God of War: Ascension – Introducing Ares, son of Zeus

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God of War: Ascension – Introducing Ares, son of Zeus

Rising to a Champion of the Gods in our new God of War: Ascension multiplayer mode requires a warrior’s tactile knowledge of the strengths, weapons, armor, and magic of the god they align with. Don’t expect to just hack and slash your opponents into submission!

You may have had a taste of what the Warriors of Zeus, the Ruler of Olympus, are capable of, but now it’s time to divert your attention, and consider aligning with the…God of War himself.
If sheer offensive strength is your preferred style of play, then harness the ferocious might of Ares!

Warriors who align with Ares are brute force tacticians dealing a devastating array of physical-based skills up close and personal. These Warriors will also harness magic abilities that unleash a fiery rage, great for close quarters combat.

Warriors of Ares are juggernauts who excel in close-range combat and employ powerful items that can boost their attacks, or cripple the defensive capabilities of surrounding enemies. In other words, if you like “jumping into the fire”, then aligning with Ares should be your first step.

In God of War: Ascension multiplayer, it’s crucial to combine the right weapons, armor, magic, and items bestowed from the God you align with, to find your best strategic play style.

Here are a couple key strategic tips for Ares to refer back to during our upcoming beta:

  • Find at least two or more enemies in a concentrated area. Use Ares inferno magic to leap sky high and slam down with [R2] to knock them into the air. The moment you land, wield your weapon immediately with a series of brutal combo attacks on your enemies while they are stunned and before they recover to seek a quick vengeance.
  • Ares War Hammer is great against groups of enemies as well. The weapon’s special attack executes a long range wave of fire that will knockback every enemy in its path, and also has an area of effect (AOE) slam to knock everyone nearby up into the air. A great tactic is combining these two for some wicked juggling combos in the air.

Finally, the more XP you earn in multiplayer, the more opportunity you will have to purchase and upgrade powerful Relics. Relics will enhance your weapons and armor, and generally improve (and reward!) your mastery over close-quarters combat. Replenish your health after a successful throw; increase your damage after every brutal kill; choose Relics that reward your style of play to become a true warrior of Ares.

Stay tuned to PlayStation Blog for more on Ascension as we approach our 13th March 2013 launch.

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