When the original God of War came out in 2005, it was arguably the most attractive game on the PlayStation 2. Thirteen years later, Sony Santa Monica is still capable of blowing us away.
This new heartfelt interpretation of God of War on PS4 stands alongside Uncharted 4 and Horizon as the most visually impressive games on both the vanilla model and the PS4 Pro.
After the massive shrug that was 2013's God of War: Ascension, a complete redesign was absolutely necessary. Every aspect of the series has been rethought for this impressive comeback. The new game features more methodical combat, a close-up camera that never cuts away, and a palette of emotions that actually extends beyond pure rage.
Whether you are playing on PS4 or PS4 Pro, it is not surprising to see a 1080p resolution and a 30fps target on either. The frame rate is mostly stable and the anti-aliasing being applied here is undeniably attractive. If you are playing on a 4k screen, the original model or the Slim delivers an exemplary result, especially if you have an HDR-capable display.
If you have a PS4 Pro, you get to choose between two modes: Performance and High-Resolution. With Performance mode, the resolution stays at the 1080p we see in the base model, but the 30fps cap is removed. At the game's most peaceful stages, you get to see the frame rate rise to a breathtaking 60fps, but you should expect to hover between 40fps and 50fps during most scenes. It's a nice option to have, but that kind of fluctuation is not to everyone's taste.
If you toggle to High-Resolution mode, you get to see a resolution at 2160p capped at 30fps. While it suffers from occasional dropped frames, just like the base version, it is not anywhere close to ruinous.
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