God of War Ragnarok Preview: Be prepared to let your feelings down
God of War Ragnarok players can expect an emotional wallop that is toughened by a blow from Kratos’ fist. Sony is letting outlets give their impressions of this God of War sequel a few hours before its November 9 release on PS5. If I can say one thing for sure about Ragnarok, it’s that it gets to the point. immediately,
The game begins three years after the end of 2018’s God of War, reminding you of the consequences of the murder of Odin’s son Baldur by Kratos. Odin, the Allfather of the Norse gods, has a heavy presence in the early hours of the game. Without divulging too much about the story, I’d say the first hour is crucial, and developer Sony Santa Monica wants to get you up to speed with minimal fluff. It’s emotional, too, and I couldn’t help thinking about the Pixar film up about how many emotions are experienced so quickly.
There’s no weird tutorial trying to give the impression that Kratos, once the de facto Greek god of war, somehow forgot how to swing his axe, thus requiring some difficult sections that There are mild and strong attacks. Instead, an on-screen message will remind players which buttons to press for certain attacks as Kratos fights off some weak enemies that aren’t long in the game’s story. The early boss battles are as thrilling as they were in the early parts of God of War, but these fights have more story implications than the previous game.
The combat in Ragnarok feels just the same with a few extras. Kratos can use his Blades of Chaos in Ragnarok, as opposed to getting him later in the first game. The blades work in conjunction with his Leviathan axe. Axes use ice magic to deal damage to enemies while blades use fire, which can remove the enemy’s ice defenses causing them damage. Outside of combat, both can be used to manipulate the environment and overcome obstacles. Kratos also has some new moves – the most impressive I’ve seen involve the use of trees and pillars as giant clubs to defeat enemies.
However, the closed areas are a bit tedious. As in the previous game, the locations Kratos travels through are completely linear, with the exception of the side areas where chests and other resources can be found with a little searching. It seems a bit off to talk about a big release in 2022 that doesn’t have much open space to play. It’s not the worst thing, but it sets up feelings of being restrained – at least in this beginning game.
The opening hours of God of War Ragnarok bring players back into the world while teasing them with as many new details as possible. Last God of War fans will be thrilled to jump into the battle but be prepared to let their emotions calm down.
God of War Ragnarok will go live on November 9th for $70and $60 on PS4.