God of War 4: How it Should Be
There are some video game franchises that we just never want to end. Luckily for us God of War seems to be one of them. A fourth game is currently in the works. Not much more is known about this title, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate.
Gods of War is a fantastic franchise that has kept audiences craving more since the PS2 days. Of course we want more of this series of games that has withstood the test of time. There’s just one little problem that could either make or break the series. There trilogy is finished. There isn’t any more story for them to go on. This could be very tricky for the writers. How do you tack on a number four when you had only planned for three stories?
Other franchises have done this in the past. Once you find a game that works everyone involved wants it to last for as long as possible, whether it’s the players wanting more of their favorite awesome game or publishers looking to milk the franchise for all its worth. Sometimes more titles than originally expected works. Sometimes there’s a noticeable difference in both quality and content.
Don’t Make A Fan Fiction!
We want more of God of War 1, 2 and 3. We want the same quality story, same quality gameplay, epic bosses, fight system and just about anything else that was stuffed into the first three titles. What we don’t want to see is a fantastic franchise be treated as if a bunch of fans got their hands on the company. It’s the difference between the earlier Prince of Persia titles and the newer ones. Sure, the newer Prince of Persia was fun, thoroughly enjoyable. But compared to its earlier brothers the difference is astounding.
So go ahead Santa Monica Studios. Surprise us. Give us a different location. Give us some different characters. Feel free to change our main character, even if it will break a tiny piece of our hearts. Surprise us. And above all things make this a new, playable title that doesn’t cling to the first three titles like a toddler clinging to its parents in a crowded mall but a brand new title that follows the spirit and them of God of War while still being its own game.
But wait! Don’t Change Everything!
That being said we don’t want God of War 4 to feel like it isn’t a part of the God of War franchise. We don’t want to pick up the game and find ourselves in the middle of something that looks and feels vaguely familiar but we can’t remember where from. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. We don’t particularly need a completely different battle system. We don’t really need a different artistic flare to the games either. It should still be recognizable as God of War, just a new game and not clinging to a storyline that is clearly finished.
Of course feel free to put in as many epic monsters and boss fights as you want. Those are always good. And epic fight scenes aren’t a bad thing either. Make it awesome. Just don’t make it feel like it isn’t God of War.
Video game franchises can be a funny thing. Sometimes they can go on almost indefinitely and still pump out thoroughly enjoyable, playable titles. Just look at Final Fantasy as an example. Other times a franchise can be drawn out for too long and should have been discontinued when the games were still golden masterpieces the likes of which the world will never see again.
God of War is one of those golden masterpieces, a series of three brilliant games that have added so much to the world of video gaming. We’re thrilled that another game is coming out. But a little trepidation is in order too. Will it be great or just good, fantastic or just okay? Will it be great title because it’s a God of War game or because it’s a fantastic all around gaming experience unto itself. The last one is how it should be, of course. All we can do is wait and see how God of War 4 will turn out in the end. And maybe replay God of War 1, 2 and 3 in anticipation for the next title!