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‘God of War PC’ game review: Kratos would be proud of this perfect port of a classic

Need another reason to hate graphic card scalpers and crypto miners? ‘God of War PC’ will give you one, with a PC port that looks amazing.

When God of War was released in 2018, the much-loved game ushered Kratos and company into the Norse Gods era, and it was unanimously one of the most magnificent games. The PlayStation 4 Pro looked like a jet engine but, by the gods, it looked better than most next-gen titles today.

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A PlayStation exclusive by Santa Monica Studios, the game has long been out of reach for those who didn’t own a Sony console. Now, for those who missed out on the otherworldly fun, God of War has been released on Steam for PC and it’s the Definitive Edition – a must-have for anyone feeling a lot of understandable FOMO (fear of missing out), as well that revisits renewed for those who enjoyed the console version.

‘God of War on PC’

  • Developer: Jetpack Interactive; Santa Monica Studios
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Price: ₹3,299 on Steam and Epic Games Store

Kratos’ emotionally turbulent story is worth replaying. A giant Spartan soldier, he wreaked havoc across the pantheon of Greek gods, taking on various powers and attaining godhood himself. The game opens with Kratos and his son Atreus planning his dead wife’s funeral in an incredibly poignant cutscene. With the promise of spreading his ashes on the highest peak, they venture out into the world after Kratos teaches Atreus how to hunt in some sort of tutorial. Kratos encounters one of the best cinematic fights in video game history, seeing him throw his magical frosty ax at the Norse gods.

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God of War is a long game, with an excellent, extremely well-paced story. Expect sequences that will make your pulse quicken and slow, and a slow buildup of incredible reveals, such as twists, eye-catching monsters, and stunning worlds. With the memorable Hydra scene from the first game in the series in mind, God of War is filled with all sorts of quick events.

Along the way, you encounter the Norse gods – both friend and foe, each with their own machinations – as well as colorful characters. We want to give a big thank you to the disembodied head of the great sage Mimir, who acts as a guide on your travels. The game sports huge levels, teeming with enemies. Kratos and Atreus must cross all the northern plains of Midgard, Alfheim and more. The settings are incredible, from an awe-inspiring lake inhabited by a giant world serpent Jörmungandr, to mountainous areas filled with giant beasts such as the valkyrie Sigrún and the stone troll Death Eater.

'God of War PC' game review: Kratos would be proud of this perfect port of a classic

Overall, God of War is a cinematic third-person action-adventure game with a large amount of exploration, i.e. the semi-open world, with the various realms connected by a hub . So naturally, the action is non-stop and takes a page from games like Devil May Cry to create its combat system. There are a few tweaks to the formula, like Kratos’ Levithan ax, which can not only be thrown at enemies but also recalled, making the game slower but more strategic. You should also keep in mind Atreus, who steps in with his bow and arrow. When you’re not hacking mythical monsters, there are complex puzzle and platforming sequences that are really fun and a good break from the more intense scenes.

'God of War PC' game review: Kratos would be proud of this perfect port of a classic

God of War PC is a console game at heart, and it’s best played with a controller; it can be awkward with a mouse and keyboard, although the game does a good job of mapping them. However, if you have a beefy PC, this game looks amazing in 4K Ultra, almost identical to the PlayStation 5 visuals, but with much better texture fidelity on monitors and great shadows and lighting. If you don’t have a beefy PC (thanks to the ongoing global chip shortage), fear not, the game is also playable on modest hardware.

God of War for PC is a great excuse to immerse yourself in one of the most visceral gaming experiences. If you’ve played it before, now’s your chance to play the original again with the wide variety of settings on all those 144Hz refresh rate monitors that make PC gaming so good.

The writer is a tech and gaming enthusiast who hopes to one day finish his sci-fi novel