“God of War’s” triumphant return reinvigorates the franchise

Enrique Castaneda-Pineda – Layout Editor

As “God of War’s” Kratos made his return to Playstation 4, the change in the franchise’s typical game formula blew fans away, resulting in capturing “The Game Awards” coveted award, Game of the Year. With games like “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Celeste,” and “Marvel’s: Spiderman,” 2018’s Game of the Year category was a close race.

In this game, Kratos, along with his son Atreus, make a pact to spread the ashes of his wife, Faye, atop the highest peak of all the lands. Despite its simple overarching story, the pair meet incredible characters along the way that have their own stories to get invested in. Whether its a mother that has nothing left but the memory of her son, or the story of two brothers that no longer speak to each other, “God of War” creates compelling stories that bring an experience like no other.

One of the pillars of a “God of War” game is the fun fighting, which is easily at its peak in this soft reboot. Wielding the Leviathan Axe, Kratos has one of the most fun and satisfying weapons I’ve seen in a video game in a long time. Throwing the axe into an enemy’s legs to topple it, targeting multiple enemies and watching the axe fly around as you proceed to beat them up with your bare hands is nothing short of feeling like you are in complete control. Atreus also contributes to the damage as he assists Kratos with his bow and arrow, which the player controls.

The game provides an atmosphere like no other, especially as you explore the different worlds you can visit throughout the game. The game can be dark and foggy, and bright and vibrant, but every environment feels unique. Combining this with the games incredible controls, beautiful, heartfelt story, and new formula for the franchise, “God of War” truly hits its stride with fans anxious for the next one.