Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
News Bot

Europe- 16 expert tips for conquering God of War’s brutal ‘Give Me God of War’ difficulty mode

Recommended Posts

Heyo! My name is Mihir Sheth and I’m a senior combat tech-designer here at Santa Monica Studio. Now that God of War has been out for some time – and plenty of players have experienced the combat themselves – I wanted to take a moment to talk about “Give Me God of War,” the hardest difficulty mode available.

As many of you have likely noticed, Give Me God of War sets itself up ominously with bold red text stating that the difficulty cannot be changed mid-game. It’s not for the faint of heart!

As you face it for the first time you’ll likely be overwhelmed during the opening hours of the game. Hopefully this post (along with the plethora of great player-made resources already online) can remove some of the mysticism behind the difficulty mode, and offer some advanced combat tips and techniques in the process!

God of War

Recommended notes

  • It is strongly suggested that you play through the main story at least once before on either Give Me a Balanced Experience or Give Me a Challenge to gain familiarity with the combat systems.
  • Control of the player camera is extremely important and is central to the combat experience in Give Me God of War. If you’re having trouble with controlling the camera in large fights, we recommend disabling the “Lock-On Camera” (Gameplay) and “Recenter Camera on Attack” (Camera) options in the Settings menu. They are helpful in situations with a singular or very small group of enemies, but might make fights with a large crowd difficult for some. There’s no correct way to play – feel free to adjust the camera settings until you find something that is appropriate.
  • Give Me God of War is meant to test mastery of all the combat mechanics and tools available to Kratos and Atreus. The more you explore and attempt to master the combat system, the more you will enjoy the difficulty!

God of War

Gameplay and systems changes

There are several changes happening behind the scenes in Give Me God of War, each of which is aimed at rewarding intentional and knowledgeable play. Here are a few of the more notable changes which take effect:

  • Enemies are much stronger and have a slightly higher Power Level. Their damage output, defence (against both damage and stun), and resistance to hit reactions are all significantly increased.
  • Enemies can counter attack quickly after taking hit reactions or blocking an attack.
  • Enemies can turn Elite, greatly increasing their combat prowess. Elite enemies have glowing eyes, an increase in Power Level, increased aggression, and have access to new attacks and attack patterns. Different enemies have different rules for when and how they turn Elite.
  • Status ailments applied to Kratos are far more potent and linger around for a longer period of time.
  • Health shards remove status ailments and reduce accrued status damage when consumed. Use them to prevent an ailment from turning active.
  • There is less targeting assistance during melee combat. Kratos will no longer slide forward to meet his opponent with every strike, requiring more precision in judging distance.
  • The rate of gaining Rage and passive bonuses such as Permafrost are significantly reduced.

God of War

Advanced combat tips, tricks, and techniques

All of the following tips and techniques are possible to do in the very beginning of the game before any skills or equipment have been purchased. Most of these are aimed at handling enemies like the Draugr since they will appear everywhere in your journey:

