Though they rarely have anything worthwhile to reveal about their games, the live action video game trailers seen in the past few years have been memorable. Who can forget the celebrities battling it out in the Call of Duty trailers, or the strange Assassin’s Creed version of America?
Today, Sony released its live-action trailer for God of War: Ascension. Earlier in the week, Sony teased this trailer as a commercial that will play during the upcoming Super Bowl broadcast. That’s a lot of money for a game commercial, showing that this may be Sony’s last big marketing push for the PlayStation 3 before it announces the PlayStation 4 on February 20. The God of War PlayStation 3 bundle announced yesterday is also part of that push.
It’s less bloody than you might imagine, though Kratos looks just as grumpy as ever. Since Ascension is a prequel to the original God of War, it focuses on Kratos’ fall and his motivations behind his epic quest for vengeance against the gods. As the trailer teases, memories of the Spartan’s family and the ash that covers his body will be large themes throughout the game.