I went into playing Ascension with a lot of high expectations. While it is fair to say that many of those expectations were met (graphics, gameplay, combat system), there was also that hmmmmm element to it, as in hhmmmm, isn't this getting a little too same old, same old? I also thought that for a GoW title, the game was also very short. Don't get me wrong, as a huge franchise fan, for what Ascension delivers, it is a good game. Just not quite very good. A slight disappointment, though still well worth buying. I think it suffers from GoW 3 being so phenomenal, and players wondering where do you go from there and how do you top that? In all, if you're a fan, buy it, if you just want to give it a try, I'd rent it first then make an informed choice.