Review: God of War 3

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God of War 3 is a revenge tale, and not the kind with the happy ending that leaves you feeling fuzzy about everything that happened. This is dirty, nasty payback, fueled by the kind of single-minded rage that can take even the noblest of heroes to a dark place.

Sony Computer Entertainment’s latest (and presumably last) installment of its famed franchise is also its most ambitious, exploring the powers of the PS3 as much as the mental and physical odyssey of its hero, Kratos.

It accomplishes both tasks in impressive fashion, giving players an grand action-fest with bloody fun, guilty pleasures and even some brains — as in smarts, not what ends up smeared on the wall.

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Hands-on: God of War 3

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Revenge is a dish best served cold, and there are few chefs better at preparing it than Kratos, the protagonist of the God of War series. Roughly a year ago, I talked about how his blend of bravado, skill-tempered power and pure rage helped him stand alone as Sony’s Computer Entertainment’s alpha dog and helped craft a franchise that aimed to reshape the concept of scale in game design. With the full power of the PS3 behind God of War 3, Kratos’ debut (and possibly lone appearance) on the system needed to be something special.

A few days ago, Sony gave us and others a big taste of Kratos’ vengeance … and it was good. WARNING: I talk a lot about the first 30 minutes of the game, especially some but not all highlights of what I saw … if you find that to be spoiler-worthy, be careful if you choose to read on.
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Slurpee of the gods!

When Monday comes, your local 7-Eleven should be offering you the rage of the gods in the form of frozen, liquid goodness.

At least that’s the plan, as Sony Computer Entertainment of America announced a deal with 7-Eleven and Mountain Dew to start featuring Kratos Fury, a Slurpee drink designed to help promote the PS3′s upcoming blockbuster, God of War III. Apparently, deity-killing anger is best captured in the flavor combo of blackberry and lime, and there’s also going to special cups bearing the image of gaming’s favorite Spartan. Every time you buy a Slurpee, you’ll get redeemable codes and points for stuff like a downloadable behind-the-scenes video or a free hoodie.

If you want more info, you can go here.