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Business Insider
104 d ago
In a final duel, Thanos killed me in Fortnite's new game mode inspired by 'Avengers Infinity War' — and I loved it
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There I was, watching from my hiding place in a massive crater, staring at my destiny.
It was just me, a casual Fortnite player, and him, the mad titan Thanos.
You may have heard of Thanos — he's the big bad in Marvel Studios' new film "Avengers Infinity War," which just broke a whole mess of box office records . Starting Tuesday, though, he's also a playable character in a new limited-time game mode for Fortnite Battle Royale , the hottest game in the world right now.
You can play as Thanos in the special new game mode called "Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup," which is the traditional Battle Royale mode in Fortnite, but with a twist: The Infinity Gauntlet is located somewhere on the island, and if you find it, you'll turn into Thanos himself, and wield all his powers.
Here's what it's like to play the limited-time "Infinity Gauntlet" mode in Fortnite:
Thanos has three main powers: Epic Games
- You can punch, which does major damage to players and buildings alike.
- You can shoot a purple power beam from your glove that incinerates foes.
- You can leap high into the air and slam your first into the ground, which destroys anything in its (relatively small) blast radius.
You'll also have way more health and shields than a normal player. Your shields recover when you kill an enemy player; there's no way for Thanos to restore his health.

I played a couple of quick games on Tuesday morning. Thanos made an appearance in both of them. Dave Smith/Business Insider
I died to the storm in the first game, not realizing how quickly it moves in this new mode, and how much faster it'll kill you than in the regular game.
Before I got to the safe zone, though, I saw someone had activated the Infinity Gauntlet and started wiping out other players (as seen above).
In my second game, I knocked off a couple of opponents early in the match, stayed out of the storm, and stayed safe as Thanos ripped my opponents to shreds from a distance. There's one bit of good news: Once the Gauntlet is claimed, Thanos will always appear on your map, so you'll know where you can (or can't) hide. 

I didn't actually see Thanos with my own eyes until the very end of my second match, when he jumped into the massive crater where I was hiding — the area known as Dusty Divot — and pulverized the third-place player nearby. Dave Smith/Business Insider
As Thanos recovered his health, I took my shot: I threw a Port-A-Fort grenade at him, which created a fort around him. He burst out of it, looking for me.

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104 d ago
Why Avengers: Infinity War Trailer's Key Scene Wasn't In The Movie
It is common for movie trailers to include footage that doesn't feature in the final film, especially if they are released while the movies are still in post-production. However, lately there have been some examples of key shots that were created specifically for trailers, that were never intended for the movies themselves. Last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming featured a couple and it has now been confirmed that the most famous shot in the Avengers: Infinity War's first trailer was also created just for the promo. Warning, Infinity War spoilers below.
The footage in question is the shot of various heroes, including Captain America, Black Panther, Hulk, and Black Widow, in Wakanda, racing towards the camera. But not only is this shot not in the movie, Hulk doesn't even appear past his showdown with Thanos near the start of the film. Co-director Joe Russo has now confirmed that the scene was made specifically for the trailer--presumably to create a cool shot that showed all the heroes together.
"That shot that you're referencing was never in the movie in the version that you saw," he told the Happy Sad Confused podcast. "It was never even created for the movie in that version. It was literally created in that version for the trailer."
Russo went on to talk about his and his brother Anthony's approach to making trailers. "We use all the material that we have at our disposal to create a trailer," he said. "We look at the trailer as a very different experience than the movie, and I think audiences are so predictive now that you have to be very smart about how you craft a trailer because an audience can watch a trailer and basically tell you what's gonna happen in the film.
"We consume too much content. So at our disposal are lots of different shots that aren't in the movie that we can manipulate through CG to tell a story that we want to tell specifically for the purpose of the trailer and not for the film."
There is also some dialogue in the Infinity War trailer that does not occur in the movie, namely Thanos' line: "Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe, but this does put a smile on my face." In this case, Russo revealed that the dialogue did exist in the script, but was changed in post-production.
"We replaced [that line with] another line that we thought was a little more specific to the storytelling with Gamora," he said. "I think he used to say that on Nowhere to Gamora when he emerged from the Reality Cloak as the aether exposed him. And I think we changed it to something that was a little more specific to the storytelling."
Avengers: Infinity War continues to dominate the box office. After posting the biggest-ever opening weekend, the movie has now crossed $1 billion globally , making it the fastest movie in history to make the mark. In total, Infinity War has now made $1.16 billion worldwide to date. The movie opens in China--the second-biggest movie market on the planet--on May 11, so box office results only stand to improve further this week.
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105 d ago
Fortnite: Battle Royale Introduces Avengers: Infinity War's Thanos - GameSpot Daily
The big bad of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War is coming to Fortnite in a limited-time mode, while a Battle Royale-like mod comes to GTA 5.
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105 d ago
Avengers: Infinity War -- Groot's Final Line Translated, And It'll Punch You Right In The Heart
Avenger: Infinity War is an unusually dark movie for something with Marvel's name on it. Thanos is bringing the war to the MCU's heroes in a way we haven't seen before, leading to some emotional moments. Among the many characters in the movie is the now-teenaged Groot, who seemingly cares more about playing video games than anything else. Avengers: Infinity War spoilers follow.
As always, we're limited to hearing his dialogue through his signature "I am Groot" line with different inflections, but the character is actually communicating. Now, thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who was involved with Infinity War's production, we know just what one of those lines meant.
Groot is among the many characters in Infinity War who dies. Given his generally cute appearance, his was one of the tougher deaths to watch, and that's only more true now. Asked on Twitter what his last utterance of "Groot" means, Gunn provided a one-word answer : "Dad."
Gunn added that this isn't something he decided after being asked online; according to him, it was actually in the screenplay . Regardless, this makes Rocket's survival all the more tragic; not only is he the only member of the Guardians left alive, but he had to helplessly watch as his son-like figure faded away while referring to Rocket as his father. The eventual Blu-ray release of the movie had better come with a box of tissues.
Indeed, many have responded to Gunn's tweet to share how saddened they are by it. He apologized for upsetting fans but did seem touched that people care as much as they do. "I knew my answer to the spoiler question last night was touching and sad, but I really did not expect to wake up to so many tweets of people telling me they're crying," he said . "Sorry for that if you're at work or whatever. But it means a lot to me you love the characters as much as I do."
If you're still coming to grips with Infinity War, you can help process it with our favorite and least favorite moments . Or, if you'd rather get upset, check out our recap of every character who died .
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TechRadar
105 d ago
Fortnite to get Thanos in an Avengers: Infinity War crossover
Update: Fortnite: Battle Royale will debut Thanos as a new playable character in a few hours. We'll have the first trailer and images of the Avengers villain soon. We've updated this story with the official tweet from Epic Games.
Thanos is ready to commandeer Fortnite starting tomorrow, after having already conquered global box offices last month as the supervillain in Avengers: Infinity War.
The 'Mad Titan' of Marvel will become a playable character Tuesday, May 8 in what's being billed as a limited-time mash-up in the game's Battle Royale mode, according to Entertainment Weekly .
Epic Games says there will be Fortnite downtime in preparation for the Fortnite v4.1 update starting May 8 at 4:00am ET (8:00 GMT). Brace yourself for that (and then brace yourself again for Thanos).
The 'Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup' drops 100 players onto a Fortnite map along with the six Infinity Stones so coveted in the movie. If you find all six stones, you'll transform into Thanos and wield his Infinity Gauntlet powers.
There's no timetable on how long Thanos will be a part of the Fortnite world, but the Epic Games-Marvel mash-up will be free on all Battle Royale mode-supported platforms, including PS4 , Xbox One , PC, macOS and iOS 11 .
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105 d ago
Thanos Comes To Fortnite In Avengers: Infinity War Crossover Mode
As if Fortnite : Battle Royale weren't already popular enough, developer Epic Games has teamed up with Marvel for a crossover event centered around the year's biggest movie, Avengers: Infinity War. To tie in with Season 4's moviemaking theme, the villain of Marvel's superhero blockbuster, Thanos, will make a surprise appearance in the free-to-play battle royale game on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and iOS (via Entertainment Weekly ). Just don't expect any skins .
The crossover takes the form of a limited-time event called the Infinity Gauntlet Mashup, which kicks off tomorrow, May 8. Like a typical game of Battle Royale, it pits 100 players against each other in a fight to be the last one standing, with one significant wrinkle: the Infinity Gauntlet will appear as a weapon.
During the match, the Infinity Gauntlet--equipped with all six Infinity Stones--will spawn somewhere on the map. The player who manages to find and equip it will transform into Thanos, which, according to EW, grants them "all the power that comes with him." You can see an image of Thanos below.
The Infinity Gauntlet Mashup is the first special event of Season 4, which began last week with the release of Fortnite's latest update . Epic hasn't announced how long the mode will remain in rotation, but previous limited-time events have typically only been available for about a week.
“Over the past few months, while we were editing Infinity War, we’d take breaks to hop on and get in a few games,” Infinity War director Joe Russo said of himself and co-director Anthony Russo. "And then we started thinking, how cool would it be to have some kind of Avengers-Fortnite mashup? So we stalked Donald [Mustard, Epic Games creative director]."
Mustard told EW, "Out of the blue, I get this call from Joe. And after a bit of geeking out over each other’s work, we start brainstorming these crazy ideas. It was really important that whatever we did, it had to be super authentic to both Fortnite and the Avengers: Infinity War, and something that fans of both would be excited about. About an hour later, we had the bones of this awesome idea for a limited time gameplay mode, and almost immediately our team got started."
Along with the start of a new season, last week's update made some significant changes to Battle Royale. The mysterious comet that had been looming in the sky finally crashed over Dusty Depot, turning it into Dusty Divot . Epic also recently vaulted another weapon; this time, the crossbow was removed from the game. Additionally, with Season 4 now underway, Battle Royale players have a new set of skins and rewards to earn by completing new Battle Pass challenges.
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105 d ago
Avengers: Infinity War Directors Blame That Soul-Crushing Ending On Thor
In the end, the dire consequences of Avengers: Infinity War came down to the choice made by a single character--and it wasn't Thanos (Josh Brolin). Instead, it was one of the titular Avengers that set in motion the film's emotional climax and now the movie's directors are shedding some light on that decision. If you somehow haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War, this is your obligatory spoiler warning. Stop now or suffer the consequences.
During the battle of Wakanda, there was one man that could have stopped Thanos from snapping his fingers and wiping out half of existence : Thor (Chris Hemsworth). With a throw of his Stormbreaker axe, the son of Odin could have lopped off the purple monster's dead, ending the threat once and for all. Instead, he threw the axe right into the chest of Thanos, at which point the villain chides him for not taking the kill shot.
As co-director Joe Russo tells ComicBook.com , that was a deliberate choice and one that viewers can hold against Thor--especially those who blame Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) for what happened after he punched Thanos while the Infinity Gauntlet was being removed. "I would argue that the fan base could be equally upset with Thor, who chose to throw that axe into Thanos' chest and not his head," he says. "Because he wanted to tell Thanos that he got his revenge."
It's a cocky move by Thor and one driven by rage after the deaths of both Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Heimdall (Idris Elba). However, it's that movie, Russo says, that allows Thanos to carry out his plan. "Had he gone for a kill shot, that snap would not have happened," he explains. "These are choices that characters who are feeling immense pain make and hopefully, the audience can learn to empathize with those characters because they can grow through stories."
Given the Infinity Stones--including the time stone--are still in play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe , there's always the chance that time could be reversed in Avengers 4, allowing Thor to revisit his actions and choose a different path. He cannot be blamed for the mad titan's plot to gather the stones and decimate the galaxy's population, but he does shoulder his own responsibility in how these events unfolded.
Avengers 4 is in theaters on May 3, 2019. Before then, Ant-Man and the Wasp will premiere on July 6, 2018, with Captain Marvel following on March 8, 2019.
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Business Insider
105 d ago
Fortnite, the biggest game in the world, is about to release a special game mode inspired by 'Avengers Infinity War'
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"Fortnite" and "Avengers Infinity War" — the biggest game and movie in the world, respectively — are having a crossover event. "Fortnite" is getting a new game mode called "Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup," which is the typical Battle Royale mode with a twist: An Infinity Gauntlet, somewhere on the island, will transform you into Thanos, and give you all the power of the Marvel villain. "Fortnite" will release the new "Avengers Infinity War" event on May 8.

