This game is rated PEGI 18
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Blood-splatter, Decapitation, Dismemberment, Gore, Graphic Violence and Killed.
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Posted: 11 weeks ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.
You play Kratos, the Greek god of strength, three years after the end of the previous instalment in the series. After a three-year-long winter finally ends, fulfilling a prophecy that Ragnarök, the end of the world, is coming, you and your son Atreus set out on an epic quest to prevent disaster. As you fight fell monsters and legendary gods, you try and prevent Atreus from following in your footsteps and embracing the path of violence, and wrestle with your responsibility and love for him as you play.
The gameplay focuses on fast-paced and frenetic fights, where you use your mythical axe and double-chained blades to defeat an assortment of monsters and enemies. You also use your shield to block incoming attacks and can even time your actions perfectly so that you cancel their attack and deal damage simultaneously, but doing so risks taking enormous damage should you miss the perfect timing. You can upgrade your weapons and abilities, imbuing your weapons with magical powers that allow you to solve puzzles that let you deal damage in unusual ways or find secret paths forward. As you progress, you can find hidden secrets and treasures which give you an advantage, so keeping a lookout at all times pays off.
The result is a demanding and challenging yet also engaging and fun game that requires precise timings and lightning-fast reflexes to beat. Overcoming the myriad challenges the game has to offer is hugely rewarding, as is watching the grand narrative unfold before you.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence and Blood and Gore.
14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Combat is very fast-paced as you quickly launch attacks at just the right moment, and parry incoming attacks precisely. A high degree of skill is required, and players should be able to cope with being killed often, especially in later fights. There are good settings to help reduce these barriers for players comfortable with the hard-hitting nature of the action.
God Of War Ragnarök Digital Deluxe Edition
God of War Ragnarök
There are several versions of the game you can buy:
- Standard Edition for PlayStation 4.
- Standard Edition for both PlayStation 5 and 4.
- Digital Deluxe Edition (digital only) for PlayStation 5, which includes the game and some extra cosmetic items, the artbook, and the soundtrack.
- Collector's Edition (physical only) for PlayStation 5, which contains the Deluxe Edition game, and some physical items like some dwarven dice and a replica of Mjölnir, the famous hammer.
- Jötnar Edition (physical only) for PlayStation 5, which contains the Collector's Edition, a vinyl soundtrack and some more physical items.
Accessibility was a big focus during the development of the game, and this video from PlayStation highlights some of the features.
There is extensive customisation of the controls and control scheme available, and numerous aids which reduce the number of controls you need to manage, including camera controls, aim assist, and automatic item pickup. While there are some actions that require simultaneous buttons to be pressed, the entire game can be played without these actions. You can change between most difficulty settings at any time, but the hardest difficulty can only be selected at the start of the game and cannot be lowered without restarting.
You can greatly increase the time you have for time-limited actions and puzzles, but during combat, you still need to fight and parry quickly.
Text throughout the game can be made large and is high contrast, and subtitles can be extensively customised, for example, to make each character have a different colour text, or show the speaker's name. Environment noises can also be displayed as text, but the speaker's tone can't be. Additionally, you can add an indicator to the subtitles to show the direction from which the sound is coming. The in-game screen reader can narrate the in-game menus and other text.
You can make it so that with the push of a button the camera automatically faces your goal or destination. The high contrast mode makes each character and interactive object a single and unique bright colour that makes them easy to distinguish. You can also make it so that collectables and secrets have an increased contrast to the background. Although the game offers many features to aid blind players, as stated by Sightless Kombat it's not completable for players without sight without sighted assistance. "How much you can do without assistance will still unfortunately depend on your level of vision."
Both this article from PlayStation and this article from Can I Play That go in-depth on the many accessibility settings and show screenshots of the settings menu, with the PlayStation article containing videos for some of the more unique settings.
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