God of War Ragnarök Review

Introduction

God of War Ragnarök is the ninth instalment in the God of War series and the sequel to 2018’s God of War. Continuing with the Norse mythology theme, the game is set in ancient Norway and features the series favourite protagonists Kratos, the former Greek God of War, and his young son Atreus.

The game is expected to kick off the events of Ragnarök, where Kratos and Atreus must journey to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as they prepare for the prophesied battle that will end the world.

Review

What can I say about this incredible game – adventure, family, heartache and friends are the foundation of this game’s story; and I am here for all of it.

I went into the game knowing it would be long, and some 44+ hours later, it’s over. I mean, it’s not completely over, as there are still plenty of side quests to venture on, and collectibles to search for, but the main story (bar 2 epilogue quests) is over.  

The music fit so perfectly, and I know that the series’ music is always beautiful – however the score to Ragnarök is just stunning, right to the final song that plays as the credits roll. I’ve had it on repeat in the car for about a week now.

The combat is ridiculous, as you’d expect, but so much fun. There was one issue I had with combat: I felt like the balance of different play-styles was a little off – I was playing on the second easy option (Give Me Grace), and was sure that hardened enemies were depleting too much of my health. But that’s my opinion, plus I’m not the most skilled. The fights are still long and tiring though, no matter what difficulty you play on.

The number of upgrades – weapons, armour, skills etc. – is a lot. There is so much choice, with even more if you opt for a certain side quest where you’re rewarded with a dragon armour set, which is totally worth it, as it looks so, so good.

The story, characters and clifftop views are what made this game so amazing for me – yes, the combat is epic, however at its core, there’s this sweet story about a man and his son – and how both of them change during this world altering adventure they’re on together.

If you’ve played the previous God of War games, you’ll no doubt be playing this anyway, and only wanted to read this review to see how epic the game is.

Well, believe me when I tell you – it’s epic!

Aside from a few glitches and the difficulty options being a little off – I have nothing negative to say at all. I absolutely loved it.

If you’re looking to platinum, I would allow up to 50 hours to do so. There are some painful fights to win, and lots of collecting.

Rating

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Story
  • Characters
  • Stunning views and graphics

Cons:

  • Little glitchy here and there
  • Challenging combat depending on difficulty setting – in my opinion

Summary

Overall, one of the best games I’ve played this year.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer Twitter: SIE Santa Monica Studio
PSN Store Links: £69.99/€79.99 Europe / $69.99 North America
Trophy Information: 36. 40-platinum 1 / Gold 4 / Silver 15 / Bronze 16

Images – https://www.igdb.com/

God of War Ragnarök – Launch Trailer

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