Have you beaten God of War? Does your life feel empty and meaningless now that you’ve finished such a masterpiece? Do you wish that two individuals would discuss the game and go over massive spoilers? Today is your lucky day!
Every so often I moonlight over there at Well Red Mage, and I’m honored to be among such esteemed company. In my newest contribution me and Ryan from Games with Coffee go over the game in detail and discuss our thoughts on the game with many spoilers. Below is a little taste of the full thing, but if you’d like to read it in its entirety you can head here to do so.
Suffice to say there are MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW. You have been warned.
That is very true! As we are fathers, I can see this storyline resonating heavily with the both of us.
Also, if Cory Balrog is reading this now, hire us. Seriously.
After seeing that ending I’m not sure he needs our help.
Before we stray too far from the ending of the game, I have to say that everyone talks about the Loki bomb, or the mural, but for me the best part of the ending was when Kratos tells Atreus the story of his namesake.
Oh yes! I loved that story!
I felt it was a sheer master stroke of storytelling, and brought the humanization of Kratos to a head in a way that honestly choked me up.
I agree. To me, it represents the complete transformation from Kratos, the God of War to Kratos, the Dad of War. All joking aside, it’s here that we see him shed his barriers and embrace fatherhood for what it is. He even called Atreus “Son” instead of “Boy,” something that we were completely used to hearing throughout the game. I thought that moment was incredibly poignant.
For the record, I address my son as “Boy” quite often. It’s hilarious!
Ever since playing God of War I use the Kratos voice anytime I have to tell my son to do anything.
I think the most fascinating thing about it was that, even as far gone as Kratos was at the time he still chose hope, and that is why he names Atreus after the Spartan soldier that made them think they could be more than just killing machines, that they were still human. The way that ties back into the theme we were talking about earlier, about balancing the power of a God while still retaining your humanity, is just so incredibly well done.