God of War Knock-Off is on sale on the Xbox Store

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

God of War Ragnarok is one of the most anticipated games of 2022 and has hyped people all over the world, as the kids say. But it’s only coming to PlayStation consoles. Don’t worry Xbox players, someone spent at least 20 minutes developing an Xbox version of God of war. Except it uh…sucks, looks awful and probably isn’t authorized by Sony.

As noted by Eurogamerthere is a new and fair one cheap action game available on Xbox in which Kratos seems to play the lead role. The game has the not-quite awkward title of Gods of war Zeus or Child and is available for $4.09 in the US. Seems 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 can be broken easily, and there’s no real depth to it. They’re just waves of the same enemy attacking Kratos over and over as he swings around, killing them and earning a point for each vanquished. Almost everything in the game seems to be an asset ripped from somewhere else, including the enemies, who are a monster from a Resident Evil game. Also, the title screen of the game has a different name,”God of warning.”

Here’s the description of the game on the actual store page, which looks alarmingly identical to every other game in the Xbox store:

War Gods Zeus of the Child is a great war game. Destroy all enemies and creatures with the Zeus War Gods of challenge [sic]. Kill them all with your gun. Launch attacks with different combos. Reach the highest monster kills without dying. Feel the power of the warning god.

my box contacted Microsoft about this obvious knock-off and asked the company how it prevents these types of games from appearing in stores.

It looks like this game, which was made in Unity and released on July 26, will is part of the Xbox Creators Program. The idea is to allow smaller teams and solo developers to use their consoles as development equipment, making it easier for people to create games and sell them on Xbox and PC. In theory this is a cool idea that reminds me a lot of the Xbox Indie Program from the 360 ​​era.

But it can also be exploited by mischievous developers looking to flip a few assets to make a quick buck, especially if game vetting isn’t thorough enough. And while this god of war clone is more of a terrible joke than a big deal, I’d be nervous about what else is allowed to slide onto the Xbox store with what seems like a small overview.

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