"Fortnite," the most popular game in the world right now, is getting a crossover event with "Avengers Infinity War," the most popular movie in the world right now.
Epic Games and Marvel partnered on creating this new event, which kicks off on May 8 and is officially called "Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup." It, like all of "Fortnite," is free to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and iOS. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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105 d ago
'Avengers: Infinity War' director says fans 'could be equally upset with Thor' over the movie's ending
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Warning: This post contains spoilers for "Avengers: Infinity War."
"Avengers: Infinity War" co-director Joe Russo told ComicBook.com that fans "could be equally upset with Thor" over the movie's ending. In the movie, Thor has a chance to kill Thanos with an ax, but aims for his chest rather than his head because "he wanted to tell Thanos he got revenge." Thor came out of "Infinity War" as a fan favorite, so this revelation might be an unwelcome one.

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105 d ago
Fortnite Won't Get Avengers Skins As Part Of Infinity War/Thanos Crossover Mode
In surprising news, Fortnite : Battle Royale is set to introduce a limited-time mode themed around Avengers: Infinity War. The crossover event will give players the opportunity to actually play as Thanos , but if you're expecting what would appear to be the obvious complement to this--Avengers skins--you'd unfortunately be wrong.
As soon as the Avengers mode was announced, players began wondering if we'd also see new Marvel character skins released. After all, the sale of cosmetics--along with the Battle Pass--is Epic's primary way of making money from players of Battle Royale, which is a free download. But Epic's agreement with Marvel apparently doesn't extend to such content.
An Epic staffer confirmed on Fortnite: Battle Royale's subreddit that Avengers-themed skins aren't in the works, at least at this point. "[J]ust because I've seen lots of folks asking, we have no plans for Avengers outfits in the store," JustMooney1 wrote.
That doesn't rule out the possibility of such skins being introduced in the future; perhaps the new mode will be so popular that Epic and Marvel are convinced to make it happen. But for the time being, you'll have to make do with the existing skins in the game--and after all, there is already one that bears more than a subtle resemblance to Star-Lord.
Fortnite's update on May 8 will bring with it a new limited-time mode, Infinity Gauntlet Mashup. This plays out much like a standard match of Battle Royale, except that the Infinity Gauntlet will be located somewhere on the map. Whomever can find and equip it will be transformed into Thanos, presumably allowing them to wreak havoc, although the specifics of what playing as him involves have not yet been revealed.
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Avengers: Infinity War Directors Reveal Funny Deleted Scene
Avengers: Infinity War is the longest movie yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Given everything the film had to accomplish and the endless list of characters it needed to service, that should come as no surprise. Still, that doesn't mean there was no footage left on the cutting room floor.
While most of what was shot for the film was used in the final product, Infinity War co-directors the Russo brothers have revealed details about one special deleted scene to Entertainment Weekly . "I think there's one really funny Guardians scene that didn't make the cut," Joe Russo says. "It's just more of a straight-up comedic scene."
Anthony Russo sheds a bit more light on the scene. "It's a scene where they're sort of stuck. There's a point in the movie where they're stuck without knowing what to do. And it was just this absurd scene of the Guardians not knowing where to go. And it was really fun and it was very endearing to us. But because the movie is so big and so propulsive, it just wasn't quite pushing us where we needed to go."
Everything else Joe describes as "loose ends here and there" that were trimmed to get Infinity War to its final running time. Additionally, as he explains, it makes sense that so little else was removed from the film.
"You have to be so vigilant in the script phase about what you are going to include in the movie just from a storytelling standpoint and be really difficult on the material because it is so expensive to acquire the material and you have limited time with some of the actors," Joe says. "Schedules don't always line up, so you have to be really targeted."
As for whether you'll ever get to see that deleted scene featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy , never fear. The Russos confirm it will be available on the home release of Avengers: Infinity War. Maybe this scene will explain whatever happened to Kraglin .
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105 d ago
Fortnite Gets Avengers: Infinity War Crossover
Update: Fortnite's limited-time Infinity Gauntlet mode is now live.
The mode sees the Infinity Gauntlet dropped onto a random position on the map shortly after the solo round begins. Picking up the Gauntlet changes you into Thanos and warps you into the air.
After skydiving down on the map again, Thanos has several unique abilities. His jump is enormous, which he can combine with a ground pound punch. He can also use the power stone to fire a purple beam.
Thanos' health is also boosted from 100 to 700 - but you're marked on the compass for every other player. Die as Thanos and the Gauntlet drops to the floor for another player to use and start the cycle anew.
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105 d ago
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106 d ago
We're so fine with this fact about Groot in 'Avengers: Infinity War.' Just fine.
Spoiler Alert: This article discusses the shocking ending of Infinity War, which you really should have seen by now. 
We're not crying you're crying everyone's crying.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has revealed an overwhelmingly sad fact about Groot in Avengers: Infinity War and yeah, we're not ok.
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What's all this blubbering about? Groot's final line, uttered as he once again evaporates from our lives into a cloud of Infinity Stone-inflicted nothingness. Thanos, ya jerk.
Gunn hopped on Twitter to answer a question on this line from a fan on Sunday, and dropped this devastating truth nugget: Read more...
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Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Scores Second-Biggest Second Weekend Ever
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Avengers: Infinity War" can check off yet another record: The second-highest second weekend of all time.
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106 d ago
Avengers: Infinity War Makes $1 Billion Faster Than Any Movie Ever
Avengers: Infinity War has set another box office record. After posting the biggest-ever opening weekend , the movie has now crossed $1 billion globally. The movie opened on April 25 in overseas markets and launched in the UK on April 26, the US on April 27, and in Russia on May 3. It crossed $1 billion on Saturday, becoming the fastest in film history to make the mark.
In total, Infinity War has now made $1.16 billion worldwide to date, according to GameSpot sister site CNET . The movie opens in China--the second-biggest movie market on the planet-- on May 11 , so box office results only stand to improve further still.
Infinity War is now the 34th movie ever to pass $1 billion , joining the likes of Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Frozen, Skyfall, and Minions.
In the US and Canada, Infinity War is expected to make $112.5 million this weekend, according to a box office report from Entertainment Weekly . That would firmly place it again in the No. 1 spot, but it would fall short of second-weekend record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $149.2 million during its second weekend.
The $112.5 million that Infinity War is expected to make this weekend represents a dropoff of 56 percent from its opening weekend. That decline is significantly more than The Force Awakens (40 percent) and Black Panther (45 percent).
Rounding out the top five films domestically this weekend included Overboard ($14.8 million), A Quiet Place ($7.6 million), I Feel Pretty ($4.9 million), and Rampage ($4.6 million). You can see the full Top 10 list below, as rounded up and compiled by EW.
May 4-6 US/Canada Box OfficeAvengers: Infinity War — $112.5 millionOverboard — $14.8 millionA Quiet Place — $7.6 millionI Feel Pretty — $4.9 millionRampage — $4.6 millionTully — $3.2 millionBlack Panther — $3.2 millionTruth or Dare — $1.9 millionSuper Troopers 2 — $1.82 millionBad Samaritan — $1.76 million
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Just over three weeks since its release, "Infinity War" has surpassed global totals from fellow Marvel properties like "Black Panther" and the first "Avengers." 
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99 d ago CNET News :: Avengers: Infinity War becomes fifth biggest international release of all time - CNET
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The Marvel movie is making money, with estimates reaching $1.6 billion in global ticket sales.
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99 d ago The Wall Street Journal :: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Has Huge Opening in China
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Three weeks after setting records with its opening in the U.S., “Avengers: Infinity War” opened to gargantuan returns in China.
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99 d ago Business Insider'Infinity War' wins the weekend box office for a 3rd consecutive weekend — and it's now the 2nd-fastest to half a billion domestically (DIS)
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"Avengers: Infinity War" wins the box office for a third straight weekend. The movie is the second fastest ever to cross the half-billion mark at the domestic box office.
Disney/Marvel Studios' plan to bump up the release of " Avengers: Infinity War " (or was it Robert Downey Jr.'s idea ?) a weekend earlier than originally planned has worked out perfectly.
The movie was always destined to make an incredibly large amount of money its opening weekend, but instead of one weekend between the latest Marvel hit and its biggest competition, Fox's "Deadpool 2," "Infinity War" had two weekends to shine. And that has led to a multi-record-breaking box office performance. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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99 d ago Reuters :: Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Stays Strong With $61 Million Third Weekend
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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Avengers: Infinity War" has maintained its staying power at the domestic box office.


