“God of War: Ragnarok”, a video game with exciting battles and scenery.

Kratos, Atreus and their allies return to service in the fifth episode of God of War, released on November 9, 2022. Sitting on the border between video games and cinema, this opus stands out thanks to its graphics and spectacular achievement.

This is the story of Kratos, a Spartan warrior who became the god of war after he challenged and killed all the gods of Olympus. Now exiled to the Far North, he raises his son Atreus there, encountering gods and creatures inspired by Norse mythology.

The episode “God of War: Ragnarok” begins with Kratos, Atreus and their main friend Mimir living in the forest. They hunt and train in the company of wolves rescued from the hands of marauders at the behest of Atreus. A short quiet life, as the ghosts of Kratos’ dark past overtake them. At the same time, the threat of Ragnarök, the apocalypse in Norse mythology, is getting closer. In search of answers, Kratos and Atreus travel through the nine realms and try to escape Ragnarok. But at what cost?

>> Watch: God of War: Ragnarök Game Trailer

Half movie, half video game

Four years after the release of the fourth chapter of the God of War video game series, the story of God of War: Ragnarök picks up where it left off. Developed by California-based studio Santa Monica, this episode, available for PlayStation 4 and 5, combines cinematic and video game content with eye-catching graphics and thoughtful storytelling. If the relationship between Kratos and his son Atreus is complicated, then the other characters are also carefully written, and they all have strong personalities.

Technically, the real-time implementation is impressive. There are no transitions between game phases and cutscenes, and it is possible to interact with the environment and move freely during certain real-time dialogues.

In combat, the camera is positioned close to the character for a cinematic effect. It can also be freely moved. According to the choice of the players during the battles, the latter are transformed into cinematic sequences. The creatures that Kratos, Atreus and their friends encounter are impressive, sometimes gigantic.

Battle scene from the game “God of War: Ragnarok”. [SIE Santa Monica Studio]

Game of the year?

Nominated in nine categories, including the prestigious Best Game of the Year at the Game Awards 2022 on December 8, God of War: Ragnarök may still put some off due to its built-in artificial intelligence. gamble.

French Tom’s Guide website indicates that the latter tends to “hold hands” on players during the exploration and puzzle-solving phases, making them too easy and even frustrating for those who wish to solve them unaided.

Radio Subject: Stéphane Lorenzo

Web adaptation: Miriam Semany

God of War: Ragnarok, PEGI 18, is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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