[Ed note: This story contains spoilers for the first half of God of War Ragnarök.]
After rescuing the enormous Týr, God of Battle Ragnarök unleashes my favourite plot twist: attending to play the following part of the sport as Atreus, my new favourite angsty teen.
The drained crew has returned to Sindri’s house. Kratos, fearing for his son’s security, needs nothing greater than to desert the struggle and discover a protected place to hunker down outdoors of Odin’s watchful gaze. Stuffed with righteous angst, Atreus sneaks out, in opposition to his father’s needs, to comply with via on an objectively unhealthy thought. He’s going to seek out Freya, and he’s going to ask her for assist with this entire battle factor. The participant lastly will get to be Atreus — a pleasant shock, and a swap that I want was everlasting.
The youthful teen definitely isn’t as sturdy as Kratos. His bow isn’t as highly effective because the Leviathan Axe; it may’t freeze channels of water or mild torches. However Atreus makes up for it in agility, with a dodge that feels sooner and simpler to wield. For gamers who favor dexterity-related playthroughs with sprinting, rolling, and headshotting, switching over to Atreus is a dream. He’s mild on his ft, replicating a lot of what I really like about enjoying Horizon’s nimble Aloy.
Might Atreus tackle the crocodile-like Dreki with solely Sindri by his aspect? In all probability not. Might Atreus tackle two Dreki, as Kratos can? Positively not. Would I play all the recreation as Atreus if given the selection? Completely. Sneaking round as a teen boy who thinks he is aware of all about battle is certainly a good suggestion that received’t make anybody offended or get anybody killed. I imply, his dad is the Greek god of battle, in spite of everything. And so they’ve bought the Norse god of battle on their staff now too.
Taking part in as Atreus can also be deeply humorous, particularly when watching him try and do issues his father can do with ease. Atreus tries to open a chest by punching via the highest like Kratos, which clearly doesn’t work as a result of he has the arms of a consumptive Victorian little one. From then on, Atreus slaps chest tops together with his shockingly sturdy bow. Sindri makes for a hysterical assist character, throwing constant shade, making excuses about why he isn’t prepared, and in the end leaving Atreus behind as he confronts Freya. Help, my ass.
Better of all, I get to assist Atreus — (cough) Loki — take pleasure in a little bit of teenage rise up. Prepare after my finest buddy Fenrir died? Fuck you, dad. It’s time to brush my hair throughout my face, placed on eyeliner, pull up that hoodie, and head to Warped Tour.
Loki has at all times been the troublemaker of the Norse gods — the one whose tomfoolery led to the creation of Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Although the God of Battle franchise persistently departs from traditional Norse mythology in favor of its personal interpretations, Atreus’ small acts of rise up really feel like a pleasant nod to Loki’s personal origins. Loki is meant to tug ill-advised tips that piss off all of the gods. Let Atreus have his enjoyable, I say. I’d fortunately play together with all of it.