Oh boy you guys I just played the first hour of that new God of War and I was totally wrong to doubt this game! I thought they'd Last-of-Us'd it, and while I really like The Last of Us, I just wasn't super hyped to play it again with a Kratos skin. I'm not a huge God of War fan, I don't really like Kratos; I knew I'd play it because I do like these big, expensive, story-focused games, but I can't say I was really jumping out of my skin with excitement, y'know?
And then all those 10/10 reviews hit and I started feeling that hype start to creep in, and after the first hour of gameplay? Forget about it. This game is awesome. It is very Last of Us, and with a heaping helping of Nu Tomb Raider in terms of overall structure (3D Metroidvania-y pseudo-open world with collectibles to find and quests to do), but then it suddenly throws you into a SUPER SICK BOSSFIGHT that's like UH! UH! UH! and the combat system is simple but it feels so good and crunchy and you just wreck dudes and you can throw your axe and then call it back to your hand like Thor's hammer and it feels amazing. UUUUUUHHHHHH!
This game is good. I'll keep you posted as I keep playing.