God of War Ragnarök | Review Thread

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Game Information​

Game Title: God of War Ragnarök

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Release Date: November 9, 2022

Pre Order Page & Prices: PlayStation | $59.99 (PS4), $69.99 (PS5), $79.99 (Deluxe Edition)

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Developers: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment

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  • Metacritic (PS5): TBA
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Critic Reviews​


Game Information​

Game Title: God of War Ragnarök

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Release Date: November 9, 2022

Pre Order Page & Prices: PlayStation | $59.99 (PS4), $69.99 (PS5), $79.99 (Deluxe Edition)

Trailers:
Developers: SIE Santa Monica Studio

Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment

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  • Metacritic (PS5): 94/100 - Must Play
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  • Metacritic (PS4): TBA

Critic Reviews​

Checkpoint Gaming - Luke Mitchell - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarök is more of the epic God of War that we loved in 2018, but it builds on those foundations in every single way to create a compelling and addicting adventure in its own right that improves across the board. Combat is furious and intense, exploring every nook and cranny of each Norse realm is captivating, and clever puzzles are seamlessly intertwined with abilities that change, evolve, and make you feel like a master of all crafts. Narratively, the heartfelt and fascinating story is supported by incredible writing that makes its whole cast of characters shine, and the production values are through the roof, with a gorgeous soundtrack and visuals that push the limits and stun at every turn. Santa Monica Studios have again managed to create something truly memorable and entirely special.

EGM - Josh Harmon - 5 / 5
God of War Ragnarök is a worthy continuation of (and conclusion to) 2018's God of War, building on that already strong foundation to deliver an experience deserving of a spot in gaming's pantheon. New tools and greater enemy variety elevate combat, and the expanded environments and cast give this sequel the epic scope its story demands. But the beating heart of the game remains its characters, and Ragnarök delivers an immensely satisfying next chapter for just about everyone-Kratos and Atreus, returning friends, and new faces alike.

Enternity.gr - Panagiotis Petropoulos - Greek - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok is an epic new adventure and one of the best videogames we've seen so far.

Forever Classic Games - Justin Wood - 10 / 10
Ragnarök is a masterpiece and you would be doing yourself a disservice by skipping it.

Game Rant - Joshua Duckworth - 5 / 5
God of War Ragnarok lives up to the hype and expectations of the franchise but also manages to subvert and exceed them in many ways.

GameSpew - Richard Seagrave - 10 / 10
All we have is love for this God of War.

Gameblog - French - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok is a testament to the franchise that exceeded our expectations and can easily compete for the title of best game of the year. A true love letter to God of War fans and a masterpiece that will be remembered.

Gamepur - Zack Palm - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok is a triumphant success and is a shining example of how you balance story and gameplay in a fantastic adventure. The bold changes that Santa Monica Studio made in the 2018 God of War semi-reboot paid off, and this sequel is a full realization of what that game started. Like Atreus and his own coming-of-age, it’s clear that the studio approached Ragnarok with a greater sense of confidence, reflected in the game's characters and the story circling them throughout the nine realms.

GamesHub - Edmond Tran - 5 / 5
Nothing about God of War Ragnarok feels anything less than meaningful. Refined to the highest degree, every hour you spend with Kratos, Atreus, and the memorable characters of Ragnarok feels fulfilling – whether it be journeying across the Nordic realms with your companions, taking in the beautiful sights and enjoying idle chit chat, overcoming the odds in invigorating and varied melee combat encounters, or sharing in the deeply emotional connection between incredibly strong and nuanced characters.

Gaming Nexus - Henry Yu - 10 / 10
Sony Santa Monica Studio has created another masterful work of art, going above and beyond with world-class storytelling, in-depth combat mechanics, exquisite visuals, unparalleled performance, and a slew of modern accessibility features. God of War Ragnarök continues the endearing journey of father and son in a grand spectacular finale of the Norse Saga. This is the game of the generation.

GamingBolt - Shubhankar Parijat - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok surpasses its predecessor in every way. From its captivating story to its thrilling combat to the endlessly explorable and wonderfully designed Nine Realms of Norse mythology, it's an unequivocal triumph from top to bottom.

GamingTrend - Ron Burke - 100 / 100
It's rare to see a sequel nail it this hard, but God of War: Ragnarök has once again raised the bar for every action adventure title. It's the best game I've played in a very, very long time, and is, in a word, perfect.

