God of War Review (PS4)

God of War

I have been a God of War fan since the PS2 and have played every single game that has been released for this franchise. Some of them have ben awesome and some of them have just been utter trash, but this God of War, this one I was super excited for since it was first shown off at E3 a little while back. It looked like a whole new reboot to a franchise, and there’s nothing that I love more than a good reboot of a franchise that deserves it. After playing for five whole months, I finally got the platinum trophy so that means it’s time for a review.

In this version of God of War you play again as Kratos. He’s not the same Kratos you know though. He’s different. He has a son now, Artreus, and a wife, Faye, who has just died. Taking place many many years after the last God of War, Kratos finds himself in ancient Scandinavia. This is a complete 180 from the ancient Greece setting and mythology as you’ll now be following along with the Norse mythology in the Midgard realm. Trying to hide his true nature, Kratos will try and fulfil Faye’s last dying wish and by doing that he’ll also be hiding his son’s true nature. The journey to the highest peak of the nine realms to spread Faye’s ashes is no easy task as both Kratos and Arterus will be tested along the way. This will bring the father and now son duo closer together, but it will also reveal a twist that history shall eventually repeat itself, leaving this game open for many sequels.

I was blown away by this game. It was simply amazing and I loved not only the change in scenery, but the change in mythology, and the change in Kratos. Kratos, while still the same Kratos that everyone knows from the previous games, has changed and has tried to hide his past. He wants to forget about everything that happened in Greece and start a new, but it seems like that won’t happen. The addition of Artreus was an interesting one. I enjoyed watching the father and son interact with one another and how Kratos not only changed from the man you knew him as, but changes again by the end of the game. This game had a bunch of twists and turns and I enjoyed every single one of them. I thought that this was probably the most plot heavy God of War games to date and it really showed how the game has changed over the years from the original game in 2005 to this game released 13 years later. I give the team that worked on this game a lot of credit as a lot of effort went into this game and it wasn’t a half-assed attempt to revitalize an old franchise. This was a proper re-boot and I look forward to the many sequels to come.

The playability of this game is just phenomenal. While at first you have only your Leviathan axe that was made specially for Faye, Kratos wields it well and it’s a handy tool. Don’t think that this game forgot about Krato’s Blades of Chaos, because they didn’t and you’ll get them much later on in the game. Thinking that once I got the blades back, I would immediately go back to them, I actually didn’t as I preferred the axe and the versatility of the axe a lot better than the blades. Either weapon worked well as did the arrows that Arterus could use to aide Kratos in battle when needed. Like any God of War game, it wasn’t all fighting, returning are the many different types of puzzles to solve along with some epic side battles. This is also the first open world God of War game and that was just something else. The other God of War games have kind of been linear in where and when you’ll arrive at places, but this time the choice is all yours. I liked this as it not only made the game last longer, but made it more interesting in the process. Throughout my playthrough there were no bugs or glitches within the game itself, but there was something notable in the trophy department and I’ll get to that in a little bit. The only real gripe I had about this game was all of the rowing that had to be done via this little row boat that fit Kratos and Arterus. There was the option to fast travel, but until it was unlocked, it was the little boat that was slow as hell. I know it couldn’t have possibly been as fast as say a car, but it could have been just a little faster as sometimes the rowing to different areas broke the immersion of the game when it took so long.

What can I say about the graphics of this game besides the fact that they were just phenomenal. Remastered Kratos looked amazing and still felt like Kratos at the same time. Sometimes when remastering games or porting over characters from older consoles, their design changes and they look different. This disappoints people since it really doesn’t feel like the same character, but this didn’t happen with this game and I was truly impressed with that. Kratos still looks like Kratos, just bigger and badder than ever. The attention payed to detail of the surrounds was just amazing and mind blowing as everything looked absolutely real in this game. All of the areas in this game were beautifully crafted, nothing was repeated, and it just looked amazing. I can’t say enough good things about the graphics for this game because they were that good and the hype was real.

