God of War: Ascension review round-up, all scores here

Monday, 11 March 2013 10:16 GMT By Dave Cook

God of War: Ascension reviews have begun to surprisingly quiet fanfare. We’ve got all the scores here.

Sony Santa Monica Studio’s gory brawler launches March 12 in the US, March 13 across Europe, March 14 in Australia and across the UK on March 15.

Here are the scores:

Gamespot – 8/10
OPM – 8/10
Polygon – 7/10
CVG – 7.5/10
ShopTo – No Score
EGM – 7/10
GodisaGeek – 8/10
GamesRadar – 3.5/5
Videogamer – 7/10
Edge – 7/10
Destructoid – 9/10
Machinima – 8.5/10
GameTrailers – 8.3/10
Metro – 8/10
Vandal Online – 9.2/10
TheSixthAxis – 8/10
PushSquare – 8/10
Zoomin.TV – 3/5
Multiplayer – 9.3/10
The Telegraph – 4/5
Gameblog – 4/5
Meristation – 8.7/10
CheatCode Central – 4.5/5

Got a score we’ve missed? Fire it in the comment box below and we’ll add it when we get a spare second.


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  1. Beta

    Still pretty good scores, and I’m looking forward to playing it. But I think the GOW franchise needs to either move to a different mythology or SSM need to make a new ip next gen.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. loveaya

    Worst GOW ever

    #2 2 years ago
  3. De-mon

    Vandal Online score is 9.2. 9.77 is the users score ;)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. get2sammyb

    Hey guys, 8/10 on Push Square:

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KAP

    I’m looking forward to playing this and numbers won’t change my mind until I’ve had time with this to set a valid opinion.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hunam

    CVG – 7.5

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Joe Anderson

    Our review is here.

    ShopTo – No Score

    Ta :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. woe 7.5/10

    EGM 7/10

    Toronto Sun 7/10…-but-not-fresh

    Eurogamer Sweden 7/10…-war-ascension

    Gamereactor Sweden 7/10…ar:+Ascension/ 7/10

    #8 2 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    I so don’t care about this game.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    Is it just me or this is the least buzzed / marketed GOW title to date? I mean, Sony is pretty bad in the marketing department (Killing LBP Karting, Resistance 3, Starhawk and more) but this is GOW. Shouldn’t they be doing much more advertising?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mike W


    Woe are you purposely looking for the lowest scores for this title? You posted something in the forums last week doing the same thing…

    ‘SMH’ when are you kids going to grow up?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. miles97

    all i have to say is game is good ,

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dragon246

    Its quite an achievement when the lowest score for a game is 7 isnt it? :)

    And you are right about him.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. woe

    @The_Red Sony advertised God of War: Ascension during the Super Bowl also there are plenty of banners on this and other websites.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. woe

    @Dragon246 So leave out the low scores and keep high ones?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. woe

    @Mike W Those scores were left out so i posted them.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Mike W


    Or post both like Dave did….just a suggestion.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    So leave out the high scores and keep the low ones?
    You know the lowest score for Halo 4, don’t you?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    Thanks for the scores chaps. Will post the rest when I get time (

    #19 2 years ago
  20. woe

    @Dragon246 You have some serious Insecurity issues.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. freedoms_stain

    woe, how many scores better than 7.5 did you ignore on your quest to find the lowest scores you could find?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dragon246

    Want your pathetic history of posts posted again for everyone to see?

    Sorry guy glossed over 28 reviews to cherry pick the worst 7 . Pathetic indeed.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. OliverKO

    Hi there, you can add El33tonline’s score if you wish – 4/5

    #23 2 years ago
  24. woe

    @Dragon246 Your no angel either so back off or im reporting you to a member of staff.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dragon246

    Go ahead. You are welcome 8)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. gotenibehe

    Rev3Games – 3/5

    #26 2 years ago
  27. polygem

    @woe: don´t argue with the sonybots. i love my playstation but the sony fanboys are a plague. everywhere. not just here. noone beats them in dopiness. just ignore them. you´re posting some 7/10 reviews here and they already feel personal attacked. say halo mp is better than killzone (obviously very true) and they will tear you to pieces. now say 3ds has cooler games than vita and you are an enemy for life :)

    cannot wait for this game. i loved the demo. gow is one of the greatest franchises ever. flawless gamedesign.

    i re-bought a vita just yesterday (won an auction i never thought i would on ebay. vita 16gb, 2 months old, plus sonic racing and lbp vita for just 140 euro! – already sold sonic racing for 20 euro, because i already own it on another platform, so it all did cost me just 120 euro. great price. very happy about that. i thought it would at least sell for 180 or something.

    well now i even upgraded to ps+ and already got my cash back by getting ME3, which i haven´t played yet, doa 5, lumines and many more. also redownloaded all my other vita stuff i already bought and repurchased (for “free”) the digital versions of some retail games i had but sold again. uncharted, gravity rush…if you have a vita and ps3 + really is a cool feature.

