God of War Ragnarok

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Embark on an epic and heartfelt journey as Kratos and Atreus struggle with holding on and letting go.

From Santa Monica Studio comes the sequel to the critically acclaimed God of War (2018). Fimbulwinter is well underway. Kratos and Atreus must journey to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for a prophesied battle that will end the world. Along the way they will explore stunning, mythical landscapes, and face fearsome enemies in the form of Norse gods and monsters. The threat of Ragnarök grows ever closer. Kratos and Atreus must choose between their own safety and the safety of the realms.
Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Developer SIE Santa Monico Studio
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment
Player Count 1
HomePage https://www.playstation.com/en-au/games/god-of-war-ragnarok/

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December 19th, 2022

Thursday night, I was sitting on the couch wondering if my second wind would kick in. The week was almost over, and I hadn’t played anything since Saturday. Not even a couple of games of Cartographers on my phone! Rabbit came in and checked on me, and asked about my plans for the night. That’s when I decided I would finally sit up and play God of War Ragnarok.

Tired, stressed, and almost making myself play games. Not a great place to start to try and relax from. But 10 minutes into God of War Ragnarok, I felt considerably more relaxed and content than I had in a couple of weeks!

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My face looks like this at the end of most days lately

I only played for the first couple of hours. My thinking was I would sit and get things in, and at worst restart on the weekend once I felt better. God of War Ragnarok was like putting on your favourite jacket. I was instantly pulled into the game. I enjoyed the no-nonsense straight into the deep-end introduction.

If you played God of War 2018, you have a pretty good idea of what I mean. God of War Ragnarok did dial this up to 11 though. There was action, emotion, mystery and of course tutorial prompts. It was amazing! 🙂

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Reading Kratos’s journal is a nice change of perspective

It might be Christmas before I play God of War Ragnarok again. There is a solid chance I will replay the first section again. Not because I was unhappy with my progress, but because I would like Rabbit to see the first hour especially. Also, I do need to cement the controls into my muscle memory. Bloodborne and Callisto Protocol coupled with being tired means dodging is interesting at the moment!

It will be good to make my way through God of War Ragnarok over the break. I don’t think I will finish it before 2023, but I intend to make a solid dent in the story at least.

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Hello Thor. I can’t imagine how anyone that saw this in 2018 felt seeing this silhouette.

January 18th, 2023

I have to admit, naming Sifu as my game of the year for 2022 was a tough decision. I can’t help but think that if I had finished God of War Ragnarok before making that decision, it might have been different.

The gameplay in God of War Ragnarok is everything you would expect from the series – it’s fantastic. But the story… wow. It’s hard to talk about it without giving anything away, but let’s just say there are plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing. Even when I thought I knew where the story was headed, it still managed to surprise me.

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The combat and story tie together nicely in Ragnarok

One particular story beat really caught me off guard and hit me harder than I expected. I finished the main story close to my normal bedtime, but I just had to keep going and follow the storyline in the post-game. I ended up staying up an extra hour, it was that engaging.

Now that I’ve finished the main story, I’ve been exploring the realms and wondering if I want to go for the Platinum trophy. I’m hovering around 80% completion on each realm, and most of the trophies seem to be tied to completing all the tasks. I’ve also encountered one of the post-endgame bosses, Gna, and I have to admit, I’m not quite ready to take her on yet. I’ve come close to defeating her, but I haven’t quite been able to finish the job.

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The bosses are just differnet enough each time to feel like a fresh challenge

I do have some time before the Dead Space remake comes out, and I’m thinking about whether or not I want to try for the Platinum trophy. The combat tests have been fun so far, and I know they’ll only get harder. Gna’s fight was punishing, but I’ve earned Platinum trophies in games like Bloodborne and Elden Ring, so I know it’s possible. I’ll have to see next week if I decide to go for it or not.

January 25th, 2023

Last week I was wondering if I would be able to Platinum God of War Ragnarok. I had a blast exploring the nine realms at leisure, and I got pretty close to finding everything in a couple of them. I even used a collectibles guide to help me find those sneaky ravens and chests. It only took me about 30-45 minutes of exploring to come close, so I could clear a realm in an hour.

So, what does this have to do with the Platinum? Well, after finding everything, there are only a couple of combat-related trophies left to earn the Platinum. And when each trophy is just a single fight, it’s usually the push I need to go for it. Resident Evil Village is only one trophy away, but that’s a lot of fights as I need to clear Mercenaries mode (still).

So, what did I do on Saturday night and Sunday morning?

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The battle with Gna is the challenge you expect it to be

That’s right – I earned the Platinum for God of War Ragnarok! First Platinum down for 2023!

But now, I’m faced with a bit of a dilemma. The Dead Space remake is coming out soon, and I know I’ll want to jump into that. But the new Fire Emblem game is also coming out, and I haven’t even started Three Houses yet. Both games are time sinks, so I don’t want to start and then stop in a few days with Dead Space.

As I’m writing this earlier than normal, I’m still wondering what I decided to play next. But I’ll be sure to update you next time!