God of War Ragnarok reviews have arrived just days before its highly anticipated launch. The expectations have been sky-high, given the success of its 2018 predecessor God of War, and fans have been waiting with bated breath to find out if the next entry in the series is worth it.
From the initial reveal to the latest trailer, God of War Ragnarok continued to look impressive in almost every aspect. Fast forward to now, and the reviews are finally in. So let's dive into what critics are saying and see if God of War Ragnarok is really worth the hype.
Review Roundup: Is God of War Ragnarok Worth Buying?
As of this writing, God of War Ragnarok holds a Metacritic score of 94/100, making it not just one of the highest-rated video games of the year but of all time.
An enthralling spectacle to behold and an even more exciting one to take the reins of, God of War Ragnarok melds action and adventure together to create a new, unforgettable Norse saga. Impeccable writing, pitch-perfect performances, knockout action – it’s a complete work of art from top to bottom. Reflecting its core themes, it's everything a sequel should be: respectful of its legendary lineage, but not afraid to take it to exciting new places. God of War Ragnarok is an almighty achievement and creates a new high that makes many of its peers look positively mortal by comparison.
"For every moment of brutality, there is one of genuine and relatable emotion. How they land will vary from person to person, but there were multiple that left me with tears welling up. If nothing else, God of War Ragnarok further cements Sony Santa Monica's narrative team as one of the best in the business."
"God of War Ragnarök feels a lot like God of War (2018), which is a compliment considering how fantastic that game is. Sony Santa Monica was right to not break what wasn’t broken and it has expertly continued the story threads that were left hanging from the previous game. Any complaints about the overall experience (familiar combat, collecting and leveling up equipment isn’t particularly interesting) are quickly forgotten in the face of the compelling narrative, believable character relationships, and incredible visuals and animation. Even from its early PlayStation 2 days, the God of War series has always set a high, quality bar for itself, and with few exceptions, it manages to leap above that bar. God of War Ragnarök is no different."
Polygon: No Score
"God of War Ragnarök, as the sum of its many disparate and often conflicting parts and influences, isn’t here to reinvent the wheel. But its single-minded desire to emulate all the hallmarks of an epic Hollywood narrative will remain both its biggest weakness and its enduring source of success. And like many, many Hollywood success stories, it shouldn’t feel this weird to say that something of this scope and scale is just OK."
And that's what some of the notable critics have to say about God of War Ragnarok. Our own review for the game will go live next week so come back for our detailed thoughts on Kratos and Atreus' latest adventure.
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