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God of War Ragnarök (2022), 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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked God of War Ragnarök 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Language and Violence. 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 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. 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 £49.99 to £69.99.
 

God of War Ragnarök

Steam Store PC £49.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £69.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £69.99
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/11/2022, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 52 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica)


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