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God Of War Was Nearly A First-Person Game

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Mel Ramsay

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5th Oct 2021 20:27

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The creator of God of War has revealed that the original game very nearly had a first-person perspective. During a video on his YouTube channel, David Jaffe revealed some previously unknown facts regarding the 2005 game. 

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Why Was God Of War Going To Be First-Person?

In the video, Jaffe explains that the original reasoning behind God of War being first-person was that he didn't want Kratos being 'lost in a sea of enemies' during battle. Which, for anyone who has played the game, you can imagine was a legitimate concern. However, Jaffe then continues to say that Dreamcast's Maken X influenced him, and showed him that there was a way around the issue. 

He explained, in regards to the first-person aspect: "I thought that would be a really cool way to differentiate ourselves." Then adding: "But I think ultimately, it became difficult to get the kind of emotion and combat and character building that I was hoping to do."

Fans were thrilled that they got to get a peek behind the curtain in regards to explanations for decisions that were made at a developer level. He also explained that some inspiration came from games such as Devil May Cry and Onimusha

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What Else Do We Know About Changes In God Of War?

Something else that recently did the rounds about big changes to God of War was an early design of Kratos for God of War: Ascension, the PS3 exclusive that was released in 2013. The Kratos design shows off a very skinny, withered, and hauntingly sad-looking version of the beefcake we all know and love now. 

One Reddit user commented: "Very weird to see him like this. Doesn’t even seem like Kratos if it weren’t for the tattoo."

Another said: "Unpopular opinion but this would’ve been a really cool concept. To see Kratos probably weaker than he’s ever been, then see him rise up again and become even stronger than he was before."

Yeah, that's a fair point. Either way, we're glad that Kratos ended up looking as we know him - and that it ended up being third-person. 

 

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Ragnarok Fans Want A Time-Travelling Kratos To Fight Himself

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Emma Hill

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16th Oct 2021 17:31

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