After the story concluded in 2018’s God Of War, fans of the video game series have been patiently waiting for the father and son duo to return. Finally, on November 9, 2022, developers Santa Monica Studio and publishers Sony Interactive Entertainment announced a worldwide release for God Of War Ragnarök, which is exclusively available on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Like every major video game release, we will give you a spoiler-free review of God Of War Ragnarök, with a few tips and tricks that would have been very helpful to know before we began our journey.
A Recap Of God Of War 2018
Many years have passed since Kratos exacted revenge on the Olympian gods, with his final battle being against his own father, Zeus, in which he emerged victorious. Since then, years have passed, and he has moved to Midgard, located in ancient Norway, and is now in the world of Norse gods, learning how to father his son, Atreus.
Atreus’ mother and Kratos’ second wife, Faye, has passed away, and has entrusted her boys to spread her remains at the highest peak of the nine realms. During this journey, Kratos must learn how to master his rage and embrace his new role as Atreus’ father and mentor.
While progressing through the game, we learn that the catastrophic event known as Ragnarök is on its way, and both father and son are caught in its epicenter.
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Kratos and his son, Atreus, begin to travel through the nine realms searching for ways to prevent Ragnarök, while also uncovering answers and learning the reason why Atreus was named Loki and is prophesized to be the cause of Ragnarök. In desperate need of answers, they embark on their first journey to search for a long-lost Norse god.
The first thing to know when you start the game that you’re going to want to complete the entire 20 to 25 hour story in one sitting. The game boasts similar or even better camera directing when compared to 2018’s Ragnarok, with gameplay having no loading screens and minimal camera cuts, with many dialogue and action sequences happening in a single shot.
Combat has always been fun and extremely exciting in every God of War game. Players control Kratos, a rage-filled demi-god and our favorite protagonist. He carries his famous weapon, the Leviathan Axe, that’s imbued with ice magic and can return to him if displaced, similar to Thor’s Mjolnir. Kratos also carries the Guardian Shield, which was also been used by him in 2018’s God of War but has many more functions in Ragnarök, especially for hand-to-hand combat.
Another one of Kratos’ special weapons is the Blades of Chaos, a double-chained blade that is incredibly versatile and imbued with fire magic. The Blades of Chaos can be swung around and deals large amounts of damage to enemies, while one of their other, and most useful, uses is their ability to be used as grappling hooks.
Maneuver through your surroundings, beat opponents, utilize trophies to open doors; and now AI assistance will provide hints for players to use the Leviathan Axe to clear checkpoints, a puzzle-solving feature seen in practically every God of War game, only you won’t be getting stuck for too long.
Developer Santa Monica Studio has given us one of the best games; although it was delayed for a year due to voice actor Christopher Judge’s health problem, God Of War Ragnarök has been rated 9.9 out of 10 on the IMDb charts, and IGN has given it an impressive 10 out of 10.
There’s not a second in the game that’ll have you criticizing or underwhelmed by the graphics, especially if you have a PlayStation 5, which is currently the only console running the game at 60 frames per second. With the direction of Eric Williams, the game has never stopped capturing our attention, and it will surely keep you entertained.
One of the many things that just blew our minds were the characters’ voiceovers and enhanced, detailed facial expressions, compared to 2018’s God of War.
Tips To Know Before You Start Playing
Although you might not need any of our tips and will figure the game out easily, we’ve listed a few tips that might help you in your future fights, including a few gameplay tips, and a couple more interesting things to know.
Look Out For Chests
There are several important hidden chests that contain hacksilver or raw materials that will help you upgrade your weapons. You should also keep an eye out for Nornir chests that illuminate a dark blue and are sealed off behind runes. You will have to complete a small puzzle, but it will reward you with health and rage upgrades.
Play God Of War Ragnarok on 120 FPS
To enable this feature, you have to own a PlayStation 5 and navigate to your game settings. Locate ‘Performance Mode’ and select ‘High Frame Rate Mode.’ This will only work if your TV supports 120 frames per second.
You Can Pause Cut-Scenes
Knowing that many God of War fans only play God of War games for the lore, the developers included this simple but much-needed feature for God of War Ragnarök players.
Pre-Ice Your Axe Before Fights
With the Leviathan Axe being imbued with ice magic, landing your first attack stuns your enemies, giving you the chance to finish them off with a combo. By using ‘ice up,’ players deal more damage, but have to keep using the ‘triangle button’ to keep reaching the ability.
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