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God of War Ragnarok Review

A genuine blockbuster

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 👨‍👦

God of War Ragnarok is also available for PS4

God of War Ragnarok is rated Mature by the ESRB

Kratos is back in his biggest game yet so get ready for one epic adventure that's full of action and puzzles; it's God of War Ragnarok.

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The conflicting character personas are exciting to watch

God of War returns

First of all, I want to discuss a lot about God of War Ragnarok but I don't want to spoil a thing so I'm going to write this review as generically as I can while also explaining what you can expect to the best of my ability. For starters, the story is superb complete with top-notch acting, unexpected moments, bits of levity, awe-inspiring scenes, and plenty of heart. For example, Kratos' son Atreus has a deep affection for animals that's shown throughout the story which is the part that personally connected with me the most seeing as I'm a bear. Meanwhile, the relationships are complicated and even those who you'd expect to be villains have surprising complexity. v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106

Thankfully, everything is presented with jaw-dropping visuals whether it's in characters' facial expressions or the gorgeous environments that you'll explore along the way. Plus, the orchestral score is excellent and the effects make combat visceral and instinctual.

Brutal combat

Speaking of combat, God of War Ragnarok allows you to set up your loadout by swapping gear and various skills which allows you to personalize what you're capable of when going against the many varieties of enemies. This becomes crucial when you start to battle monsters that are tricky to defeat as you'll have to incorporate certain strategies such as having a battle partner weaken them with an arrow before you rush them. There are so many skills to master and pieces of gear to unlock and upgrade that it's fantastic. However, the gameplay remains impressively intuitive and I never forgot how to pull off moves. Having recently enjoyed Bayonetta 3, this was rather refreshing as that game made my head spin at times. The bosses are superb, too, with some being more memorable than others.

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This might just be the most beautiful cave in all of gaming

Clever puzzles

Another aspect of God of War Ragnarok that I thoroughly enjoyed was its puzzles. Every one of them is practical so you really have to use your wits to accomplish things like hold giant doors open, create bridges to cross gaps, and activate nodes by deflecting axe throws. The balance of exploration, combat, and puzzles is impeccable as well. With that being said, there were more than a few times when I found myself wandering around aimlessly even with a character giving me verbal hints. Thankfully, you can enable accessibility options that actually help a bit with puzzle solutions. I would have been completely lost without enabling those from time to time. 😅

General thoughts

Before ending this purposely brief review, I wanted to share some miscellaneous thoughts that I have about God of War Ragnarok. First, I couldn't help but feel like I've experienced everything it has to offer gameplay-wise in other games as it doesn't do anything particularly unique. For example, I was constantly on the edge of my seat as I played The Last of Us Part II and whenever I stopped playing Elden Ring, I kept thinking about it. With God of War Ragnarok, it felt amazing to play it yet it didn't really bring out any similar feelings.

Anyway, an aspect that I find to be just awesome is the fact that there are oodles of collectibles to discover and extra missions to accomplish which are exceptionally rewarding, especially if you're a perfectionist. When you consider just how lengthy and absolutely jam-packed the main campaign is, it's phenomenal that there's so much additional content to explore as well.

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The puzzles will certainly put your practical thinking to the test

Everything in God of War Ragnarok is carefully crafted to create a superb experience both cinematically and when it comes to gameplay. It may not break any new ground in the world of gaming but what's here is still undeniably awesome.

  • + Outstanding combat that features tons of cool moves yet remains intuitive
  • + Top-notch cinematic qualities
  • + Clever puzzles and nifty collectibles
  • - Doesn't really do anything revolutionary
  • - Some parts will have you wandering around
9.1 out of 10
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Official trailer for God of War Ragnarok
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