As many may know. District 9 releases today. If you are a ps3 owner. There is Zero reason not to get the blu-Ray version. You have even less than zero reason actually because with the blu-Ray version comes a copy of the E3 God of War 3 Demo. Being an insominac I picked up District 9 already and have run through GOW3 a couple times and will now preview the demo. And after having to sit through a 13-minute install process. Here we go.
The demo intros onto a cliff cobble road where villagers are being run after be demon/undead soldiers. This is where you take control of Kratos. Controls are pretty identical to the other GOW games. Triangle is heavy attack. Square is light attack. Circle is grapple. X is jump. Left stick controls kratos while the right makes him dodge.
Presentation so far. As far as a demo can present. It reminded me ALOT of the others. Much to the point that I, for a second, thought it was just an updated version of the PSP copy! But. Yon some play. That feeling changed. While it does feel extremely similar. Graphically it is far superior. The lighting is good, textures are cery detailed, the amount of gore is grand!, Which you would expect from a next-gen title. In the demo. You get 3 weapons and a head. Yeah. A head. Which lights a path and reveals secret areas.
The weapons in the demo are. Of course. His chained blades. A bow. And a set of giant metal gaunlets. So far. The blades feel pretty much the same. Same combos. The gauntlets don’t feel feel as useful. Far too slow. And don’t seem to do enough damage for the speed trade off.
Another new play element portrayed in the demo is the use of grappling. Sure “throws” where present in the others. But grappling is a different story. You can grab guys and use them as battering rams. You can grapple from a distant. Etc. Very useful.
All in all. Fans will love it. From the impression I get from the demo. People who didn’t like the first 2 for whatever reason. Won’t like this one. It feels very similar to the other games and, from the demo, again. Doesn’t seem like it will offer any innovative new gameplay.
To summarize. Fans will LOVE this. People who didn’t like the other games probably won’t find much new in this one to change there mind. I for one. Can’t wait to play the real deal