7. God of War: Ascension – Metacritic Score: 80
Releasing in 2013, God of War: Ascension served as a prequel to the entirety of Sony Santa Monica’s hack and slash franchise, adding in never before seen gameplay elements such as an online multiplayer mode and downloadable content. Similar to previous installments, Kratos is on a path of vengeance and is trying to escape the clutches of the furies and the ultimate god of war, Ares.
Ascension does have the lowest reviewed score on Metacritic, but the title received mostly positive attention, with reviewers praising the improved combat system, the graphical push of the PS3’s power, and the surprisingly decent multiplayer mode. Ascension sits at a solid score of 80 on Metacritic with a user rating score of 7.6. The last hurrah for our brutal hero(?) on the PlayStation 3 might not have been the step up that fans wanted to see for the series, but the new God of War should remedy that.
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