God of War: Ascension

PS3 / Action Adventure / Release: Mar 12, 2013 / ESRB: M

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God of War: Ascension offers all multiplayer DLC for free this week

God of War: Ascension offers all multiplayer DLC for free this week

It's been a full year since Kratos returned for even more vengeance in God of War: Ascension. It wasn't the highest-selling or most well-received game of the series, but Sony Santa Monica has steadfastly kept its commitment towards supporting Ascension's multiplayer and now the studio is looking to reward its loyal players with free stuff.

Read more: Special anniversary items, too »

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God of War team snags Battlestar Galactica writer for new non-God of War game

God of War team snags Battlestar Galactica writer for new non-God of War game

Sony Santa Monica's God of War: Ascension team is finally moving onto a new non-God of War project. And, the mystery unannounced game has a writer: Michael Angeli, best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, and Dark Angel.

Read more: New IP in the works for over two years »

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God of War: Ascension gets new multiplayer mode and five maps for free

God of War: Ascension gets new multiplayer mode and five maps for free

While God of War: Ascension didn't exactly light up the sales charts, the multiplayer community is still alive. Sony Santa Monica has released new multiplayer content for the game, and made it free to boot.

The 1.09 title update adds "Bout of Honor," a new 1v1 mode that's free for all players of the game. In this new mode, two players head face-to-face with no chests, fountains, or world weapons. Relics are also disabled, but magic will slowly regenerate, giving players other tactical options beyond punching each other in the face.

Read more: Five free maps »

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PSA: The Last of Us demo now available to God of War Ascension owners

PSA: The Last of Us demo now available to God of War Ascension owners

After our last go at it, we boldly proclaimed that The Last of Us is still good. Naughty Dog's survival horror game has been long-awaited, and if you want a taste before its June 18 release, you best dust off your copy of God of War: Ascension. Today, owners of the disc will be able to access a special early demo.

Read more: Some strategies to help you through »

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God of War: Ascension gets 'Primordial' weapons today

God of War: Ascension gets 'Primordial' weapons today

The second piece of multiplayer downloadable content is hitting God of War: Ascension today. You can purchase new "Primordial Weapons" or just get the free Chimeran Armor. The studio promises more updates to come in the future.

Read more: DLC costs $2.99 apiece »

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God of War: Ascension marks Elite update with double XP weekend

God of War: Ascension marks Elite update with double XP weekend

The Elite update for God of War: Ascension is available today, and with it comes a new level cap at 40 instead of the prior 30. That makes for a pretty big chunk of levels to grind through, so Sony has decided to give a leg up with a double XP weekend as it kicks off.

Read more: Change log includes bug fixes, stat and mode tracking »

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Analyst: Gears and God of War prequels 'significantly underperform'

Analyst: Gears and God of War prequels 'significantly underperform'

Two console-exclusive "of War" prequels released last month, as both Microsoft and Sony attempt to milk their biggest franchises one more time before the next generation begins. Critical reception for the two titles have been okay (but not great), but sales are likely to fall short of both franchises' last numbered entries.

Read more: Sales well under a million »

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God of War: Ascension to raise multiplayer level cap

God of War: Ascension to raise multiplayer level cap

God of War: Ascension is getting a large 1.04 update sometime this month, with several gameplay adjustments and bug fixes. Chief among the changes will be new "Elite Levels," which will will raise the cap from level 30 to level 40. The update will also add new items, relics, and ultimate magic to make the extra levels worthwhile.

Read more: Bug fixes, multiplayer optimization coming »

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God of War: Ascension DLC season pass exclusive to Collector's Edition

God of War: Ascension DLC season pass exclusive to Collector's Edition

God of War: Ascension launches today, and Sony has announced its downloadable content plans for the game. If you're looking to save a buck by getting the season pass, though, you better pick up the Collector's Edition. Sony confirmed today that it won't be available otherwise.

Read more: 'Not available outside the CE' »

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God of War: Ascension review: taking a step back

God of War: Ascension review: taking a step back

God of War: Ascension is a return to Sony Santa Monica's familiar hack-and-slash action series. However, with God of War 3 raising the bar so high and closing the book on Kratos' journey of revenge, Ascension sorely lacks the marvel of the previous games. With little new territory to cover, players are placed in an all-too-familiar journey, with Kratos once again violently dismembering anything in his path.

Read more: A stunted franchise »

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God of War: Ascension 'Trial of the Gods' mode announced

God of War: Ascension 'Trial of the Gods' mode announced

With only a week left before release, Sony has announced one more surprise in store for God of War: Ascension. Today Sony Santa Monica revealed the "Trial of the Gods" mode, a fourth pillar of the game's multiplayer offerings.

Read more: Wave-based cooperative play across three maps »

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God of War: Ascension single-player demo available today

God of War: Ascension single-player demo available today

As promised, the single-player demo for God of War: Ascension will be coming today. It will let you see red for a while in advance of the game's March 12 release.

The demo will be coming later today on the PlayStation Store, when it updates. This comes alongside the game's launch trailer, curiously releasing a full two weeks before launch. Kratos just couldn't wait to get his rage on, apparently.

Watch: Ascension's launch trailer »

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God of War: Ascension single-player preview: all about scale

God of War: Ascension single-player preview: all about scale

A shirtless, musclebound man sits on the floor of his cell, chained up. Kratos sizes him up--only to have the man crushed to death by the giant hand of a towering beast. This beast picks up the building Kratos is in, causing the Spartan to tumble around. It's yet another one of God of War's signature boss battles. After a rather lengthy battle, this larger-than-life creature finally gets taken down by Kratos' chains. Of course, Kratos was never known for his good luck. An even larger mountain-sized behemoth grabs the carcass of your downed foe, carrying Kratos along for the ride.

Whoa. It's hard not to get impressed by the awesome scale represented by God of War: Ascension. While Santa Monica Studio's latest is a prequel, it manages to match the epic nature of Kratos' final adventure.

Read more: 'Just another God of War' »

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God of War: Ascension live-action trailer to play (kind of) during Super Bowl

God of War: Ascension live-action trailer to play (kind of) during Super Bowl

This Sunday, you'll probably be watching large men crush each other on the figurative field of battle for your entertainment. Sony figures if you like seeing angry men devastating everything in their path, God of War: Ascension is right up your alley. To that end, it's produced a new live-action trailer for the game.

Watch: The 2-minute live-action spot »

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God of War: Ascension trailer shows Manticore years in the making

God of War: Ascension trailer shows Manticore years in the making

Sony Santa Monica has unleashed the Manticore from God of War: Ascension in a new nine-minute "making of" trailer showing how the massive monster came into being from concept art to animation, and footage dating back to 2010.

Watch: The first flying apex predator of the series »

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