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103 d ago Business InsiderDave Bautista improvised Drax's funniest line in 'Avengers: Infinity War'
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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Avengers: Infinity War."
In  Avengers: Infinity War , actor Dave Bautista improvised Drax’s funniest line in the movie. While Drax has been known to break dramatic tension in some scenes with his comedic quips, this line in particular was a notable standout. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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102 d ago CNET News :: How Avengers: Infinity War made that 'crazy' Thanos battle scene - CNET
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VFX supervisor Matt Aitken talks about Marvel's "unusual" move that helped make the biggest superhero blockbuster ever. Beware minor spoilers ahead.
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102 d ago GameSpot :: Avengers: Infinity War -- How Tom Holland Improvised A Major Moment
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One of the most memorable points of Avengers: Infinity War may have been much different, if not for some solid improvisational skills from actor Tom Holland. The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, opened up about how Holland added to a pivotal point for Spider-Man and helped capture the spirit of the moment. Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow.
In the climactic moment of Avengers: Infinity War, the villain Thanos snaps his fingers to wipe out half the population of the universe, and we subsequently see several characters both minor and major fading into dust . The camera lingers the longest on Spider-Man, who has an emotional moment with his mentor Tony Stark. The Russos told Uproxx that a lot of that was from Holland.
"I think what was scripted was, 'I don't feel so good,' and, 'I'm sorry,' and everything in-between is Tom," said Joe Russo. Throughout the rest of the scene, Parker is pleading and scared, saying he doesn't want to go. Joe said that was an emotional level they had pushed him to pursue, summarized as "you're a child and you don't understand."
On top of that, Holland also benefited from working with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, who has been a mentor to Holland as an actor as well. "Ever since we introduced the new Spider-Man in Civil War, Robert has been a very active mentor to him. And not just outside, but in the moment and in the scene while acting," said Anthony Russo. "Robert is one of the most remarkable performers on the planet and he makes everyone around him better and he brings everybody up. So, when Robert is tuned in to what you're doing and, on a performance level, he wants to help feed you and pull you. He can do remarkable things. And he will dance with Tom on a performance level that is amazing and that was one example of it. He's a very giving performer and he really helped us find that moment with Tom."
The result is one of the film's haunting emotional centerpieces, which Joe Russo says they knew they had to make a "gut-punch." Anthony Russo added, "Once we commit to a story idea, we commit to the fullest version of that. The potency of that moment is a function of us following that creative choice." Asked if they were concerned it would make kids cry, the two compared it to the adventure franchise film that made them cry as kids: The Empire Strikes Back.
"I stayed and I watched that movie from 11 AM until 11 PM the day that movie came out," Joe Russo said. "I just kept going back and back and back. And I think there's something about catharsis and we all create catharsis in storytelling. There are things you can deal with in fantasy that you can't deal with directly in the real world. I would argue that this movie is a reflection of its time. And that there is a level of catharsis the audience is going through collectively and globally as we march into whatever future awaits us."
Spider-Man certainly wasn't the only prominent and emotional death in the film, though. Black Panther has a brief emotional moment with his bodyguard Okoye, and Groot has a scene that hits even harder once you hear what his final "I am Groot" meant . Avengers 4 will continue the story and presumably resolve the Thanos arc when it releases next year, and Disney is already eyeing the next ten years of Marvel movies with a new franchise .

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101 d ago Business Insider :: All of the facial hair in 'Avengers: Infinity War,' ranked
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It's safe to say that " Avengers: Infinity War " is not lacking in characters with great facial hair.  From Falcon to Captain America , just about everyone joined Iron Man on the facial hair bandwagon. Here are all of the " Infinity War " beards and mustaches, ranked from worst to best.
A funny thing happened between " Avengers: Age of Ultron " and " Avengers: Infinity War :" Everyone grew a beard. Or, at the very least, a mustache. An hour into "Infinity War," I could no longer look past the obvious: There are good guys and bad guys and Infinity Stones, but this is really a movie about facial hair.  Captain America  has a beard now;  Falcon  grew out his sideburns. There’s no reason for everyone to have invested in beard oil or a mustache brush — was there a deleted scene where Iron Man sent out an official alert? — but it’s a welcome distraction from the real plot’s doom and gloom. So I’m proud to present this look at " Infinity War ’s" facial hair, ranked from worst to best. Here’s who’s working it, and who needs to add a rider to their contract for more time with the set barber.
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The "Guardians" aesthetic is very '80s and usually deploys its throwbacks with finesse. But Peter Quill’s razor-sharp, quasi-lightning-bolt sideburns don’t impress me much. Something about this feels cartoonish, not hot — paste-on hair you could buy from a Queens Party City. Would it be so bad if Peter Quill was the only clean-shaven Avenger? Get us a clean-shaven Star-Lord, pronto!

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Blessed be the wig that ended up on "Ragnarok's" cutting-room floor. (Full disclosure: I  know that wig , and he’s a nice dude — bougie salt spray and all.) Thor’s "Infinity War" facial hair frames his face well, and he’s by far the hottest of the Avengers squad, but the Asgardian isn’t serving a look we haven’t seen and swooned over before. We know Thor can pull off a close cut and tamed beard. He’s not necessarily resting on his laurels — why mess with a good thing? — but attention must be paid to the Avengers taking more risks.

T'Challa Disney
I’ve been black for 23 years (also known as my whole life) and T'Challa is the only black man I’ve ever known to walk in his widow’s peak truth. (Was this a revolution I ever expected to be televised? No!) Like Thor, T'Challa is pulling his same look from his previous standalone Marvel movie ("Black Panther"), with that jawline-framing shadow. However, because T'Challa’s hairline broke so many barriers in "Black Panther," I feel comfortable bumping him up slightly higher than our Asgardian friend.

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103 d ago IGN :: God of War Photo Mode Released, Here's What It Can Do
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God of War's photo mode is finally here with update 1.20, available on PS4 right now, and Sony Santa Monica has given players a glimpse of what lies in store.
Sony Santa Monica revealed the photo mode last month , showcasing options to change depth-of-field, camera angles, and add filters. The studio has now shared a selection of glorious shots taken in photo mode which you can peruse below.
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103 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War PS4 Update Out Now, Adds New Photo Mode
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Sony Santa Monica has released a new update for PS4's God of War . Patch 1.20 is available to download now and introduces a few UI tweaks to the game, along with a major new feature: Photo Mode.
As Sony previously announced , Photo Mode allows players to take and edit screenshots of the game using a suite of filters, borders, and other customization options. After installing the update, players will be able to access the mode either through the Options menu or by enabling Touch Pad Quick Access via the game's settings.
Players can move the camera around in Photo Mode with the left and right thumbsticks and pan up and down using the L2 and R2 buttons. The mode also features five tabs that let players adjust the field of view, exposure, and more. You can read a description of each tab, courtesy of PlayStation Blog , below:
Camera: Adjust the Field of View, Focal Length, and Camera Roll.Aperture: Adjust the Depth of Field, Focus Distance, and F-Stop.Filters: Adjust the Film Grain, Exposure, Filter, and Filter Intensity options.Borders: Add a Vignette and adjust the Vignette Intensity, and Vignette Falloff. This includes a variety of Border styles and the official God of War logo.Characters: Toggle the visibility of Kratos, Atreus, and all other characters in the scene. And my personal favorite, we’ve added the ability to change Kratos and Atreus’s facial expressions!
In addition to Photo Mode, update 1.20 increases the text size of God of War's UI and menus. This marks the second time Sony Santa Monica has tweaked the game's text size; the developer added a slider in its previous God of War patch that allowed players to manually adjust the text, but that didn't make a significant difference. This update makes the text bigger all around, which should help improve readability. The developer has also introduced a new accessibility setting that gives players the ability to re-map Rage Mode, which is by default activated by clicking both thumbsticks.
God of War has been a critical and commercial success since it launched last month. The game sold more than three million copies in its first three days of availability, becoming the fastest-selling exclusive on PS4 . If you're just jumping into the game, be sure to check out our guides on where to find every Valkyrie in God of War and how to get the Avengers: Infinity War-inspired Gauntlet of Ages.

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109 d ago IGN :: Sony Says God of War Is Fastest-Selling PS4 Exclusive
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God of War is now the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Per PlayStation Blog , the game sold over 3.1 million copies worldwide after three days available, from April 20-22. Sony Santa Monica Studio head Shannon Studstill shared a message celebrating the achievement.
"I would like to personally thank the millions of fans around the world who decided to embark on Kratos’ latest adventure with us," Studstill said. "Your support is truly inspiring, and it’s a reason why we push ourselves every day to go beyond the boundaries of play."
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108 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War Is PS4's Fastest-Selling Exclusive Game
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PS4's ambitious God of War reboot has been a huge critical success, and it's likewise turning out to be a commercial one too. Despite its brief time on the market, Sony has revealed that God of War has already hit a major sales milestone.
In a post on PlayStation Blog , Sony announced that God of War managed to sell 3.1 million copies worldwide in its first three days of availability. That makes it not only PS4's fastest-selling exclusive game, but also the fast-selling title in the series' history in the UK.
Shannon Studstill, the head of developer Sony Santa Monica, shared a personal message with fans on achieving the milestone. "I would like to personally thank the millions of fans around the world who decided to embark on Kratos' latest adventure with us," Studstill said. "We look forward to hearing more about how fans are creating new memories of their favorite God of War gameplay moments that will be remembered for a long time."
Unlike previous installments in the series, PS4's God of War focuses on the story of Kratos and his son, Atreus. It also eschews the series' usual Greek mythological trappings for Norse ones and makes some radical changes to the combat system, most notably trading Kratos's Blades of Chaos for the new Leviathan Axe.
God of War launched on April 20 and was met with widespread critical acclaim . GameSpot awarded it a 9/10 in our God of War review and said, "Everything new it does is for the better, and everything it holds onto benefits as a result. Kratos is no longer a predictable brute. God of War is no longer an old-fashioned action series. With this reboot, it confidently walks a new path that will hopefully lead to more exciting adventures to come."

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109 d ago Venture Beat :: God of War becomes PS4’s fastest-selling exclusive
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God of War isn’t just a critical darling — it’s also major sales success. Sony announced today that the reboot of the action series has sold 3.1 million copies in its first three days. This makes it the PlayStation 4’s fastest-selling exclusive ever. God of War released on April 20. While past games in the series focus on Gr… Read More
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119 d ago CNET NewsAvengers: Infinity War reactions are in and it's 'jaw-dropping' and 'epic' - CNET
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Marvel's latest blockbuster isn't even in cinemas yet, but the early reactions are in (and people are blown away).
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119 d ago The Rolling Stone :: Everything You Need to Know for 'Avengers: Infinity War'
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It's being billed as "the biggest crossover event of all time" – and even if that phrase ends up being little more than the inspiration behind some genius memes , it's safe to assume that Avengers: Infinity War is going to be big. Like, massive. Having embedded clues
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Everything You Need to Know for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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118 d ago GameSpot :: Avengers Infinity War Reviews: Read Critics' First Reactions
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The first reactions to Avengers: Infinity War are in! The much-anticipated Marvel movie hits theaters later this week, and although full reviews won't appear until later today, April 24, critics have had plenty of say about the film on Twitter.
Unsurprisingly, the consensus opinion is overwhelmingly positive. While most critics have thankfully avoided giving very much away about the movie's plot, there is plenty of praise for the its ambition and scope. Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta ‏ singled out the fact that the movie's is full of surprises and compared it to another much-loved sequel:
#InfinityWar is everything you want, nothing you expect. It’s funny, surprising, dark, filled with delightful interplay between characters never seen on screen before. I know many filmmakers say they are trying to make a sequel in the vein of Empire Strikes Back, this succeeds.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 24, 2018
Want to clarify: I’m not saying this movie is Empire Strikes Back great, it was a comparison of sequel direction/tone/execution.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 24, 2018
Screenrant's Molly Freeman also praised the movie's successful mix of action, drama, and humor. "There's a lot of really fun character interactions, some cool action moments (Thor's powers, Iron Man's suit), and a few powerful emotional beats," she said. Similarly, Playboy's Daniel Barna said the movie contained "genuinely funny jokes that felt effortless, real emotional stakes, payoffs from a decade of world building and character development, crisp, inventive action sequences, and an ending that left my jaw on the floor."
AVENGERS #infinitywar felt like Marvel just dunking all over DC: Genuinely funny jokes that felt effortless, real emotional stakes & payoffs from a decade of world building and character development, crisp, inventive action sequences and an ending that left my jaw on the floor.
— Daniel Barna (@RealDanBarna) April 24, 2018
I saw #AvengersInfinityWar earlier tonight and I can say that it delivers. There's a lot of really fun character interactions, some cool action moments (Thor's powers, Iron Man's suit), and a few powerful emotional beats. Most of the humor is

