We Review Gods With God Of War Ragnarok
God Of War Ragnarok. Possibly the most anticipated game of 2022 and a game that has quite big boots to fill, being part of an iconic and successful game series. Could this one live up to everything the previous titles have succeeded at? or will it flop and be the one that just didn’t quite make it?
After personally having played the 2018 version of God of War we had high hopes for this one. Though with high expectations come even greater disappointment.
Anyway whilst browsing through the numerous game settings we liked the fact that this game has been created for all walks of life, including those with hard of hearing. Who have the ability to increase the subtitle size and have captions with darker and easier to read backgrounds. Plus many other features to help increase the overall experience.
As we continued to play with the settings we were also given the ability to either favour quality over framerates, for those that prefer richer detail in their games or perhaps you find yourself preferring faster load speeds and thus better framerates, either way both options were there to choose from.
For those who have yet to play the previous God Of War games then you will get the opportunity to enjoy a quick recap so you know what you are getting yourself into. Trust me you do want to play the previous titles, they are quite amazing and the God of War series did not win popularity points or awards for nothing, it was earned and deserved.
God of War Ragnarok is set several years after the events of the previous 2018 God of War title. With father and son (Kratos and Atreus) still trying to live life as a somewhat normal family. Of course all of that does not last long until things start to unfold and life sort of gets in the way. That is when our actual story begins.
Speaking of story, this one opens up very similarly to the 2018 God of War. By this I mean we are treated to an action packed opening section of the game, so it isn’t long until we become somewhat invested.
As previously mentioned, this game takes place after the 2018 title and is very much a tale of revenge, gods, mixed emotions, and family.
The skills and abilities within God of War Ragnarok play a slightly different role to that of the previous God of War title. For one these abilities require us to continue to use them as we progress through the game. From there we will
then reach the abilitie’s Gold Tier. Once that occurs we can then purchase a MOD Token which will increase the abilitie’s stats from Damage, Protection, and Momentum. Further increasing that abilities overall effectiveness and allowing
us to only focus on using abilities that we, as players, prefer to use.
The combat plays very much like the previous title in terms of playing as the iconic character of Kratos. However, now we also get to play as his son, Atreus, too. Allowing us to play a mix of both ranged and melee rather than just
the latter. It took us a little bit of time to get used to Atreus’s combat mechanics. His ranged bow attacks do feel rather slow and clunky sometimes but it does have its uses.
God Of War Ragnarok takes everything that worked well in the previous 2018 title and further enhances and improves it. It really does feel like the developers do put in a lot of effort into their titles and nothing gets left untouched. Everything feels like its been well polished and there isn’t many gripes to be had within the game.
The story is incredible right from the start and all the way to the finish. Certain aspects to the story might be debatable in terms of keeping fans and players invested, such as one of the key story points that crops up quite often throughout the entire game. Which is a sign of excellent story writing.
There are plenty of side activities to complete for those that are perhaps seeking a quick break from the rollercoaster storyline. These activities range in all sorts of different variety, from side quests to collectibles. Each has been
treat with a lot of attention to detail, like the rest of the game. Some of the more familiar optional content also makes a return.
The characters are enjoyable and you do easily get emotionally attached to them. Due to the major key point of the story, some might get so emotionally attached that they get more anxious as the story continues. That is just
a personal perspective, of course. I’ll admit not all of the characters were interesting, particularly the newer cast. Though they might have a name that helps identify them as a key iconic figure. They just were not interesting.
I found myself not really caring for them as much. That might be due to the lack of screen time or just simply me being a bit biased.
Overall I can’t really fault the title. The developers did a great job with this one. Though I will admit it is becoming more and more evident that the story is trying to focus more on Atreus. Similarly to the Devil May Cry series and how that too is
heading in a similar direction with their character. Sign of the times. I’m so much of a Kratos fangirl that I’m finding it difficult to get used to. Still if I ever do pull my head out of the clouds I’m sure I’ll accept it eventually.
Developer: Santa Monica Studio
Release Date: November 9th, 2022
Platforms: Playstation 4, Playstation 5
Genre: Action Adventure
Main Story Length: 20-30 hours
Platform Reviewed On: Playstation 5
Overall Rating: 4/5
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