Sunday, August 12, 2012

God of War

God of War 
Author: Matthew Stover
Genre: Fantasy | Game
Release Date: May 25th, 2010

I knew that movie to book adaptations were bad, but games are hardly any better. The author was even so kind so as to include practically every single battle scene and enemy encounter that could have been found in the original game itself. Thank you for making exciting battles insanely boring.

I really wanted to like the book because I'm a fan of novels relating to Ancient Greek-mythology and an author's unique spin of a somewhat old concept into his new world. All the major Gods; Poseidon, Zeus, Athena...etc, they're all found within the pages of this novel. Combine that with epic battles, legendary weapons and the undead, and this book should have been AWESOME. Somehow, the author made complete badasses and amazing mythology seem as boring and dreary as having to sit through a droning history class in the afternoon...with a full stomach.

If you really want to know how this book reads like, picture an annoying younger brother or cousin who gives you the play by play of his favorite game, one that you're remotely interested in but have never actually played. Imagine him doing that for 300 pages worth of words, detailing every encounter, every battle, every swing of his enchanted blades and then you'll know the sheer level of determination and grit it took me to get through this book, because I just had to know how it ended. After all this is one of the more popular games around. It's definitely cool to play, but not worth reading about. I was just hoping it was a slow start and got better toward the middle but I was wrong.

Avoid this book like the plague and just play the game instead. It's the same thing but without the boredom factor.

Cover: 3
Characters: 2
Story: 2

Overall:  2/10 (1 Star)