God of War: Ragnarok It’s been receiving a lot of praise over the past week, with many praising the game’s many improvements over the original. Enemy variety, updated visuals and most of all an emotionally charged story. This existence RagnarokIt makes perfect sense that all this will have a sense of foreboding overhead.
Kratos, unfortunately, is far from unfamiliar with death. In fact, he provoked Greece’s personal Ragnarok God of War III, and shockingly, it was for truly sympathetic reasons. The story of Kratos is perhaps the most over-the-top Greek tragedy ever written.
Warning: Spoilers for God of War: Ragnarok (2022)
10/10 Ghosts of Sparta’s origins
The whole reason for Kratos’ curse as the Ghost of Sparta dates back to when he first served the god of war, Ares. Tricked by the God of Sorrow, Kratos kills an entire village, their families, in a fit of rage. Terrified, the Spartans broke up with Ares.
The village oracle cursed Kratos to never forget the atrocities he committed, and the ashes of his dead family clung to him like heavy ice. Thus, his skin turned pale and the Ghost of Sparta was born. It holds up painfully even in modern games.
9/10 Kill the Orkos
Kratos has few allies and few friends, but Orkos can become both in a surprisingly short amount of time. He alone among the gods saw the injustice in Kratos’ fate. the whole God of War: Ascension, Orkos, the son of Ares and Fats, is the guide who allows Kratos to navigate the many dangers of his journey. Eventually, Kratos saw Orkos as a friend.
Unfortunately, Kratos is forced to kill Orkos at his own request. Orkos knew that Kratos would never be free of Ares’ ties as long as he lived. Kratos finally found a true friend in the gods, one who was articulate and kind. But fate is a cruel monster, even to his own son.
8/10 Pushing Away Calliope
in Chain of Olympus, Kratos eventually learns that the person behind the attack on the Greek gods was none other than Persephone, the wife of Hades. Despite her ulterior motives, she sympathizes with Kratos and sends him to Elysium to spend his last moments with his daughter Calliope.
Unfortunately, Kratos realizes that if he lets Persephone go with her plan, he and her daughter will be gone as well. In a cruel twist of QTEs reserved for the toughest bosses, the player is forced to push Calliope away from Kratos, absorbing spirits to regain her powers and defeat Persephone. A shocking and visceral scene, but incredibly memorable.
7/10 No family left
in Ghost of Sparta, Kratos sets out to find his long-lost brother, one of the few family members he has left. On the journey, he learns that his mother is cursed with the knowledge of Deimos, but if she tells Kratos, she will turn into a monster. Boldly, she tells Kratos that her son can defeat her monstrous form.
It’s telling that, unlike the other finishers, Kratos doesn’t brutally kill his mother, only stabbing her once in the heart. When he finds Deimos, they fight over a misunderstanding but find they like each other a lot, even facing Thanatos together. Unfortunately, Deimos sacrificed himself to save Kratos’ life. Now, Kratos is all Spartans have left.
6/10 Death of Pandora
in God of War III, finally, at the height of his rage against the gods who betrayed him, and against the equally bitter Titans, Kratos snaps and battles Olympus itself. The journey to the top is vicious and brutal, and Kratos murders many innocents on his path to vengeance, making him more and more like the cruel gods he hates.
However, his whole demeanor changes when he meets Pandora. A creation of Hephaestus, she was actually a kind and optimistic young woman and was the key to defeating Zeus (quite literally). So of course, typical god of war Fashion, she has to die so that humanity can be saved. Her death is something Kratos was never willing to let happen, and it took Pandora to tell him it was okay to happen.
5/10 Hope returns
Finally after all the remaining Greek gods, Kratos is met by the ghost of Athena, who reveals that her plan was to harness the power in Pandora’s Box so that she can become the sole goddess of Greece. A mysterious force that plagued even the gods had twisted Athena and turned her into a megalomaniac.
However, impressed by Pandora’s ability to see the good even in a monster like him, Kratos decided it was time to do something truly selfless. He brings the Blade of Olympus into himself and releases hope into the world. Athena suffered greatly. Despite everything he did, Kratos gave Greece the means to rebuild. This does not absolve him of his sins, but it gives him some measure of peace.
4/10 The Ghost Returns
in God of War (2018), Kratos leaves the past behind and starts a new life in a new land. There he found a wife and a son, to whom he was devoted. After the death of his wife, Kratos is left to father his son, who was taken from him in the past. However, this is threatened once again when Atreus has a fever and his Leviathan X is not working in Hell.
So, in one of the game’s saddest scenes, Kratos returns to his home to reclaim the Blades of Chaos: a reminder of Kratos’ villainous past. To further punctuate this choice, Athena’s ghost returns and embarrasses Kratos by pretending he’s not the father. It’s an incredible sight that pays homage to the old games while moving forward into a new world.
3/10 At the highest point in the world
After an arduous journey, Kratos and Atreus finally reach Jotunheim, the highest point in the world. Here, they finally spread Faye’s ashes in her homeland. In stark contrast to the rest of the franchise, where Kratos is often near death or suicidal, here he is with his son, enjoying some peace in the beauty of Jotunheim.
Yet here death surrounds him. The corpses of demons are strewn across the landscape, and in one mural, he finds his own prophecy lying dead at Atreus’ feet. Despite an unsettling visual, Kratos looks more sad than angry at the revelation. A bittersweet ending, and yet one of the happiest in the franchise.
the way to Ragnarok There’s a huge gut punch and it all kicks off with Brock’s sudden death. Despite their grief, the group has no choice but to run ragnarok, And that too is full of heartache. Quite literally, in the case of Surat. He is a humble, tired and ancient hero who knows the role he has to play and reluctantly decides to fulfill it to the best of his ability.
Due to the flames of Tartarus, Surt becomes a primordial guardian of his destiny, and the finale sees both Thor and Freyr die in front of their families, and many innocent people die as a result of Odin’s machinations. An epic climax with the necessary sacrifices to make the player feel the weight of the journey.
1/10 A new way
Now that Ragnarok was over, the only way left for the survivors was to rebuild a new world. Unlike Greece, Kratos is around to see it. After saying a heartfelt goodbye to Atreus, Kratos heads to the back of the mural shown to him, setting out to find the remaining giants. Instead of another morbid prophecy, Kratos finds something he never thought possible.
Instead of his death, he saw people erect statues of him, not as a monster but as a savior. Kratos has never had this idea before, and the thought shakes him. Incredibly, Kratos finally found his happy ending, and fans around the world saw this through their own tears.
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