    only thing that sucks is the memory card pricing. i mean 80 euros for 32 gb is a freaking joke! i can already see myself running out of hd space with all those cool + offers. i hope sony will release at least a 64 gig or even a 128 gig mc soon and price it more fair.
    but for now i am very happy.

    since i am not a game collector (i hate to have tons of stuff lying around in the house), i really hope/think, sony will even go further with plus on ps4. i am dreaming about a digital only subscription with tons of options to get games. like a premium rental service. that would totally be exactly what i would love to see.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. chief_ – 9.9/10 (Hungary)

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Dragon246

    Keep going. You aren’t worth more than a troll now.
    Talking smack in a non-related thread is the best you can come up with.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    You do really need to look at woe’s posting history. Particularly in the forum.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. polygem

    @30: that so? i don´t really know this guy, what´s in this thread is ok and i remember other posts i´ve seen from him that have been ok too in my book. some of the other guys here are having a massive biased posting history too so that´s why i defended him. i really hate how this shit turned out on this page. made me posting so much less here…but i think these guys need some folks to counter them from time to time :) so i backed up woe for doing so.
    that said, i don´t want to be involved in these childish fanboy crap anymore anyway.
    let the kids play the fanboy war games. i just wanna play the videogames…and for god of war: i cannot wait!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Dragon246

    ^I support everyone who hates the people I hate, even if it includes trolls like DM and other people.
    LOL. I said this ages ago that you like DM only because he does your bidding. Great going troll.
    Now before DM arrives here, I am out. He recently gave lex a real hard time.
    Some smilies for you (remember?)
    :) :) :)

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    They actively seek out and highlight as much the bad news for Sony as they can. They do provide some helpful good stuff on MS, but about as fair and balanced as Fox News.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. polygem


    #34 2 years ago
  35. stretch215

    Who cares what woe posts? He is not attacking anyone, if anything you insecure platform weirdos are out of line. God forbid somebody slanders your precious sony. LOL. Pathetic.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. polygem

    Dragon, i didn´t respond to you for a while now. relax man. just relax.
    DM is funny most of the time. you are not. that´s a huge difference. you are just negative.
    i do not hate anyone here, not even you. i think you are a pro troll, sure, but i do not hate you. i don´t hate anyone who doesn´t like the same videogames than me and maybe that´s the problem we constantly have with each other because that seems to be your attitude.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. MadFingerz

    Game is crap, water is 2000 graphics. Gameplay is boring. Dur dur dur
    /trolling/erth impression

    Just thought I should add something to the topic which seems to be both trolling and personal attacks…

    Anyway, I’ve said it before, the game didn’t generate hype enough and many reviewers now take that into consideration when scoring for some fucked up reason. Meanwhile I expect GOW fans such as myself will still love the game.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. mojo

    this game will be awesome.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Hunam

    My biggest gripe is that I don’t quite care about it. I utterly loved the first one, second one was good fun and the third was a brilliant finale… but I kinda feel it’s done. Kratos is done and I wish they’d moved onto a new spiritual succesor rather than a prequel, which we have two of already.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. mojo

    imo they can exchange everything from the series.
    Other setting, other character, other everything as long as the gameplay stays the same.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. nederob

    Zoomin.TV Games gave God of War Ascension 3 out of 5 stars

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Lengendaryboss

    Interesting i can see this is more of an adventure akin to GOW1 rather than the bloodbaths successors. But what really stands out is the multiplayer that might have brought down the metacritic score. But the scores are still good overall.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Clupula

    Woe does go out of his way to bring up any possible negative rumor or poor score about anything Sony related. I mean, that whole stupid “PS4 won’t pay CD’s” rumor. Do you know who submitted that to this site? Woe did.

    I’ve said a couple times that I wonder if he’s not getting some checks from Major Nelson with how much of a full time job his looking for negative news about Sony to post is.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Yeah, but anytime he does, his drowned out by the couple of hundred strong Sony Brigade, so stop acting like the victims here.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Shinji10TH

    Can’t wait to play it.

    Here’s a review of french website Gameblog (4/5)

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Dave Cook

    @46 added, thanks :)

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Dragon246

    Would not it to be easier for you to collect all reviews from metacritic? It would allow you to post every major review at once.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. polygem

    @41: “imo they can exchange everything from the series.
    Other setting, other character, other everything as long as the gameplay stays the same.”

    i totally agree with you about this. there was a time when i even felt like i could enjoy these games even more if they had a different setting and would be less violent. today i am fine with them the way they are and i think they made the right decissions in designing gow in every single way. i think gow is perfect the way it is. the greek myth, kratos being the uberviolent badass, the story, the gameplay – it all comes together as being a great, epic ride of a videogame. one of the best franchises on any platform. today i think the violence adds to the fun of these games BUT i still generaly enjoy less violent games. i just can´t help but rolling eyes sometimes when videogames play the “cool” “gore” “mature game” card. in gow though it kind of makes fun and the finishing moves are fun to pull off. it´s not just a cheap gory slowmo killcam. i just said a few days ago somewhere here, that i think gow is a great 3d (hack´n´slash) puzzle/platformer…the basic gameplay elements could work very well in a jak, ratchet kinda setting….and i would love that. i just love these kind of games. could also work with a totally different setting, sure. the gameplay is just flawless and superfun.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Clupula

    Personally, I don’t want to play a God of War game where Kratos is not the main character. I’ve come to love playing as a sociopath in this series and it just wouldn’t work without him.

    And there’s plenty of other gods for him to eventually kill.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. monkeygourmet

    Day 1 for me, but it does sound like the worst in the series so far…

    Im getting a weird vibe off both this and Gears of War, I just don’t think they should have bothered, there doesn’t seem to be any passion in the production of both these titles.

    A huge shame as they should both be flag ship exclusives for their respective platforms.

    One thing that annoys me about this was the fact that someone mentioned the selectable weapons are gone from GOW3?!

    Apparently you now have 3 versions of the ‘Blades’ and can pick up a few random weapons from the battlefield which sounds like a huge step back for me. The multiplayer has new weapons, but we all know the servers will be a barren wasteland in a few month’s so seems like a missed oppertunity to me.

    It seems like Sony have had a lot of ‘average’ exclusives this generation.

    Uncharted 3
    Killzone 3
    God of War
    Gran Turismo

    All good games but never quite reaching the greatness of some multiplatforms. Even PSN games have killed their exclusive offerings by a long margin.

    I wonder if that will repeat with PS4? Killzone looks very set to be an 7 or 8 / 10 game. Apart from the increased graphics, the gameplay looked identical to what we have already seen in Killzone 3 so far.

    Never the less, I love me some God of War, it’s just a pity they seem to have lost their spark for the series. I can’t really see it getting much better on PS4, same with games like Gears on 720.

    Some titles are just starting to look really outdated…

    #50 2 years ago
  51. SplatteredHouse

    Rev3games 3/5:

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Sini

    Needs a massive reboot, there is nothing wrong with it except I’ve played this game 6 times now. Hard to feel fresh, sure you traverse different lands, but it plays the same.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. YoungZer0

    I said it more than once, but I just love to repeat myself:

    New setting, new hero.

    Here’s the Idea. Kratos wanders to the north, to the vikings and shit. Terrorizes their land, the gods can’t interfere because fuck you, maybe he took Odin hostage and the gods can’t help or something like that.

    So they choose a champion, someone who fought against Kratos and lost or lost his home and family to that fucker. Someone young, someone who cares and has heart. So the new guy travels the land, fighting, killing creatures, trying to hunt down Kratos.

    It’s basically God of War 1, but new weapons, new setting, new character and new story.

    Seriously, there is NOTHING that could redeem Kratos anymore. Might as well make him the bad guy.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. polygem

    @54: the gowA demo contains lots of footage from the viking tv series…maybe that´s a hint? your idea doesn´t sound bad man! timeline wise not accurate, but it´s a game in the end….about ancient gods. everything goes storywise.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. muppy

    You should add They gave it a 3.5/5

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Digital Bamboo

    I had to do a double take on that review someone linked to the Toronto Sun. lol

    Rather than go into a long diatribe about how awful that newspaper is, or how it’s written at an 8th grade reading level, I’ll simply provide a link to some of it’s actual cover stories, and let them speak for themselves:

    I look forward to playing this game…some time in 2015.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. hardcore shooter Review of God of War Ascension 60/100

    #57 2 years ago
  58. Clupula

    Why exactly would I go to a site called hardcore shooter to find out about a hack and slash title? It’d be like going to to find out about Halo.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Clupula

    @54 – Why do we need a new hero? Kratos is who I want to play as in the fourth one. The story pretty much writes itself. Kratos can’t die and just wants to rest. He’s had his revenge and so he moves up North.

    Meanwhile, “Athena” appears before the Norse gods and explains to them what he did to the Greek ones. It’d be like having a mass murderer move into your neighborhood, claiming “Oh, I’m done with killing now.” Of course, you wouldn’t want him there. So the Norse gods come gunning for Kratos and he kills them off.

    After credits, reveal that “Athena” is actually Lucifer, trying to goad Kratos into eliminating all the other pantheons so that only he will be left as god.

    The last thing I want is to play as some lame optimistic warrior trying to take down Kratos.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. hardcore shooter

    Good question Clupula. Thanks for the feedback. There are reasons behind our madness at

    #60 2 years ago
  61. ActionGameKing

    @60 Holy Shit! That’s genius!

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Clupula

    @62 – Thanks a lot. To me, it was the first thing I thought of, when Athena started acting so completely out of character in GOW 3.

    Plus, it would very much mean GOW4 could be the first game of a new trilogy for the series.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. ferb

    God of War Ascension Review | RealGamerNewz

    #63 2 years ago

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