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100% Series Retrospective: God of War photo
100% Series Retrospective: God of War
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every God of War game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013.]

2013 is an exciting year. Now that I know you guys enjoy reading my Quests, I'm going to make an effort to do even more of them from here on out.

I hope that you have learned a bit about the franchises I've covered so far, as my plan is to inspire others to share their thoughts and feelings with the series of their choice as well (which many of you have done!).

In addition to Metroid, Mega Man Classic, the Mega Man spinoffs, Mega Man X, Splinter Cell, The Elder Scrolls, and Devil May Cry, I also have another one ready to go for 2013: God of War.

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8:15 PM on 03.12.2013

The DTOID Show: Bros Before Hos, PS4, & Dishonored DLC!

Greetings! If you're watching today's show and wondering why Max happens to look so much like Adam Sessler, it's because he recently got a full-body makeover to look like Adam Sessler. Don't act like you wouldn't either, if ...

Tara Long

12:00 PM on 03.12.2013

Here's how Hades' faction works in God of War: Ascension

Recently, we got word of how Poseidon's crew would roll in God of War: Ascension, and now we have some info on Hades' posse. Evidently, followers of Hades don't particularly excel at offense or defense, but through spells li...

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 03.11.2013

Patch renames God of War's 'Bros Before Hos' trophy

The "Bros Before Hos" trophy rewarded to players in God of War: Ascension has caused some upset among critics. Players, however, should not have the same issue, according to developer Sony Santa Monica, who told Joystiq that ...

Allistair Pinsof



New releases: God of War: Ascension keeps the faith photo
New releases: God of War: Ascension keeps the faith
by Fraser Brown

Another Monday rolls up, acting like it's the boss of the week, so that can only mean one thing: a week of new releases. I'll be saving my cash this week, not really seeing anything to interest me, but I may grab God of War: Ascension somewhere down the line, if I ever pick up the third one. It is meant to be rather nifty. 

As well as Kratos's return, there's a bunch of other stuff dropping over the next seven days. The second Starcraft II instalment, Heart of the Swarm, launches; brightly colored demonic scrapping returns in Darkstalkers: Resurrection; Dead Space 3 gets some super-early DLCand another one of those shooting people from very far away games show up.

Anything tickling your fancy this week?  

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God of War: Bros Before Hos  photo
God of War: Bros Before Hos
by Jim Sterling

In what may be considered a storm in a teacup, not quite gaining the same traction as other controversies, God of War: Ascension has caused a bit of a stir with a "misogynistic" Trophy, an award you get as part of the main campaign. 

The basic story is that Kratos, ever a beacon of sensitivity and consideration, beats the everloving crap out of a woman (a beatdown suffering from no shortage of upskirt camera angles) before impaling her on a spike. In fairness, the woman is evil, laughs off most of the violence, and appears unharmed afterward, but the real issue is the fact that, after the battle and a brief exchange with a male ally, players get a Trophy called "Bros Before Hos." 

The whole scenario was enough to disgust reviewer Adam Sessler, who called it a "gut-punch of misogyny" and confessed it colored the entire experience for him. Naturally, others have heard the clarion call to defend the game from any accusation of potential sexism, and there's been quite a scuffle over the whole thing. 

So what's the deal? Is it sexist? Is it a problem? In some ways yes, and in other ways, no. One thing I think it really does is expose a major issue with the way games are presented these days, and how developers should be careful in absolutely every element of a production. 

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9:30 AM on 03.11.2013

The controversial God of War 'Bros before Hos' trophy

Warning -- do not watch the above video without subjecting yourself to minor spoilers for God of War: Ascension. As you may have heard, Adam Sessler recently played through God of War: Ascension, and was disgusted by a parti...

Chris Carter



God of War: Ascension's Trials of Archimedes to be nerfed photo
God of War: Ascension's Trials of Archimedes to be nerfed
by Chris Carter

God of War: Ascension is finally out, and players have been up in arms about one particular part of the game -- the Trial of Archimedes. In this section found near the end of the game, you fight three large waves of enemies with no checkpoints, and hardly any health drops.

