God of War III

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God of War III
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Developer(s) SCE Santa Monica Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Series God of War
Release date(s) NA March 16, 2010
AU March 18, 2010
EU March 19, 2010
Release type PlayStation exclusive
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player
GameID(s) BCES00510 (IRD), BCUS98111 (IRD), BCAS25003 (IRD), BCES00799 (IRD), BCKS15003 (IRD), BCES00516, BCAS25007, BCJS37001, BCJS75001
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God of War III is is the fifth installment in the God of War series, the seventh chronologically, and the sequel to 2007's God of War II. Loosely based on Greek mythology, the game is set in ancient Greece with vengeance as its central motif. The player controls the protagonist and former God of War Kratos, after his betrayal at the hands of his father Zeus, King of the Olympian gods. Reigniting the Great War, Kratos ascends Mount Olympus until he is abandoned by the Titan Gaia. Guided by Athena’s spirit, Kratos battles monsters, gods, and Titans in a search for Pandora, without whom he cannot open Pandora's Box, defeat Zeus, and end the reign of the Olympian gods.

The gameplay is similar to previous installments, focusing on combo-based combat with the player's main weapon—the Blades of Exile—and secondary weapons acquired during the game. It uses quick time events, where the player acts in a timed sequence to defeat strong enemies and bosses. The player can use up to four magical attacks and a power-enhancing ability as alternative combat options, and the game features puzzles and platforming elements. Compared with previous installments, God of War III offers a revamped magic system, more enemies, new camera angles, and downloadable content.

Configuration

Only options that deviate from the default configuration to ensure best performance are listed below. The full list of default options is available here.

CPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
SPU block size Mega Improves performance

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Framelimit 60 Stops the game speeding up over 60fps, and can reduce crashes during load screens.
Resolution scale threshold 160x160 When using Resolution scaling above 100%, this must be set to 160x160. Otherwise bloom will appear pixelated.
Write color buffers On Required in some sections and the demo version.
Asynchronous texture streaming On Improves performance

Advanced configuration

Setting Option Notes
Driver wake-up delay 50 Required to fix crashes, insignificant performance loss. Try 100 or 200 if it's still crashing.

Known Issues

This title is currently not considered "playable", as the hardware requirement is too high. But it can be played from start to finish with decent performance on a good CPU, especially if you use the game's patches.

Users may experience a black screen after the Santa Monica logo, which is normal. The game might take up to 5 minutes to progress past this screen.

Resolution Scaling

Resolution Scaling doesn't work properly unless the Disable MLAA patch is enabled. Game patches can be enabled via RPCS3's Patch Manager (go to Manage > Game Patches). The game is also quite RSX intensive and even a RTX 3090 loses a bit of performance at 4k (300% scaling). Due to this most users should stay at 200% or below if they want the best performance.

Special Notes

Patches

Anchors:
  gow3resnotes: &gow3resnotes "Allows for the use of Resolution Scaling in the title.\nSet Resolution Scale Threshold to 1x1 or some effects will break.\n2.0 Slightly improves performance when using resolution scaling in some cases."

  gow3speedhack: &gow3speedhack "Significantly improves performance, changes visuals for Army of Sparta special attack and some lighting changes, generally only on magic sources."

  gow3bloom: &gow3bloom "Disables some (not all) bloom effects."

  gow3fog: &gow3fog "Significantly improves performance in some cases, some distant places may look too clear cause of removing Layered fog effect. The patch is good as an alternative for Color Grading patch"

  gow3camerasway: &gow3camerasway "Stops the ingame camera from swaying and shaking"

  gow3skipintro: &gow3skipintro "Skips SCE intros up to the first video.\n2.0 Skips now first two intro videos"

  gow3-100-title: &gow3-100-title
      "God of War 3 (God of War III)":
        BCES00510: [ 01.00 ]
        BCES00799: [ 01.00 ]
        BCUS98111: [ 01.00 ]
        BCJS37001: [ 01.00 ]
        BCAS25003: [ 01.00 ]
        BCKS15003: [ 01.00 ]

  gow3-103-title: &gow3-103-title
      "God of War 3 (God of War III)":
        BCES00510: [ 01.03 ]
        BCES00799: [ 01.03 ]
        BCUS98111: [ 01.03 ]
        BCJS37001: [ 01.03 ]
        BCAS25003: [ 01.03 ]
        BCKS15003: [ 01.03 ]

