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God of War Knock-Off sold on the Xbox Store

A crappy title screen shows Kratos standing in a large, sandy arena.

God of War Ragnarok is one of the most anticipated games of 2022 and thrills people all over the world as the kids say. But that only comes to PlayStation consoles. Well, don’t worry Xbox gamers, someone spent at least 20 minutes developing an Xbox version of God of the war. Except this, uh… it sucks, it looks terrible, and it’s probably unauthorized by Sony.

As spotted by Eurogamerthere is a new and enough cheap action game available on Xbox that seems to feature Kratos. The game has the not at all awkward title of Gods of War Zeus of the Child and is available for $4.09 in the US. Sounds like a deal, until you see the game in action

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The game has no sound effects or music, limited animations that are easily broken, and there’s no real depth. It’s just waves of the same enemy attacking Kratos over and over again as he flails around, killing them and earning a point for each defeated. Almost everything in the game seems to be an asset mined from elsewhere, including the enemies, who appear to be a monster from a resident Evil Game. Also, the title screen of the game has a different name, “god of warning.”

Here’s the game’s description from its current store page, which looks suspiciously identical to any other game on the Xbox store:

War Child Zeus Gods is an excellent war game. Destroy all enemies and creatures with the Zeus gods of war of challenge [sic]. Kill them all with your weapon. Launch attacks with various combos. Achieve the highest number of monster kills without dying. Feel the power of the warner god.

Kotaku contacted Microsoft about this clear knock-off and asked the company how it prevents these types of games from appearing in the store.

It appears this game, which was made in Unity and released on July 26, is part of the Xbox Creators Program. The idea is to let small teams and solo developers use their consoles as development gear, making it easier for people to make games and sell them on Xbox and PC. In theory, it’s a cool idea that reminds me a lot of the Xbox Indie Program of the 360 ​​era.

But it also has the potential to be abused by rogue developers looking to flip a few assets to make a quick buck, especially if game verification isn’t thorough enough. And while that God of the war clone is more of a terrible joke than a big deal, I’d be nervous about what’s allowed to slip onto the Xbox store with what seems like little oversight.



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