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Video GameGod of War Ragnarök Review
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Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

God of War Ragnarök, the sequel to 2018's God of War, is a hard-hitting fighting narrative game where you traverse the world to battle Norse creatures and gods to prevent Ragnarök, the prophesied end of the world. It continues the first game's story, following Kratos as he desperately tries to shield his son from conflict in the hope of changing his destiny. With wide enemy variety and deep and demanding combat, a thoughtful, heartfelt narrative, and a rich and detailed world to explore, it presents a new, exacting and exciting challenge.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/11/2022

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 51 features

Developer: Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete. Even after finishing the story, there are still plenty of challenges, missions, and battles to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Graphic Violence and Strong Language. This game features graphic violence. When human characters are struck by an axe or sword, they make pained sounds and blood effects are shown. As attacks continue, this can lead to decapitation or dismemberment. Violence against fantasy characters is similarly graphic. The game also contains use of strong language ('f**k').

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence and Blood and Gore.

Skill Rating

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.

CostsCosts

God of War Ragnarök usually costs £59.99 to £69.99.
 

God of War Ragnarök

PlayStation Store PS4 £69.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our God of War Ragnarök Accessibility Report documents 51 accessibility features:
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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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