God of War PC Review – Ragnarok Waiting Room


God of War on PC

God of War is one of the biggest PlayStation exclusives to get a PC release, but what exactly is in store for PC gamers who decide to join Kratos on this new adventure before Ragnarok arrives ? Well, honestly, it’s exactly the same gameplay experience as it’s on consoles. Although, as expected, it runs smoother and somehow looks even better graphically.

The game follows Kratos and his son Atreus – or “Boy”, if we still make that joke in 2022 – as they embark on a seemingly simple quest to disperse the ashes of Kratos’ wife, Faye, to the highest peak in all realms. This specific task was requested by Faye even before her death, so the father-son duo risks constant life and limb to honor her final wish.

Kratos and Atreus feel almost like acquaintances in the workplace or even strangers at first. But their shared pursuit of a unique, emotional goal drives the game’s theme of the family home, as it slowly brings the two together. The repair and building of their relationship is certainly a slow burn, making even the smallest gains worth the wait.

The story does not change at all, so newcomers are on the same amazing journey that fans from 2018 raved about, and returning players can experience it again on a probably more powerful platform, depending on their setups. The little warning is important to note when looking at the game’s PC specifications and requirements.

God of War is without a doubt one of the best looking games of the last few years, but realistically, you’ll have to dampen expectations if your PC does not use newer hardware. Running the game on Ultra settings requires at least one NVIDIA RTX 2080 or AMD RX 6800 XT graphics card, which is not exactly possible for all gamers out there.

For those who can access the full range of new PC features, this version of the game also offers adjustable NVIDIA Reflex and DLSS support to take advantage of the unlimited frame rate along with all the graphical enhancements.

I’m very lucky because I can run God of War at maximum settings while using these features, allowing up to 4K visually at 60 FPS. But the far less demanding recommended specifications set the game to 1080p / 30 FPS, which can be a bit disappointing for some PC gamers. The recommended settings are certainly adequate, but the optimal God of War experience on PC comes from playing at high settings or better.

At its best, God of War has noticeably amazing lighting effects, dynamic shadows, detailed reflections on surfaces, and only screen-worthy images around the PC. Fortunately, this version of the same has also included Photo Mode, so absolutely no angles are missed. It can even be used during intermediate sequences, which is a big plus.

Kratos is not exactly known for being the most compassionate or kind-hearted character, and trouble seems to find him wherever he goes. So there are plenty of battles for the titular god of war and his son to take part in.

Fortunately, all of these visuals and performance upgrades stick together, even with lots of character movements, visual cues, and particle effects flying each way during combat. And that’s more important than whether the game looks beautiful or not.

The low-latency NVIDIA Reflex technology enhances the already-excellent combat, making it much easier to perform the moves you want with tight input timings, including last-minute pairings, or dodging along with Kratos’ wide range of combinations.

It’s not that technology will make you much better at the game or provide newfound skills, but it certainly helps your odds in situations where attack has the chance to hit Kratos from all angles.

There’s not much I can say about God of War beyond the PC-specific enhancements that have not already been talked to death at this point. It still excels, in every sense of the word. From story and gameplay to images and soundtrack, this game has it all.

You just need to know that it was a must-play for PlayStation owners when it was launched in 2018, and now it’s a must-play for those who own a PC but still have not had the opportunity to try it .

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Reviewer: Ethan Anderson | Price: Editor’s choice | Copy provided by the publisher.

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