God of War III

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God of War III
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, doesn't seem to reduce stability in GoW 3.

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
Framelimit 60 Can help if you're having issues getting ingame.
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.

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 Santa Monica logo is normal. The game might take up to 5 minutes to progress past this screen.

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"

  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:
  Disable MLAA:
    Games: *gow3-103-title
    Author: illusion, ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3resnotes
    Patch Version: 3.0
    Patch:
      - [ byte, 0x52BF2F, 0 ]
      - [ 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 ]

PPU-4d5c51503a81a327c2a99427390a395b8dcb3767:
  Disable MLAA:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion, ZEROx
    Notes: *gow3resnotes
    Patch Version: 3.0
    Patch:
      - [ byte, 0x52BF2F, 0 ]
      - [ be32, 0x0023137c, 0x60000000 ]
  Disable Depth of Field:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x001c14ac, 0x38000000 ]
  Disable Motion Blur:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: ZEROx
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x001c57e4, 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, 0x00296a90, 0x38000000 ] #Disable Layered fog
      - [ be32, 0x00296bd4, 0x38000000 ] #On pause
  Disable Bloom:
    Games: *gow3-100-title
    Author: illusion
    Notes: *gow3bloom
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x00231288, 0x60000000 ]