2018’s “God of War” was a critical darling and commercial success, and I’ll probably play it after I finish “Ragnarok.” But not having played that original game hasn’t hindered my enjoyment of “Ragnarok” so far, just shy of eight hours.
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At a glance, “Ragnarok’s” onboarding for new players isn’t great. In the menu screen, “Ragnarok” offers an option called “‘God of War’ recap”. Selecting that option plays a video that shows key scenes and snippets of dialogue from the first game, but without any context or connective tissue. It’s not particularly helpful if you’re hoping to learn about the plot of the first game, as it’s aimed at people who need a refresher — not players trying out a God of War game for the first time.
But for someone familiar with what happened in previous games, “Ragnarok” did a good job of explaining key details in the first few hours. Characters say things like “I won’t forgive you for killing my son” and “I’m going to catch you for killing my son”, which gives you some clues about the tone of the first game and how the main characters relate to each other. Second
I haven’t finished “Ragnarok” yet, and it’s likely that some plot beats later in the game demand a deeper understanding of the first game. There are also three older console games as well as some PlayStation Portable handheld games. So far, though, enough New The story just piled up for me enough to make me feel properly invested in what was happening next and without any next-to-them confusion. And my colleagues who have played more have assured me that there is nothing on the horizon that would completely stump me if I hadn’t played the previous games.
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That said, our reviewer, Gene Park, notes that “the context makes for a richer experience,” so here’s a short summary (spoilers, obviously).
The first game features a grim quest in which Kratos and his son, Atreus, mourn the recent death of their late wife/mother, Faye, and wrestle with their own relationship as father and son. As her last request, she asks Jodi to scatter her ashes on the highest peak in the Nine Realms. The request, seemingly innocuous on its face, draws Kratos and Atreus into direct conflict with the Norse gods (which may or may not be her intention). In particular, they are captured by Magni and Modi (sons of Thor) and Baldur (son of Odin and Freya).
Here is the tragedy. Kratos – the god-killer – is tired of turning pantheons into mausoleums and just wants to rest and put his son on a better, less blood-soaked path. By doing so, Kratos hides from Atreus the fact that he is indeed a god. When Kratos finally comes clean, Atreus enters a kind of strange puberty, testing the limits of his powers and finally getting his first taste of blood by killing Modi.
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Kratos spends the rest of the game reining in Atreus while fulfilling his wife’s dying wish. Finally, father and son are confronted by the mad Baldur; When he tries to kill Freya, they kill him. This turns Freya, their one-time ally, against them and begins Ragnarok, a prophesied battle that is said to lead to the death of many Norse gods. After Kratos and Atreus complete their journey to spread Faye’s ashes on a mountain in Jotunheim, the home of demons, it is revealed that Faye was a demon and had a different name to Atreus: Loki, the god of mythology. The End of the Norse Gods.
If you want to play the first game yourself, you have more options than 2018 players. Earlier this year, Sony released a version of the game for PC, which is available on digital video game storefronts such as Steam and The Epic Games. store. The first game is also available for purchase on PlayStation 4 and 5 or as part of the PlayStation Plus Extra subscription service.