Now onto the trophies for this game. There are a total of 37 trophies for this game making it by far the easiest God of War game to platinum ever. Unlike the other God of War games, there are no trophies for difficulty levels as this game basically just wants you to play and do everything this game has to possibly offer. This means that there are places to explore, collectibles to get, Valkyries to defeat, and the game itself to complete. While I don’t mind collectibles, they’re pretty much spelled out in each area what you need to get and you’ll have to search the area in order to find them, or use a guide, I do mind when the game isn’t accurate with the collectibles counting. This is most apparent with the ravens that you have to find for the Allfather Blinded trophy. There are a total of 51 raven’s in the game and while in different realms, the count of ravens is spot on, in Midguard the count is off. This is probably because the game doesn’t count a few areas that there are ravens in and you’re overall summary will show that you’re missing some ravens by the end of the game. I let this game sit for months because I was missing one raven. One raven. It wasn’t the only trophy preventing me from getting the platinum, but it was a trophy that for a long time I considered glitched and didn’t even bother to try and get the rest. Turns out one of the areas that isn’t marked properly on the map had a raven that I missed and once I got that raven, I got the trophy. This is something that to this day isn’t fixed, so I’m going to say that if you’re going into this game, beware of the ravens that don’t show in certain areas so that you’re not pulling your hair out trying to find that last raven or think that the game is glitched.

Learning from past mistakes, this God of War is multiplayer free. This is strictly a single player game and really there is no other way to play this game. This experience is for one person alone and I think it’s better this way. I applaud the team that worked on this game for not adding in some kind of tacked on multiplayer that could be played in like a death match or something like that because it would have taken away from the masterpiece that this game is.

Overall I give this game a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A complete reboot to the God of War franchise as it takes a step away from ancient Greece and it’s mythology to go to ancient Scandinavia and the Norse mythology.
+ The best plot in any of the God of War games that not only leaves this reboot open for sequels, but also has enough twists and turns that it will keep you extremely interested and make you want to play until the closing credits.
+ The new open world God of War is just beautiful and remastered Kratos looks better than ever, but still looks like Kratos.
+ No game breaking bugs or glitches and the playability of this game is just flawless.

What’s Not So Great:
My only gripe with this game is that the Midguard map is so huge that it isn’t marked properly making collectibles, like the ravens, extremely hard to find and can make you lose track of them since all areas will say that you’ve collected all raven’s, but there will always be one or two missing from the main summary preventing you from getting the trophy until you find the last raven.

I really loved this game and hated that it took me so long to finish it because I was really into it. Things like mapping out collectibles for a trophy that don’t work properly is something that just turned me off from this game, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t play the game. Knowing what a games flaw is from the beginning helps since you know what to expect going in. That being said, until the Allfather blinded trophy, I had a wonderful experience playing and I have to say that this is my favorite God of War game since the beginning of the franchise. It gives the whole game a reboot and still feels like the same game. It’s truly an amazing game and if you’re a fan of the franchise it’s a game that just can’t be missed. If you’re new to the franchise and want to check this game out, I would say to do so because while it does have some lore from previous games in it, it doesn’t have enough that you’ll be lost by not playing the previous games. This game is definitely worth it and one of those game that should be in every gamers collection.


This Week in Trophies 09-16-2018 – 09-22-2018

A lot of unexpected things happened this week, some good and some bad. Good like getting a platinum trophy in a game that I’m going to tell you about in a moment and bad like binge buying a bunch of games because of…REASONS. Anyway, I won’t get into all of that and instead just show you my trophies for the week.

God of War – 100%

YES! I finally did it. I finally went back to God of War and got the platinum trophy for it. I really hate when people tell me how easy something is because they did it and they’re just great meaning that I’m really not. So this was kind of done to prove a point, but I got the platinum trophy out of it so point proven and I’ll have my full review up for this game next Wednesday.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man – 20%

Remember when I said that I would probably never play this game or at least get it when it went on sale? Yeah, all that went out the window this weekend as when I’m upset at something I usually binge buy games and this one happens to be one of them. I also bought Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 3 Classic, but that’s for a different post when I actually get to playing those games. Anyway I have to say that I’m really enjoying this game and I mean this as no offence but this game is like inFAMOUS, just with Spider-Man.

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That’s a total of 23 trophies for the week, including one platinum trophy which I am extremely proud of. I think it was a decent week of gaming seeing as I really didn’t game all that much until Friday and Saturday. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on to continue to work on Spider-Man, start Shadow of the Tomb Raider, start Far Cry 3 Classic, and maybe try to get the platinum trophy for Detroit: Become Human. I’ll let you know how things work out next week.


