God of War Ragnarök Mobile
This review includes impressions of the Mobile version of God of War Mobile , which was released in 2022.
The God of War Mobile series, so far, has remained very close to the standards set in the original 2005 game. Over a decade (and many games) after that, it makes sense that Sony might want to mix things up with its old hack-and-slash series. Like many of the popular releases that have reinvented themselves in recent years, the new God of War Mobile immerses you in the open-world RPG well. It also shifts its focus to Norse mythology, expelling the famous Greek gods and myths that provided the basis for every previous game.
These major transformations do not mark the end of God of War Mobile as we know it, but rather allow the series to express itself in new ways. There are many reasons why structural transformations are a good thing, but it’s what happened to Kratos, the massive death machine, that makes a lasting impression. An angry, bloodthirsty icon turned into a sensitive father figure. Part of him retains the old violent tendencies that made him a star long ago. With his young son Atreus to protect and guide him, we also see Kratos taking a deep breath and burying his wild instincts in order to set a positive example.
Watching Kratos nurture his child’s feelings feels a bit jarring at first, but thanks to the natural writing, proper voice actors, and flawless animation, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the duo’s journey and buy into their mutual growth. Despite being a teacher, Kratos carries a mountain of grief and self-pity that only his son’s innocence can help him overcome. Atreus experiences his own ups and downs that might have put him on a very different path had it not been for Kratos’ guiding hand.
Atreus grew up detached from the dangers of the wild world around him, and rightly fails to realize his place in it when faced with the realities of the land protected and under siege by the gods. His mother’s death before the game starts is what pushes Atreus and Kratos out. Her dying wish was for her ashes to be scattered over the highest peak in the earth. As if wild predators and horrific demons weren’t enough obstacles, representatives of the gods of Norse mythology emerged in an attempt to disrupt their mission, proving the bloated stakes and the impressive clash of powers you’d expect from God of War Mobile.
And just like its predecessors, God of War Mobile is a technical and artistic show. It is without a doubt one of the best console games ever released, with every breathtaking environment and legendary character showing great attention to detail and booming in abundance. The vision behind all of this is evident in Kratos’ meticulously likened physical gear, weather gear, in the atmospheric effects that sensibly transform rural environments into objects of dreams, and in the overall design and structure of the world itself.
The majority of the journey is set in the realm of Midgard. At its heart lies a vast lake that you can explore by canoe, with a coastline dotted with optional puzzles, powerful opponents, and entrances to the map’s core areas. Your mission will take you to most of these places, and along the way you will likely notice inaccessible paths and glimpses of sealed treasures. There’s always plenty of room to explore the main course and good reasons to give curiosity regardless, but these inconveniences in particular motivate you to re-examine previously visited areas as your abilities expand.
With the boy fighting by your side, shooting arrows or choking unsuspecting enemies, you’ll join forces against corrupt cave trolls, face towering monsters, and battle hundreds of clever super warriors as you travel. Kratos prefers to use the ax these days, which works quite differently from the chained Blades of Chaos for which he is famous. This comes with the very satisfying and awesome ability to magically summon your weapon to your hand (like Thor and his hammer), a timeless and endless movement.
Indeed, neither of them generally fight. The new over-the-shoulder camera takes you right into the fight, thus limiting your vision. You cannot see enemies from all angles at once and must be on the alert at all times. By default, the game provides affinity icons to alert you of upcoming attacks, but it’s worth fiddling with the user interface for a more comprehensive experience once you get used to how the battles flow.
It’s rare that you can actually spam groups without putting yourself at risk, and this focus on vigilance strengthens God of War’s Mobile graduation from traditional hack-and-slash stasis. The realities of axe-fighting also make avoiding harm a daunting process. But when the variables align and you get an enemy, handling Kratos’ clever ax allows him to hit hard, and gives you the chance to show off his power with a little style.
The basic set of close range combos and weapon behaviors can be expanded by pouring experience points into the skill tree and activating magical rune abilities that correlate with the two attack inputs. There are plenty of options to consider and tactics to learn, including skill trees for fighting empty-handed. There’s a wonderful rhythm to be found in switching from ax to fist, and then in Kratos’ satisfying, brutal execution moves, all while getting out of harm’s way.
