Since its soft reboot in 2018, the long-running PlayStation exclusive series God of War has been given a fresh breath of life thanks to Kratos’s reinvention. In Ascension, Kratos had deteriorated to the point that he was no longer a compelling character. God of War was never able to fully grow, despite the fact that new features were added to every game. When Kratos’ character was overhauled and the setting changed in 2018, the series was saved from becoming an outdated PS2- and PS3-era artifact by the changes.
The God of War franchise included Kratos’ destructive rampage across legendary ancient Greece in six titles, along with the two PlayStation Portable titles Chains of Olympus as well as Ghost of Sparta. There were no intriguing leads left after Kratos’s vengeance on the Olympians in God of War III, so Ascension had to be a prequel. Midland console titles are still excellent hack-and-slash games, but Kratos remains a somewhat shallow figure despite its compelling backstories and mythical plots.
Kratos’ Evolution Into A Much More Sophisticated Character
Kratos wasn’t a terrible character, although he was a little one-dimensional. Both Kratos’ voices are excellent, but the newest one follows a much more distinct personality. Kratos spent much of the Greek life shouting and killing. Because Kratos is constantly focused on his retribution, the player doesn’t get to know him as a person, which is disappointing. A more fascinating Kratos was made forth by God of War’s switch to Norse mythology in 2018.
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Having lost faith in godhood, Kratos wishes to raise his child in seclusion in order to spare him the same horrific end as his own. The newest God of War title compels Kratos to face the pain that was just an emotive undercurrent in the previous six games, abandoning Greece and the other Olympians in the dust.
There have been several changes throughout, but the most critical and game-changing move was a more sophisticated and emotion-driven Ghost of Sparta. Kratos’ transition through Greek to Norse mythology is both a physical and metaphorical change from the previous games’ setting.
The rating for God of War certainly includes graphic violence, brutal execution, and harsh language, but there are no nudity or sexual undertones to be found in the whole game. Kratos has matured into a more calm, level-headed grownup. Kratos’ latest attempt at parenting and the unfulfilled implications of his past have been the focus of the 2018 title.
As a relic of its era, God of War might have gone into obscurity. Instead, the most recent chapter used Kratos as a medium for an introspective, narrative-driven adventure.