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113 d ago BBC :: Avengers: Infinity War smashes global opening weekend box office record
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The superhero sequel earns an estimated $630m - the highest ever opening weekend tally.
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115 d ago GameSpotGod of War PS4 Guide: Valkyrie Boss Locations, Armor, And Tips
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Throughout God of War's many realms lie hidden chambers sequestering powerful Valkyries. These cursed warriors offer some of the toughest fights in the entire game and grant you access to impressive-looking armor. You won't be able to fight them until you acquire the tip of a certain giant's chisel, but once you have that key item it's time to start thinking seriously about hunting Valkyries down.
Below, we will show you the exact location of each Valkyrie fight, and provide general tips on how to take them down and protect yourself from their attacks. For more on God of War, check out GameSpot's God of War review . For more guides, check out our progression system explainer and our feature detailing 11 tips you should know before starting.
Every Valkyrie Location
With four fights to discover, Midgard contains more Valkyries than any other realm in the game, but you can also find them in Alfheim, Helheim, Muspelheim, and Niflheim. The eight images below display their exact locations in each realm.
While you shouldn't have too much of an issue coming across these locations throughout the course of following the story, Muspelheim in particular is a bit deceiving at first. To get to the Valkyrie, you actually need to complete every trial and work your way to the top of the mountain, which wraps around--hence why it looks like it's near the entrance, even though it isn't.
General Tips
God of War doesn't present a clear order in which to fight the Valkyries, and not all Valkyries are created equal. That said there are a few key strategies you can take into battle that should help you regardless of the Valkyrie in question.
Whether or not you ultimately need it, be sure to take a resurrection stone into battle. Valkyries are punishing and in some cases are able to wipe you out with little warning. Having a stone in hand ensures that you get a second chance, and you'll be glad you thought ahead if you ever get knocked just before finishing off their last bit of health.
You should also prepare yourself for a bit of trial and error. Valkyries are highly mobile and capable of attacking in many different ways from near or far. It can take a few fights before you begin to recognize their attack patterns and learn how to avoid taking damage. Always go in knowing that you're better off being patient and waiting for an obvious moment of opportunity, versus risking progress on a moment of over-confidence.
The best tip you should always keep in mind: Whenever you see a Valkyrie leap into the air and telegraph an unblockable attack with a red ring of light, have Atreus fire an arrow to knock them to the ground. In most cases the attack they would otherwise activate is an arena-wide flash of energy that's impossible to dodge.
It's also smart to closely manage your runic attack cooldowns, and consider using the Talisman of Unbound Potential, which you can use to refill your meters in an instant. Simple combos will do damage to Valkyries but there's nothing quite like a powerful, magic-infused axe blow when you get the chance. Avoid spamming attacks and make the most of the opportunities that arise.
What's My Prize?
Some say victory is a reward unto itself, but this is a video game we're talking about. For every Valkyrie you defeat, you are guaranteed to get Epic-grade items in return, including plenty of enchantments and armor. Armor in particular is very desirable as each piece usually comes with powerful perks that may prove especially useful while trekking through Niflheim or Muspelheim.
What's Next?
After you defeat all eight Valkyries, well, you get to fight one more. Each Valkyrie you kill leaves a head behind that you can return to the council of Valkyries. The location of the council is pinpointed on your map--just to the left of the oarsmen--after you kill your first Valkyrie.
Returning the eight heads creates a tear that can be used to initiate a fight with the Queen of the Valkyries. She has far more health than any of the others, and even has a few new attacks to catch you off guard. The best advice for beating her is to just be patient. Don't rush, and do your best to survive. It's a long fight. Good luck.

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116 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War PS4 Gets Another Update
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Sony Santa Monica has continued a busy God of War launch week of updates with yet another patch, bringing it up to version 1.15. The patch notes promise only "various bug fixes and improvements," though that's also been the claim for each of the other four post-launch patches.
Previously, one of these updates added a text size slider in the accessibility menu, which went unmentioned in the patch notes. Fans will likely have to do some sleuthing to figure out if version 1.15 does anything more significant than the odd bug squashing. The frequency of updates is showing a commitment to quality from Sony, though, as this is the fourth patch issued in less than week since launch.
That same commitment led to rave reviews , including from our own God of War review . Peter Brown praised its surprising storytelling prowess combined with hard-hitting, satisfying combat. It also enjoys a spot as the current highest-rated PS4 exclusive on our sister site Metacritic.
Make sure to read up on our tips for beginners to get off on the right foot or refresh yourself about the history of the series , and check out our chat with game director Cory Barlog for insights on combat, storytelling, and more.

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114 d ago GameSpotGod Of War: Immersive HUD Mode Is The Best Way To Play
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God of War is a phenomenal game that everyone should play, no question. And if you're in this article, it's probably safe to say that you're interested in playing it, if you haven't already started. But if you want to really get the most out of its stunning world and its fantastic and definitely not boring combat, then you should really consider playing in Immersive mode.
You'll find an option in the game's setting menu that lets you toggle the game's HUD between Normal and Immersive mode, which removes most of the game's pop-ups, meters, compass, and icons. God of War's HUD is already quite minimal, which is great, but after finishing and playing the latter half of the game in Immersive mode, let me tell you: this is the way to experience God of War.
The idea of no HUD is always a little daunting, for sure. But don't be scared! I wrote this article to assure you that it's totally viable, explain how you can parse information you need, and tell you why the things you're missing out on aren't a big deal.
First of all, why do it, and what are the benefits of not getting every single little detail of information? On a superficial level, God of War is a very, very good looking game. Immersive mode makes sure the entirety of your screen can be used to appreciate the beauty of the environments, character models, and get the full impact of the game's truly impressive camera work with that one, long, 40-hour steadycam shot.
On a more substantial level, being able to pay full attention to the environment without any distractions will help you with your exploration. You'll pay more attention to the details in the environment and you'll almost be guaranteed to never miss a collectible. You'll more easily notice the shine of purposely obscured items, and distinctly hear the tinkling of Odin's ravens. No alternate paths will go unnoticed, and no stray pot or wooden item will go un-smashed, because you're looking so keenly at the world, instead of the icon on a compass.
But most importantly, the Immersive mode will make you better at combat. In action games, it's a common, and completely logical, tendency to always keep one eye on either your health meter, your enemy's health meter, enemy location indicators, your skill cooldowns, whatever. But that's one eye that's not actually watching the fight.
Immersive mode lets you focus completely on using all of your skill to be the best fighter you can be. Hit every parry, dodge every attack, take advantage of every opening. If you're like me, and you know you have a full bar of health, you'll sometimes get a little sloppier because you know Kratos can take a few hits. But why not perform at your absolute best all the damn time? You need to set a good example for Atreus, after all. Is that enemy you're taking on a purple enemy who's supposed to be overpowered for you? Who knows, who cares? If you can beat it, then what does it matter? Free yourself from self-doubt!
Now, I do recommend that on your first playthrough you should definitely spend the early hours with the default HUD just so you can get a basic feel of how combat operates, especially how the stun mechanic works. But by the time you get to the Lake of Nine and the game opens up, you should be good to go Immersive.
However, if you're STILL a little scared to go on a grand adventure without all of this info, there's one thing I've been keeping from you: God of War also has a Custom HUD option which lets you toggle certain elements of the HUD on or off. But best of all, it allows you to assign some HUD options to the PS4's touchpad, meaning you can turn everything off, but take a brief look anything you want to with a gentle tap of the touchpad. So if you're finding Immersive mode hard to get used to at the beginning, give the touchpad stuff a try. Bet you forgot that function was even there!
Okay, so how do you actually manage all the information you need for combat without seeing bars or indicators? Well, God of War has a bunch of in-world cues that make Immersive mode accessible and tell you literally everything you need to know. They're all pretty obvious, but let's run through them for peace of mind.
Watch for enemy attack rings! If an enemy is attacking you, and there's an expanding golden ring coming from them, it means you can and should parry this attack by blocking at the last minute. If there's an expanding red ring, it means it's an unblockable attack, and you should dodge the hell out of there or get Atreus to interrupt it. The game teaches you both of these things.
If you've been wailing on an enemy with light attacks or your bare fists, and see the pulsing red circle around them, it means you can execute your takedown move. Not being able to see how much stun you’re dealing to an enemy might seem like a disadvantage, especially against Revenants, who have a rapid stun recovery. But just keep in mind that if you’re looking to stun someone, you need to maintain focus on them and keep the pressure up regardless, otherwise you'll never get there.
If the screen has a glowing red vignette, it means you're low on health. That's a pretty standard thing. But Atreus will also tell you as much just in case it wasn't obvious enough. If Kratos is blue and icy, it means you've been affected by frost, and your attack speed will be slowed. Poison and shock effects are also pretty obvious--you'll see the distinct colors on Kratos. You don't need to see a little icon to know you're poisoned!
You also don't need the enemy indicator ring to know when you're being blindsided, just listen carefully to Atreus, because he'll tell you when you're being attacked, and from where. When he says “Watch out behind you!”, or “Fire from your right!” it's a good idea to act on that advice immediately.
You see what I mean? All of that knowledge is pretty straightforward and pre-existing. They’re all things you’ll be accustomed to by the time you internalize the combat system. I’m sure you have a bunch of questions and concerns, such as: How do you know when you need to heal? Well naturally, it’s a good idea to save green gems for until you really need them, and you know that when Atreus is yelling at you and your screen is turning red, you need to find some health gems to stomp on, pronto.
Now, remember when I talked about Immersive mode giving you way more awareness in combat? You’ll likely be avoiding more hits overall, which means you’ll likely have more spare health gems lying around, and as you play more you should organically get an idea of roughly how many blows you can take before hitting the red zone. Health then becomes more of a gut feeling thing. For example, if I enter a fight and am aware I’ve taken three or four hits from some Draugr, I can be pretty sure that grabbing one of those green gems will bring me back up to max health. Once the fight is over, you’ll naturally want to clean up all the pickups on the battlefield, which should put you in perfect shape for the next battle. You can check your health with the touchpad just to be sure.
Things a little clearer for cooldowns on your runic weapon and talisman skills, as well as Atreus' abilities. When an ability comes off cooldown and is ready to use, there'll be a handy chime from either the left or right of the screen, where the meters would normally be. Atreus will say "I'm set! Or "Tell me when!" when his arrows are ready after using them all up. That said, it's good to keep in mind roughly how long the cooldown on your chosen abilities are (anywhere from 30-90 seconds) and keep rough track when you use it. Personally, I found myself having a lot more fun with them in Immersive because I would see myself identifying the perfect situation to use a skill before activating it (rather than noticing that it was available to use, thinking “I should use that”, and then kinda wasting it and missing out on a better opportunity moments later).
The tricky one, depending on your play style, is knowing when Spartan Rage is ready to go. I typically only used Spartan Rage during boss fights or particularly large mobs, so I rarely found myself in a bad situation with it. But if you like to use it as soon as you can, as much as you can, you might want to use the custom Touchpad HUD to periodically check on the meters.
Finally your compass. God of War’s open areas are not so convoluted that you’re going to need to constantly follow an objective marker to get where you need to go. Glancing at your world map in the main menu, making a note of your orientation and where your next main or side objective might be, and set off in that general direction, allowing the natural pathways and your perception of major landmarks to guide you usually enough to get you where you need to be.
Okay, so how about all that sweet loot you’re going to find along your journey? In Immersive mode, most of the white highlights you pick up off the ground, and the stuff you find in chests, coffins, and on the water won’t activate a popup. But seriously, don't sweat. It’s probably either just some hacksilver, a small XP boost, or crafting materials. None of these are things you need to worry about immediately!
And let’s face it--every time you come upon a weapon stall, you’re going to check in and see if you can craft or upgrade any new gear anyway. If you have the prerequisite hacksilver and crafting materials, great! And if you don’t, well, see you next time! With Immersive mode, you’ll likely be a lot more aware of hidden paths and pickups along the way, so it’s not like you’re going to miss a whole mess of stuff that's going to stop you from upgrading something, because you wouldn't have been able to anyway.
Now, if you find significant items like new Runic Attacks, uncommon, legendary, or epic gear, legendary materials, Iounn Apples, or Mead Horns, a big pop-up will come up regardless, because that’s stuff that you might find useful immediately. Lore popups and new bestiary entries are pretty straightforward--You can safely assume that once you stumble upon a lore stone for Atreus to decipher, or encounter an enemy you haven’t seen before, there’ll be a fresh passage of text waiting for you to read in the main menu.
Unfortunately for those of you who are super into lore, Both the loot and lore popups are things that can't be toggled individually in the custom HUD screen, and can't be assigned to the touchpad menu. You're either all in or all out. So this might have to be a personal decision based on how badly you want to read the lore immediately, and seeing a popup saying you picked up 5 hacksilver every time you smash a pot.
So that’s a lot of words and time spent to assure you that, yes, playing God of War in Immersive mode can be a completely practical and good option. Again, it's something that I implore you to do because it’ll give you a greater appreciation of just how well designed its environments are for exploring, how deep and exciting combat can be, and just how stunning every facet of this game is. I wish I had done it earlier. Turn on Immersive mode in God of War. It’s the best way to play.

