God of War III gets 9 in world-first review in OPM UK

Thursday, 11th February 2010 14:01 GMT By Johnny Cullen


OPM UK has given God of War III a nine in the game’s first ever review in its latest issue hitting subs now.

Stating the reason why it barely missed out on a ten, the magazine’s Nathan Ditum said in closing the review: “The game is inches away from scoring 10/10, and it’s only the familiarity of the core gameplay that makes it feel less than the very, very best.

“But it’s definitely the biggest, and if this is the finale (and the corpses littering the stage by the end of the game suggest it might be), then God of War III gives PlayStation’s toughest hero the send-off he deserves.”


Kratos’ last stand releases on March 16 in the US and March 25 in Japan. The game’s release is being aimed at March 19 in the UK, although that is still to be confirmed.

A new trailer will air on GameTrailers TV in the US tomorrow night. It’ll be the first time a new trailer has aired for the hack-and-slash in nearly a year.

Thanks, tLG.



  1. Eregol

    The review didn’t really matter, after all, who else expected OPM to give it anything less?
    It was always going to be day 1 for me anyway. Especially after the demo.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Ghost_Dog

    I haven’t played 1 or 2, which must make this a 10 for me then.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    damn thats early

    i’m glad its familiar, i want it to feel like a continuation

    @1 indeed, this is one game i couldn’t give a damn what reviews think, utterly essential, reason i bought a ps3

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Razor

    So, Uncharted 2 gets a 10, even though everything about it was familiar to anyone who’d played any game in the last 20 years, yet GoWIII gets 9?

    “Stating the reason why it barely missed out on a nine,”

    Typo there, Johnny.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I think it’s pretty clear that this game is going to be getting 9s and 10s across the board. Just like the other two did.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    Review scans :) i rule!

    [Edited for legal reasons - Ed]

    can you read sideways?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Eregol

    Uncharted 2 was an immense improvement on the already good original.
    GoW3 just feels like more of the same, which while no bad thing (considering the games are brilliant) just makes it feel like the series hasn’t moved on.
    Uncharted 2 also had it’s excellent script and even though it took elements from a lot of different games and genres, it blended them all together and in most aspects improved upon them.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    can you read sideways?

    /turns monitor
    /laughs at peasants

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Robo_1

    People generally dismiss official mag review scores, but in general I find them to be as honest as most other review sources. Surely this would have been a candidate for a pressured 10 if Sony had much editorial control.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Zarckan

    I love how people can review games on unfinished code… heh

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Razor

    The game was finished in November…there’d only be refinements between then and now…nothing to really change the review.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    It’s OPM. The review is about as relevant as the opinion of Fox News on… anything.

    I’m sure the game will be a spectacle of technical excellence, and a solid title in its own right, but its gameplay has always been rather simplistic at its core and it has become increasingly stale since its inception.


    #12 5 years ago
  13. The Hindle

    It wont just get 9s and 10s PT, Edge always give the GOW games a 7 so expect a 7 for this.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mington

    up yours O’Connor ;)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. matirishh

    Thanks for the scans !!!

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Mike

    Fox is the most trusted news org. in the US.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. El_MUERkO

    OPM not giving it a 10 is pretty telling IMO

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Michael O’Connor

    “up yours O’Connor”

    …what did I do this time?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. The Hindle

    Day one for me though and its one of the reasons i bought a Ps3 back in 2006

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    Edge always give the GOW games a 7

    Except when they give it an 8? :P

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Eregol

    Considering Edge gave God of War itself an 8 I very much doubt they give every GoW game a 7 eh?
    Do your research.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Awesome – thanks Mington!

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Patrick Garratt

    We’ve had to scrub that link to shots of OPM’s review for legal reasons.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. The Hindle

    Ahh since the first GOW game then as Gow 2 and Chains of olympus both recieved a 7 so im expecting the same for this.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    We’ve had to scrub that link to shots of OPM’s review for legal reasons.

    You gave in to the maaaaan, maaaan! ;)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. mington

    i fought the law and the law won

    i fought the law and the law won

    #26 5 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    The scans are still on N4G in the comment section if you guys still want to read.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. onlineatron

    Pssst… Mington… Email me the scans :P

    /Runs from Pat

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Eregol

    An Edge 7 is essentially an 8 to 9 in any other mag.
    Not exactly a bad score from Edge at all if it did get it.
    Does it matter what they think anyway?
    Review scores are entirely subjective. If I read the review and I like the game then it doesn’t matter what the score is.