Geek Culture - Jake Su - 10 / 10
It is clear that there have always been high hopes for the sequel, but the fear was that the heights of the reboot could not be reached again or even surpassed. Yet, just like how it did four years ago, the final product blew our expectations out of the water, a divine experience that marries storytelling, gameplay, and presentation as flawlessly as it could. Descending upon the PlayStation audience like nectar of the gods, God of War Ragnarok is a game that truly deserves its place as one of gaming’s greatest achievements, and a legendary addition to the pantheon of best games ever made.

IGN - Simon Cardy - 10 / 10
An enthralling spectacle to behold and an even more exciting one to take the reins of, God of War Ragnarok melds action and adventure together to create a new, unforgettable Norse saga. Impeccable writing, pitch-perfect performances, knockout action – it’s a complete work of art from top to bottom.

IGN Middle East - Moustafa Gad - Arabic - 10 / 10
Ragnarok represents a step forward in single-player adventure games, outperforming its predecessor in every aspect, concluding Kratos’ journey through the Norse lands in an epic from the first to the last moment without leaving any chance to catch your breath, presenting a story far deeper than just a raging war between legends, and excel in developing Gameplay, narration style, and customization options, and provides a greater variety of battles with high-quality sub-content spanning dozens of hours, as well as clearly overcoming the most prominent problems of the last title of the limited variety of enemies and the pace of the slower narrative, making it one of the best PlayStation exclusives in its history, if not the best.

MMORPG.com - Jason Fanelli - 10 / 10
God of War: Ragnarok is, simply put, the complete package. It tells one of the best stories in video games, one that will have you run the gamut of emotions while playing through it. Fighting the enemies of the realms feels a lot like the previous game, but there's enough new and refined elements to help it stand on its own.

Multiplayer First - James Lara - 10 / 10
I could spend hours upon hours talking about God of War Ragnarök, but at the end of the day, the only thing that should matter to you is if it's any good -- and it is. It's better than good; it’s a downright masterpiece. I know that word get's thrown around everywhere, and a lot, but I genuinely mean it. The story is beyond anything I would have imagined, and by the time I finished watching every line of credit roll, I couldn't help but give everyone a standing ovation. Like the first game, God of War Ragnarök will forever be etched in my memory as a timeless experience. A remarkable, unforgettable journey that I’ll keep talking about for the years to come and probably for the rest of my life.
I could not be more confident in saying this, but I’ve found my Game of the Year for 2022.

Next Gen Base - Ben Ward - 10 / 10
Following up a masterpiece with another masterpiece is a rare thing. But with God of War Ragnarok, Santa Monica Studio have achieved it. An absolute triumph of game design, technical knowhow and storytelling – Ragnarok is here. And it’s destroyed everything in its path.

PSX Brasil - Ivan Nikolai Barkow Castilho - Portuguese - 100 / 100
God of War: Ragnarok is a natural evolution of the 2018 title, featuring an excellent story, an amazing technical side, new gameplay features, incredible battles and lots of varied content to explore. Easily a game of the year contender, Kratos and Atreus' new adventure is unforgettable and satisfyingly concludes this chapter of the Norse mythology.

Play Watch Read - Sylvano Witte - Dutch - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarök picks up where God of War left off in 2018. Kratos has trained Atreus in three years to battle the Norse gods. A great adventure awaits you as a player and you will enjoy every minute of it. Are you just playing for the story? Then you will enjoy it intensely. Want more than just the story? Then you will spend at least forty hours exploring everything and you will absolutely not be disappointed. God of War Ragnarök is the best you must have played this fall. To conclude with Kratos his words: Mhn.

PlayStation Universe - John-Paul Jones - 10 / 10
God of War: Ragnarok is the perfect sequel. A carefully iterative offering that beautifully maintains the essence of 2018's Game of the Year while making meaningful improvements to augment its already stellar combat and progression systems, God of War: Ragnarok is a meaty and deeply emotional epic that effortlessly secures its place as one of the best games on PS5 and a sure-fire Game of the Year candidate.

Push Square - Robert Ramsey - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok is phenomenal. Even amongst PlayStation Studios' typically stellar output it's a showpiece - a masterfully crafted game that smashes expectations at almost every turn. The sheer, often ridiculous scope of Ragnarok makes 2018's God of War feel like a prologue - and that's perhaps the highest praise we can bestow upon a sequel.

Siliconera - Aidan O'Brien - 10 / 10
Kratos and Atreus set off on yet another great adventure. This time the stakes manage to be even higher, and we get to watch both characters continue to develop into some of the most interesting and well-written figures in gaming. PS5 version reviewed.

