God of War Two Years on, and What We Can Expect From Ragnarok

By Chris Hall
God of War Kratos

Since its original conception back in 2005, God of War has taken us on a journey through a deluge of greek mythology. This has no doubt become one of the most beloved action-adventure games of recent years, and deservedly so.

Kratos has proven himself as a Demi-god – battling his way through the deities of ancient Greece – but after all he’s been through, he was still unable to find lasting peace.

The latest installment in the God of War series is a fresh re-imagining of Kratos, taking us away from the pantheon of ancient Greek gods, and into a new world adorned by the deities of Norse mythology.

[Two years on from its initial release, it was time for another playthrough.]

Santa Monica’s 2018 release takes us on a new journey, but it’s no longer about one demi-god’s crusade against the higher powers – as Kratos shares his new journey with his son, Atreus.

Now showing his age, Kratos battles his way through the Fjords of the northlands, teaching his son the ways of combat, as well as trying to mould Atreus into a better version of himself. The battle-hardened Kratos we know from the previous games evidently shows his more humanistic nature when it comes to nurturing his son.

The world of the Norse is stunning. Ancient ruins rise out of the waters, as symbols of the glorious days of old, the snow-capped mountains host beautiful waterfalls and treacherous blizzards, and the stone cobbled paths are glazed over with the leaves of Autumn

God of War snow mountain

Santa Monica has done a phenomenal job when it comes to capturing the stories and imagination of Norse mythology – combined with breathtaking world-building that encourages players to explore.

After a second playthrough, the game is as beautiful as ever. The attention to detail is stunning – noticing new things the second time round’ that I hadn’t seen before. If you haven’t relived the 2018 God of War experience, I highly recommend it before going into God of War: Ragnarok. Even better, why not play it on the PS5?

God of War PS5 Upgrade

If you’re planning on playing God of War for the first time on the PS5 console you’re in for a treat. The PS5 upgrade will be playable in up to 60 frames-per-second, and if you’ve played it before on the PS4, you can even transfer your saved game over so you don’t have to start from scratch.

We can only hope for a resolution upgrade – nothing has been announced yet – but the game in 4k would be stunning. For now, though, we can only dream.

God of War: Ragnarok

The new God of War: Ragnarok game was teased to us in a minute-long trailer recently. Nothing is really known about the game as yet, but we can speculate as to what might be included.

The most obvious speculation is that Ragnarok will include new weapons and armour for Kratos. I’d imagine the devs would include a special weapon from Norse mythology, like the Gungnir, or the Angurvadal.

Dwarves are pivotal in Norse mythology as the best craftsman. Having crafted items such as Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir, and the chains of Fenrir, the Gleipnir. It wouldn’t surprise me if we see more of the Dwarven race in the game, as those who craft the armour and weapons of Kratos, as well as helping out with quests.

There have been suggestions from the fans of the previous game, that more boss fights should be included in the next game. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see appearances from Loki and Thor, and even the Valkyrie. According to Norse mythology, Fenrir will break free when Ragnarok happens, so a boss fight with Fenrir might well be on the cards.

A visit to Valhalla would complete the Norse theme, and given the beauty of the previous game, a trip to Valhalla would be no less than stunning.

Whatever the developers decide to include in God of War: Ragnarok, there’s no doubt it will be well-worth playing, given the previous God of War experience. It’s a game I’m definitely hyped about!

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