS Plus lineup for September 2018, let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing the titles.




The very first game in our list is a surprising arrival of course and it is the online multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny 2 from Bungie and Activision. In story campaign, you play as a Guardian of Light and a protector of the Last City, defending it from an invading Red Legion and its leader Dominus Ghaul.

However, players are more drawn towards the strikes and raids as well as other public events. A 24 hour free trial awaits you on PVE & PVP mode Gambit from Destiny 2: Forsaken.

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Destiny 2 on PlayStation Plus Free Games

What we have next is an action-adventure hack and slash game God of War III Remastered from Santa Monica Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment, parties responsible for the creation of 2018's blockbuster title God of War.

You play as titular God of War Kratos, who launches an all out attack on Olympian gods, primarily driven by vengeance over Zeus. Along with Gaia and Titans, he attempts to destroy everyone in his path with double-chained Blades of Exile to destroy Olympus for good.

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God of War 3 Remastered on PlayStation Plus Free Games

We have some more from PlayStation Plus free games lineup for the month of September 2018 and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition (PlayStation 3)
  • QUBE Director’s Cut (PlayStation 3)
  • Sparkle 2 (PlayStation Vita)
  • Foul Play (PlayStation Vita)

You also happen to have a PlayStation VR bonus game Here They Lie, a first-person horror title from Santa Monica Studio that takes you to a city of nightmares. With mysterious creatures running around everywhere, you are on the run from it all while trying to figure out the secrets of the woman in yellow.

Then there is a party game as a PlayLink title, Knowledge is Power to entertain you for having a fun time with trivia questions and various challenges to test your wits.




Another thing to note is that your PlayStation VR bonus game Here They Lie will be available till October 2 and Knowledge is Power is accessible on PlayLink before November 6. That's everything we have for this month and hopefully, we will be back with more news of PlayStation Plus free games on Sony consoles for next month like always.

Although, the year 2018 is far from over, it is safe to say that September 2018 free games lineup from PS Plus is hands down the best one announced till date.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

God of War Becomes Fastest-Selling PS4 Exclusive Ever

Santa Monica Studio's legendary action-adventure title God of War sold over 3.1 million units within 3 days, winning players and critics alike.

Two years ago, we learned that a brand-new installment from God of War series is being developed and fans were all very excited. Now that developer Santa Monica Studio and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment finally dropped the new game, not only it achieved huge critical acclaim from everyone in general but it also became very commercial successful title at the same time by selling over 3.1 million units within just 3 days of its release and became the fastest-selling PlayStation 4-exclusive ever.

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God of War Becomes Fastest-Selling PS4 Exclusive Ever

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God of War is launched on April 20, Friday and game’s opening weekend saw millions of dedicated fans lunging on for the title to join Kratos in his latest adventure as he returns to fandom after five long years. This father-son dynamic of Kratos and Atreus truly works it charm for this reinvention of one of most iconic series out there. This truly inspiring support for the game also took it above in ranks among other PS4-exclusives released by Sony till date. This clearly shows that Kratos may have aged but he still packs a punch.

Previously, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End from Naughty Dog came out in 2016 and held record for being a fastest-selling exclusive in North America. This particular game managed to sell 2.7 million copies worldwide but even that took seven days to attain. Another title from their studio, The Last of Us has shipped 3.4 million copies for PlayStation 3 in three weeks. Last year, Guerrilla Games released action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn came in with an impressive sales figure of 2.6 million units in two weeks after launch.

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Dynamic Father-Son Duo

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In an interview, creative director Cory Barlog revealed that it took him five long years to finish this project and he has figured out plans for five more games of the series, which quickly become news. With Santa Monica Studio's release of the current title, many fans predicted that there would be at least two other installments to explore more from our dynamic father-son duo but no one has saw that coming. So, it will be fun to experience those and we probably won't have to wait five years for each title this time.