  • Keep your camera focused on as many enemies as you can. Mastery of the camera is extremely important as Kratos’ melee attacks will direct enemies towards where the camera is facing.
  • Get comfortable weaving in evasive sidesteps between your attacks. This helps you reposition during your aggression while keeping you safe. You will maintain the “sequence” in your light attack combo as long as you just side step; rolling will get you out of the way but will reset your combo. Getting to the last hit of your light combo is very important!
  • Fully master the Leviathan’s Freezing Throw (heavy axe throw). It is very potent at quickly dispatching enemies and applying crowd control to an area.
  • Be comfortable leaving the Leviathan frozen in an enemy without immediately recalling it. Use the time to reposition and weaponise the frozen target to your advantage.
  • Prevent enemies from turning Elite. Either attack them using Atreus’s arrows or with a well-aimed axe throw to disrupt them from range.
  • Enemies afflicted with the Frost ailment cannot turn Elite, and are defenceless against a relentless offense.
  • Enemies afflicted with the Burn ailment will take damage over time and often get interrupted during their attacks. Stunning draugrs is an effective way to apply Burn to nearby enemies.
  • If an enemy has already turned Elite, or if there is a particularly difficult enemy in the fight, try to weaponise other weaker enemies in the battlefield against it.
  • Bare handed attacks build up more Rage meter and deal more Stun damage. Hit enemies in the back to maximize Stun damage output. Learning simple but effective combos with precise axe throws will allow you to make use of both of these techniques.
  • Tripping enemies with precise axe throws is an effective way of managing a crowd of enemies.
  • Hitting enemies into walls leaves them in a vulnerable state where they are incapacitated and take increased Stun damage. Also, sending enemies flying back into walls will cause them to bounce off, dealing large amounts of Stun damage.
  • Instead of isolating enemies, try herding them together. Juggling enemies after they have been launched into the air will keep nearby enemies disrupted and unable to attack.
  • Attacking an enemy just as it lands will cause it bounce on the ground, resulting in an Off The Ground (OTG) combo. This technique is tough to get a grasp on but mastering it will open up many possibilities.
  • Use firepower from Atreus to help extend juggles on an enemy. Any time an enemy is being juggled is time they aren’t attacking!
  • Despite being a risky move to pull off in the middle of combat, kicking an aggressive enemy can leave it open for attack.
  • While Fury Strike (light attack) is a great option in Spartan Rage to focus on one enemy and regain health in the process, it is not always the most effective key to victory. Every attack costs valuable Rage meter so prioritize using your Rage meter to damage as many enemies as possible when facing an overwhelming horde. Remember that merely the act of entering Spartan Rage is a powerful move effective at displacing and launching enemies.

And there you have it! If one tactic isn’t working in a fight remember to take a breath and think about if there’s another way to come out victorious.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve learned a thing or two to help your gameplay (regardless of whether you’re playing on Give Me God of War or not!). It’s an uphill trial of skill and patience, but with the right knowledge, technique, and tenacity the journey will be worth it.

See you at the top of the Mountain.

The post 16 expert tips for conquering God of War’s brutal ‘Give Me God of War’ difficulty mode appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe.

View the full article

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By News Bot
      This week we ponder morality in Detroit: Become Human, a neo-noir thriller set in a near-future metropolis rejuvenated by advanced technology. Decide the fate of three very different androids in an intense branching narrative where your choices have far-reaching consequences.
      PlayStation Store also welcomes Hidetaka Miyazaki’s genre-defining action RPG classic, Darks Souls Remastered. Revisit this incredible universe, fully remastered with visual upgrades and improved performance.
      1. Detroit: Become Human
      Quantic Dream’s latest thriller lets you decide the fate of three androids in a powerful vision of Detroit’s future. Control Connor, a special police investigator prototype; Kara, a fugitive tasked with protecting a little girl; and Markus, a deviant who has broken free of his programming and joined a growing android revolution. Confronted with persecution and the violence of society, they will all have to decide who they want to be…

      Why you should play it: Detroit: Become Human is Quantic Dream’s most ambitious title. How far will you go to be free? Find out more: Quantic Dream’s neo-noir thriller Detroit: Become Human hits PS4 on 25th May Available: 25th May 2. Darks Souls Remastered
      Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to the grisly fantasy universe of Dark Souls, experience the genre-defining game in stunning detail, complete with an improved framerate and resolution. Create and customise your character with hundreds of combinations of weapons, armour and magic spells to fit your playstyle, then explore the intricate depths of Lordran.

