Kratos has come a long way since the release of the first opus of God of War, in 2005. Exit the Spartan soldier thirsty for revenge who massacred, in great sheaves of blood, the entire Greek pantheon. Now, if he is still god of war, he left Olympus for Midgard (the kingdom of Men in Norse mythology), where he hopes to finally find peace and, perhaps, a form of redemption with his teenage son, Atreus.
Unfortunately, following the events of the previous episode, the situation is not so favorable. Midgard is plunged into a long winter of three years, the fimbulvetr, supposed to precede Ragnarök, the end of the world. It is in this context that begins a long and moving quest for the father and his son, where alternate phases of exploration, enigmas and fights more subtle than it seems. The whole taking as a backdrop the fascinating Scandinavian mythology, whose famous characters (Odin, Thor, Freya…) and more astonishing ones (Mimir, a decapitated sage with caustic humour, or the mystical squirrel Ratatoskr, who would have his place in Pixars)…
Visually impressive, spectacularly staged, carried by the fantastic music of Bear McCreary, God of War Ragnarök is the prototype of what big budget video games can offer, when done well. A stimulating adventure in an exotic universe, coupled with a powerful story… Total entertainment.
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