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God Of War Ragnarök

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: SCEA Santa Monica
Release Date: Nov. 9, 2022

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4. 'God of War: Ragnarok' (PS5/PS4)

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Set a few years after the events of the previous God of War, God Of War Ragnarök is the next installment in the franchise.

Redmond Carolipio: Kratos is a raging dean emeritus of the Sony character stable because of the evolution of his character. His last chapter painted him as a man in full, weary and fully in tune with who he's been as a person and now, with Atreus, a father. I expect a deeper world, layered and emotional storytelling and the kind of action that makes a player yell in his or her couch. Kratos vs. the Norse pantheon is event gaming.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Kratos and The Boy make their triumphant return in the follow-up to 2018's reboot-slash-sequel. Their previous adventures earned them the ire of the entire Norse pantheon, and once again the God of War will have to do what he does best: a whole lot of deicide. You can sum up what makes Ragnarok so exciting in three simple words: Kratos versus Thor. I think we can expect to throw Mjolnir in the final version, and a second take on Kratos against an entire pantheon of gods has the potential to be truly incredible.

Cody Medellin: The PS4 iteration of God of War was both a sequel and a complete overhaul of what the previous games established, and it made for one of the more compelling experiences on that system. Due to the differences in Kratos' behavior more so than the setting, we're now more invested in the storyline, particularly how he starts to handle his son becoming more mature and potentially more powerful. Of course, the satisfying up-close combat with your ax is still there, and it'll be interesting to see where they take the characters this time around.

Andreas Salmen: God of War is one of my favorite games on PS4 (and now PC), so I'm giddy with excitement over how the Norse tales around Kratos and Atreus will come to an end in Ragnarok. At the same time, early footage didn't wow me yet, given that a lot of the mechanics looked similar to the 2018 release. We're going from being surprised by a good narrative game out of nowhere to expecting its sequel to hit the same mark, if not exceed it. That is quite a challenge to pull off, and they might still manage to pull it off.




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