The God of War Mobile battle
is really cool at first, but it gets better as it steadily introduces one new layer after another. You can totally get bogged down in incredibly punishing enemies made easier by masterful timing and mastering every available skill, but you can also succeed at any level as long as you master the art of dodging and dodging incoming attacks.
Atreus can’t be configured as much as Kratos can, but still There are plenty of ways to adapt his abilities to your liking. The arrows he shoots can be associated with different types of magic, with multiple upgrades for items and jobs, and eventually gain the ability to summon spectral animals that can hurt and distract enemies, or collect items. Thanks to the clever button design, it is very easy to attack and defend like Kratos while also driving Atreus. God of War Mobile gives you plenty to do at any given moment and makes you feel like a seasoned warrior in the process.
The armor that Kratos and Atreus wear can affect a range of character stats and basic connections, and may include slots for enchantments that give more rewards. Armor can be purchased or crafted using the few resources scattered around the world, and can be upgraded by the game’s blacksmith: two dwarf brothers constantly at odds with each other. There’s Brok, the foul-mouthed blue dwarf, and Sindri, a much more gentle fellow but tragically mischievous – a gag that’s usually funny, though sometimes pressured too hard.
As much fun as these two can be, it’s Mimir who ultimately steals the show. The one-eyed, horned sage accompanies you and Atreus for most of the game, serving as a guide to Midgard, and an inside resource in the ins and outs of Norse politics. Mimir and the blacksmiths have strong individual personalities, as do every other character you meet during the course of the game. We generally keep other identities vague to avoid spoilers, but no matter who you bump into, God of War’s Mobile team is powerful, compelling, and oddly charming. But the real breakthrough is how, while there are a few characters to interact with, their great personalities color your adventure with tantalizing tales that draw you into the world and give the Earth a tangible sense of history.
If there is any part of the overall mission that seems underwhelming, this is the final battle against the primary opponent. It’s great from a narrative point of view, unraveling in a way that changes your perspective, but the combat itself makes you want to. There are plenty of big boss fights and skill tests throughout the course of the game, but this one doesn’t quite reach the same levels, and it feels like played a little safer. It can be just the Kratos and Atreus composition effect, or it can be very easy to get started with. Fortunately, that’s not all there is to the game.
It seems that two optional regions in particular were designed with the end of the game in mind. The first, Mospelheim, presents a series of battles in arenas surrounded by lava flows and scorched earth. Some trials are just battles against powerful enemies, while others require you to defeat the waves in quick succession – if one of the enemies survives, it only takes a few seconds for the others to do so automatically. The other world, Niflheim, is randomly generated every time you visit, but it’s always full of poisonous gases. The goal there is to survive as long as possible while carrying the kill and collecting treasure, and escape before the poison takes hold. Both sites offer tense and rewarding quests that can only be accessed if you play at your best.
You’ll likely be so addicted to the pace and action of the story that there will be plenty of other side activities in Midgard after the credits are out. God of War Mobile is not set in a massive open world, but it is full of secrets and quests. Where most games with long and varied quests tend to get a bit stale in the end, God of War Mobile has the opposite effect. It’s a lot longer than it needs to be, although you hope you don’t run out of things to do.
In many ways, God of War is what the series has always been. It’s an amazing action game with epic combat, big budget production values, and tough battles that get more exciting and impressive as you progress. What might surprise you is how mature the storytelling is. Like Kratos, God of War Mobile remembers the past while recognizing the need for improvement. Everything the new does is for the better, and as a result everything retains the benefits. Kratos is no longer a predictable savage. God of War Mobile is no longer an old-fashioned movie series. With this reboot, he is confidently treading on a new path that will hopefully lead to more exciting adventures to come.
God of War Mobile Edition
Nearly four years after its initial release, God of War Mobile has finally made its way to the Mobile. If you haven’t checked out Sony Santa Monica’s lengthy story about Mad Dad Kratos and Boy, the Mobile version is the one you should get. It doesn’t bring any new content, but it does offer graphic options that make the already beautiful game look even better.
The Mobile version of God of War supports 4K resolution, unlocked frames, DLSS, and Ultra HD screens, as well as some more subtle options for tweaking the game’s appearance, such as sharpening textures or improving the appearance of shadows. