Sony God of War 4

Last updated date: September 10, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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We looked at the top 1 Adventure Games and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including Metacritic, IGN, Trusted Reviews, GameSpot, Polygon, CNET, Games Radar, Common Sense Media, The Verge, PC Magazine, Euro Gamer and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Adventure Game you should buy.

Overall Take

“God of War 4” offers excellence in combat mechanisms and character upgrades. This adventure game will take you to a creepy world filled with monsters and survival techniques that you never knew about. You also won’t find better action elsewhere. In our analysis of 90 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 God Of War 4 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 10, 2019:
Checkout The Best Adventure Game for a detailed review of all the top adventure games.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
1,404 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Leviathan Axe acts just like Thor's hammer, and it's So. Damn. Satisfying.
- IGN
April 12, 2018 | Full review
Depth to the combat via character upgrades.
- Trusted Reviews
It's a spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress.
- GameSpot
April 17, 2018 | Full review
There’s still plenty of gore, but now the guts have meatiness. Some die-hard fans may fear this isn’t really God of War. I suppose they’re right. It’s even better.
- Polygon
September 4, 2018 | Full review
God of War is a surreal and mind-blowing action-RPG that provides players with a nonstop over-the-top adventure through Norse mythology. It's a long, satisfying game that offers much more beyond just a linear campaign.
- CNET
April 20, 2018 | Full review
Great characters, story and a beautifully realised semi-open world.
- Games Radar
April 12, 2018 | Full review
Bloody, gory, mature myth-based action/adventure is amazing.
- Common Sense Media
The combat feels more intense, thanks to a more cinematic camera that stays close to the action, and flexible controls befitting a proper action game.
- The Verge
There’s so much more to be said about God of War but all you really need to know is that it's a soulful, heart-wrenching journey whose payoff has to be one of the best things I’ve experienced in all my years of playing videogames. Yes, the game has gorgeous scenery, some of the best graphics ever, and some truly enjoyable and deep combat.
- PC Magazine
May 2, 2018 | Full review
The regular fights - elemental baddies, baddies with shields, baddies who hover and spit fire - are so much fun that the bosses almost take a backseat. They're still spectacular, of course, but the stage-management of them, with which they pull you between arena-brawling and moments of lofty on-rails theatrics, make them feel a little less alive than the basic scrapping.
- Euro Gamer
What experts didn't like
Change of pace certainly won’t be for all.
- Trusted Reviews
The game’s one glaring weakness is this occasional mimicry of the iconography established by George R.R. Martin and his fantasy forebears.
- Polygon
September 4, 2018 | Full review
The game's combat is difficult to master and occasionally too versatile for its own good. The menu system also isn't great.
- CNET
April 20, 2018 | Full review
It’s not always clear if you have the right tool for an enemy or puzzle yet.
- Games Radar
April 12, 2018 | Full review
There are some minor nitpicks — the narrative’s heavy use of magical MacGuffins, a needlessly complex loot system, and an over-reliance on particularly gruesome kills.
- The Verge
Camera is clunky, especially when fighting multiple enemies. Tougher enemies are more frustrating than fun.
- PC Magazine
May 2, 2018 | Full review
Despite the plotting, I didn't really reflect much on God of War's relationship with the other big relationship games out there: Kratos and Atreus just sort of get on with it. Despite the backtracking, I didn't really think much about the fact that the whole adventure was knotted up in an audacious, improbably calm single shot with no cutaways or flashbacks.
- Euro Gamer

From The Manufacturer

From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest. • Bold New Beginning — His vengeance against the Gods of Olympus years behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the realm of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive…And teach his son to do the same. This startling reimagining of God of War deconstructs the core elements that defined the series—satisfying combat; breathtaking scale; and a powerful narrative—and fuses them anew. • A Second Chance — Kratos is a father again. As mentor and protector to Atreus, a son determined to earn his respect, he is forced to deal with and control the rage that has long defined him while out in a very dangerous world with his son. • A Darker, More Elemental World — From the marble and columns of ornate Olympus to the gritty forests, mountains, and caves of Pre-Viking Norse lore, this is a distinctly new realm with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. With an added emphasis on discovery and exploration, the world will draw players in to explore every inch of God of War’s breathtakingly threatening landscape—by far the largest in the franchise. • Vicious, Physical Combat — With an over the shoulder free camera that brings the player closer to the action than ever before, fights in God of War mirror the pantheon of Norse creatures Kratos will face: grand, gritty, and grueling. A new main weapon and new abilities retain the defining spirit of God of War while presenting a vision of violent conflict that forges new ground in the genre. Mature 17 plus.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Sony God of War 4
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
3. XBOX ONE Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. PS4 Shadow of the Colossus
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 11
5. PS4 Tomb Raider
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 11
6. PS4 A Plague Tale: Innocence
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 11
7. Square Enix Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
8. XBOX 360 Minecraft: Story Mode
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 6
9. PS4 Adam’s Venture Origin’s
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Adventure Games

Looking for the best adventure game for your game day with friends? Whether you play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, there are adventure games galore. You may find it a bit overwhelming, so let’s make it easy for you and show you some top-rated options for those consoles. Let’s first take a look at the different consoles and what they have to offer the adventure game-lover in you.

PlayStation 4 is a pioneer in original, exclusive titles for console game players. With outstanding ratings for their exclusive games, players will surely find a unique, intriguing game experience through the PlayStation 4 console. For PlayStation 4 players, there are two fantastic recommendations for adventure games. “God of War” by Sony takes the player through the experience of Kratos, who lives and has to survive in the world of monsters and Norse Gods. This game is packed with unparalleled graphics and incredibly realistic, unique monsters that may make you shake in your boots. Another such adventure game for the PS4 fanatic is “Final Fantasy XV.” In this game, the player can explore freely through the world in multiple modes of transportation, use incredible action moves such as double jumps and enjoy realistic graphics.

If you are an Xbox One owner, you will find a great selection of games. In addition to games designed for Xbox One, the console also allows for Xbox 360 and Xbox games. This makes your choice of games much wider and more diverse than the PS4. Besides the games, Xbox One has a leg up on other console games with endless access to entertainment apps and media servers, including Kodi, which PS4 does not offer. For an excellent Xbox One adventure game, check out “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.” This game has it all, from old-time game features to improved graphics that impress even the toughest critics.

Both PS4 and Xbox One allow for compatibility with third-party games. Some of those games include “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Mortal Kombat 11” and “Resident Evil 2.” This creates an even bigger pool of options for console game players.

Now throw in the Nintendo Switch for comparison. The Switch has exceptional controller choices and super portability. With the option to use it as a home system or an on-the-go handheld system, the competition has nothing on it in that category. While it has awesome gamepads of its own, the Switch also offers compatibility with third-party gamepads if you so choose.

In terms of game selection, Nintendo is extremely exclusive with its trademark games, such as the “Mario” series. The item does support third-party games, which has been a huge selling point for the console. In addition, the Switch is accommodating to the indie genre of games, including “Night in the Woods”.  This is a huge plus for Nintendo Switch users.

One highly recommended adventure game for Switch players is “The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.” This super popular game is a favorite because of its open-air roaming that allows you to explore a beautiful kingdom with all different landscapes available.You will happen upon adventures as you switch from each climate and landscape.

When comparing the console games, it’s important to note the subscriptions that may be needed to access the games and all their fabulous features. Every console has its own service, and some are better than others in terms of what they offer. For PS4, players will want access to and subscribe to the PlayStation Network; the Xbox One users will want access to Xbox Live; and Nintendo Switch Online services the Switch users. The PS Network and Xbox Live offer substantially more services than the Nintendo Switch Online, but players will also pay quite a bit more for the subscription. These services are absolutely essential if players want to connect online with friends or fellow gamers when playing their favorite adventure game.

DYWM Fun Fact

“The Brown Box” was created in 1967 by a team led by Ralph Baer. This was the first video game system used in the home. It was sold with the name “Odyssey” in 1972 after Baer sold it to Magnavox. This would, as most video game consoles do, phase out over just a few years. During those years, it had 28 games that the player could choose from, one of which inspired the uber-famous “Pong” that would later be seen on the Atari systems in 1975.

“Space Invaders” came out in 1978, and in 1979, Activision was the pioneer in console game creation without making a console, or as some would call them, ‘third-party’ game developers. This opened the door for many other companies to get into the business.

The early 1980s welcomed the still-popular “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and Microsoft’s first “Flight” simulator game, before the crash of 1983. The crash was a direct cause of oversaturation in the industry. Consoles were being released by new companies constantly. The games were extremely low-quality and not very captivating to players, and the competition between third-party developers was causing the market to dive.  It caused multiple home console creators to go into bankruptcy, which ultimately brought the market back up in 1985. Nintendo was a huge contributor to bringing the video game market back to the United States. It offered the incredibly long-lasting games “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Metroid”.

In 1991, Genesis created the “Sonic the Hedgehog” game that finally gave Nintendo some competition in the market. The game became super popular, and Nintendo and Genesis entered a rivalry. That year, Nintendo released a new console to compete and thus began the console war that is still happening today between several companies.

The Adventure Game Buying Guide

  • Always keep in mind the ratings on adventure games, especially when looking for kids. Many of them have explanations for their ratings, such as violence or crude image, so you can make a well-informed decision on the right adventure game for your player.
  • Getting a subscription to the console service networks will make gaming super convenient. You will have countless games at the click of a button. Having the subscription will allow you to track your progress and see how you match-up against the competition.
  • Try multiple different types of games in the adventure game genre. Diversify your library of games so you never get bored of playing.
  • Create your dream team within the online networks with friends or fellow gamers and set up game times for you all to meet and play together. This keeps things interesting and fun.
  • Stay on top of the best adventure games for your console through your subscription. You will get updates about new games coming out and how they compare to the most popular adventure games today.