These Past Two Weeks in Trophies 05-20-2018 – 06-02-2018

These past two weeks if anything have been super hectic that I’m even surprised I was able to play anything and even get a decent amount of trophies. There was work stuff, a vacation to MegaCon, an unplanned hospital visit, some more work stuff, and just regular life. Anyway, I was able to game so here’s a look at what I’ve been up to trophy wise.

Dead Island – Definitive Edition – 53%

I jumped back into this game this past week to play with my buddy @tjarvinen86 and the first thing that happened when I turned on the game was that I got a trophy. That was some pretty exciting stuff because no one expects a trophy for just turning on a game. Anyway, I’m having a great time jumping back into this game and just having fun which is what this game should be about since you really can’t take this game seriously.

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Detroit: Become Human – 61%

So I not only started this game this past week, but I also finished it. I have to say that while it started off slow and a little on the boring side, things picked up at the end and I’m excited to go back and clean up some trophies before starting a new playthrough and hopefully getting the platinum for this game.

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God of War – 70%

So I made some progress on this game the week of MegaCon, before I went to the actual convention, but I’m still having a really hard time with the collectibles because they’re just a pain in the ass. I’m missing a raven somewhere and even though I’m following a guide, I still feel pretty lost and I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I want to be able to finish this game and just be done with it, but I’m kind of finding it hard to get back into it at the moment.

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King Oddball – 61%

One more trophy for this game as I slowly make my way through it. This happened before MegaCon and I haven’t touched the game since. It’s one of those games that’s impossible to play all at once so I’m really not in a rush to finish it as long as I eventually finish it.

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And there you have it, two weeks 35 trophies, a big improvement from my previous counts even if it is for two weeks. I’m pretty happy with my progress and have a good outlook on things even though this week is going to be a little hectic with work and trying to finish up telling you guys about all the awesome stuff that happened at MegaCon this year. Anyway, when I do get a chance to game, I’ll probably play a little King Oddball, but my main focus will be to get the Detroit: Become Human platinum trophy before getting back into God of War and finding the million collectibles that I’m still missing.


This Week in Trophies 05-13-2018 – 05-19-2018

So this week was a fun one, and I write that in the most sarcastic way possible. There was another meeting with my fantastic boss, another sarcastic note, had a buddy of mine get so tired of the way things are going at work that he just up and quit, and basically had yet another shit week. As much as you’re probably tired of hearing about this I’m tired of writing about it, so on with my little list of trophies.

God of War – 57%

So I busted my ass this week trying to get trophies for this game, but it seems like they randomly come and require a hell of a lot of grinding to find collectibles and other things. I’m getting a little burnt out on finding all of these collectibles, but I really want the platinum for this game. I have to say though as much as I liked the game itself, this running around thing is kind of ruining the game itself for me. That’s not a good thing.

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King Oddball – 57%

I played this game again this week, but like always spent more time then I really wanted to on it. I think I just have to take a day maybe a day and half to finish it completely and just be done with the whole thing so that I stop playing because I really don’t want to play as much as I do when there are a bunch of other games sitting there waiting to be played.

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And there you have it, another 7 trophies for this week to add to my pathetic number of trophies as of late. This upcoming week is going to be a tough one because I take a little break from gaming and go on vacation! Going on vacation means no time for gaming, but in the few days that I do have to game I’ll be trying to finish up King Oddball and God of War. Like I said last week, the Far Cry 5 platinum is going to have to wait until my buddy, @tjarvinen86, follow him on Twitter because he’s cool, gets the game and I have someone to do the co-op missions with along with the multiplayer stuff with. Anyway, just an FYI, this blog will be on hold next week since I’ll be on vacation and the next time I post about trophies will be the following week. Hopefully I can actually get stuff done.


This Week in Trophies 05-06-2018 – 05-12-2018

Another week, another crap week for trophies. I’m seriously not happy with where I’m at with trophies lately and it’s just because there is a hell of a lot going on. Let’s see my normal week in review was another shitty week at work, where it’s becoming a common thing and I try to just swallow all of my stress and smile acting like everything is completely normal. Then there was an issue with my dog this week, which why not just add that to the pile right? Anyway, that’s a very brief look at my real life and here’s a look at my trophy life.

