Initial thoughts on God of War

I know I am quite a bit late on speaking about this game as it has garnered so much attention since its release and been reviewed 9 million times so I will make this short and sweet.

Ever since I was young the biggest draw of gaming for me was the ability to be drawn into a good story while also being able to interact with that story through gameplay, nothing else added that sort of depth. Unfortunately not many games put the same amount of effort into their storyline development as they do their game mechanics.

God of War is a breath of fresh air, combining solid mechanics and a visually stunning world while simultaneously fleshing out the worlds lore. But what really does it for me is the interaction between Kratos and his son and seeing them both develop as people as the story goes on, it has been so long since I have been really emotionally involved in a character as I am with Kratos and his son Atreus.

Atreus desperately wants his Fathers approval and to prove his worth as an independant man, while Kratos struggles with being both a tough guide for his Son and also there for him emotionally through his development. It is really great and so far the game has me hooked and really hoping they both succeed as a family.

I truly hope the gaming industry uses God of War as a springboard to creating more games which actually flesh out their characters and create that intimacy that has been sorely lacking in most games for the past decade.

For now I will cross my fingers and pray to Kratos.

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