Following 2013’s God of War: Ascension, Kratos has returned once again in this year's God of War title, which is also a soft-reboot of the series. Since, he was done with massacring all gods of Greek mythology; he and his son Atreus have established his enmity with Norse gods. The emotional journey that began at the beginning of this game after the death of his wife now becomes another blood feud that has still long way to go.

Friday, April 20, 2018

God of War Ending Explained

At this point we are way past the argument whether to call it God of War 4 or just simply God of War as its developers intended for us to do, because Santa Monica Studio and Sony Interactive did a great job with their semi-reboot of the series with a completely different era for Kratos. The overall setting is changed, gameplaying style has been revamped and a secondary character added to the fold for an all-new take.

Not only Kratos and his son Atreus goes up against gods and mystical characters, we see some deep character bonding among them two. That's a nice way to appeal your game to a newer generation, who will come to appreciate the series the same as veteran fans who grew up playing the previous installments. If you think God of War is just a button-mashing title then prepare to change your opinion very soon. The game did not receive overwhelmingly positive reviews from all over for nothing.

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God of War Ending Explained

According to Creative Director Cory Barlog, God of War will take 25-35 hours of your time to complete. So, our friendly advice is that you should go and play the game before you advance any further because we are about to go spoiler-filled discussion from here on. If you still go any further, just remember that you have been warned.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR GOD OF WAR.

Years have passed since he slew the Olympian gods, Kratos now has changed. He is out for a journey with his son to pay final respects to his wife and Atreus’ mother Faye, who wanted her ashes to be spread from top of tallest mountain among Nine Realms. Before they could embark their perilous journey, they are met by a “Stranger” who starts a fight with Kratos. Soon enough, it is revealed that he feels no pain, which makes him practically invincible and he happens to be a Norse god.

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Baldur, The Stranger

Throughout the entire game, this guy keeps interrupting Kratos and his boy in their quest and it turns out he is a son of Odin named Baldur. There is also a witch who helps around the father-son duo in their journey throughout for some mysterious reason. Her name is Freya and she is another character from Norse mythology we will know more in a bit. It was the time when Kratos and his son go to see Freya for resurrecting Mimir’s head when we learn that she too, is a god.

Mimir requests the God of War to kill him as he was being tortured by Odin himself and Freya is his wife. Also, she happens to be the mother of Baldur, who is unkillable because of a spell his mother cast on him so that nothing from Earth can harm him except one; mistletoe. The spell also took his ability to feel anything at all, which is the sole reason why he picks up fight with Kratos so that he can finally feel pain and die.

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The Death of Baldur

Atreus had some special mistletoe arrows in his possession that he received from blacksmith Sindri as a gift. Freya saw those when resurrecting Mimir and instantly frightened for Baldur's life. This is because, her son can be killed with these arrows, which she wanted to avert anyhow and demanded that Atreus burn them all. However, burning mistletoe arrows did not stop the inevitable at all in the end. Baldur was actually after Faye who was from Jotunheim and he ended up mistakenly attacking them because they were carrying her ashes.

In his final encounter with them, the spell on Baldur is broken when he is hit by a mistletoe arrow from Atreus. Upon defeating him, Kratos spared his life when Atreus convinced him to do so but an enraged Baldur then confronts his mother Freya. For cursing his life by trying to interfere with it he attempts to strangle her when Kratos was forced to intervene and ended up killing him by snapping his neck. Freya was willing to die to make things right but now that her son is dead, she swears vengeance upon God of War.

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The Frost Giant Prophecy

After she is gone, Kratos begin telling Atreus his own story of how he came to become who he is today from Sparta to be a god and slaying many other gods that eventually led him to kill his own father Zeus. Too shocked at this revelation, his young son muses if this is what all gods ends up doing and is it the destiny of all gods after all! His father begs to differ and suggests that they can all be better by learning from their mistakes. What he did not know then is that by killing Baldur, he actually prompted Ragnarok sooner than it was meant to be and that is by at least 100 winters.

