Pointing to Kratos being an irredeemable scumbag as evidence of the GoW story being bad is one criticism that I've never been able to comprehend. He is a perfect example of a Villain Protagonist as far as I'm concerned. That's not automatically a bad thing. He's not supposed to be relatable. He's never meant to be the "Good Guy". Literature and cinema have plenty of examples of similar characters. I think that, after decades of video games and Hollywood movies led by virtuous heroes (Link, Aragorn) and grumpy, somewhat less virtuous "anti-heroes" (Cloud, Han Solo), a lot of players were just taken by surprise by the sudden inherent dissonance between audience and protagonist and dismissed the entire concept as a result.Scrustle wrote: ↑April 5th, 2019, 3:12 pmThe story is still pretty much as awful as I remember it being though. Kratos is still an irredeemable ding dong with zero depth and is totally unsympathetic. He's terrible to everyone he meets, and doesn't deserve the lame attempt at hopeful redemption they try to give him at the end. Maybe that's why I remember the final boss being bad. After the actual real fight you go through a nonsensical sequence where they try to somehow redeem Kratos that falls so totally flat, before then immediately going back to him being a rage-filled monster who learns nothing from his action
I for one was rooting against Kratos since the beginning of the very first GoW while enjoying the spectacle and thought the experience was all the more interesting and subversive because of it. Not every character needs to be a self-insert or a moral anchor.
But I also agree that the half-baked and tonally inconsistent attempt at a redemption arc in the final hour of GoW3 is by far the dumbest story moment of the entire trilogy. It falls completely flat and is incompatible with everything that happens before and after it. I think Stig Asmussen just had a fundamentally misunderstanding of who Kratos is and that he tried to shoe-horn in a "conventional" character arc resolution at the last minute. There is a video in the bonus features that shows the moment when he explained this idea to the rest of the team - if I read the room correctly, it certainly seems like everybody thought it was stupid but were too polite to say anything. That's a shame, it really brings the entire game down.