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119 d ago TechRadar :: Get God of War free with this white PS4 Pro bundle deal
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This isn't usually a great time of year to pick up a cheap PS4 Pro deal , but we've found an excellent bundle today that includes the new God of War game at no extra charge.
So while other stores are still charging £349.99 for the PS4 Pro alone, these offers from Argos and Currys come with an excellent game that costs at least £45 when bought on its own.
We don't see that price coming down for Kratos' new adventure either as the review scores have been overwhelmingly positive. Many are even calling it a potential 'game of the generation.' So yeah, don't expect to see it in any sales anytime soon. With level design, story and combat all getting a huge makeover, the series has evolved considerably since everyone's favourite irritable Spartan rampaged through ancient Greece.
This really is the game to get with your new PS4 Pro too as it's one of the best-looking games we've seen on the console, especially on a 4K HDR TV where the level of detail is simply stunning. If you're looking for a new 4K TV, you may want to take a quick look at our cheap TV deals page too.
This really is the PS4 Pro deal of the moment, especially given the white PS4 Pro doesn't get discounted as much as the standard black version. And just in-case you were wondering, you're getting a physical copy of the game here instead of a download code.
You'll find the links below to both Argos and Currys. So take your pick and opt for home delivery or in-store pickup. Don't forget to use any Christmas gift vouchers you might have left over too!
PS4 Pro and God of War - £349.99 at Argos PS4 Pro and God of War - £349.99 at Currys
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117 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War PS4's Most Vicious Executions
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Check out Kratos' most brutal executions and gory finishes in the new God of War.
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117 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War PS4 Armor: Best Epic, Legendary, And Rare Sets
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The latest God of War takes a different approach from past entries in the series. This time around, the game introduces RPG mechanics, allowing you equip a variety of gear that enhance a set of stats and even offer special perks. Much like the recent Monster Hunter World, your progression is tied not to experience points, but the new armor and weapons you're able to acquire and craft.
The armor you collect comes in a variety of different styles, shapes, types, and sizes. While each armor set you has its own specific bonuses that suit different playstyles, they also offer different looks for Kratos. To give you an idea of what kind of armor sets you'll be able to use once you've progressed far enough in the game, we've compiled across the three armor piece categories some of the best looking and most powerful sets. Click from the images below to see each piece and its respective stats.
It's worth noting that many of these armor sets can be purchased at the blacksmith shop. Each set becomes available as you progress through the game, often unlocking in the shop after a key moment in the story. Some sets can also be acquired by exploring and opening up chests, while others can be unlocked by completing specific favor sidequests. For example, both Brok's and Syndri's special armor sets are unlocked after completing the "Hail to the King" sidequest.
What armor sets do you like the best? Let us know in the comments below. For more guides, check out our progression guide and our feature detailing 11 tips you should know before starting . And be sure to read our God of War review .
Chest Armor
Below you can click through the chest pieces of some of the best armor sets. For your reference, the pieces come in the following categories: Rare (blue), Legendary (purple), and Epic (gold).
Wrist Armor
Below you can click through the wrist pieces of the game's best armor sets. For your reference, the pieces come in the following categories: Rare (blue), Legendary (purple), and Epic (gold).
Waist Armor
Below you can click through the waist pieces of the game's best armor sets. For your reference, the pieces come in the following categories: Rare (blue), Legendary (purple), and Epic (gold).

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107 d ago GameSpot :: We’re Giving Away A Limited Edition God Of War PS4 Pro For Free (US Only)
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We're giving away a God of War Limited Edition 1TB PS4 Pro, grey DualShock 4 Controller, and copy of the game!
This special bundle features a fully customized Leviathan Grey 1TB PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos’ Axe, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller with insignia, and a copy of God of War Day One Edition.
Entry is open to United States residents only, since the prize is shipping from the US. Competition ends Monday, May 7 at 11:00 AM PDT. One (1) winner will be chosen.
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120 d ago Business Insider :: How to find the secret ending to the huge new 'God of War' game on PlayStation 4
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The new "God of War" game has a secret ending. It's easy to miss, but it's not hard to find after you finish the game's main storyline. Here are spoiler-free instructions for how to see the ending.

The new "God of War" game is so much fun to play, you may have missed its secret ending.
The PlayStation 4-exclusive is a triumph of storytelling and design, offering dozens of hours of gameplay within its gorgeous version of the mythological Norse realm of Midgard. After the game's story comes to an end, you may think that's all there is. And it's understandable — it's a satisfying conclusion. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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123 d ago GameSpotPS4 Deal Alert: Get God Of War For $54 In The US
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If you're an Amazon Prime or Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked Member, you already get 20% off pre-ordered games. But if you haven't subscribe to one of those paid programs, you're usually stuck paying full price for games at launch. We have some good news for those folks. Any PS4 owner looking for a discount on God of War can save a few bucks by pre-ordering it at Green Man Gaming. The standard edition is on sale for $54 , and the digital deluxe edition costs $63 .
In either case, that's a 10% savings. Both versions are digital copies, so you'll get a code you can redeem on the PlayStation Store. Though God of War pre-loading is live now , Green Man Gaming doesn't guarantee you'll get the code early enough to pre-load. That said, the retailer promises "we are in constant talks with the publisher to ensure keys are released as early as possible."
Ten percent isn't a huge discount, but every little bit helps when you want to save some cash. If you are an Amazon Prime or Gamers Club Unlocked member, you can still pre-order the physical version of the game for $48. For more information, see our God of War pre-order guide .
In case you're wondering whether the game is worth pre-ordering at this point, you'll probably want to check out our God of War review , in which we said, "In many ways God of War is what the series has always been. It's a spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become."
And if you need more convincing, check out our God of War review roundup to see what other reviewers have said about the game. (Spoilers: it's gotten lots of perfect scores).
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115 d ago GameSpot :: We’re Giving Away A Limited Edition God Of War PS4 Pro For Free (UK Only)
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We're giving away a God of War Limited Edition 1TB PS4 Pro, grey DualShock 4 Controller, and copy of the game!
This special bundle features a fully customized Leviathan Grey 1TB PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos’ Axe, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller with insignia, and a copy of God of War Day One Edition.
Entry is open to United Kingdom residents only, since the prize is shipping from the UK. Competition ends Monday, April 30 at 7:00 PM BST. One (1) winner will be chosen.
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119 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War PS4 Guide: 11 Useful Tips To Know Before Playing
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Becoming a God
God of War on PS4 is a quite a different game from past entries in the series. It completely revamps combat, progression, and exploration with a bevy of new features and mechanics. As a result, when you first start the game's campaign, some of these new elements may seem disorienting and unfamiliar.
It might surprise you to know that the game actually lets you spend time exploring a relatively open area packed with optional activities. There's even a multi-branch skill tree containing an array of different attacks you can unlock with XP. Speaking of XP, God of War embraces RPG-like progression, allowing you the option to craft and upgrade armor. With so many new systems at work, we've gathered 11 tips to better help you play the game.
Have any useful tips that you don't see listed here? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to read out God of War review . And for more guides, check out our progression explainer. You can also check out our gallery showcasing the game's coolest Legendary armor sets.

Take Time To Explore Optional Areas
As stated, this latest God of War is far more open in structure. It starts out linear, but once you reach the Lake of Nine, the game allows you to explore optional areas and search for more resources. While you're free to continue the story at any time, try to take time to explore, as doing so will net you extra Hacksilver, crafting resources, and equipment.
You can even find sidequests that yield their own unique stories and in-game rewards. All the while, the optional battles you engage in along the way will earn you more XP, giving you access to more abilities on the skill tree. God of War's main story may be fantastic, but don't ignore its side content. Hidden along the sidelines of every realm is a treasure trove of items and secrets well worth discovering.

Go Explore, But Explore Thoroughly
When you're out exploring, make sure to investigate every nook and cranny of the environment. There's always a ton of treasure chests around that are chock-full of items and resources. In addition, if you ever find any Runic Chests, take the time to open them up, as they usually contain valuable performance enhancing items, like Idunn Apples and Horns of Blood Mead, which increase your maximum health and Spartan Rage meters. You'll rarely ever have to worry about runic chests or hidden treasure being ability locked, so be sure to search the environment closely for the solution.

Don't Forget About Quick Turn
Due to God of War's over the shoulder camera, you'll often need to back off when surrounded by a group of enemies in combat. While you can roll out of most sticky situations, there are times when you'll be fighting in areas that don't afford a lot of wiggle room. Thankfully, there's a quick turn ability, which is performed by pressing down on the directional pad. It's a quick maneuver that might be a tad disorienting, but it can be a lifesaver when an enemy is about to hit you from the rear. Just try not to mash it, as you'll likely quick-turn twice on accident, putting you back right where you started and completely open to a direct attack.
If the default quick turn button isn't to your liking, it's possible to switch to other configurations. Simply access the options menu and choose the configuration that best suits you in the gameplay section under settings.

