God of War (PS4): Kratos and the Dad-feels

I just found out about THE COOLEST VIDEO GAME THING EVER!!!

Spoiler:

The. Shattered. Gauntlet. Of. Ages. Wow wow wow.
I am mind blown I thought the gauntlet sucked because its vanilla ability is pretty meh.
I mostly used it for the extra socket spots. Turns out what you socket matters!

Love when developers put hidden things that 99% of people will never see! (they also did this with the special edition physical cloth map secret!)

staygold wrote:

I just found out about THE COOLEST VIDEO GAME THING EVER!!!

Spoiler:

The. Shattered. Gauntlet. Of. Ages. Wow wow wow.
I am mind blown I thought the gauntlet sucked because its vanilla ability is pretty meh.
I mostly used it for the extra socket spots. Turns out what you socket matters!

Love when developers put hidden things that 99% of people will never see! (they also did this with the special edition physical cloth map secret!)

Yeah, that item is lots of fun.

Funny moment I ran into today:

Spoiler:

So, I've already killed all the Valkyries. Took me a TON of attempts to kill the Queen, but I finally pulled it off.
Today I finally progressed the story enough to unlock the Jotunheim tower, so I can finish lighting all the braziers. I light the last brazier, and I'm rewarded with an enchantment that reduces all damage taken from Valkyries.

Atreus: "Hey, that would have been useful against the Valkyries Queen"

Yes Atreus, it would have been useful. Now let us never speak of this again.

muttonchop wrote:
staygold wrote:

I just found out about THE COOLEST VIDEO GAME THING EVER!!!

Spoiler:

The. Shattered. Gauntlet. Of. Ages. Wow wow wow.
I am mind blown I thought the gauntlet sucked because its vanilla ability is pretty meh.
I mostly used it for the extra socket spots. Turns out what you socket matters!

Love when developers put hidden things that 99% of people will never see! (they also did this with the special edition physical cloth map secret!)

Yeah, that item is lots of fun.

Funny moment I ran into today:

Spoiler:

So, I've already killed all the Valkyries. Took me a TON of attempts to kill the Queen, but I finally pulled it off.
Today I finally progressed the story enough to unlock the Jotunheim tower, so I can finish lighting all the braziers. I light the last brazier, and I'm rewarded with an enchantment that reduces all damage taken from Valkyries.

Atreus: "Hey, that would have been useful against the Valkyries Queen"

Yes Atreus, it would have been useful. Now let us never speak of this again.

Ha!

Spoiler:

There's some programming going into that too, because I got the item before killing the queen, and I got a different line. Clever.

There seems to be a fair bit of context-specific dialogue in the game

Spoiler:

For example, while working your way through the Valkyries the story gradually unfolds that the Valkyrie Queen was the one who imprisoned them. There's no fixed order you need to follow when fighting them, so I can only assume that each Valkyrie has at least a couple different versions of their parting dialogue depending on what order you kill them.

muttonchop wrote:

There seems to be a fair bit of context-specific dialogue in the game

Spoiler:

For example, while working your way through the Valkyries the story gradually unfolds that the Valkyrie Queen was the one who imprisoned them. There's no fixed order you need to follow when fighting them, so I can only assume that each Valkyrie has at least a couple different versions of their parting dialogue depending on what order you kill them.

Unfortunately, there is no difference. The story unfolds with the same dialog regardless of order. I was watching a walk through and confused because there enemy was saying a line that the last one I had killed said. (again, not a noticeable or even game/narrative changing difference)

I daren't touch it until I've played through once or my progress will grind to a halt.

Kratos faces

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I'm making a lot of progress in God of War now.

Spoiler:

I've flipped the temple.

Edit: Now I seem to be at a point of no return. Time to explore and open that one chest I didn't get then I'm into the end game .

My journey through God of War in incredibly satisfying axe returns.

Don't watch this unless you've finished or at least reached a 'point of no return' in the game.

Edit: Aaaand finished. I can finally watch and listen to all those spoiler editions.

Apparently there are no plans for DLC.

Spoiler:

Every time I see Atreus now I see him in a completely different light.

So I recently acquired a chisel, and then went to visit my house and picked up another item there...

Spoiler:

Holy crap! I have chain blades now! I'm kind of amazed I a)wasn't spoiled on this and b)didn't see this coming a mile away, especially after he talked about getting another weapon from home. I think I was distracted by his talk of home, as for some reason I was assuming he meant Greece and not just the house where the game started. Even as someone who doesn't care much about the earlier God of War games (I played all of 1, some of 2, none of the others) it's still a great reveal, and mechanically it feels great to send those things flying around the screen after hours of much more focused and thoughtful axe use.