Sirus Gaming - Carri Grant Raffy Abenoja - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok is a masterpiece in all aspects and is a very strong contender for the Game of the Year 2022 title. The buildups towards the climax felt like the end of a very long, but satisfyingly attractive, tunnel. It’s definitely one of the games on my list I wish to play again for the first time.

The Beta Network - Samuel Incze - 10 / 10
God of War Ragnarok is a perfect example of how a video game sequel should be done. Featuring a narrative that faithfully continues the story from 2018’s reboot, Ragnarok has many surprises hidden away in its stunning realms. Each realm looks breath-taking and takes full advantage of the PS5’s hardware. The gameplay is exactly what you would expect, with various touch ups and upgrades to make this feel like a true next gen experience. If you own a PS5, this belongs on your shelf!

The Independent - Jasper Pickering - 5 / 5
After the dust has settled and the credits have rolled, God of War Ragnarok is as strong a continuation as anyone could have hoped for, and a fitting end to Kratos’s latest chapter. Few game loops have been as engaging to experiment with and ultimately master than Kratos’s own brutality, but by adding new dimensions to an already intoxicating equation, the game successfully manages to deliver on the high expectations its predecessor laid bare at the altar. On its own merits, it’s difficult to fault but on the foundations of 2018’s God of War, it’s nothing short of a masterpiece.

TrustedReviews - By Ryan Jones - 5 / 5
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Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 5 / 5
God of War Ragnarok is the epitome of cinematic gaming experiences.

VGC - Jordan Middler - 5 / 5
God of War Ragnarok is an incredibly special game. It's vital in a way few releases are. With captivating performances that carry an amazing story to a jaw-dropping final act, it’s a game that achieves everything it sets out to do to the absolute highest standard.

We Got This Covered - Shaan Joshi - 5 / 5
God of War Ragnarok is a masterclass in storytelling and design, and it'll easily stand the test of time as one of PlayStation's finest games.
 
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IGN Korea - Sanghyun Bae - Korean - 6 / 10
The game’s core design has not moved an inch since the prequel and the story seems to be lacking in creativity in comparison. Unlike the well coordinated experience as a whole like last time, everything in Ragnarok seems to act like soulless puppets attached to a series of strings. Although the reskinned aspect of a working formula seems to be the safest bet, if we were to find any sort of effort of evolution since the prior title, it wouldn’t feel as lackluster from a highly anticipated title to make its grand entrance. This one feels rather like a quickly brewed DLC of the previous title instead.

Hopefully this is North Korea and we can nuke their review into orbit.
 

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Omfg! I mean we knew hundreds were coming but damn it's a wall of them. I'm sure the later reviews will be lower because thts par the course but still great to see.
i guess this is the biggest game of the year so far, who knows, the generation maybe.
 

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Please guys be careful with posting spoilers in the thread.

IGN Korea - Sanghyun Bae - Korean - 6 / 10


Hopefully this is North Korea and we can nuke their review into orbit.
I thought that it was strange to see no dumb 6/10 review in this game because usually there are a few of them. Seems this time IGN Korea got the award.
 

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Happy for my Sony homies who will enjoy this game. Just not for me personally.

Also, try not to get too butthurt over bad reviews. If I were to review a game like this it would probably get a mediocre score. I like what I see with the core gameplay/combat but long story-driven segments would have me lowering a game like this's score. I've learned that I generally don't have enough patience to wade through the boring stuff, and it hampers my desire to play or re-play games. A game like Ghosts of Tsushima almost had me quitting, but I trudged through it.. but the game wouldn't get above an 85 or so from me, as I just think some "Sony-isms" are outright bad game design. My understanding is this game has even more of that walking/talking "gameplay" that I personally think is.. well, garbage.

And that's OK.. having differing viewpoints and opinions is just normal. We don't all like the same kinds of things.
 

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Happy for my Sony homies who will enjoy this game. Just not for me personally.

Also, try not to get too butthurt over bad reviews. If I were to review a game like this it would probably get a mediocre score. I like what I see with the core gameplay/combat but long story-driven segments would have me lowering a game like this's score.

And that's OK.. having differing viewpoints and opinions is just normal. We don't all like the same kinds of things.
You mean there might be people out there that dont like Pistachio ice cream like I do? I thought the whole world loved everything I do 😊

That shit ain't OK though!
 
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