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God of War is a soft reboot of Sony's long-running series of action games. While the originals were set within Greek mythology, the new title takes place after the original games within the world of Norse mythology. Kratos now resides in Midgard along with his son Atreus. After encountering a mysterious stranger covered in tattoos, Kratos and Atreus set out on a long and dangerous journey through the Nine Realms to scatter his dead wife's ashes from atop the highest mountain peak in Midgard.

Unlike the original games, God of War utilizes a freely controllable third-person camera. Kratos now makes use of the Leviathan Axe, which has frost-damaging capabilities to freeze enemies in place, and can be thrown and summoned back to Kratos' hand at will. Kratos also has a shield that can be used to block and parry incoming attacks. Kratos can also use his fists to attack enemies, this can stun enemies and allows Kratos to execute finishing moves. In addition, his son Atreus can fire arrows at enemies and summon animals. Attacking enemies and collecting certain items raises Kratos' rage meter. After it is full, Kratos can use Spartan Rage, which greatly increases his attack power and speed, making him virtually unstoppable for a short time.

In addition to combat, Kratos can also use the axe for puzzle solving, by freezing certain mechanisms in place, or destroying runes to unlock chests.

Exploration and combat yield experience points and silver. Both are used to upgrade Kratos' and Atreus' abilities, granting new combos or increasing attack power. Gear can be purchased and upgraded at shops to grant stat boosts to Kratos in an RPG-like fashion. Gear can also be further enhanced with enchantments.

The game takes place in a semi-linear world that allows for some degree of exploration and backtracking, and offers a number of side actvities and tasks.


God of War PlayStation 4 Fire traps
God of War PlayStation 4 That dragon has its mind set on eating us
God of War PlayStation 4 Kratos acquired his legendary Blades of Chaos weapon to take on the monsters
God of War PlayStation 4 Killing cannot be half-done

Promo Images

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God of War Magazine Advertisement Pages 2-3 (Inside Front Cover)
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Alternate Titles

  • "GoW2018" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "ゴッド・オブ・ウォー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A Generation's Greatest Gaming Moment. PlayStation 4 John H. (59)
An amazing adventure that's close to godhood! PlayStation 4 krisko6 (829)

Critic Reviews

The Game Hoard PlayStation 4 May 18, 2022 7 out of 7 100
IGN PlayStation 4 Apr 12, 2018 10 out of 10 100
Link Cable Gaming PlayStation 4 Jul 27, 2018 9.9 out of 10 99
PC Gamer Windows Feb 06, 2022 90 out of 100 90
Videogameszone PlayStation 4 Apr 17, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Garage Band Gamers PlayStation 4 May 23, 2018 9 out of 10 90
PlayStation Universe Windows Jan 19, 2022 9 out of 10 90 Windows Jan 20, 2022 90 out of 100 90 PlayStation 4 Apr 12, 2018 89 out of 100 89
Nivelul2 PlayStation 4 Jun 22, 2020 Unscored Unscored


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    • 2017 – Most Anticipated Game – Nominated
    • 2018 – Game of the Year – Won
    • 2018 – Best Game Direction – Won
    • 2018 – Best Narrative – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Art Direction – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Score/Music – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Audio Design – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Performance: Christopher Judge as Kratos – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Action/Adventure Game – Won
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