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God of War (2018) is an adventure fighting game where You play super-strong Norse fantasy hero Kratos, as he takes his son Atreus on a brutal quest in the wake of his mother’s death. The exploration, puzzle-solving, climbing and fighting gameplay intertwine with a mythological family drama played out in a dramatic Scandinavian landscape. While Kratos confidently handles all manner of enemies, he struggles to find the strength to connect with his son, who is coming to terms with the loss of his mother.

The beauty of the world through which they pass and the singular confidence of Kratos in battle make the unfolding of their relationship both fascinating and at times heartbreaking. This turns the common power-fantasy video game on its head. Atreus needs care and nurturing rather than protection from his father, something which, like the gorgeous world they traverse, takes the whole game to fully navigate.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked God of War 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 25 hours to complete. The main story of the game can be completed in 16 hours, but taking it at a steady pace will result in more like 25 hours. To see all of the game takes at least 50 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for gross violence towards human characters, violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters and the use of sexual expletives. Violence in the game is mostly towards fantasy characters. Fantasy characters can be torn apart and decapitated by the player character, either by using an axe, a sword or the character's bare hands. When human characters are hit they make pained sounds and blood effects are shown upon impact of strikes, but it is not the same as the violence against fantasy characters. There is a scene in the game in which a young boy is grabbed by the throat, stabbed in the shoulder and carried away. There is also a scene in which a human characters neck is snapped during a close-up, with both characters covered in blood at the time. Another scene shows a human character being hit with an axe multiple times, with the final blow landing between his eyes, killing him instantly before the player character pulls the axe from his face. The game also contains the use of the word “*!@?*” and its derivatives.

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

Skill Level

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. Players need the skill to take on fast battles and precise aiming. Even on easier settings this is a hard game and presents some reaction and quick pressing barriers that players may find difficult.

CostsCosts

God of War usually costs £39.99.
 

God of War

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The Digital Deluxe version added the bonus armour, weapons, digital comic and digital artbook. But this is not available as an in-game purchase. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/04/2018

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Narrative, Role-Play, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica)


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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