For all of the successes in the God of War series, the most popular part of the game is the combat system. Known for being fast paced and intuitive, it rewards precision and timing but does not shun gamers new to the series. However, as players attempt to tackle the harder difficulty levels, certain methods should be kept in mind when engaging enemies. Tactics used in Mortal (Easy) and Spartan (Normal) don’t work as well in God (Hard) and Titan (Very Hard). While less experienced players were able to get away with standing in front of a given enemy and pounding away relentlessly on the lesser difficulties, doing so on there higher will result in a quick and painful death for Kratos. Though tackling the game’s more difficult challenges require experience, there are a few tips that will help with dealing with them.
Roll, Roll, Block, Roll On anything higher than normal, the enemies will pound you relentlessly and spend less time between attacking you and resting. In fact, on Titan, the enemies will refuse to let you breath, putting the burden upon the player to put distance between Kratos and the groups of enemies. Blocking should be done sparsely because it requires you to stop completely, which allows faster enemies to immediately circle you and cut off any avenues of escape. The slightest error will allow groups of small, but fast enemies to pound away. Being surrounded by small enemies can quite literally spell death in a matter of seconds. While rolling and guarding, be wary of your surroundings, as you might accidentally place yourself in a corner to be surrounded.
Poke ’em Kratos most weak attack actually becomes his most useful. By tapping square with his default weapons equipped, Kratos will jab with one blade at the end of his chains. The attack has good range and will allow you to test the waters before engaging an enemy closer up. This works especially well with bosses, who can rip chunks away from your health if you rush in unprepared. From time to time, depending upon how slow the enemy is, you can replace the light poke with of the square button to the heavier attacks with triangle. Slower enemies won’t be able to capitalize on the slow recovery speed, which will allow you to pummel and roll away unscathed.
Focus On the Few Sure, we’d all like to see everything mastered at the upgrade menu, but the fact of the matter is that you’ll probably only need to upgrade two or three things, depending upon your style of play. The Spear of Destiny and Barbarian Hammer become less and less functional as the game gets more difficult. The famous blades which Kratos uses are ultimately the strongest weapons he can wield and also have the largest move list making them the most versatile of the bunch. Magic is strictly by preference. Due to the fact that your overall strength is weakened depending upon the difficulty of the game, the already weak Typhon’s Bane might not be such a good choice. Cronos’ Rage or Atlas Quake are your best bets.
Take Advantage of the O Always make sure to take advantage of eliminating enemies with a button-sensitive minigame. Besides looking cool and beefing up your statistics, this will net you valuable orbs. Besides shattering, this will merit you the most red orbs for you to upgrade magic and weapons. This will also help you in pivotal battles by replenishing green, blue or yellow orbs depending upon which enemy you kill. This allows you to avoid using health and magic chests that might be better used later on.
These tips combined with experience in how enemy moves will have you cruising through God in no time as you prepare to take on Titan, which still troubles veteran God of War players.