God of War: A father in a corrupted Norse world

Kratos and his son Atreus on a boat with the world serpent and surroundings in the background. Photo Credit: Christian Sosa

By Christian Sosa ’20

God of War is the eighth  game in the God of war trilogy. Released April 20. God of War can captivate the minds of all who play it with its beautiful cinematics, its progressive combat system, and nice boat stories that contain lore of the Norse world.

In God of War 4, Kratos, the main protagonist, leaves behind his old Greek mythological roots for a “new” life in the cold world of Norse mythology. In this new world, several years have passed and now Kratos has a son, Atreus,  whom he refers to as boy most of the time. Kratos hangs up his Blades of Chaos for a new weapon called The Levithan Axe which when thrown will return to your hand when called back.

This new world is filled with many side quest/tasks that can be completed alongside the main storyline. The main goal is to reach the highest point of Jotunheim, land of the giants, and spread Faye’s, Atreus’ mom, ashes as her final wish. While that goal may sound simple, it is made difficult through conflict with other Norse gods, a conflict between family, and conflict with traveling between realms.

In God of War, Kratos is equipped with his new Levithan Axe and a Shield, which can be also be used as a weapon. But unlike previous games, you can now find and create new and better armor by performing side quests and gathering materials you find throughout the world. Armor in God of War can provide various boosts to Kratos, either to make him stronger, faster, harder to kill, etc. Kratos can also equip a Talisman which can provide various benefits that could give the upperhand in a fight such as providing a small health boost or slowing down time for a few seconds.

In God of War the combat may seem simple but if take the time to learn and practice, you can chain attacks to create various combos that can stunlock enemies or defeat them with little trouble.  

God of War sticks to its roots by including various puzzles that must be performed in order to progress or in order to get some extra loot. The puzzles can range from simply hitting 3 bells in the right order to using Kratos’ weapon in order to hold the winds of Hel and use it to open doors.

While God of War may have many side quests not all of them are very long nor require too much but there is the occasional side mission that branches into many other, such as freeing the Valkyries from a curse that is corrupting them.

  • Released April 20, 2018
  • Costs 60 usd
  • Rated M
  • Developed by Ready at Dawn, SIE Santa Monica Studio, Daybreak Game Company, and Javaground