      Why you should play it: Choose your allegiance from nine covenants and join others online. Will you partake in jolly cooperation? Find out more: All the things you’ll feel in your first 60 minutes with Dark Souls Remastered Available: 25th May 3. H1Z1: battle royale open beta
      Sharpen your skills and try the adrenaline-pumping action shooter ahead of its free-to-play release next month. Fight over airdrops in action-packed and strategic matches, and stay one step ahead of the killer gas designed to keep each round moving. Will you be the last one standing?
      Why you should play it: H1Z1 is a pure battle royale experience, and this is the perfect time to give it a shot. Find out more: Free-to-play battle royale shooter H1Z1 enters open beta on PS4 next month Available: 22nd May 4. Animal Force
      Welcome to the menagerie! Animal Force is a tower-defence action game for PlayStation VR, where you use super-powered animals to save the world from an alien invasion. Place your valiant defenders anywhere in the 3D space and use a PS Move motion controller to help out in the battle against your dastardly foes.

      Why you should play it: Each animal has its own unique ability – you’ll need to strategise and coordinate to defeat the extraterrestrial menace. Find out more: Save the planet from alien invasion in Animal Force, a new strategy game for PlayStation VR Available: 22nd May 5. Tennis World Tour
      Play as Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber, Stan Wawrinka or any of the other big names from the 31-strong roster of the world’s best tennis players. For the first time in a tennis game, tactical aspects of the sport are recreated in the match using a system of skill cards. Try your hand at Career mode or play online in quick matches, ranked matches or weekly challenges.

      Why you should play it: Think you have what it takes to reign over the world’s courts? Online mode is your perfect playing field. Available: 22nd May  
      Out this week


      H1Z1: Battle Royale Open Beta (Not in Middle East, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine)
      22nd May
      Tennis World Tour (Russia, Australia & NZ will be releasing 12/06)
      22nd May
      Tennis World Tour Legends Edition (Russia, Australia & NZ will be releasing 12/06)
      22nd May  

      ONE PIECE Grand Cruise (Not in India)
      22nd May
      Animal Force
      22nd May
      Space Hulk: Deathwing – Enhanced Edition
      22nd May  

      EVERSPACE
      22nd May
      EVERSPACE – Stellar Edition
      22nd May
      Gorogoa
      22nd May  

      Super Hyperactive Ninja (Not in Middle East)
      22nd May
      Disco Dodgeball REMIX
      22nd May
      I Hate Running Backwards
      22nd May  

      Shio (Not in Middle East)
      22nd May
      Dead Land
      23rd May
      Monster Slayers
      23rd May  

      Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Not in Austria, Middle East, Belugium, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine)
      24th May
      Euro Fishing: Ultimate Edition
      24th May
      Detroit: Become Human Digital Deluxe Edition
      25th May  

      DARK SOULS: REMASTERED
      25th May
      Dungeon Rushers
      25th May  


      Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Not in Austria, Middle East, Belugium, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine)
      24th May
      7’scarlet
      25th May  
      PS4 DLC
      21st May
      Cities: Skylines
        Radio Station Pack 22nd May
      H1Z1
        PlayStationPlus Pack Deluxe Founder’s Bundle Standard Founder’s Bundle Starter Bundle 500 Crowns 1000 (+50 Bonus) Crowns 2000 (+150 Bonus) Crowns 3500 (+300 bonus) Crowns 5000 (+500 Bonus) Crowns 10000 (+1500 Bonus) Crowns Star Trek Bridge Crew
        The Next Generation The Sims 4
        Backyard Stuff (Not in Kuwait, Oman, Saudia Arabia, UAE) Toddler Stuff (Not in Kuwait, Oman, Saudia Arabia, UAE) EVERSPACE
        Encounters Tennis World Tour
        Andre Agassi John McEnroe Legends Bonus Pack Skill Cards Pack 23rd May
      Warframe
        PS4 Renown Pack XIII Tennis World Tour
        Coach Sophie Walker MX vs ATV
        2017 Honda Vehicle Bundle 2017 Husqvarna Vehicle Bundle 2017 Kawasaki Vehicle Bundle 2017 KTM Vehicle Bundle 2017 Yamaha Vehicle Bundle 25th May
      Street Fighter V
        Professional Costume: Karin (Not in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia) Professional Costume: Vega (Not in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia) Professional Costume: Zeku (Not in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia) Arthur Costume Ryu Color Pack (Not in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia) Remember, if you’ve not got access to your PS4, PS3 or PS Vita then you can also buy through our online store.
      Free for PlayStation Plus subscribers in May



