God of War: Ragnarok is the upcoming eleventh installment in the action-adventure series that began in 2005. The franchise has since become Sony’s flagship offering. The highly anticipated title is set to release on November 9 and the developers have released a brief trailer showcasing its immersive gameplay.

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A sequel to 2018’s God of War, the upcoming installment will see players take control of Kratus and Atreus in a fantasy realm ruled by Norse gods. While everyone eagerly awaits Ragnarok, here are some options to try to get into the groove of things before Sony’s main-course offering launches next month.

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5 God of War: Ragnarok Alternatives You Should Check Out Today

1) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

  • Developer: Ninja Doctrine, QLOC
  • Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Microsoft Windows

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A dark and gloomy story-driven title, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is heavily influenced by Norse mythology, which is evident in its lore. However, it’s the game’s brutal hack-and-slash combat that makes this entry famous.

In addition to the heavy narrative and fast-paced combat, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice also has some puzzle-solving elements, making it an interesting alternative to try while waiting for God of War: Ragnarok.


2) Darksiders

  • Developer: Vigil Games, THQ Nordic, Airship Syndicate, Gunfire Games, KAIKO
  • Available on: Linux; Microsoft Windows; Nintendo Switch; Play Station 3; Play Station 4; Wii U; Xbox 360; Xbox One; stadia; and online

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Released in 2010, Darksiders is a wonderfully crafted action-adventure game. It features a lot of hack-and-slash-based combat and offers combo and combat mechanics similar to the God of War games.

In addition to its GOW-inspired approach to combat, Darksiders features dungeons and puzzles that may remind one of the Legend of Zelda franchise. The title has an over-the-top comic book art style that sets it apart from other hack-and-slash action-adventure games.


3) Dante’s Inferno

  • Developer: EA
  • Available on: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita

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Inspired by the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s poem, InfernoDante’s Inferno is an action-adventure title that reimagines the crusader knight’s exploits described in the poem.

This unique action-adventure thriller features similar gameplay and combat mechanics to older titles in the GOW series. The only difference is that the Greek and Norse pantheons in the God of War games have been replaced by some of the major heroes of Christendom.


4) Castlevania: Lord of Shadows

  • Developer: Mercury Steam, Kojima Productions, Climax Studios
  • Available on: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360

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Another title released in 2010, Castlevania: Lords of Shadows is very worthy. It offers massive boss fights, a gorgeous gothic art style, and an intense hack-and-slash combat system.

Gabriel Belmont, the compelling storyline and equally likable hero of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is an ideal choice to wait for God of War: Ragnarok.


5) Assassin’s Creed: The Odyssey

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Available on: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia and Amazon Luna

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This is a game that needs no introduction. Anyway, here’s one. A legendary action-adventure title that truly embraces the open-world genre, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey takes players on an epic journey to ancient Greece. Gamers will experience the tension between the powerful Greek city-states of Sparta and Athens in what later became known as the Peloponnesian Wars.

Players can choose a faction of their choice and shape the course of the Peloponnesian War through their secret actions. The storyline is vast, with numerous side quests on offer. If players grab the title now, they’ll have to play God of War: Ragnarok simultaneously with Ubisoft’s offering.

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