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March 11, 2013 | 6:35 p.m.

‘God of War: Ascension’: Sony to alter offensive trophy in patch

A scene from "God of War: Ascension." (Sony)
Sony Santa Monica will release a patch that alters a controversial trophy in the upcoming “God of War: Ascension” game after critics claimed it was misogynist and condoned violence against women. The questionable trophy is awarded after a scene in which the game’s antihero protagonist Kratos is compelled to brutally attack a female villain, one of three Furies. After the attack, the player receives a trophy titled “Bros Before Hos.” The patch, which will be pushed out alongside the PlayStation exclusive game when it is released Tuesday, changes the trophy’s title to “Bros Before Foes,” Sony Santa Monica told the gaming blog Joystiq. Players will be prompted to download the patch when the game is inserted into an Internet-connected PS3. “We have created and will soon push out a patch for ‘God of War: Ascension’ that alters the title of […]
Dec. 06, 2012 | 3:25 p.m.

‘God of War: Ascension’: Director touts game’s combat feel

A Spartan warrior with Zeus' favor. Playing for Zeus gives the player a giant hammer that -- while slower than a sword -- deals more damage. (Sony Santa Monica)
Sony’s “God of War” franchise has been a fan favorite since lead character Kratos stormed living rooms in  2005. The series, in all its forms, has sold 21.65 million copies worldwide as of May 2012, with the third installment, “God of War III,” selling 5.2 million copies according to Sony. Despite its success, the gameplay has been relatively unchanged since its initial release. However, Sony’s Santa Monica studio plans to change that with “God of War: Ascension,” coming to the PlayStation 3 on March 12, 2013, though the multiplayer beta goes live this winter on PlayStation Network for Plus subscribers. Billed as a prequel, “Ascension” brings players into Kratos’ life just after he’s tricked into killing his family. And for the first time in the franchise’s history, players can battle it out in both combat and objective based game styles. As Spartan […]
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