Is there a PlayStation franchise more pivotal to Sony's success in the ongoing console wars than God of War? Is there a single character more memorable than Kratos in their extensive back-catalogue? To both questions, I'd answer no. God of War III, then, is a decisive moment in the history of the much-troubled PlayStation 3. Half a decade in the making and at a reported cost of $44 million, to say there's a lot riding on the third and apparently final game in the God of War trilogy is to understate the case rather dramatically. But despite ludicrously high expectations and some serious kerfuffle behind the scenes of Sony Santa Monica in the form of the surprising departure of former director Cory Barlog, in the end, with God of War III, the studio do both the series and indeed themselves justice.