One of the most anticipated games of 2013 is almost upon us. But "almost" isn't enough for the hardcore fans. They wanna play it now .

So be it. Hit up the PlayStation Store today to download the free single-player demo of God of War: Ascension ; it's now available to all PS3 users. In the sample, you will have to escape the epic Prison of the Damned and at the same time, you can experience the adventure's new advanced combat.

As detailed over at the PlayStation Blog , the features that await us in Ascension consist of making a stand against a "Titanic beast and its infected legions," unleashing your burning Rage in fiery explosions, impaling enemies on your chained blades and using those hapless foes as wrecking balls, etc. Sounds like a blast. And when you're done, you can check out the new entry in the "Unchained" video series.

Also, don't forget about the legendary multiplayer DLC weapon the developers created in partnership with the History Channel (and their new "Vikings" mini-series). The Hammer of Thor will be available exclusively to those who pre-order God of War: Ascension at Best Buy. Pre-ordering at GameStop nets you a different bonus .

March 12 isn't far off!