Many journalists and gamers alike have taken to Twitter and message boards to report that they've spent "nearly three hours (or more) trying to beat it."

Those people will be relieved to hear that lead developer Todd Papy has confirmed that the chapter will be getting a patch to reduce the difficulty. Of course, you could always not patch the game, beat it once, then patch it to play multiplayer, and still experience the original design.

On that note, my guide is going up later today, which has a large section just on the trials.

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Review: God of War: Ascension photo
Review: God of War: Ascension
by Dale North

How do you top something that was already considered over-the-top? Especially when this particular brand of over-the-top has become pretty familiar since in past eight years?

We all know that God of War's protagonist, Kratos, is an angry, super powerful killing machine that takes down even the biggest gods and monsters without even a hint of ever breaking his hardened scowl. So even more of that in yet another series game would be ... well, it would be fine, really. More God of War is never a bad thing, right?

But how about some emotion for a change? How about a backstory? How about some motivation that goes beyond simple anger?

As I see it, the God of War franchise could have progressed in one of two ways. Either go bigger, or go deeper. Thankfully, God of War: Ascension does both.

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10:45 AM on 03.07.2013

Fear Poseidon in this new God of War: Ascension trailer

Like it or not, God of War: Ascension will have multiplayer. As you may know from the beta, your character can pledge allegiance to a certain god -- this new video from Sony showcases Poseidon, "a god to be reckoned with." O...

Chris Carter

1:45 PM on 03.06.2013

God of War: Ascension will have a co-op horde mode

God of War: Ascension's fourth multipalyer mode is Trial of the Gods, a two-player co-op (or solo) mode where you have to face five increasingly difficult waves of enemies. The twist here is that you're racing against the cl...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 AM on 03.06.2013

300's King Leonidas shown off in God of War: Ascension

Wow. I totally forgot this was happening. So yeah, King Leonidas from the movie 300 is in God of War: Ascension as a multiplayer character. You can play as the King of Spartans only if you pre-order the game from GameStop. Pre-ordering Ascension from any other retailer will get you The Mythological Heroes Pack. This will let you play as Perseus, Orion, Odysseus, and Achilles.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:30 PM on 02.28.2013

This God of War foe has the 'best boobs in the industry'

It's always interesting to take step back, breath for a second, and see how creatures and characters are made -- since, you know, we usually just slice them up in five seconds and completely forget about them. God of War: As...

Chris Carter

4:00 AM on 02.28.2013

European PlayStation Plus gets God of War HD

As a nice tie-in for God of War: Ascension's release in March, European PlayStation Plus subscribers are getting a copy of the original game remastered in high definition at no additional cost. You'll have the next two weeks ...

Jordan Devore



The power of videogames can bring the family together photo
The power of videogames can bring the family together
by Taylor Stein

Not every hobby is created equally nor is every pastime equally respected. As a gaming enthusiast, videogames represent the epitome of entertainment in my eyes. They alone reign atop my personal pedestal of happiness, a special zone that dictates everything from individual spending habits, conversational topics, and recreational choices. While I acknowledge gaming as an art; a vehicle to combine innovative ideas from cinema, literature, and music, not everyone sees it that way. My parents never quite understood the sheer awesomeness of videogames and I'd bet that most of your parents don't either.

Parents come in all shapes, manners, and styles: stamp-collecting dads, karaoke-singing moms, and every possible combination of cool, strange, love-to-hate characteristics in between. To complement the diversity of parenthood, attitudes about gaming are varied as well. There is no one-size-fits-all sentiment in the league of moms and dads. But rather, a mosaic of admiration, consent, censure, and disapproval that constitutes two overall attitudes, a general acceptance of videogames, or a dismissal of videogames.

Join me as I attempt to understand the complicated relationship between parents and videogames.

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1:45 PM on 02.26.2013

God of War: Ascension single-player demo on PSN today

Later today, look for the shiny new single-player demo for God of War: Ascension on the PlayStation Network, not too far ahead of the March 12 release date. From what Sony tells us, it sounds like it's the same one I played ...

Dale North