“Dead Space 3” may have jumped the Survival Horror boat to provide a cooperative gaming experience, but not every game needs to change its formulas in order to join the multiplayer bandwagon. In an announcement made today, March 6, on the Official PlayStation Blog, it was revealed that “God of War: Ascension” would be the next unlikely candidate to feature a mode of co-op gameplay. A trailer attached to the announcement showed off a new mode known as Trial of the Gods, which presents a spin on the increasingly popular Horde Mode.
In Trial of the Gods, up to two players are thrown into a timed arena of death and are tasked with surviving through five waves of “Ascensions’” staple bad guys. From the three-headed Cerberus to the mighty Cyclops, Trial of the Gods will feature fifteen different types of foe whom will grow increasingly difficult as the waves tick down. On top of increasing difficulty, players will also be up against the clock. With each completed wave, more time is added onto the clock, ensuring that reaching that fifth wave is a possibility. The reward for surviving Trail of the Gods? A brutal boss battle.
Where multiplayer can very easily come off as a tacked on mean of selling a game, the “God of War” series feels like it could easily accommodate a cooperative mode of gaming. The series’ fast past and visceral action is definitely something worth sharing with a fellow gamer, and it shouldn’t be long before Trial of the God’s opens up bets as to who can rip out the most Cyclops eyes in a wave.
“God of War: Ascension” will launch on March 12, 2013 on the PlayStation 3 console. As an added bonus to initial buyers, “Ascension” will also come with a demo of Naughty Dog’s foray into the apocalyptic world of “The Last of Us”.