    I think it’s time all reviews did away with scores. The whole furore surrounding them is getting ridiculous.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. DaMan


    #30 5 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    True Eregol a lot of the fanboyism would go away also and guys there is a summary on neogaf of the contents of the review. I wouldnt read though as its full of spoilers.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Good thing I saved em! Dang – thanks again Mington!!! THAT’S AWESOME! (hope your original link stays live as i emailed it to several friends :)

    #32 5 years ago
  33. mington

    less then 1000 people on this planet have seen them scans, i feel privileged and i have a sore neck

    (although i haven’t actually bothered reading it, i’m not even gonna watch that trailer, must remain spoiler free)

    #33 5 years ago
  34. The Hindle

    Lol how big are the spoilers Mington?

    #34 5 years ago
  35. mington

    kratos kills everyone

    #35 5 years ago
  36. The Hindle

    :) pretty much

    #36 5 years ago
  37. No_PUDding

    Having played the demo, I think it’s funny you say that Michael O’Connor.

    I can think of many games that complicate mechanics by trying to extend them. Be it throguh levelling or extra gimmicks.

    But not only does God of War do that (which I personally don’t like) it’s also an incredibly simple and yet complex design in it’s action. Much more complex than a shooter, or any other action game.

    If I think about playing God of War top down, it’s a lot like a retro shooter, and the’ve designed it as such. It’s fantastic.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Plus GOW has cool puzzle elements as well. I look forward to those.

    I wouldn’t dismiss review just cause it’s OPM. They’re pretty honest with all reviews and give crap scores to crap games as needed. (ie. Tony Hawk Ride, GH:VH, etc)

    #38 5 years ago
  39. No_PUDding

    They are pretty great – great podcast too. If you don’t support their mag, atleast support what you don’t have to pay for.

    Although this particular review must be factually wrong even on subjective points becuase of who reviewed it.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. reask

    Is there a demo of it on PSN?

    #40 5 years ago
  41. mington

    this is the demo that came with the god of war collection, its not available on PSN

    which sucks, i tried to blag a code off of sony through there customer support webpage, but i got an email asking for a photocopy of my god of war collection receipt :p

    #41 5 years ago
  42. erazor

    OPM UK reviews god of war series:

    (ps2)God of War : 60/100
    (ps2)God of war 2: 80/100

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Wow. They gave the original 60/100??? Interesting.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. DrDamn

    I got the demo from somewhere – maybe US PSN has it freely available. It’s a very old demo though – from E3 last year. Does the review mention if they fixed the framerate issues of the demo?

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Bleak Harvest


    #45 5 years ago
  46. No_PUDding

    Mington, also you could have been involved in a promotional thing , if you are in the EU… Which we are right? Anyway I got a code emailed to me.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Johnny Cullen

    OPM UK never gave a 6/10 for the original.

    It was an 8 for that and a 9 for GoW II.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Eregol

    The demo was available through the GoW Collection and Sony also sent out codes to download the E3 demo.

    And Johnny, according to Metacritic, OPM Uk gave GoW a 6/10.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. DaMan

    apparently it’s a mistake. there’s no way OPM would give a GoW game a 6.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Eregol

    Give me a link showing otherwise and I might believe you.

    I’m trying to google it myself and am drawing a blank.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. DaMan

    does Metacritic have a link to the review?

    #51 5 years ago
  52. AHA-Lambda

    ONLY a 9!?!?! wha???! I’m cancelling my £110 trilogy edition after hearing this >___>

    #52 5 years ago
  53. RGW1982

    Dante’s Inferno Owns GoW 3

    #53 5 years ago
  54. polygem

    haha. owned. ps3 sucks haha……(just joking – expected a 9 – it´s a very good score – it probably got a 9 because the franchise is getting kind of old…same thing happened to rarchet and clank – it will still be an awesome game)

    #54 5 years ago
  55. ianbenoir

    i knew it… the guys from sta monica should make me their employee. I would never let that happen.

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Gekidami

    OPM dont do decimals. It was either a 9 or a 10. Them saying that its only “inches” away from 10/10 makes it sound like they would have probably given it a 9.7+ if they could.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. DaMan

    I’d rather believe bdh’s review than OPM.

    #57 5 years ago

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