Now that both Baldur and Freya out of their way, they reach to Jotunheim to find the tallest mountain top and fulfill their quest to honor Faye's last wish. There, they learn from a broken mural that she was actually one of the giants. Interestingly enough, it also foretold everything that has happened so far from when they begin this journey and came across everyone in their path including World Serpent Jörmungandr, the blacksmith brothers and even the final battle with Baldur.

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Story of Atreus

Could it be that Faye actually wanted both Kratos and Atreus to know about her own origin and so she requested for them to do this? Well, possibly. Because, his mother and her people actually named him Loki and this journey was all about discovering his roots. There was another piece of art that Kratos missed on his first time which depicts a grown-up Atreus holding his dead father in arms but whatever mystery that suggests will possibly revealed in a sequel.

Whatever new direction God of War wants to go from fighting Nordic gods and monsters in its future sequels are more than a few. Since the original trilogy of the franchise was based on Kratos taking on key-figures from Greek mythology and by that end, he ended up killing them all. This rebooted series begins into the heartland of Norse mythology and it is quite needless to say that Odin will probably be the ultimate antagonist of this new series. Although, he was never shown throughout the game but his family members and those who know him were all over.

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Hammer of Thor

To back that up, the god of thunder; Thor shows up at their doorstep in the game's secret ending, when Kratos and Atreus returns home from their journey. His brother Baldur is dead now, his sons Magni and Modi are not alive as well, so he has enough reason to be pissed at them and seeking vengeance for all the right reasons. That is a very solid teaser in advance for the next game whether it turned out to be God of War 2 or God of War 5. Interesting thing will be to see how they tie up Loki being his adopted brother according to Norse legacy.

Also, Ragnarok is teased and that means a great event that will bring the ending of all. If prophecy follows, Odin and Thor are going to die along with Loki, unless Kratos somehow finds another way for his son. Until that all unfolds to us, you can enjoy God of War, which is currently available worldwide for playing exclusively on PlayStation 4.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

God of War Combat System Explained

The newest title from the God of War series is about to drop within months and players around the world are already hyped as hell for this game. Developer Santa Monica Studio and publisher Sony is bringing Kratos back to action once again but not like the way he used to be of course. While everyone is calling this one a reboot and the studio refused to name it "God of War 4", there are still elements that totally separate the game from all other releases of the series.

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God of War Combat System Explained

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One of the many things that helped God of War of 2018 to stand out from the rest of the franchise is the evolved combat system. Below is a clip where game director Cory Barlog and lead combat designer Jason McDonald discusses about it and we recommend you to watch it.




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As always, God of War means some extra hype among fans and some more craze with Kratos, which will be no different this time either. Most of the previous installments of the series mostly focused on traditional arcade brawling or mindless hack/slash towards the enemies. The upcoming title however, is more purposeful on the action that takes place. Kratos in a fight feels more relatable to you with the new control scheme.

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Older and Wiser Kratos

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Time has passed, gameplay of the series has changed but good ole' Kratos didn't lose his temper at all and he still hits pretty hard. No longer has he been wielding those Blades of Exile but he chose a new weapon called The Leviathan Axe. Slashing your enemies or just splitting them over with the Axe is what Kratos do for his namesake. Pressing R1 and R2 in times of playing will allow you to perform those attacks in-game.

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Here is 15 minutes of extended gameplay from God of War to offer you better understanding of the progression system the game employs.




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The Leviathan Axe has another feat, where it is thrown at enemies and Kratos can recall his axe back to him, much like Thor does with his Mjolnir. Anything that stands between the way of it and his hand is destined to get devastated. This weapon is also good for hurling at and gives the wielder some time while the victim is pinned down and there are others to take care of as well. Away from the axe, Kratos is all good with his bare-knuckle punches to decimate whoever stands opposing him.

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New Control Scheme

Aside from these, he blocks and swing back for counter attacks with his shield, which makes the fights more strategic rather than jumping into mindless bashing. Despite the series being moved from its roots a little bit with a slight different path, you will still enjoy this. At times, gameplay mechanics of this new title may even seem familiar to Bloodborne or Dark Souls and that might appeal the game to many other players who haven't played God of War before.

