Having replayed God of War (PS2) over the last week before the release of this game I've gotta say the adaptation was rough. The mix between the new control scheme, Kratos being relatively weak at the start and enemies being far tougher than in other games made for some early frustrations. My first encounter with Heavy Draugr was a particularly painful one.
Then you level up, gain armor, weapon upgrades, new abilities for Kratos and Atreus and it gets really really fun. It gets even better when you reach the Lake of Nine and things open up in a grandiose way, I've spent a few hours doing side quests before continuing with the main plot and it was all entertaining stuff (especially freeing the dragon)
This is pretty much me. I started the game on hardest difficulty and I was regretting it a lot. The Heavy Draugr at the beginning frustrated me alot. I basically died a lot in the beginning because only a few hits can kill you and I was still learning the controls and how to play. Coming from the older games and trying to play like those got me killed a lot. The close camera got me killed a lot. The combos in the beginning was so basic and I died a lot.
Once, you get to the point where you can upgrade your stuff and especially Kratos Son, things open up a lot. Thank goodness I poured most of my exp into him early because he really makes a difference in how you play the game on the harder difficulty. The story and gameplay has kept me going and pace wise I am enjoying the game much more now. I am not sure if I will say that this is the best GOD of the series since GOW2 was my favorite but I will say that its right up there.