Explore life in the Nine Realms with ‘God of War Ragnarok’

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

After 5 years of waiting, “God of War Ragnarök” was finally released on Nov. 9 by Santa Monica Studio and Sony Interactive.
In the game, you get to journey through each of the Nine Realms as the God of War Kratos and his son, Atreus, who is also known as “boy.” They slay monsters and Nordic gods in this great mashup of mythology.
The game picks up right where the last one ended as Kratos and boy battle the forces of Asgard and try to prevent the end of the realms. The game goes deep into Nordic mythology and cosmos as you explore the multiverse of the realms battling dragons, elves and giants and level up your gear and skills.
Filled with races that include dwarfs, elves and assorted monsters, the conflicts amongst the gods is very true to the source mythology. The game’s action really sells. Combat and boss fights such as the brutal rivalry between Thor and Kratos are epic to play. The game also swaps between Kratos and Atreus often and shows off their different abilities. But what really sells this game for me is the relationship between Kratos and Atreus and how it grows and matures.
Kratos is not the mindless, sex-crazed murder hobo he once was, and to see him have this family is the most heartwarming story I have seen in video games in years. I say return to the Nine Realms and go kill some gods.