I also started playing with the photo mode, and my favorite favorite thing is to give Kratos wacky faces in serious moments, like so:

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I particularly enjoyed, when Kratos was walking with injured/sick Atreus in his arms, giving Atreus a silly face and Kratos the "oh brother" face.

I'm really curious to figure out how far through the game I am at this point. I have completed very few side quests, so I'm sure there's a ton for me to do still, but I thought I'd seen some suggestion that this point I'm at is fairly far in the main story? From my play time so far (10-15 hours) and what I've heard about the length of the game (30+ hours?) I'm guessing I'm more like half way through or slightly less.

I'd say half way or more.

Concept art from The Art of God of War book.

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That really looks much more fitting for the area he is supposed to be living in.

(somewhat NSFW for language)

Once I equipped the squirrel, I never went back.

EDIT: And finished! What a lovely surprise for 2018! It was a video game ass video game, and there were some rough patches, but overall it was quite enjoyable. The level design was fantastic, and combat generally felt good.

Spoiler:

I may go back to get the rest of the trophies, but the few valkyries I fought were very tough. I only defeated one of them, and that took many tries.

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The struggle to create God of War. The opener is very well done.

Massive spoilers in the background videos.

I finally had a chance to fire this up a few days ago and have been chipping away at it. I'll wait to post more nuanced thoughts until I finish, but I'm loving it so far. It strikes a perfect balance between guided experiences and optional exploration opportunities with a narrative hook that doesn't make me feel anxious about not making a bee line for the main objective at all times. The only complaint I can think of is the closeness of the camera during combat. I would like it to be pulled out and centered just a bit more when surrounded by enemies.

I'm not exactly sure how far I am, but I just got my axe to level 4. It feels like I have a good amount of game left.

I'm now level 6 well on the way to 7

Edit: I'm now half way through level 7

Weapon rune:

Spoiler:

Rampage of the furies for the Blades of Chaos is so satisfying. Incredible.

How much effort have you all spent on crafting? When I see I can craft something that is slightly more powerful than my current equipment, but not wildly so, I'm not sure whether I should save the money/resources for upgrades and just wait to obtain better gear as loot, or if I should be crafting new equipment.

mrlogical wrote:

How much effort have you all spent on crafting? When I see I can craft something that is slightly more powerful than my current equipment, but not wildly so, I'm not sure whether I should save the money/resources for upgrades and just wait to obtain better gear as loot, or if I should be crafting new equipment.

I spent time crafting the Travelers set only to realize that a sidequest handed me a much better armor set instantly... so all the reason to continue to do the side quests as they come up.

I went from 5.7 in level to over 7 just from that armor set (each piece had 3 sockets)

So it seems better to save for upgrading existing good gear rather than crafting from scratch.. there are some yellow sets that I've unlocked for crafting that have materials I havent come across yet so they seem to be reserved for later in the game.

You do need to craft almost all the armors (ancient, travelers, etc) to get trophies/platinum.

So far: Valkyries 2 me 1

Think I'll go for the lot.

Higgledy wrote:

So far: Valkyries 2 me 1

Think I'll go for the lot.

I've taken down 4 or 5 now, very tough fights for the most part. I've came across a couple that have just kicked my ass without breaking a sweat.

The Bloodborne rule applies with the Valkayries, you get too gung ho when they are down to their last few bars of health you'll get caught & pay for it when your agonizingly close to defeating one.

Think I'm near halfway to level 8 now.

Gear makes a big difference in the valkyrie fights- if you’re having trouble just come back later. Once you max out your gear most of the fights (except for the final one) are a cakewalk.

Spikeout wrote:

The Bloodborne rule applies with the Valkayries, you get too gung ho when they are down to their last few bars of health you'll get caught & pay for it when your agonizingly close to defeating one.

Yeah I had one down to really low health but was borderline myself. I got fixated on healing up and was taken out. If I'd concentrated on damaging the Valkyrie I'd probably have done it.

My gear is pretty good now.

Higgledy wrote:
Spikeout wrote:

The Bloodborne rule applies with the Valkayries, you get too gung ho when they are down to their last few bars of health you'll get caught & pay for it when your agonizingly close to defeating one.

Yeah I had one down to really low health but was borderline myself. I got fixated on healing up and was taken out. If I'd concentrated on damaging the Valkyrie I'd probably have done it.

My gear is pretty good now.

Yeah to be fair I've had that happen once or twice, your health is so low that you need a couple of health orbs lying about that ground only for you to take your eye of the Valkayrie & one of their undefendable attacks comes at you in that instant, it ends in tears.

Spoiler:

Did you go home after spreading Faye's ashes at the top of the mountain in Jotunheim? That's a really superb teaser!