      The post 5 big new releases to look out for on PlayStation Store this week appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe.
      View the full article
    • By News Bot
      Hello everyone! This is Shawn from Against Gravity, makers of Rec Room. We launched Rec Room in public beta on PS VR in November and we’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to play and provide us with feedback.
      Rec Room is a virtual reality social club where you can play active games with friends from all around the world. Today we’re excited to announce the addition of a new game: Rec Royale.

      Rec Royale launches on Thursday, 7th June and will pit 16 players against each other in the wilds of a national park. The landscape holds summer camps, mountains, forests, outposts, ravines, lakes, and tons of loot for scavenging.
      To hold all of that loot we’ve added a new backpack system for quick swapping and storing multiple weapons and power-ups. Like all Rec Room activities, it will be cross platform and free. Players logging in with PlayStation Plus will receive an exclusive paintball burst rifle skin, but Rec Room does not require PlayStation Plus.
      If you’d like an early peek at Rec Royale there will be a public alpha test for players with a registered Rec Room account from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May. We would love to hear your feedback during this public testing phase via the Rec Room subreddit and Discord server.

      We’d also like to thank all of our incredible custom room creators who have been using tools like the maker pen and sandbox machine to build their own Rec Room activities over the last few months, many of them inspired by battle-royale-style gameplay.
      These player-created rooms, along with persistent community feedback, gave us a clear signal that players were hungry for something like Rec Royale. Once Rec Royale is released it will be available for all players to modify and create their own custom rooms. We can’t wait to see what you build!
      Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you in game!
      The post Rec Room for PS VR gets free “Rec Royale” mode on 7th June appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe.
      View the full article
    • By News Bot
      Attention all new AG pilot recruits! You have been awaiting your opportunity to finally climb into the cockpit of an AG ship, and now you can with our new Wipeout Omega Collection demo!
      You can sample either the original PS4 release, or if you have a PSVR headset you can try the acclaimed new VR mode. In VR you will really feel like you are racing in the future at speeds over 700KPH!
      Select from the traditional Feisar ship, or the new Feisar VR ship and try a single race on two different tracks from HD and 2048 modes. Experience the twists and turns and the blinding sunset of Vineta K from Wipeout HD, then take on the stomach churning vertical drops and jumps of Altima from Wipeout 2048
      For new players we’d recommend the default ‘Lock Camera To Cockpit’ controls. This ensures the most comfortable ride. For seasoned VR players, why not give ‘Lock Camera to Pilot’ a go where you can experience what it would be like to drive an AG craft in real life. You’ll literally feel every twist and turn as you move with the ship, and yes, when you barrel roll you can spin 360 degrees
      Wipeout Omega Collection is the ultimate speed thrill. Try it now in both 2D and VR if you dare!
      The post Wipeout Omega Collection demo is available for download from tomorrow appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe.
      View the full article
    • By News Bot
      H1Z1: Battle Royale will be available to download for free on PlayStation 4 tomorrow and we could not be more excited! We know battle royale games can be a bit intimidating – outlasting 99 other people is no easy feat – so the team compiled a handful of tips and tricks to help you develop your winning strategy.

