I have a confession to make. I have never been a fan of the God of War franchise. I know, it’s crazy. They never appealed to me and I had never even played one until the 2018 edition on the PlayStation 4. However, with Ragnarok on the horizon and those very fun ads featuring Ben Stiller, Lebron James, and John Travolta, I figured now was a good time to start.

With all of that being said, even though I’m not a huge fan of this particular franchise, I loved this game. I felt like while it felt very similar to the previous entry in the series, it offered enough new content to keep me engaged. Stringing together combos, learning new skills, and a few additional gameplay mechanics I won’t mention to avoid spoilers makes this game a must-own game, especially if you have your hands on a PS5. 

It doesn’t hurt that the game, while available on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, made the best use of the PS5 tech. Each location I would venture off to would look better than the last, specifically Asgard. The character models, specifically Thor and Odin, were absolutely stunning. Visually, this game was worth the wait. 

The voice acting is top notch. We can sit around and praise Christopher Judge and Sunny Suljic for their portrayals as Kratos and Atreus, but in my opinion, the real stars were Richard Schiff and Ryan Hurst who brought Odin and Thor to life. 

God of War Ragnarok kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I found myself way more attached to these characters than I thought possible, given my general feelings towards the franchise. My only regret is that I did not buy in sooner. If you own a PlayStation 5, this is a must own game. 

A game of the year contender emerges.
Overall
10/10
10/10

Summary

Excellent storytelling, visuals, and voice acting combine to give us a strong game of the year contender.

Pros

  • Excellent storytelling from one of Sony’s brightest teams.
  • Amazing visuals both in the worlds and character designs.
  • Incredible voice acting.

Cons

  • Nothing

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