Use And Customize Your Runic Abilities
While you might be inclined to utilize the default attacks and combos available to you to dispatch foes, don't forget to use your Runic Attacks. These powerful special moves can be equipped to your weapons and are triggered by holding L1 and pressing R1 or R2. There are two types of Runic Attacks: Light and Heavy. The game features a variety of different Runic Attacks to equip, each sporting their own unique effects, attributes, and cooldowns. You can even upgrade them with XP to enhance their power.
They're effective all their own, but a well-placed Runic Attack can make a powerful combo even more devastating and quickly turn the tide of any tough encounter, giving you an upper hand when your chances of survival seem low. You accumulate a wealth of Runic Attacks throughout your journey. Diversify your runic attack roster and experiment with them to see which ones best suit your playstyle.

Choose Your Skills Wisely
During the first five to six hours of your adventure, you don't earn a lot of XP. With so little to go around, you'll have to prioritize which combat skills you want to unlock. Combat skills, like Grinding Storm and Guardian Sweep, are great choices if you often find yourself feeling overwhelmed by enemy groups. On the other hand, if you'd rather focus on high damage output over time, then prioritize unlocking skills under the Rage Combat tab.
There's not a lot of wiggle room early on, so it's important to start thinking about which skills best suit your playstyle. But don't fret, you're not forced to unlock certain skills over others the whole way through; you'll eventually nab enough XP to unlock every ability on the skill tree. Until then, choose your skills wisely.

Get Creative With Combat
As you'll see from the Skill tree, there's an abundance of maneuvers you can utilize in combat--almost too much at first. But don't let that overwhelm you; these attacks can be used in a wide range of situations and strung together into a variety of powerful combos.
To be more effective in a fight, it helps to study what's available to you. After acquiring a new skill, take time to understand its properties, like how long it takes to perform, how it affects enemies upon hitting them, and if it can be combined with other attacks in your repertoire. And once you've gained an understanding of how an attack works, consider which Runic Attacks would best compliment the combos you're looking to create.
God of War leaves you a ton of room to be creative, so don't feel like you need to fight enemies a single way. If you like being flashy in a fight, be flashy. If you prefer being more calculated with your attacks, you're welcome to do that too. There's rarely a wrong approach. As long as you understand the basics of guarding and dodging, you're free to be as inventive as you like.

Make Atreus a Main Part Of Your Combat Repertoire
Atreus may not seem the most formidable ally at first: his arrows don't do much damage and he doesn't do much to assist you. However, as you progress, Atreus begins to pick up on new melee techniques and weapons, which make him invaluable in combat. For instance, he eventually starts jumping on enemies to choke them, providing you a window to punish them with a deadly combo. While maneuvers like this are helpful, the most effective weapon in Atreus' arsenal are his Light and Shock arrows, which inflict powerful status ailments. We recommend using Shock Arrows during most combat situations, as they can immobilize enemies for a brief duration.
If you find yourself low on health and cornered by a group of tough enemies, Atreus can also be incredibly useful in drawing aggro away from you, giving you ample time to recalculate your attack strategy or search for nearby health items. He can even interrupt enemies out of powerful attack animations, sparing you from having to dodge or block them. And if that wasn't enough, he eventually gets access to Runic Summons, which are incredibly useful for crowd control.

Pick a Playstyle And Stick With It
God of War allows you a surprising amount of flexibility to customize and tailor Kratos's stats to your playstyle. With an array of armor and enchantments available, you can shape Kratos to fit into a variety of different class archetypes. For example, it's possible to stat into the traditional tank class route by min-maxing strength and defense; you can even become a battle mage by enhancing Runic attack strength and cooldown timers. Take time to think about what statistics you value the most in combat, and stick with it, as the sooner you can funnel your crafting resources into a specific playstyle, the better.

Make Sure Re-equip Your Enchantments
In your journey, you'll eventually purchase or discover a new armor set to replace your old one. It can be easy getting caught up in the excitement of equipping a new set--so much so that you might forget to re-equip all of the Enchantments from your old armor onto your new one. Unless you're a fan of playing at a disadvantage, don't make this mistake.

Grab Yggdrasil Dew
As you explore realms on your boat, you'll notice half-arched trees scattered throughout the environment that yield a glowing item known as Yggdrasil Dew. This special collectable grants an instant bonus to one of Kratos' stats, like strength, defense, or vitality. If you see these distinct looking trees anywhere in your travels, make it a priority to collect the Yggdrasil Dew attached to them. They're well worth your time.

Complete Muspelheim And Niflheim Challenges To Nab Legendary Gear
Later on, you'll discover the realms known as Muspelheim And Niflheim, which are completely optional. Without spoiling what you do in each realm, we highly encourage you to visit them and complete the challenges within. Completing them can net you special crafting resources used to make some of the best armor in the game.


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123 d ago Mashable :: 'God of War' has an incredible story. Here are some tips to help you fully enjoy it.
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God of War sure has grown up.
The days of gratuitous sex and violence are over. Kratos is older and wiser, and he's got a second shot at being a family man. When you add all of that together and see how the full story plays out, it's clear: God of War has something to say.
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It's also an enjoyable action-adventure with lots of big set piece moments and stunning visuals. So much so that it's easy to get swept up in the game's more visceral pleasures.
This is a story you don't want to miss, however. So, having played through the entire game now to nearly 100 percent completion, I've put together a short list of things you should do that help to keep you plugged in. Read more...
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123 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War Now Available For Pre-Loading On PS4
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God of War is now available for pre-loading on PlayStation 4, for those who purchased digital copies. That gives you several hours to load it up before the game unlocks at midnight ET tonight. In addition, Sony Santa Monica has issued a day-one patch. The patch weighs in at 6.1 GB and updates the game to version 1.1. We'll share the patch notes as they become available.
If you haven't yet pre-ordered at all, you may want to check out our release date and pre-order bonus guide . Various goodies come from different retailers, and the Digital Deluxe version is available exclusively from the PlayStation Store. It comes with a digital art book, digital comic issue, a PS4 dynamic theme, and a few pieces of equipment.
God of War has received a round of rave reviews , including our own GameSpot review , in which Peter Brown praised it for continuing to deliver hard-hitting combat while finding new avenues for storytelling. All of that has made it the current highest-rated PS4 exclusive on our sister site Metacritic.
Before you dive in to the adventure, though, read up on our tips for beginners to get off on the right foot. Or if you just can't wait, you can check out the first hour of God of War .

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123 d ago GameSpotAvengers: Infinity War: Every Character We Know About So Far
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Avengers Assemble.
As its May release date marches ever closer, the list of confirmed characters in Avengers: Infinity War just keeps getting longer. It may seem like a superheroic Where's Waldo, but the reality is we've spent years getting hints, teasers, and clues about which characters will appear in Infinity War.
These are all the heroes, villains, and otherwise that we know are in Avengers: Infinity War--so far. Avengers: Infinity War is out May 4 this year.

1. Tony Stark
Starting things out with the obvious. Robert Downey Jr has taken center stage in a lot of the hype, and for good reason. It was his starring role as Iron Man that kick started the MCU ten years ago, making this movie a major anniversary for him--and potentially, the end of an era.

2. Steve Rogers
Coming in as a close second to Tony himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has been a key player in the Infinity War build up and excitement--and not just because he's a fan favorite superhero. Cap's new look, which includes a rugged beard and battered uniform, became an instant hit the moment the first round of teaser footage was dropped at D23 in 2017.

3. Natasha Romanova
Steve wasn't the only one to get a makeover leading up to the movie. Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) has been shown in Infinity War's trailers, posters, and promotional comics sporting an all new platinum blonde hair cut--a dramatic departure from the Black Widow's trademark red.

4. Sam Wilson
One of Cap's right-hand men, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) has also been spotted in the trailers and posters, apparently operating out of Wakanda alongside the rest of his fellow post-Civil War superheroic fugitives.

5. Bucky Barnes
The Winter Soldier himself, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) has been given some screen time both on the poster and in the trailer where he's seen locked and loaded alongside the armies of Wakanda, prepared to go into battle. This shouldn't come as a surprise, considering we last left Bucky re-entering cryo-freeze in T'Challa's palace in the aftermath of Civil War--thankfully someone apparently took it upon themselves to thaw him out.

6. Bruce Banner
In addition to showing up in the promotional material across the board, Mark Ruffalo has talked at length about how he and Marvel Studios have come up with a Hulk trilogy-style story arc to span across Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War, and its yet unnamed sequel--so rest assured, Bruce Banner is going to be around in the MCU for a while longer.

7. Thor
Fresh off his own solo film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is about to collide head-long into the MCU's other cosmic property, the Guardians of the Galaxy. We've seen hints at just where Thor's story is going to be taking him in Infinity War in Thor: Ragnarok's post-credits sequences as well as in the trailer where he gets to greet his new-found compatriots with a perplexed "who the hell are you guys?"

8. Loki
In addition to being on Thor's escape ship at the end of Ragnarok, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has also been spotted in the trailers and poster. From the looks of it, he's got his eyes set on the Tesseract, or, as it'll probably soon be known, the Space Stone. Considering Loki spent his time in the first Avengers movie as the wielder of the Mind Stone in the form of his Chitauri scepter, this probably isn't all that surprising.

9. Valkyrie
Thor: Ragnarok newcomer Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is still technically listed as "rumored" on the movie's IMDB page, however, eagle eyed fans spotted Thompson in Edinburgh, Scotland during filming alongside co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo making, Valkyrie's return seem all but assured.

10. Clint Barton
The actual publicity surrounding Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in the movie has been a little bit vague--he didn't even get a cute twitter hashtag emoji for the Super Bowl teaser that aired last week. However, set photos have confirmed that he will be in the movie--but maybe not in the way you're expecting. Instead, Renner was spotted wearing a new costume that bears a striking resemblance to another one of Clint Barton's alter-egos, a ninja-themed superhero identity called Ronin which Clint adopted in the comics in the early 2000s.

11. Laura Barton
Introduced back in Age of Ultron, Laura Barton (Linda Cardellini) was Clint's surprise wife, who he lived with when not out on Avengers duty on a quiet, hidden farm somewhere in New York. Unsurprisingly, she has yet to make any other appearances in MCU films since, not even Civil War, where she was hand waved out of the picture by Clint explaining Cap "did him a favor" by calling him in to help. However, Cardellini was featured in a promotional Vanity Fair photoshoot and later listed on IMDB for the film, meaning we're on our way to a Barton family reunion.

12. Scott Lang
Like Hawkeye, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) was also left out of the twitter hashtag emoji festivities during the Superbowl--and not included in the official poster--but that doesn't mean we won't be seeing a return of Scott Lang before his second feature outing, Ant-Man & The Wasp, which is slated for release later this year. Rudd's been spotted and photographed on set , as well as featured in the Vanity Fair promotional photoshoot.
(Ant-Man's counterpart, The Wasp aka Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly), confirmed during a Q&A on her Instagram that she will only be featured, however briefly, in the untitled 4th Avengers film, currently nearing the end of filming.)

13. James Rhodes?
War Machine (Don Cheadle) can be seen rocketing into battle alongside the armies of Wakanda, hovering just beside the Hulk as Cap and Black Panther lead the charge--So, apparently, whatever invention Tony was working on to help his buddy Rhodey make a recovery after his Captain America: Civil War injuries was a success. Or it's someone else in that armor.

