Starting this review was the weirdest one I have done in my career, because I kept sitting here, at my desk, thinking: “God of War on PC is its best version of itself”. I never thought I would even get to say that God of War is on PC, but that this is also the best way to enjoy it? Truly wild. With that said, I have something to say.
Firstly, I won't be reviewing the story, narrative, or anything to that extent, as you can catch up on the initial review back in 2018 - the story is the same, there are no new content additions, and for the most part, this is truly just a PC port of the PlayStation Hit.
However, I do want to mention how incredibly God of War has held up since its release, not just in terms of its aesthetics or gameplay, but its narrative has lost absolutely none of its potency and charm. Atreus still sends you on an emotional rollercoaster, whereby one moment you get lost in the loss of innocence he experiences, while still navigating all the new experiences in the world, and the struggle with his identity. Other times, and sometimes it feels almost instant, you’re left fuming with his arrogance, disappointed in his actions (the scene with Sindri comes to mind - no spoilers but if you know, you know), and downright irritated with his general presence and constant whining.
We know that Kratos is not exactly father of the year, but watching his struggle from trying to balance being a father and a warrior, not knowing when to be gentle to comfort Atreus and when to be harsh still packs that gut-wrenching blow. Moreover, Kratos is still dealing with the issues of his father, and his inability to process those feelings to be better to Atreus is a fear that almost every single prospective parent has - not replicating the mistakes of their parents. God of War is still one of the most emotional experiences you could encounter, and it’s a story that is as old as time, but yet it still feels unique to these characters.
God of War is still one of the most emotional experiences you could encounter.
We were able to achieve 90+ frame rate on Ultra settings, and it was truly a whole new experience.
I ended up moving back to the controller after playing for some time on the keyboard and mouse, purely because God of War feels so much better on the controller.
Loves games with deep character development and a rich storyline. Also, shooty-shooties. Loathes microtransactions. Likes to use sarcasm and metaphors.
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Santa Monica Studio
14 January 2022
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