Santa Monica Studio Community Strategist Aaron Kaufman made available some fresh videos today showcasing gauntlets in God of War: Ascension PS3 Multiplayer below.

To quote: Champions! For the 99.9% of you not enjoying the hysteria at Gamescom, fight in the glory of #GauntletsWeek!

Forged by the gods to obliterate your enemies with thunderous force, the dual-wielding Gauntlets Weapon Class will arrive in God of War: Ascension Multiplayer tomorrow, Aug 20th.

These double-fisted weapons will deliver crushing blows to an enemy's ego and face. Pound your enemies down with six new gauntlets, including Zeus, Ares, Hades, Poseidon, the Gladiator Gauntlets, and the legendary Nemean Cestus from God of War 3.

Keep reading for destructive gauntlet tips, and a FIRST LOOK at our new, massive map: the Archimedes Furnace.

Pure Physical Power

With the new Gauntlets Weapon class, you'll be an absolute, mechanical beast in the arena. Here are a few gameplay tips to get you going...

All the gauntlets can charge any of the normal Square attacks, both on the ground and in the air. These attacks have a long range, and can break armor. But they can't be strung in a continuous combo.

Take advantage of the Gauntlets of Ares' hard-hitting, but short, combos by equipping Fury Armor, the Mantle of Ares, and Ares Inferno magic. The gauntlets' L1 special attacks have the ability to break block, and using them as often as possible will break through most defenses and allow for a short, powerful combo. Use the L1+Square special to reach your objective unimpeded, and set fire to enemies brazen enough to stand in the way.

The Nemean Cestus are well paired with Zeus or Ares allegiance Armors and Magic. The L1 special attacks allow the Champion to control the space around him, knocking back foes. These are perfect for guarding a flag carrier, or small maps where the opposition can be easily ringed out.

The Mantles of Zeus or Ares, in addition to a piece of Artemis Armor, can greatly improve the damage potential of the gauntlets, and equipping magic that continually knocks back enemies will force them to approach from a distance, when the L1+Triangle comes into play once more.

Furnace of Archimedes -- First Look

Launching later this week with our 1.11 update: an epic, free new map...

Marked by Archimedes' colossal tribute to the god Apollo, the Isle of Delos is haunted by madness. Within the belly of this wonder, lies an enormous forge ready to consume any who try to stoke its flames.

Archimedes' Furnace will feature play with Team Favor of the Gods 4v4, Match of Champions 8-player, and Capture the Flag. This is the map we're certain you've been waiting for.

This map has a Steampunk feel, deadly spike traps, and lots of hot metal. We'll stop there and let you discover the rest of the mayhem for yourself.

Guess what? We're not done yet! We've got a pretty killer multiplayer surprise included with the 1.11 update that's going to give you a chance to bring an extreme dose of nostalgia into the arena. Here's a hint.

Gauntlets drop tomorrow, and there's a second set of 6 on the way this September. Go forth and conquer, and make sure to follow us on Twitter and visit our site for weekly updates.

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