14. Stephen Strange
Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has been upping his cameo game in recent MCU installments as he gears up to take on one of the leading parts in Infinity War. He's heavily featured in the trailers and other promotional material--which definitely makes sense, as his Eye of Agamotto is currently housing the Time Stone.

15. Wong
Dr. Strange's right hand man, Wong (Benedict Wong) has been seen standing--you guessed it--right alongside Strange himself in the main trailer.

16. T'Challa
Fresh off his own solo big screen debut, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is primed and ready to be one of Infinity War's main anchors. Not only is he a major part of the trailer, but the entire nation of Wakanda seems to be one of the story's most prominent settings--fitting for a king to take point when it's his kingdom being threatened.

17. Shuri
Another Black Panther alum, Shuri (Letita Wright) is set to make an appearance representing Wakanda in Infinity War. Based on the prequel comic, Shuri is directly responsible for the anti-brainwashing efforts used on Bucky Barnes (and most likely or his new cybernetic arm) so this one was a bit of a given even before Wright's casting was confirmed on IMDB .

18. Okoye
The leader of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda's all-female elite special forces-slash-secret service unit, Okoye (Danai Gurira) can be seen charging into battle alongside T'Challa himself in the full length trailer.

19. M'Baku
M'Baku (Winston Duke) was confirmed on IMDB to be appearing in the movie.

20. Ramonda
The Black Panther hits keep on coming, giving us an even clearer picture of the importance of Wakanda in the next phase of the MCU. The queen mother herself, Ramonda (Angela Bassett), has been listed on IMDB to be reprising her role, not long after she appeared in the promotional Vanity Fair photoshoot.

21. The Chitauri
A throwback to the first Avengers film, the alien race the Chitauri have recently been making their presence known all over again in movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Infinity War prelude comic as heroes struggle to deal with the fallout of their alien tech falling into the wrong hands. But it looks like their weapons may not be the only part of the Chitauri that are going to be popping back up--set photos have confirmed either a time travel scene or some sort of flashback to the battle itself, as made evident by Captain America's classic costume.

22. Thanos
Surprise! After being teased for six years, the Mad Titan himself, Thanos (Josh Brolin), is finally showing up to fulfill his villainous destiny.

23. Black Dwarf
Thanos isn't coming to Earth alone. This year at D23, Marvel revealed maquettes of his Black Order, the posse of generals he travels the galaxy with who are, generally, up to all kinds of no good. The largest of the lot is Black Dwarf, a burly, Hulk-like beast. In the Infinity crossover event over on the comics side of things, Black Dwarf was introduced under special assignment to invade Wakanda on Thanos' order.

24. Ebony Maw
The second Black Order general to be concerned about, Ebony Maw is a lithe, almost featureless alien who carries no noticeable weapons. Instead, Ebony Maw relies on mentally manipulating his victims. During his introduction in Infinity, Ebony Maw specifically targeted Dr. Strange.

25. Corvus Glaive
The Black Order's de facto leader under Thanos, Corvus Glaive is immortal so long as he bears his special glaive staff. During Infinity, Corvus was originally assigned a full assault against the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, something which the MCU does not have a direct equivalent of, so where he might end up in his live action incarnation is still anybody's guess.

26. Proxima Midnight
The final member of the Black Order reveal at D23, Proxima Midnight is Corvus Glaive's wife. During Infinity, she was sent to hunt down the Infinity Gem housed in Atlantis--making her mission in Infinity War, much like her husband's, a little harder to guess.

27. Peter Quill
We've already seen Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his team in Infinity War's trailers and poster, but even if we hadn't, the final collision of the Guardians with Marvel's earth-based heroes is one of the most anticipated elements of Infinity War for fans, so, yeah, of course Star-Lord is going to be around.

28. Nebula
Of course, Peter isn't the only Guardians staple poised to show up. Nebula (Karen Gillen) has already been featured prominently on the Infinity War poster and shown mid-battle during the 30 second Super Bowl spot, which, considering she is one of Thanos's daughters, is hardly out of left field.

29. Gamora
Nebula, of course, isn't the only daughter of Thanos we've got in the MCU. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has been spotted in both the Infinity War trailer and poster.

30. Groot
Fan favorite Groot (Vin Disel) has grown up a lot since Guardians 2 when we last saw him. No longer a baby, teen Groot has been spotted (texting, no less) in the cockpit of a spaceship in the Super Bowl teaser.

31. Rocket Racoon
Where there's Groot, there's Rocket. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) has predictably been spotted piloting the ship with Groot and Thor in the 30 second teaser and taking up a generous corner of the official poster.

32. Drax
Unsurprisingly, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) has also been confirmed right along with his fellow Guardians. You can catch him on the poster, and hanging with his team on the Milano as Thor meets them for the first time.

33. Mantis
The last Guardian to be checked off the list, recent addition Mantis (Pom Klementieff) can also be clocked on both the official poster and standing with the crew as Thor makes his entrance.

34. Wanda Maximoff
Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) has already been prominently featured in the first trailer at the center of one of the movie's immerging romances. Unlike several of her Avengers colleagues, Wanda has not been given a dramatic makeover and instead can be seen sharing a tender moment with Vision in what looks like an apartment.

35. Vision
If Cap's beard and Natasha's blonde hair were major change ups, Vision's (Paul Bettany) Infinity War appearance is a complete reinvention. Now disguised to look almost completely human (save for the glowing Infinity Stone in his forehead), Vision and Wanda have apparently stolen themselves away to make a go of a normal life and a relationship--one that, if scenes from the trailer are any indication, might be pretty short lived.

36. Peter Parker
One of the very first confirmed cast members, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is getting a couple of upgrades for Infinity War. First, spotted in action in the trailer, is a brand new suit, based on the comics' "Iron Spider" design. The second is a change up to just how the infamous Spider Senses work, visually. In the trailer, while Peter is riding the bus in his civilian life, we see the hair on his arms literally spring up, just in time for him to look over his shoulder and spot an invading alien craft over New York.
Strangely, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) confirmed via interview that she will not be in the movie or its sequel, so it looks like Peter is on his own as far as family is concerned for this one.

37. Ned Leeds
Peter's best friend and semi-unwilling confidant Ned (Jacob Batalon) confirmed via interview that he'll be reprising his role for Infinity War--but whether or not we'll get to see Ned be the "man in the chair" for the whole team of Avengers rather than just Peter is still definitely up in the air.
The rest of Peter's high school friends, including MJ (Zendaya), Liz (Laura Harrier), and Flash (Tony Revolori), have yet to be officially confirmed--but if Ned's around, it's safe to hope they'll be cropping up, if only for a split second.

38. The Collector
Taneleer Tivan (Benicio del Toro) aka The Collector, who was featured in Guardians of the Galaxy in all his eccentric, over the top glory, has been confirmed via IMDB for Infinity War. He's the current holder of red Reality Stone (introduced in Thor: The Dark World as "Aether") so it's probably safe to assume his appearance is going to come when Thanos knocks on the door of his intergalactic museum.

39. Pepper Potts
Tony's assistant and fiance, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), only recently made her return to the MCU during Spider-Man: Homecoming, where Tony popped the question in the movie's final moments. She's been confirmed via Paltrow herself, who dropped some major hints during an interview with Stephen Colbert about the role Pepper's going to play going forward. Those powers she got all the way back in Iron Man 3? They might even be coming back.

40. Happy Hogan
The other key part of Tony Stark's civilian entourage, driver and Spider-Man wrangler Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) will be returning to Infinity War after his featured part in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Favearu teasingly confirmed his role in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel last year.

41. Nick Fury
Despite some initial confusion as to whether Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would be returning to the MCU at all post-Age of Ultron, he was recently spotted on set filming alongside fellow S.H.I.E.L.D agent Maria Hill. There's still the potential that Fury will only be featured in Infinity War's unnamed follow-up, but given Fury's integral role in the formation of the Avengers in the MCU, it's unlikely his presence will go completely ignored in both movies.

42. Maria Hill
In addition to being spotted filming with Nick Fury, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) confirmed her own involvement in the project all the way back in 2016 with an interview Jimmy Kimmel .

43. Jack Rollins
In maybe one of the most out-of-left-field Infinity War confirmations, Jack Rollins (Callan Mulvey) has been credited on IMDB to reprise his role--but don't worry if you don't recognize the name at all. Rollins was an agent featured in Captain America: The Winter Soldier--but he hasn't been seen since. What Rollins might be doing now is really anyone's guess. Maybe some sort of Winter Soldier-era flashback or time travel?

44. Hank Pym
Recently, actor Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) confirmed that he was on set with Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) for a giant shot in Infinity War. This is the first time we've gotten confirmation about Pym's appearance in the movie. It sounds like his appearance is going to be pretty brief.

45. Janet Van Dyne
Sebastian Stan commented about being on set with Michelle Pfeiffer , who was cast as Janet Van Dyne, a character who was thought to be dead--or, at least, lost to the microverse--in Ant-Man. It's difficult to say what Jan's appearance in Infinity War actually means, especially before she officially debuts in Ant-Man and The Wasp later this year, but the fact that she'll be appearing (apparently) next to the Winter Soldier seems to hint that she's not as missing in action as we previously thought.


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123 d ago Business Insider :: The rise of the Russo brothers — from going into credit card debt for their first movie to directing 'Avengers: Infinity War'
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Years ago, Joe and Anthony Russo (known as the Russo brothers), would have seemed like an unlikely duo to direct a "Captain America" movie, let alone the biggest superhero movie in history: "Avengers: Infinity War."
But the duo did just that, and the crown jewel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to theaters on April 27.
The pair started their career on the film festival circuit, and struggled to finance their first independent, low-budget film, called "Pieces." Swimming in debt, they were eventually called by filmmaker and producer Steven Soderbergh, who had seen "Pieces" at the Slamdance Film Festival and wanted to produce their next film.
From there, the brothers would mostly take on TV projects, primarily sitcoms such as "Arrested Development," "Happy Endings," and "Community."
Now, the Russos are ready to deliver the most anticipated superhero film of all time — and certainly one of the most ambitious crossover events ever — which could very well smash box office records.
Needless to say, it's an unusual career.
Here's a closer look at the career of the Russo Brothers:
Joe (left) and Anthony (right) Russo grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Anthony was born in 1970 and Joe in 1971. Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Joe (in front) has collected comic books since he was 10 years old. His favorite character was Spider-Man. Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney
They were graduate students at Case Western Reserve University, a private university in Cleveland, when they started making their first film. Joe was a theatre student while Anthony was in the School of Law — their father was an attorney. Ian Gavan/Getty Images
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Captain America versus Iron Man: We debate who's right in 'Civil War' The top 18 Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes, ranked from worst to best All the Marvel Cinematic Universe details you need to remember before seeing 'Avengers: Infinity War'
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123 d ago CNET News :: Avengers: Infinity War stars look back on 10 years of Marvel - CNET
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The architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe celebrate 10 years since Iron Man started them on the road to Infinity War.
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123 d ago The Wall Street Journal :: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Poised for Massive Opening
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One week before it hits theaters, “Avengers: Infinity War” is poised for a massive box office debut that could unseat 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the biggest opening of all time in the U.S. and Canada.
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125 d ago CNET News :: Avengers: Infinity War directors are masters of the Marvel universe - CNET
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Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are leading the charge in the next Avengers battle. We sat down with them to discuss how the MCU may never be the same.
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132 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War PS4 Review: Here's When You'll See The Scores
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Curious about the new God of War game for PlayStation 4? Reviews for the action game will start to come online this Thursday, April 12, at 12:01 AM PT, we can confirm. That's more than a week ahead of the game's launch on April 20, so you should have a good amount of time to look over reviews to think about if you want to pick the game up.
Sony finished developing the new God of War in March , so the company was able to get the title in the hands of reviewers well ahead of launch. Keep checking back with GameSpot for lots more on the game, including our review and further written and video coverage.
The new God of War is a reboot of sorts for the series. Unlike past games, this one tells a Norse mythology story and is set in Scandinavia. Not only is the setting new, but Kratos is battling trolls and other monsters alongside his son, Atreus.
The game has a father/son dynamic and will show a softer side of Kratos while also keeping with the tradition of brutal savagery and violence . The game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB, and you can expect some heavy killing. Here's a notable line from the rating's description:
"Larger enemies and bosses are dispatched in more intense sequences of violence: Kratos slashing and stabbing a dragon's tongue; a character using an axe to hook and tear off an ogre's jaw. During one sequence, players decapitate (off-screen) an imprisoned character and carry the severed head around; headless corpses also appear in other scenes. The words 'f**k' and 'a*shole' appear in the dialogue."
For more, check out GameSpot's new video where we play the game alongside Stranger Things star David Harbour and game director Cory Barlog.

