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New details on God of War PS4

God of War for PS4 is going to a massive new adventure for Kratos, one that takes the series in a new direction – one where Kratos is no just angry man.

While you assume complete control of Kratos, you also passively control his son throughout the entire game, and both characters grow and evolve. There’s a single button dedicated to your son, and its use depends on the context. He becomes an active participant in combat, traversal, exploration, and puzzle-solving. In this, the game is about passing knowledge onto your child. At the beginning of your journey, you teach a reluctant child how to fire a bow and hunt. As you progress through the game, that becomes second-nature to the boy, and it’s clear that your knowledge has been passed on.

This bond isn’t the only new, surprising element of God of War. The entire game is presented as a single, uninterrupted shot. Once you’re in, you’re in. No load screens, no cinematics, no fades to black. Kratos and his son’s journey across the world of Norse mythology – which takes place an undisclosed amount of time past God of War III – will be told in a wholly singular, and honestly unique manner.

There will also be a new crafting system with armor and weapons. Rest assured though that the over-the-top combat and insane action moments are still going to be there, Sony Santa Monica just wanted to show that there’s a lot more to this next-generation God of War than just kick ass combat and set pieces. 

This game is about Kratos teaching his son how to be a god, and the kid teaching Kratos how to be human again.


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The #OurJourney video, featuring some great fans, is viewable now.

The new God of War trailer has it all: action, sea monsters, and father and son bonding time
Sony showcased all-new gameplay footage for the upcoming God of War reboot, which is bringing back protagonist and antihero Kratos and the franchise’s signature brutal hack-and-slash combat to a new Norse mythology setting. This God of War reboot, from Sony’s Santa Monica Studio, was first announced at the company’s E3 press conference last year. Read more

God of War & Sly Cooper Collections Coming to PS Vita in May

God of War Collection Coming to PS Vita May 6th

Cory Barlog, Sony Santa Monica Studios: Wait, what? God of War 1 and 2 are coming to Vita? Are you frakking kidding me? YEAAAAHH!!!

All of the work in my career is an important part of making me who I am but the first two ‘God of War’ games were truly the catalysts for a creative A-Bomb… and no small amount of F-Bomb’s too. ‘God of War’ 1 and 2 changed the course of my career forever and nothing could please me more than to see them getting released on the Vita. We did some amazing work with the controls, seamless integration of an epic story into a load-free experience, and now that can be taken with you ANYWHERE!!

While I did not have a direct involvement in the actual process of bringing the epic-ness to the Vita I still feel an amazing connection to the release of these games, and a huge amount of respect for the wizards who made it possible. I would not be writing this if it weren’t for those two blood-soaked PS2 discs.

If you haven’t played the games, never been a better time to check out portable version of the originals that started it all. How much would you pay for this on-the-go awesomeness? A million dollars, right? I would, but that is only because I truly have no concept of money, that’s why no one lets me handle it. I would own the original boulder prop from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ right now if they did. It would be great but I would be broke. I am sure you can all handle your own money so grab the sweet Vita double pack when it releases with an MSRP of $29.99 on May 6th.

Sly Cooper Collection on PS Vita

Caley Roberts, Producer at Sony Computer Entertainment: Hungry for more of another PlayStation franchise you know and love? Wish you could experience the thrill of thieving with your best pals on the go? Have you always questioned the concept of pants? You’re in luck — Sly Cooper Collection is coming to PS Vita on May 27th!

The Sly Collection features all three original PlayStation 2 action-packed classic hits; Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racconus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves fully remastered in high definition and optimized for PS Vita.

The Sly Collection for PS Vita sees the mischievous raccoon and his gang of eccentric friends pull off daring heists in this entertaining platformer adventure. Packed full with mini-games and thrilling missions from across the globe, The Sly Collection masterfully blends stealth, thievery, combat, strategy and exploration into one huge world. 


God of War | E3 2016 Gameplay Trailer

Adding story by adding context to a typical sunset photo.  Venice Beach, August 2014.

Sunset pictures always look good but I try to avoid the typical ‘look at all the pretty colors’ photos by including an extra element to give the image context or story.  When I got to the shore, there was a little girl dancing in the waves.  I set my camera close to the sand to get the pretty reflection of the sunset off the water, tried to get a nice composition, and took a bunch of photos to ensure I would get one where the girl was in a dramatic pose.