You HAVE to Play God of War Ragnarok

By: Matthew Smith

Welcome back to “You HAVE to Play This,” the blog where I talk about a video game you HAVE to play each week. In the pantheon of video game sequels, few have been as eagerly anticipated as “God of War Ragnarök.” Building on the critically acclaimed reboot of the franchise in 2018, Ragnarök promises to take players on a journey that is grander, deeper, and more emotionally resonant. Whether you’re a veteran of the series or a newcomer drawn in by the whispers of its legend, here’s why you HAVE to play “God of War Ragnarök”- the essential experience for any gamer.


A Saga Worthy of the Gods

At the heart of “God of War Ragnarök” is a story that intertwines personal struggle with the epic scale of Norse mythology. Players once again take up the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos as Kratos, the Greek god of war turned wary father, navigating the complexities of fatherhood to his son, Atreus. The narrative dives into the prophecies of Ragnarök, the end of the world, with our protagonists seeking to alter fate itself. This sequel promises a story that is both vast in its mythological scope and intimate in its exploration of family, identity, and redemption.


Breathtaking Realms Await

“God of War Ragnarök” expands the universe of the series, offering players the chance to explore more of the Nine Realms of Norse mythology. Each realm is meticulously crafted, from the icy tundras of Jotunheim to the fiery depths of Muspelheim, offering a variety of landscapes teeming with life, secrets, and dangers. The attention to detail throughout the realms invites players to lose themselves in exploration, uncovering the lore and mysteries that bind this universe together.


Combat Fit for a God

The combat system in “God of War” has always been a standout, and Ragnarök elevates it to divine heights. With an expanded arsenal and a host of new abilities, players can customize Kratos and Atreus’ combat styles to suit their preferences. The sequel introduces new enemies and bosses that challenge players to think tactically, making each encounter a thrilling test of skill. The visceral, fluid combat is a dance of destruction, as satisfying to execute as it is devastating to witness… Just make sure to breathe when facing Queen of the Valkyries Gna within the depths of the fiery realm of Musselpheim.


A Visual and Auditory Masterpiece

“God of War Ragnarök” is a feast for the senses. The stunning visuals take full advantage of the latest gaming hardware, rendering the Nine Realms in breathtaking detail. From the smallest leaf to the sprawling vistas, the game is a visual masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in video game graphics. Complementing the visuals is a sweeping orchestral score that elevates the emotional intensity of the journey, making every moment feel epic.


Deepening the Legacy

Ragnarök is not just a continuation of the “God of War” saga; it’s a deepening of its legacy. The game builds on the foundations of its predecessor, expanding the mechanics, world, and story in meaningful ways. It respects the history of the series while pushing forward, promising an experience that is both familiar and fresh. For fans of the franchise, “God of War Ragnarök” offers a rewarding continuation of Kratos and Atreus’ journey, while newcomers will find a standalone epic that is accessible and captivating.



“God of War Ragnarök” stands as a testament to the power of video games as a medium for storytelling, art, and entertainment. It offers a journey that is epic in scale yet deeply personal, set in a world that is as beautiful as it is dangerous. With its compelling narrative, breathtaking world, exhilarating combat, and stunning presentation, “God of War Ragnarök” is more than just a game—it’s an experience that will leave an indelible mark on all who embark on this epic saga. Whether you’re drawn to the tales of gods and monsters, the thrill of battle, or the beauty of a meticulously crafted world, “God of War Ragnarök” is an adventure that should not be missed.

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