      For those who are unfamiliar with H1Z1, it’s a fast-paced battle royale action shooter, where 100 players parachute down, but only 1 can win. Players must quickly loot up with base gear and then head for safety, as a toxic gas compresses the map.
      As time goes on, waves of airdrops release with varying levels of gear. The first wave of airdrops, which are colored green, contain level-1 items like the AK-47 and AR-15. Level-2 and level-3 weapons and gear come in the next waves of airdrops, which are identified with purple and gold light beacons. Players will have to decide when and how to engage if they want to get a leg up on the competition.
      Now, let’s help you develop your winning strategy!
      Starter tips:
      Practice your aim and learn bullet drop mechanics in Combat Training before taking the dive into battle royale matches! Finding a weapon should be your first priority after touching down – remember, with 99 other players in the match, there’s always someone nearby. Master the weapon wheel – you can hold up to two weapons from the start, with level-1 and level-2 backpacks each unlocking a 3rd and 4th weapon slot. Pay attention to the planes overhead – the military crates they drop across the map are a guaranteed way to get more powerful gear and weapons. Use the minimap and compass to locate a vehicle – police cruisers, jeeps, trucks and ATVs make it easier to grab airdrops before the competition, and offer the quickest path to safety as the gas rings start closing.
      Pro tips:
      Looking for a fight? If you can’t wait to find your next opponent, hop in a police cruiser, press Right on the D-pad to turn on the sirens, and head towards an airdrop. Feeling exposed while opening an airdrop? Drop a smoke grenade to provide cover!
      Molotovs are a key item to surviving. When used strategically, they can force other players out from cover, making it easier to take them down. Don’t skyline yourself! It may be tempting to run along the top of the hill so that you get a commanding view of the area, but that means everyone in the area also gets a view of you! Move so your head is just under the crest of the hill – you’ll still see a lot, but prevent enemies from spotting you. Remember to upgrade your armor – standard helmets and makeshift armor can be looted throughout the map, but stronger tactical helmets and laminated armor can only be found in airdops and military crates.
      Bonus tip!
      When exploring the map, listen for radio chatter as it will tell you the location of a nearby military crate. These hidden crates spawn randomly in the world and can be a safer way to grab better gear and weapons than airdrops. They’re also a great way to loot up BEFORE the first wave of airdrops!
      See you in the game!
      The post 11 tips for dominating the H1Z1: Battle Royale beta, live on PS4 tomorrow appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe.
      View the full article
    • By News Bot
      Hey everyone! I’m Lauren Irvine, the community manager at Survios. Ever since Sprint Vector launched in February, I spend time every day on our official Discord server engaging with PS VR players both new and experienced as they share their tips for maximising speed and efficiency.
      And with a new content update coming on 30th May, I thought this was a great opportunity to poll both our players and the devs on their recommended methods for attaining the fastest times in Sprint Vector. Plus, with enough practice, you’ll be ready to compete for the grand prize in Mr. E’s Master League, a community speedrunning tournament taking place later this summer!

      Sprint Vector is a VR-exclusive, eight-player racing game featuring smooth, innovative Fluid Locomotion Technology that lets you run, jump, climb, and fly at breakneck speeds. Taking place within a wild game show masterminded by charismatic/enigmatic robo-host Mr. Entertainment, Sprint Vector drops its intrepid contestants onto crazy intergalactic courses that defy time, space, and sometimes even gravity.
      Check out our top seven time-shaving Sprint Vector tips from the devs and players below:
      1) Do the tutorials, then practice in the Skate Park
      “Play the tutorials!” ~ Andrew Abedian (Lead Designer), Kris Gruchalla (QA Manager), and literally all the Vectorheads
      As if three of Sprint Vector’s key devs aren’t enough, this is also the top tip echoed by the Vectorheads, winners of Sprint Vector community challenge. Learn and practice all the core gameplay mechanics in a straightforward, pressure-free environment, quickly identify your weak points, and use the Skate Park as a giant practice space to hammer in that muscle memory and perfect jumping, drifting, air braking, edge boosting, and more.
      2) Find your stride
      “Proper stride form is probably the most basic mistake I see people make.” ~ MasterShadow (Vectorhead and E3 2017 Sprint Vector tournament runner-up)
      “The reality of running in Sprint Vector is that it takes some effort to get to maximum speed, but once you’re there it takes much less effort to maintain it.” ~ Andrew