God of War- 35%

Shit, these collectibles and completing every single area of this map is just killing me. I mean seriously there are so many collectibles and places that you have to 100%. It’s crazy. I mean just crazy. I have no idea where to start half the time when I start the game and usually I have no idea where I left off. At this point it’s one big cluster fuck of trying to find random shit.

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King Oddball – 52%

So when I was young and carefree, mostly because I was unemployed, I had these games that I would call “starter games” they would start my gaming time which usually lasted anywhere between 8-10 hours a day. Now I would play these games for maybe an hour at the most before going to the next game, probably something better, before ending my gaming time with a huge AAA game. Anyway, I still try to do that now even though I don’t have 8-10 hours to game and I usually get stuck playing these little games and not moving onto anything else. This is where King Oddball came in this week. It’s not a bad game, the graphics are a little off, and it’s not a great game either. It’s just a starter game that turned into more than that this week.

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So that was it. Only 7 trophies this week. A pretty crappy trophy week and I don’t expect it to be any better this upcoming week. I am going to try and finish King Oddball as well as God of War. I might try to get some random trophies in Far Cry 5, but I think I’ll wait to do that until a new buddy of mine gets the game and then we can grind out some trophies. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.


This Week in Trophies 04-29-2018 – 05-05-2018

This was another sad week for trophies. I remember when I used to get so excited writing this blog because I would have 50+ trophies to brag about, now it’s like I’m lucky if I make it to 20 which is extremely rare these past few weeks / months. Anyway, this is what my week in the gaming world looked like.

Gems of War – 83%

I really don’t mind the updates for this game, especially with the improvements that it makes upon the game, but seriously what the hell with all of the trophies it has to add! I mean, I try to play this game to keep up with my Guild, which is severely lacking members, but it just seems never ending and it wants you to devote your entire life to it. If you play this game and are looking for a Guild, please let me know. One of these days I’m going to call it quits with this game, just not any time soon.

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God of War – 32%

So I know how I’ve said this game is great and all, and it is, but I just thought the end, which I think was the end because after I finished the last mission the credits rolled, was just eh. Compared to the game as a whole, which was epic, it just felt like the ending fell really flat. I hate saying that because the game was amazing and such an improvement, but I don’t know about the ending. I’m going to have to think about it as I go back to get some more trophies.

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King Oddball – 23%

This game was free, starting this week and the rest of the month, and even though I vowed not to start a new game until I finished God of War or Far Cry 5, I couldn’t resist playing this game. I think it’s because I’ve played Baseball Riot and Tennis in the Face and I wanted to play this game because it’s basically the same thing. The only thing I can say about this game right now is that the graphics are really bad. They’re like blurry, and I don’t know if that was supposed to be like that or if it just is for some reason.

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That was it for this week, a lousy 10 trophies. This week my plan is to try and get the platinum for both God of War and Far Cry 5. I know it’s a hefty goal, but I think if I set my mind to it that I can do it, plus I have some free time this week. Not a lot, but some. I still have a bunch of prep for MegaCon which is less than 20 days away! So there’s that…and there’s work, which I hate, but I’ll let you know how things go next week.


This Week in Trophies 04-22-2018 – 04-28-2018

This week wasn’t a bad week when it came to trophies. I was able to game a decent amount of them even though I had a bunch of things going on with work. I guess the good news is that I didn’t get fired like I thought I was, but there is also an underlying bad news in there as well because now I just hate my job. The feeling is horrible and It’s gotten to the point where I spend a lot of time job searching and a lot of time thinking of reasons to call in sick. Anyway, here’s a breakdown of my trophies for the week.

Far Cry 5 – 80%

I finally finished this game and that was a pretty big accomplishment. The ending just blew my mind and I was left thinking about it for a while. I’m not even sure I picked the right ending at this point. Anyway, I enjoyed the story as a whole and now just have to go back and finish up some random things. I also have to play the multiplayer which I hate. I’m also looking for a co-op partner so if you’re looking for a co-op partner let me know down in the comments section below and we can set up a gaming session.

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God of War – 20%

I’m not really concentrating on the trophies for this game and I’m enjoying it a lot. I love the story, I love the new combat, I just love everything about this game. It’s truly an amazing experience that breathe’s new life into a series that was going stale. I’m happy right now to just play through the whole story and finish up the trophies at a later time.

