OST Download: http://www.ostproject.co.cc/component/content/article/36-ost/209-god-of-war-iii Other OSTs: http://www.ostproject.co.cc/soundtracks/alphabetical Without the burden of troublesome story-telling, Dark Souls has managed to refine its combat systems into something near flawless. Atreus eventually gets his own runic attacks as well, called Runic Summons. By Leon Hurley 20 November 2020. The last element of combat you have from the start is Atreus. 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. With that in mind — sockets are more important than almost any other build option in the game, and if you have a choice between a Talisman with a powerful ability or something with a garbage ability and many sockets, you should go for the sockets. But over the course of the game you’ll get ample opportunity to acquire runic damage — cooldown is comparatively hard to come by. Start by buying all of the basic moves for Kratos and Atreus. Though at first glance, it might seem like the old style of God of War combat, where players string together long combos to wreck enemies, has been left behind, that’s actually not the case. God of War is different to Dark Souls, because generally in Dark Souls you won’t die ‘unfair’ deaths. Don’t be afraid to use it. Good luck, and know that the Dad of War believes in you! Just be careful that enemies don’t grab Atreus, because you’ll need to save him if that happens. When it wants to knock things up a notch, it’s a brutally punishing game tied to systems that can leave you reeling from every shot you take from an enemy. It took us ages to actually pull off, until we watched the demonstration video — what you need to do is attack, pause for a full beat until Kratos shifts on his feet, and then attack again. Stronger attacks you can block will be indicated with a yellow ring around the enemy; if you hit L1 just as the attack strikes you, you’ll parry it, sending the enemy reeling and giving you a chance for a quick counterattack. God of War employs a Destiny style “gear level” system that rates and balances your abilities versus those of your enemies. Going in with a clear mind is more important than you might think. You can also use R3 to “lock on” to a single enemy to keep them on your screen, and switch your lock between enemies with the right analog stick. It’s a glass cannon build — the idea being that things die fast enough that we don’t take any damage. If they’re not, then here’s the beautiful trick — switch weapons, and runic attack again. In this section, we’ll give you a few general tips. It’s always a good idea to have one with you, especially if you’re exploring optional areas and missions that are full of tough enemies. Your bread-and-butter attacks in God of War are basic swipes and chops with the Leviathan Axe when you hit either R1 or R2. Regardless, spend your XP liberally. This is full music track from the main battle with Zeus in God Of War III (PS3). If they don’t die, we just have to not get hit. Upgrade your lifestyleDigital Trends helps readers keep tabs on the fast-paced world of tech with all the latest news, fun product reviews, insightful editorials, and one-of-a-kind sneak peeks.Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Finally, Atreus is especially useful for distracting enemies you’re not ready to fight. Runic attacks can add many different types of attacks to your repertoire. A white arrow indicates an enemy behind you; red means an enemy is about to melee attack you from the direction the arrow is pointing; and a purple arrow means an enemy is shooting something at you, like a fireball. As you explore the Nine Realms, you’ll come across runes you can plug into the Leviathan Axe that give you special, powerful moves. There are some perks and talismans that can give you health in a pinch, and you can get some back by deploying Spartan Rage, but generally, avoiding damage is your biggest focus in a fight. Outside of Niflheim, you should build Cooldown first and foremost. The God of War series has always had some spectacular opening boss fights: The Hydra, The Colossus of Rhodes, Poseidon and his water pony, among others. We’re going to be straight up with you — attacking like normal is for chumps. Kratos can dodge sideways with a tap of the X button, which is usually effective for getting out of the way of any kind of attack if you time it correctly. Similarly, a light throw to the legs will knock a lot of enemies down, briefly taking them out of the battle. It won’t make you invincible, but it does let you hit hard enough that most enemies will be staggered by your attacks and they won’t be able to hit back. They’re our favourite enemies in the game, and the Valkyrie Queen is the best of them all — she’s the closest you’ll get to a Dark Souls battle. Some, such as The Stranger, will challenge Kratos to do more than just match them blow for crushing blow. Having beaten all eight other Valkyries, you’ll know what to do already — just stay vigilant, play it conservatively and you’ll beat her. A tighter camera at Kratos’ back means visibility is limited, and tougher enemies have to be outsmarted instead of overpowered in many cases. Wow. You can easily tell if there’s a difference between you and your opponent by looking at their health bar, which features their level and is color-coded to tell you who has an advantage.