Sony has released a new trailer for its upcoming title—God of War: Ascension. The trailer gives us a glimpse of the co-op gameplay, instead of the multiplayer deathmatch and single-player gameplay trailers we've seen so far. Dubbed the Trial of the Gods trailer, it shows a “Horde” mode, similar to the ones present in many other games, including Gears of War.

It looks like the game will feature the same fast-paced combat the series is famous for, and the co-op battles will give you access to abilities you wouldn't normally have in single-player. An example of such abilities would be one of the players crouching so that the other player can run and jump off the first player's back to launch an aerial assault on the enemies.

The last trailer we saw was released back in February. If it is anything to go by, Ascension will be just as epic as God of War III was, if not more. The trailer shows huge levels and it looks like bosses are set to be even more spectacular this time around. The trailer also shows Kratos using something akin to telekinesis to lift and move objects. The game will undoubtedly have puzzles revolving around the new power.

The demo for God of War: Ascension is available in two flavours—a demo for the single player and a beta for the multiplayer. The multiplayer beta is only available to those with a PlayStation Plus subscription.

When you start playing the beta, your first stop is the Rotunda of Olympus, where you learn the nitty-gritties of gruesome gladiator combat. Here you'll pick up vital techniques on special attacks, blocking, parrying and combos.

The demo for God of War: Ascension has been released

Co-op seems like a good idea for the game

These early battles are essential to master as the computer-controlled opponents are a lot more forgiving than other fellow gamers you'll face in the multiplayer modes. 

Before you leave the Rotunda of Olympus, you have to choose which god you'll pledge your allegiance to. In this Beta, you can pick between Zeus and the Greek god of war, Ares.

The God of War series tells the story of Kratos, who was a soldier from Sparta. Kratos was a servant of the gods and worked primarily to defeat the enemies of Olympus and run from his past. The first game begins with Kratos declaring, “The gods of Olympus have abandoned me,” and flinging himself over the tallest cliff in Greece; the rest of the game details how and why this happens. The game mostly takes place in the temple of Pandora where Kratos must find the power to stop Ares from destroying Athens.

God of War: Ascension is set to be released for the PlayStation 3 next week on March 13.

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