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Q*bert: Rebooted – 19%

I don’t know if I play this game to try and relax a little or just get annoyed. It’s a mixture of both. Kind of like playing Sound Shapes on death mode. It’s frustrating but also relaxing at the same time if that makes sense.

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That was it for this week, a total of 15 trophies. Not bad, not good either, but it’s decent. Next week kind of looks like it will be more of the same but I’m hoping to get the platinum in Far Cry 5 while I continue to play some God of War. I’ll let you know how everything turns out next week.


Tentative Streaming Schedule for the Week of 04-29-2018 – 05-05-2018

Last week’s streaming schedule was a little off because of a bunch of work drama, but hopefully that’s all in the past and I can get back to some sort of streaming schedule. Anyway, with Far Cry 5 being complete all I’ll be streaming this week is God of War, check out my schedule below.


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – God of War


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – God of War




6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – God of War




6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – God of War



There you have it. Don’t forget that all of my streaming times are in the eastern time zone. On the day’s that I’m not streaming, I’ll be playing some Far Cry 5 in order to try and get the platinum trophy for the game. If someone is looking for a co-op partner in Far Cry 5 let me know and we can help each other out. Other than that I’m pretty content playing God of War which I think is pretty awesome.

I am always looking for suggestions on what you want to see me stream. I’m even open to doing a co-op stream if anyone is interested let me know and we can set something up. Also, if you miss any of my streams, you can always catch them later on as I post them to YouTube within a few days.


This Week in Trophies 04-15-2018 – 04-21-2018

This past week was another hectic one as I tried to start my week off right, but had to bring my dad back to the hospital for an pneumonia that was caught early. About five hours later the hospital fiasco was over and I was dead tired and didn’t even touch my game. The rest of the week as normal as it could possible get and even though I gamed a little bit, I just didn’t game all that much. Hopefully this week will change, but I’m not so sure. Then there was my job which was just total bullshit this week and may result in me not having a job come Monday. Before I get into my trophies this is how it went, I did my normal job at work, got yelled at for it and then got a nasty email from the boss to stress his point again. Getting pissed off myself, I wrote a pretty nasty email back in response and I haven’t been at work to see if the email saga has continued. Anyway, I’m at the point of being tired with my job and the drama that goes with it and it’s time to talk about trophies.

Far Cry 5 – 64%

I’m just about done with this game and I’ve enjoyed my time playing it. I’ll still have to go back and do a trophy cleanup which shouldn’t be that hard, at least I hope not, but I’m eager to see how this game ends. It’s been one hell of a journey and right now I think I’m safe to say that this was much better than Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal and right up there with Far Cry 3. We’ll see though because it might have a crap ending that ruins the whole game.

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God of War – 7%

Here is something that you almost never hear me say. I am loving this game so much that I don’t even care about the trophies right now. WHAT??? I know right? Anyway, this is most definitely the best God of War game this series has seen in a long time and it has really revitalized this series and brought it into a new age. This game has so many improvements, not only visually, but also mechanically that it’s like a new game all together. It’s just amazing and I can’t wait to continue my journey.

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So a total of 12 trophies for the week, which is kid of weak, but it’s been one of those weeks. How will this upcoming week go? I really have no idea. All I know is that if I don’t have a job come Monday then my trophy count for the week should spike and if I do still have a job it’ll probably be around the same figure, but at least I’ll have a job. Anyway, I’ll let you know how things work out next week.


Tentative Streaming Schedule for the Week of 04-22-2018 – 04-28-2018

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to make a streaming schedule, but I’m glad to say that I’m back and I can basically lock down some days and times that I can stream now that my dad is doing a little better. Anyway, as always this schedule may change so make sure to follow me on Twitter for updates. Possible changes may be that I might be able to stream more depending on if I have a job come Monday. Stuff like that.


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – God of War
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Far Cry 5


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – God of War


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Far Cry 5


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – God of War


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Far Cry 5


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – God of War
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Far Cry 5


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – God of War
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Far Cry 5

Remember all of my times are eastern and they may change at the drop of a hat which is why you should totally follow me on Twitter for my latest updates. Like I said this schedule will majorly change depending on my job status come Monday.

I am always looking for suggestions on what you want to see me stream. I’m even open to doing a co-op stream if anyone is interested let me know and we can set something up. Also, if you miss any of my streams, you can always catch them later on as I post them to YouTube within a few days.