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Kratos can get into his Spartan Rage if you press L3 and R3 at the same time, sending him into frenzy at his enemies to lay waste of them. God of War makes the bare-knuckle fight part so enjoyable that you might actually prefer it over The Leviathan Axe sometimes. It's just happens to be so satisfying to crush your enemies with bare hands and when you are good at this. Players get to customize their weapon, grow combat skill trees, pick up gears and stat upgrades.

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An Extension of Kratos

Then we got Kratos’s son Atreus acting as an extension for the God of War, who will be scouring the nearby areas and give out enemy positions. Atreus comes in handy to stun certain enemies with a powerful arrow that were about to getaway. This is actually pretty cool as it gives Atreus to hang out with his father on the battlefield rather than just purposelessly wandering around him. This is a bad-ass father and his aspiring son into becoming the dynamic duo for next generation of video games.

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God of War is waiting for April 20 release date and the game is releasing worldwide for playing on PlayStation 4 only. Being a PlayStation 4-exclusive, this game is already one of the most anticipated games of 2018 for Sony console owners. Playing it on a PlayStation 4 Pro with a TV that has 4K display will let you enjoy the advanced quality of graphics and you will be able to notice the details of Kratos’s armor and outfit.

Monday, January 22, 2018

God of War Release Date

God of War (2018) is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and a reboot to the popular action-adventure hack and slash video game series that is returning this year. After the final installment of the series, God of War III Remastered back in 2015, developer SIE Santa Monica Studio and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment comes back once again after two years with Kratos, the Ghost of Sparta to their home console and they are arriving here on April 20.

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God of War Release Date

Now watch the brand-new story trailer of upcoming God of War game from Santa Monica Studio below with which came the release date for the game.




The newly released story trailer of God of War offers a very brief glimpse of the plot that inspires Kratos to go back to his old Spartan persona and a journey with his young boy Atreus. Not sure what forces him to come back but it all started after Atreus is left alone after his mother's demise. Together, this unlikely father-son duo will run though the Norse realm and slew some more gods for sure and the Ghost of Sparta will complete his quest.

For anyone placing a pre-order for any edition of God of War including Collector’s Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition from selective retailers, you can get your hands on three legendary shield skins from Norse universe, with which Kratos can defend incoming attacks as well as fight back with fury against the ferocity of the Norse wilds.

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God of War Collector’s Edition

God of War Collector’s Edition comes with a steelbook case priced at $129.99 only. Santa Monica Studio also collaborated with Gentle Giant to craft out a 9’’ statue of Kratos and his son Atreus that comes along with this edition. There is a cloth map and an art piece that is included with this package. Plus, the 2’’ Huldra Bros carvings and digital contents are also to be added with it. Praise to Gentle Giant for capturing the articulate detail of the exclusive pieces offered with the various edition of the game.

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God of War Stone Mason Edition

The Stone Mason Edition of God of War will be charged $149.99 only and has got everything that the Collector’s Edition offers but more. The four individual rare items that comes with this package are Stone Mason Ring, the talking Mimir Head keychain, Atreus’ wooden Horse and Troll carvings. You are also getting the defender of the Chosen shield as a digital content offering.

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God of War Digital Deluxe Edition

Finally, there comes the God of War Digital Deluxe Edition, allowing you the full game download. Then you will get the God of War Digital Artbook from Dark Horse Comics as well as issue #0 of God of War comics from the same comic-book publisher to let you explore more about the quest Kratos is on. You've got the Death’s Vow Armor Set in-game to amp up your force as you play with Kratos. A limited time, exclusive God of War physical pin featuring Kratos and Atreus is a pre-order bonus that you can only have with the Digital Deluxe Edition.

God of War (2018) will be released worldwide on April 20 to enjoy on PlayStation 4. After the initial announcement at E3 2016, God of War becomes the most anticipating game to players worldwide and this year, people are finally getting a reunion with the ever so angry demigod that once used to slew gods for vengeance.