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131 d ago GameSpot :: God Of War On PS4: How Does Combat Work?
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A lot has changed since Kratos' days in Greece, but monsters still need killing. God of War releases on PS4 in a few days, so we decided to walk you through the fundamentals of the game's new axe-swinging combat.
If you've watched any number of trailers or previews over the past several years , you probably know the new God of War swaps the singular camera angles of its predecessors for a more fluid over-the-shoulder perspective. While it may seem as if this limits your combat opportunities, it actually provides a novel combat system. Similar to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice , God of War translates your point-of-view into an up-close-and-personal school of gameplay.
In the video above, reviews editor Peter Brown and video producer Mike Mahardy guide you through the basics of God of War's combat on PS4. They also show a few unlockable skills for Kratos' axe, shield, and magic attacks, as well as the archery of his son Atreus.
For more on God of War on PS4, read Pete's full review here. For deeper dives into the world, lore, skill trees, and inspirations behind the series reboot, stay tuned to GameSpot as we approach the game's April 20 release .

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131 d ago TechRadar :: God of War review
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It's been many, many years since Kratos exacted bloody vengeance on the Gods of Olympus for tricking him into murdering his own family, and he's changed in quite a dramatic way.
When we catch up with him in 2018's God of War , SIE Santa Monica Studio's simultaneous continuation and reset of the beloved PlayStation series, the Spartan warrior has left Ancient Greece behind and is now living a new life with another family in the Norse realm of gods and monsters.
But it's not just the Norse mythology setting that sets the new God of War apart from previous entries in the series — its action-focused gameplay has been completely deconstructed and reimagined, offering a new over-the-shoulder camera perspective and an axe-based combat system that keeps Kratos mostly grounded.
He's also got a companion along for his latest adventure, with his young son Atreus providing backup with his trusty bow and knife during combat, while also deciphering Norse text and helping out with puzzles. 
Alas, this father-and-son relationship is a complicated one, with Kratos' secrets about his true nature (as well as Atreus' looming godhood) keeping the two at odds with each other for the majority of their adventure. 
And when you really break it down, this iteration of God of War is all about a god learning to be a human and a human learning to be a god.
A new beginning
The new game opens with the Norse funeral of Kratos' late wife, Faye — an event that seems to herald that his brief period of peace is coming to an end. He's now been left to raise Atreus alone.
The problem, as we alluded to earlier, is the father and son are not particularly close — both Kratos and Atreus resent their new living situation, but must journey away from home to carry out Faye's final wish, which is to have her ashes scattered at the highest peak in all the realms. 
While he's still the grumpiest guy around, it's safe to say that Kratos is significantly less full of rage than he was during his time in Ancient Greece — he's no longer prone to killing everything in sight, and when he does raise his voice, it's usually because Atreus has failed to obey his commands.
This father and son duo is bound to draw comparisons to Joel and Ellie from Naughty Dog 's 2013 masterpiece, The Last of Us, with Kratos and Atreus sharing a similar dynamic of the mournful protector and the innocent child who just might melt his icy heart. 
Don't get us wrong, though — this is a very good thing. It's a maturation of character and tone that helps take the series to new emotional levels, making for a deeper, more satisfying overall experience. 
You better axe somebody
As Kratos and son prepare to set off on their journey to the highest point in all the realms, they're paid a visit from an stranger with god-like powers (whose identity is discovered later in the game), who proceeds to give Kratos an unexpected challenge in the fisticuffs department. 
After one of the most brutal and cinematic battles of the entire God of War series, it becomes clear to Kratos that the Norse gods know all about his past as the Ghost of Sparta, and are quite threatened by his god-killing track record. 
This puts the Spartan on the defensive — a position he doesn't usually find himself in. All of Kratos' previous adventures placed him in the role of aggressor, seeking vengeance for the wrongs that had been committed against him, but now his only concerns are carrying out his late wife's dying wish and protecting his son. 
Thankfully, Kratos has inherited Faye's hefty Leviathan Axe, a powerful ice-based weapon that can be used in close-quarters combat and thrown for ranged attacks. You'll spend most of the game wielding it, although you do get to play with an alternative fire-based weapon later on.
Time to throw down
Perhaps inspired by the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, the new combat system's quick and heavy attacks are mapped to the R1 and R2 shoulder buttons, with added functionality granted while holding the aim button (L2). 
This will throw your axe at enemies or interactive puzzle elements throughout the world. At times, that means leaving it wedged in a cog that's keeping a platform raised while you fight with your fists and trusty shield, which is raised by pressing L1 (hitting that at the right time will deflect an enemy's attack, leaving them open for a counter move). Pressing the triangle button will return the Leviathan Axe to you in a Mjölnir to Thor-like fashion. 
Aiming at an enemy and pressing the square button will cause Atreus to shoot arrows for your — an invaluable tactic later in the game when the bow is powered up with numerous magical abilities. 
Like FromSoftware's aforementioned titles, the combat in God of War usually has you locking on to one enemy at a time by pressing in the right stick (R3) and dodging enemy attacks with well-timed rolls by double-tapping the X button.
Thankfully, the combat, though occasionally tough, is much more accessible than it is in the Souls games; this is still a God of War title at heart. As you level up and upgrade your abilities (spending XP will grant you new attacks, just like previous games in the series), weapons and armor (applying rune stones will grant you magical attack abilities and spending hacksilver will buy and upgrade Kratos and Atreus' armor, axe and bow), you become more formidable, able to take on multiple enemies at once. 
An open-ish world
In stark contrast to the mostly-linear nature of previous God of War games, this iteration takes a page out of the Tomb Raider reboot playbook, giving you a much larger environment to move around in without going all the way into sandbox territory. 
In true Metroidvania fashion, certain areas, items and pathways are initially blocked off to Kratos and son, opening up only after you've unlocked the requisite new ability or weapon which allows you to break through previously unbreakable barriers. 
Yes, that does mean there's a fair amount of back-tracking involved throughout the game's roughly 30-hour length, and that playtime will be further extended if you stray from your mission and start taking on the occasional side-quest or decide to track down specific items scattered around the different realms.
Yes, you read that correctly — this new God of War journey will take you through multiple Norse realms, each with a distinct look and feel. One in particular ranks among the most beautiful environments we've ever visited in a video game. 
An encounter with a friendly witch early in the game grants you a 'Witch Compass' — an invaluable item which will always point you in the direction of your current objective, meaning you'll never get lost on this epic adventure. This compass becomes especially useful when travelling around to different areas within each realm via canoe. 
In fact, despite his generally sour attitude, Kratos makes a number helpful friends throughout the game's campaign. That includes a pair of bickering dwarf brothers, a knowledgable talking head (just go with it) and the previously mentioned witch. Though he's always surly, Kratos is always respectful to his allies, which goes to show how much he's calmed down in the years since the conclusion of God of War III. 
Visuals worthy of Odin's approval
With astonishing art direction and incredibly detailed graphics, God of War ranks among the very best looking games on the PlayStation 4 — in fact, we'd go as far as to say that it's the prettiest PS4 game since the visually-astonishing Horizon: Zero Dawn by Guerilla Games. 
Its immense scope is backed up by unrivalled lighting effects and a remarkable level of detail in costumes, faces and environments — all of which are dialled up to new heights when played on a PlayStation 4 Pro console. 
The PS4 Pro version of God of War offers two graphics modes: one which favors resolution, displaying the game at checkerboard 2160p (or 4K), and another which favors performance, lowering the resolution to 1080p but displaying at a framerate that's closer to 60fps (but never actually locking at it).  
The one you choose will obviously come down to your personal preference. Camera movement is much, much smoother in performance mode, though the drop in visual detail is noticeable — especially in game, where the level of detail seen at 4K is so high.
Of course, HDR is also available for those with TVs that support the format, and we can say that it definitely adds to the experience, particularly when it comes to lighting and shadows. 
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver axe
Of course, the best visuals in the world don't mean a lot without a compelling story behind them, and with God of War, creative director Cory Barlog and his team at Sony Santa Monica have definitely achieved their best narrative to date. 
Though Kratos can be incredibly gruff to his son, and Atreus can enter into insufferably annoying brat territory from time to time, their relationship provides the anchor to the whole experience. 
Even when God of War is at its biggest and most spectacular, you never forget the grieving father and son at the center of it all. There's something incredibly emotionally satisfying about witnessing the unspoken love between Kratos and his son grow over the course of the adventure. 
Of course, that's threatened a few times by Atreus' childish behavior, often bringing the pair almost back to square one in terms of their tolerance of one another, but thankfully, the game has a way of always steering things back on course.
Verdict: play it now
The new God of War isn't just the best game in the series to date because of its redesigned combat system, updated camera, epic scope and incredible visuals. Like its characters, it reaches such incredible new heights because of the inclusion of something that none of the previous titles in the series really had much of — heart. 
This version of Kratos finally feels like a fully-developed character — one that's less of a one-dimensional rage monster and more of a deep, thoughtful soul who's still harboring a lot of pain and anguish. 
With Atreus by his side, the game gives you constant hope that Kratos will eventually leave behind the baggage that still haunts him (and we mean that literally — Kratos is visited by ghosts from his past on more than one occasion).
Though it was once hate and anger that fueled Kratos' desire to fight, he now fights out of love, which is a huge departure in tone for the series — and ultimately transforms it into something more powerful, poignant and unforgettable. 
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131 d ago Venture Beat :: God of War review — slower, calmer, better, dadder
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REVIEW: In 2005, God of War was one the coolest things I ever played. The PlayStation 2 action game was fast-paced, brutal, and edgy. But after several sequels and prequels, both its formula and attitude felt stale. I began rolling my eyes whenever Kratos yelled or ripped the head off some mythological beast. The PlayStation 4’s God of War is… Read More
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