Taking place years after God of War III, Kratos is thrust into another adventure in another realm of existence; the Norse Mythology age where everything that is going on is under Odin’s watchful eye in this new God of War for the PS4. However, he is not alone here; Kratos has a son, Atreus. Overall, the goal is to spread Faye’s ashes in Jotunheim per her last wish. Incidentally, God of War has everything for everyone; pompous gods, mythology, dwarves, blacksmithing etc.
There was nothing about God of War that was disappointing; traveling to different realms (actually 6) really put the game on the map. For many gamers, God of War is all about learning different things about different realms while being in their standard realm i.e. Midgard. There was so much hype when the game came out and it was not hard to see why, it was a game that many waited a long time for.
During this review, I’ll talk about what made the game great and what I did not like about it such as the poisonous hellhole that is Niflheim. Overall, the game was a slam dunk and it is very enjoyable not to mention addictive. So having said that, here’s my God of War PS4 review.
The first thing that I’ll be discussing in this God of War PS4 review is the gameplay. The gameplay is simplistic and it does not make the game hard or complicated, it gives gamers the freedom to explore and try different things such as combining attacks of different weapons or just tactically using one weapon to down enemies aplenty.
God of War PS4 is a game that never leaves gamers to try to figure it out, but there are times when the gameplay gives you enough to go on where you’re able to put two and two together. For example, if you’re facing an enemy with a purple life bar and it kills you; you know to come back to it later on.
Another aspect about the gameplay was that Kratos’ axe was more than a killing tool, it was an excellent puzzle solving tool as well which made getting stronger easier; there was never a time when you felt that you were struggling with the gameplay or intricacies of the gameplay.
Ultimately, playing this game was an enjoyable experience and I can say that the gameplay alone will have you playing the game over and over again only because it was that awesome!
Leviathan Axe, the Norse wonder of the world
The Leviathan Axe is Kratos’ basic weapon and it is the most powerful weapon of its kind, it had some excellent Runic attacks and combos. Above all, it is the go to weapon when you needed to get somewhere or to destroy something to get to a chest; either way, it was a great weapon. There was nothing about using the Leviathan Axe that I did not like especially using it to take down the giant trolls and soul eater variants which was very enjoyable.
Also, exploring the various powers of the axe made using it a slam dunk and I can say for sure that when the next God of War game come out, I hope Kratos has his axe because it is a mighty weapon that make him a force to be reckoned with. The biggest thing about the Leviathan Axe is that you can call it back to you whenever you throw it which was very innovative on the creators’ part. Very nice!
If you’re looking for a weapon that’ll weaken even the stronger monsters in the game, the Leviathan Axe is the best weapon for the job; it sort of gives you the impression that you can beat anything. Again, A+ work that axe. This weapon alone made the God of War PS4 review worth it.
A blast from the past, Blades of Chaos
Kratos’ signature killing machines from the past make a return and what a welcome return it is; I wanted to especially mention the Blades of Chaos in my God of War PS4 review because they were awesome in their own right and in my opinion, there was not enough enemies in the game to use them on but it was great using them just the same.
The Blades of Chaos were definitely welcomed in this game because there were enemies that were easier to kill with them such as the Hel-Walkers, and the Travelers. I was quite surprised when I discovered that I was going to be reuniting with a weapon from the past, I was blown away and it made the anticipation all the more worth it.
God of War would not exist without the Blades of Chaos and it is great that they made it into yet another God of War game because they are and shall forever be a part of Kratos.
Atreus’ origins and his relationship with his father, Kratos
Atreus’ origins and his relationship with his father Kratos was another reason why I wanted to do a God of War PS4 review because of the interaction between the two men; there were times when I felt Atreus was too big for his britches and Kratos could’ve been more responsive toward Atreus.
Atreus is part giant, part god, and he’s part mortal; all in all, a very powerful ally. Kratos and Atreus had a typical father – son relationship. However, there were times when Kratos would verbally bully Atreus and not letting himself be open to Atreus teaching him but Kratos did come around.
Ultimately, Kratos and Atreus’ back and forth rhetoric will keep you amused as you play through the game especially when Kratos start telling Atreus stories that he remembers; it is so hilarious and things only get more interesting when Mimir joins them. Overall, the adventure brought Kratos and Atreus closer and in turn they got to know each other too.
Sidequests, the best time, the worse and 100%
What’s a God of War PS4 review without sidequests, bad obviously. Incidentally, the sidequests in the game were very challenging and sometimes, over the top difficult such as fighting the Valkyries. What I did not like about the sidequests was that most of them had to wait until after the World Serpent drained the water in the Lake of Nine the second time.
However, this was not all bad because it gave you an opportunity to become stronger and stand with the stronger enemies such as the Travelers on some of the realm towers. Some enemies in the Realm Tears were not as hard as they first appeared; it just takes some ingenuity, timing and the right move to beat them.
The Muspelheim trials were the biggest pain in the butt of all but even they were not as impossible as they seemed, I enjoyed doing the trials because I felt challenged. Some sidequest involved finding crafting materials to upgrade weapons and armor which was another aspect I liked, it took every bit of my gaming genius to beat the trials; they were a great physical workout.
Atreus made the trials a breeze as long as you strengthen his arrows and their special effects especially the shock arrows. The game makes it easy to get a 100% in every area in the game and that’s another plus considering that it did not seem hard to “complete” every area even in other realms. The only place that I did not bother getting a 100% was Niflheim; more headache than I needed hanging out in the worse place in the game.
What I didn’t like, Niflheim
Niflheim was, in my opinion, the worst place in the entire game and the only real reason I went or any gamer should go is to go after the Valkyrie, Hildr. Niflheim is the only thing about this game I didn’t like, I wanted to make sure I got this into my God of War PS4 review because it is important to let gamers know that there is a part of the game that should be ignored at all costs.
Generally, every part of the game should be explored especially since this is a God of War game which thrives on exploration but Niflheim is a realm that should be avoided unless you’re going after the Valkyrie; getting to the Valkyrie isn’t a hardship neither is destroying her. My advice, go to Niflheim, kill Hildr then leave; don’t bother doing, killing or exploring anything there.
The Valkyries are, in themselves, a challenge and I had my hands full trying to put together effective attacks against them. However, the Valkyries being in the game made it more interesting and each one had their story to tell after you beat them which I enjoyed. The game definitely made it so reaching them did not happen until you were strong enough to be able to stand a chance against them.
Ultimately, fighting the Valkyries was fun and entertaining; they’re another reason why I wanted to do this God of War PS4 review because they made it so I got my money’s worth while I was trying to destroy them. Although I destroyed 7 out of 8, I still had fun fighting them and learning their attack patterns. The Blades of Chaos help tremendously when you battle them.
God of War PS4 was a masterpiece and it definitely did not disappoint especially with all the unique features in the game such as the Blades of Chaos, crafting materials, sidequests and a few other things such as learning about Atreus’ origins and how the adventure helped shape both him and Kratos to be better people.
Niflheim is the only part about the game that was overly ridiculous and pointless, survival there is impossible but necessary if you’re going after the Valkyrie Hildr which is the only reason to go to the Niflheim at all. The Leviathan Axe made the game a slam dunk and its combos are the most lethal in the entire game.
Despite the fact that you have to wait on doing sidequests until the World Serpent drains the water for the second time, it is worth the wait especially after getting the shock arrows. Overall, this game was excellent and I can’t wait until the next one. If you have any comments about my post or want to leave me a message then please do so and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and happy gaming.