The god of war the series is one of Playstation’s best. This premier action-adventure series follows Kratos’ bloody journey full of intrigue, violence and revenge. god of war, as the name suggests, focuses on violence, action, blood and gore. This makes for exciting gameplay as the games weave between hordes upon hordes of enemies and theatrical backdrops. The series is, at its core, hours upon hours of an adrenaline rush.
god of warhowever, also has a solid story and despicable villains, which makes it all the better when Kratos bashes them. The latest entry has taken the franchise in a new direction. With God of War Ragnaroks recent release, it’s the perfect time to look over the franchise’s most glorious and satisfying moments.
10/10 God of War 3: Killing Poseidon
God of War 3 kicks off Kratos’ final clash with the gods of Olympus in emphatic style. Kratos climbs up Gaia’s arm to face Poseidon, after which a hack-and-slash sequence and some cinematic moments ensue. The camera turns, and both opponents are suddenly standing on their heads. After this is a puzzle sequence.
When the player is finally done with the distractions, a massively destructive Poseidon awaits. After a truly epic clash, Poseidon regains his humanoid form, only for the player to watch Kratos beat him into oblivion. This truly striking moment perfectly sets up Kratos’ journey with its satisfying and gruesome violence.
9/10 God of War 4: Beating Sigrun
2018 god of war the game has a somewhat open world design and tons of post-game content. The bulk of this is in the form of battles across key areas of the map with the Valkyries. These matches are all smooth, fast-paced and challenging. At the top of them comes Sigrun, the game’s big bath.
Sigrun is exceptionally difficult god of war standards. This match is truly an ordeal and takes most players multiple tries and upgrades. Finally climbing Sigrun in a protracted battle to see Kratos unleash his brutal fury is truly cathartic and a perfect send-off to the game.
8/10 God of War 2: The Colossus of Rhodes
God of War 2 is considered one of the best Playstation 2 games ever, and for good reason. This opening match against the Colossus of Rhodes is one of the best in the series. As Kratos slowly claws and punches Colossus, it’s one of the most cinematic sequences in video game history.
The combat is challenging and definitely gets a player’s heart racing; one mistake can cost the player everything. Successfully beating the Colossus leads to a cutscene with Kratos completely destroying it from the inside out, a satisfying reward.
7/10 God of War: Killing Ares
Ares is the cause of all of Kratos’ pain and suffering. He is the architect behind and led the demise of Kratos and his family god of war main character in madness. The first god of war, at its core is a tale of revenge.
The monster created by Ares fights through pain, suffering and endless enemies for a chance at revenge, and Kratos makes the most of it. At the climax of the game, Kratos drives a giant blade through Ares’ heart, killing him.
6/10 God of War Chains of Olympus: Kratos and his daughter
Chains of Olympus sees Kratos reunited with his daughter in Persephone’s temple. This moment is quite a tearjerker – finally, after all the trials and tribulations, he gets to see his daughter again. Although this warm moment fills all players with joy, it is quite short.
Kratos is forced to choose between his daughter and his mission. He chooses the latter and proceeds to wreak havoc on Olympus. A brief moment of humanity was definitely something to appreciate in the previous games in the series.
5/10 God of War 4: Killing Baldur
Baldur, or the Traveler, is a constant thorn in the player’s side throughout the game. The fights with him are crafted to perfection, and every blow feels like an earthquake. The first fight is brutal and takes place at close range. Players feel every punch they land and every punch they block, thanks to the camera angles and sound design.
When Baldur returns at the end of the game, the fight is even better. More importantly, the emotional weight the fight now carries is immense. Baldur’s bloody death is essentially the end of a story for everyone involved. Freya’s reaction only adds to this. Players can feel a sense of catharsis when this amazing game ends with such a satisfying and climactic death.
4/10 God of War 2: Fighting Atropos and Lakhesis
Kratos’ battle with the Fates sisters is quite empathetic. The Sisters of Fate fight is one of the most mechanically solid duels in the series. But what makes this fight and victory special is how the fight is woven with pieces of Kratos’ past that come back to haunt him.
This match has real weight in the grand scheme of the franchise’s history. That is perhaps what makes it so good, and so emotionally effective and satisfying.
3/10 God of War 3: Killing Cronos
The fight with Cronos is still the best fight in this game. This fight is epic in every sense of the word, and the scope is immense. Watching Kratos fight his way through hordes of enemies and obstacles to tackle this titan bit by bit, bit by bit, is amazing.
The fight is also the peak of Kratos’ savagery. Players get to see him slice open and destroy Cronos in a long and satisfying ending. The combat is as long as it is challenging, and finally defeating the enemy leads to one of the most satisfying endings in action game history.
2/10 God of War 3: The Final Showdown
Kratos’s final goal in god of war has always been revenge, especially on his father Zeus. The whole arduous journey spanning three main titles and two side titles has been for this. Kill Zeus and free the world from all the gods that live in Olympus. After a challenging journey that involved killing people like Poseidon, Hephaestus, Hercules and Chronos, Kratos finally gets to fight Zeus.
This sequence is the series at its best: brutal and bloody. It can last up to an hour and has several flashbacks and several different stages of battle, but in the end Kratos wins. Zeus’ death is one of the most gruesome in video game history, but it’s a satisfying end to a fantastic trilogy.
1/10 God of War 4: Reuniting With The Blades of Chaos
The 2018 century god of war is a completely different game from its predecessors. The game follows an older, tougher and more protective Kratos on his journey to protect his son and honor his wife.
There are hardly any callbacks to Kratos’ past, and the game is very careful with the references at the right time. Kratos needs his old strength to fight his new enemies and protect Atreus. This leads to one of the most emotionally satisfying moments in the series. Kratos takes out the Blades of Chaos and slowly wraps them around his wrists, sending goosebumps all over his spine.
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