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3:00 AM on 07.12.2013

God of War: Ascension gets a new mode, five new maps

The latest update for God of War: Ascension has brought with it a bunch of new stuff for players to try out. Namely the addition of a one versus one Bout of Honor mode. The best of seven match pits two players against each o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:30 PM on 06.25.2013

New info revealed about PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886

Coming via the PlayStation Blog, Ready at Dawn has confirmed a few details about its upcoming PS4 title, The Order: 1886. For starters, the game is in fact a third-person shooter as some have guessed from the E3 trailer. Sti...

Abel Girmay

9:30 PM on 04.23.2013

You can thank Sony Santa Monica for the PS4 Share button

One of the big new features for the latest iteration of the DualShock controller is its Share button. It will allow users to, for instance, broadcast footage of the game they're playing with minimal effort and represents ...

Jordan Devore

7:30 AM on 03.28.2013

Impressions: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale DLC 2

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale struggles to remain relevant amidst today's extremely competitive fighting game market. Although one can't say the game has been a failure by any means of the word, it isn't the breakout ...

Chris Carter



God of War: Ascension single and multiplayer guide photo
God of War: Ascension single and multiplayer guide
by Chris Carter

God of War: Ascension has been giving a lot of people trouble over the past few days, but if you play your cards right, it doesn't have to be a difficult experience -- or, say, nearly as difficult as Metal Gear Rising.

Like Onimusha and Devil May Cry before it, a lot of the game's edge can be taken off with careful planning of your weapon experience levels, and a few other tips along the way.

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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



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



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

10:30 PM on 02.25.2013

Sony: All first-party studios are working on PS4 games

Speaking to IGN, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that all of Sony's first-party studios are gearing up for the new console. The outlet asked "Is it fair to say that all of the first party studios are...

Jordan Devore



God of War: Ascension's single-player demo hits Feb 26 photo
God of War: Ascension's single-player demo hits Feb 26
by Conrad Zimmerman

Sony has revealed the release date for the single-player demo of God of War: Ascension, which we have been told will be proliferating through the tubes of the internet on February 26.

Not soon enough for you? There's also way for you to get it next week, on the 20th, and all you have to do is be on the winning team in the game's social experience, "Rise of the Warrior," which is currently in its second round of play. There are a few other solid reasons to participate, of course, such as the promise of DLC weapons and the opportunity to annoy all your friends with mythological references.

I never turn down God of War, but I have little interest in the multiplayer element of this new title, making this news right up my alley. Nice that it's going to have a demo of the single-player content so that I can wet my whistle in preparation for the full event and not be limited to the multiplayer betas.

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12:45 PM on 02.13.2013

Impressions: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale DLC

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale struggles to remain relevant amidst today's extremely competitive fighting game market. Although one can't say the game has been a failure by any means of the word, it isn't the breakout su...

Chris Carter