God Of War 3: PS3
THE finalÃÂ© of Sony's massive God Of War trilogy finally appears on the PS3 after three years in development by Californian wizards SCEA.
And it's one of the most highly anticipated games of this generation of hardware - on any platform.
Some games sell systems, and after a rather lacklustre beginning, losing ground to Nintendo's Wii, and Microsoft's Xbox360, Sony is starting to turn the corner with developers finally starting to put the PS3's superior hardware muscle to good use.
GOW III is a system seller - a massive, stunning monster of a game that had me stuck into the old just-ten-more-minutes scenario that stretches out for at least another hour.
Set in the realm of brutal Greek Mythology, the story picks up right after GOW II left off, with ex-Spartan Kratos, ascending Mount Olypmpus on the back of the Titan Gaia, hell-bent on the destruction of the home of the Gods, and his father, Zeus.
Right from the off, the size and scale of the game is clear to see.
The Titans are MASSIVE, and there's no animated cut-scene shenanigans here - you are thrown straight into battle as Poseidon is despatched by Zeus to prevent the Titans' ascent.
Kratos is taken on a violent and bloody journey from Olympus to Hades and back, despatching gods and their minions on the way to the final confrontation with Zeus himself.
Not having played any of the previous games, I was unsure whether GOW III would be my bag, presuming it to be a simple button masher with quicktime events thrown in for key boss battles.
I was wrong - there's a fantastic array of weapons to obtain and improve upon as experience is gained that offer a range of attack options (and believe me, you'll need them).
But as well as the blood-soaked battle through ancient Greece, there are plenty of enviromentally-based puzzles along the way to keep the old noggin busy.
The whole game is beautifully presented, with an extremely atmospheric soundtrack that only serves to enhance the mood. Be aware, though, that this is not for the faint-hearted, and certainly earns its 18 rating.
Having completed the game in easy mode (not that easy!), additional modes are unlocked, together with features that ensure great replay value, and a plethora of video features from the creators of the game. And all crammed onto one Blu-Ray disc!
Before seeing it, I had little interest in the game - now I can't wait to pick up the controller. Look out for the remastered GOW I & II for PS3 in the 'God Of War Collection' on April 30, too.
If you have a Sony PS3, you have to get this game. If you don't have a PS3, you need to get one ASAP!