Freaking hell man...
So today after work i went to go get God of War Ascension from JB Hi Fi, our massive DVD/CD/Game/TV and everything electronics retailer. When i got to the PS3 section i saw that it wasn't there. They had other new releases, but no GOW. I figured maybe there'd been a shipping delay or something (it's happened before). Disappointed, i decided to go look at some DVDs instead and i noticed this.
They've created an R18+ section for videogames and placed it away from the rest of the games. Freaking really? I know Adelaide does that crap with DVDs (so pornography and horror movies tend to be in the same section, on the higher shelves and hidden in their own area) but i never thought this sort of braindead poison would seep over here. I almost left before getting the game because i didn't even know they had created an R18+ section. I had no way of knowing they had GOW in stock. There was no indication that the section was there, no indication they had the game at all (they usually put up signs or posters; they have a Tomb Raider one out the front of the store). It's almost as they they were hiding the fact that there are R18+ games now. And the warning? Really? Freaking heck...
At the moment the only game there is God of War. No other R rated games have been released as far as i can tell, so it's basically a massive GOW section. Interestingly enough, i checked in at EB Games (what they call GameStop over here) and they had GOW on shelves with the rest of the games and massive GOW posters everywhere. I guess they're not afraid of offending anybody.
The game itself? I haven't properly started playing yet. I did the first ten minutes or so (just to see if it was working) and i'm going to wait until the weekend most likely (although i'll probably start tomorrow night if i've got nothing else on). From what i've seen, the combat feels a bit more physical (punches and kicks have worked their way into Kratos' abilities). I haven't touched the multi, but i'll give it a go on the weekend. If there's anybody who's getting it, hit me up on PSN. My PSN id is Katzenbalger.
Truth time? I was initially not going to get Ascension because i thought that it was an online co-op only game. Seriously. I love the GOW games, i've played through them all, but when Ascension was announced i wasn't really paying attention so i thought that the multiplayer was the actual meat of the game. I had this idea that there would be no single player campaign, only a co-op thing. I also thought it was going to be about Kratos when he was a spartan warrior, before he made the pact with Hades. It was only until a week ago when i watched a video review that i realised its a proper GOW game and that i'm an idiot.
I bought it from JB Hi Fi because they tend to have much cheaper prices compared to other retailers (usually $20 - $30 cheaper than EB Games anyway). They also have a habit of giving away special edition and pre-order bonuses when you just buy standard copies, so i lucked out. I got a bunch of DLC codes, the special packaging and (for some reason) a Kratos Sackboy statue thing, just because i guess. I get really confused with this sort of bonus thing.