      The swinging-arm motion of Sprint Vector is intuitive enough, but the key to success is finding your personal rhythm where you attain maximum velocity with minimal effort. Keep your arms relaxed, use a natural swing, and learn how a good stride feels. When the headset goes on, a lot of players start making frantic short strides, holding their arms in front of their torsos, or even dog-paddling – all of which will rapidly wipe you out before the second checkpoint. As QA Manager Kris points out, “If you watch our best game testers, they look almost lazy when they play Sprint Vector!”
      3) Learn the maps and talk to other players.
      “Go through the maps slowly and look for secret paths.” ~ Katiedead, Vectorhead

      As with any racing game, finding your optimal route is the first step to domination. There’s already plenty of videos across YouTube and Twitch showcasing each map’s secret spots, but you won’t know them until you play them!
      Also, the Sprint Vector community is incredibly welcoming; they’re the very definition of “friendly competition.” The Vectorheads from all platforms converge on the official Survios Discord to discuss techniques, share videos of their runs, and be on hand to help with tricky maneuvers, hidden shortcuts, and more, so find them, friend them, play with them, and learn from them!
      4) Jumping can help you gain the upper hand
      “Jump into boosts instead of running into them!” ~ Stoaty, Vectorhead
      In Sprint Vector, jumping is a key mechanic to master: correctly gauging the timing and distance of a jump can get you over tons of obstacles, circumvent sketchy terrain, and even allow for a quick course correct. It also makes speed boosts, those floating tunnels of blue arrows, even more powerful. Instead of just running through them, jump into them to turn that tiny touch of speed into a rocket launch.
      5) Impulse Shot is your new favourite power-up
      “One of the biggest tricks new players don’t know is proper use of the Impulse Shot on yourself when you’re hitting a good launch spot.” ~ skadooshh, Vectorhead
      Impulse Shot is already a player favorite because of its ability to knock back other players. But, like the old-school gaming tradition of rocket jumping, the Impulse Shot can also be used on yourself. With the right timing and execution, firing your Impulse Shot at your feet has the potential to massively propel you forwards.
      6) Grip streams have no speed limit
      “Throw yourself along grip streams for the most momentum.” ~ Katiedead, Vectorhead (also the player featured in the GIF!)

      This is a little-known fact of Sprint Vector: aside from an Overdrive powerup, the only other way to break the set speed barrier is on gripstreams. These translucent green paths are found on most race maps, often in unnerving locations: swooping sharply downward toward lava, suspended over vats of toxic waste, and even wrapped around a tower floating in space.
      Luckily, the Skate Park has tons of gripstreams for practicing this speed-maximizing technique. Jump or fly into a gripstream, then rapidly fling yourself along its length (think monkey bars) and watch your speedometer hit critical. Use this momentum to your advantage as you reach the gripstream’s end to get that extra edge over the competition.
      7) Use air braking for maximum control
      “Air braking is definitely a pro-player move. The combo of run/jump/fly/jump/fly/brake is very important at high-level play.” ~ Andrew

      Coming down from a flying stretch can seem floaty and out of control–and it’s where air braking serves an important function, cutting out excess airtime so you can get back up to speed. While you’ve got some air, keep an eye out below for shortcuts, gripstreams, ramps, and alternate paths. Once you spot what you want to hit, slam your brakes to rapidly descend and hit the ground running.
      Did these seven tips help level up your racing game? Or if you feel we missed some crucial tips and tricks here, we’d love to know! Don’t forget to follow Survios on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest news about Sprint Vector and our other PS VR titles!
      (Obligatory disclaimer: Sprint Vector is a very physically active VR experience. Please be sure to pace yourself, take breaks, and hydrate during your play sessions – know your personal limits and don’t push yourself beyond them!)
      The post 7 time-shaving tricks to help you master PS VR racer Sprint Vector appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe.
      View the full article

Want to become a member of the Domestic Battery crew? Click HERE to find out how. If you just want to join the site then by all means click Sign Up.

×