PPU-19724fde16a5b111b7b4d2a065f5dccaf8e01962: #God of War 3 1.03
  "Unlock FPS":
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: ZEROx, illusion
    Notes: "Unlocks internal timestep calculation, Increase vblank to match your desired framerate.\nThis patch also fixes IGC timing issues at 60FPS and above."
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ bef32, 0x00528560, 1000 ]
      - [ bef32, 0x005284b8, 50000 ] # min fps of 2
      - [ be16, 0x000c7b0a, 0xccc8 ] # chainswing fix
      - [ be16, 0x000ea0fe, 0xccc8 ] # water freeze fix
  "Skip any videos with X button":
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: illusion
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be16, 0x0026fe14, 0x901f ]
  Disable MLAA:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: illusion, ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3resnotes
    Patch Version: 3.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x0052bf2c, 0x00000000 ]
      - [ be32, 0x0023137c, 0x60000000 ]
  Disable Depth of Field:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x001c14ac, 0x38000000 ]
  Disable Motion Blur:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x001c57e4, 0x38000000 ]
  Disable Color Grading (Speedboost):
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: illusion
    Notes: *gow3speedhack
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ byte, 0x52BDA3, 0 ]
  Disable Layered Fog(Speedboost):
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3fog
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x00296a90, 0x38000000 ] #Disable Layered fog
      - [ be32, 0x00296bd4, 0x38000000 ] #On pause
  Disable Bloom:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: illusion
    Notes: *gow3bloom
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x00231288, 0x60000000 ]
  Disable Camera Sway:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3camerasway
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x0015d29c, 0x38000000 ]
  Skip intro:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: illusion, ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3skipintro
    Patch Version: 2.0
    Patch:
      - [ byte, 0x00588e50, 0x1 ]        # Skip SCEA logos
      - [ be32, 0x002712b4, 0x4816ce9d ] # bl 0x003de150
      - [ be32, 0x003de150, 0x7d4802a6 ] # mfspr r10,LR
      - [ be32, 0x003de154, 0x3d200055 ] # lis r9,0x55
      - [ be32, 0x003de158, 0x8009fcc5 ] # lwz r0,-0x33b(r9)
      - [ be32, 0x003de15c, 0x3d206f00 ] # lis r9,0x6f00
      - [ be32, 0x003de160, 0x7f804800 ] # cmpw cr7,r0,r9
      - [ be32, 0x003de164, 0x419e001c ] # beq cr7,0x003de180
      - [ be32, 0x003de168, 0x3d206e67 ] # lis r9,0x6e67
      - [ be32, 0x003de16c, 0x39294372 ] # addi r9,r9,0x4372
      - [ be32, 0x003de170, 0x7f804800 ] # cmpw cr7,r0,r9
      - [ be32, 0x003de174, 0x419e000c ] # beq cr7,0x003de180
      - [ be32, 0x003de178, 0x801b0f5c ] # lwz r0,0xf5c(r27) // original
      - [ be32, 0x003de17c, 0x4800000c ] # b 0x003de188
      - [ be32, 0x003de180, 0x394a0020 ] # addi r10,r10,0x20 // branch to skip video function
      - [ be32, 0x003de184, 0x7d4803a6 ] # mtspr LR,r10
      - [ be32, 0x003de188, 0x4e800020 ] # blr

PPU-4d5c51503a81a327c2a99427390a395b8dcb3767: #God of War 3 1.00
  "Unlock FPS":
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx, illusion
    Notes: "Unlocks internal timestep calculation, Increase vblank to match your desired framerate.\nThis patch also fixes IGC timing issues at 60FPS and above."
    Patch Version: 2.0
    Patch:
      - [ bef32, 0x00528560, 1000 ]
      - [ bef32, 0x005284b8, 100000 ]
      - [ be32, 0x0026b528, 0x60000000 ] #don't write to target fps
      - [ bef32, 0x0052bee4, 60.0 ] #target fps # read max of 60 for physics stuff
      - [ be16, 0x0026b6e6, 0xe7a8 ] #1000.0f sync stuff
      - [ be16, 0x0026b74a, 0xe7a8 ] #1000.0f sync stuff
      - [ be16, 0x0026b75e, 0xe7a8 ] #1000.0f sync stuff
      - [ be16, 0x001e51b6, 0xe7a8 ] #1000.0f gameplay speed scaling
      - [ be16, 0x002710f6, 0xe7a8 ] #1000.0f video player speed scaling
  "Skip any videos with X button":
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be16, 0x0026fd18, 0x901f ]
  Disable MLAA:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion, ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3resnotes
    Patch Version: 3.0
    Patch:
      - [ byte, 0x52BF2F, 0 ]
      - [ be32, 0x00231248, 0x60000000 ]
  Disable Depth of Field:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x001c13c8, 0x38000000 ]
  Disable Motion Blur:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x001c5700, 0x38000000 ]
  Disable Color Grading (Speedboost):
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion
    Notes: *gow3speedhack
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ byte, 0x52BDA3, 0 ]
  Disable Layered Fog(Speedboost):
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3fog
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x00296994, 0x38000000 ] #Disable Layered fog
      - [ be32, 0x00296ad8, 0x38000000 ] #On pause
  Disable Bloom:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion
    Notes: *gow3bloom
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x00231288, 0x60000000 ]
  Disable Camera sway:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x0015d1b8, 0x38000000 ] #Camera sway
  Skip intro:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion
    Notes: *gow3skipintro
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be16, 0x001e5468, 0x4800 ]

Custom Icon Art by Jjw410

Custom replacement icon art by user Jjw410. Can be switched with original icon by renaming the image "ICON0.PNG" and replacing the file of the same name in the game's "PS3_GAME" directory (it is recommended to retain the original art for safety). Author has centered the original logo and given it a black drop shadow to match the style of the GOW Collection's icon.

GOW3 ICON0.png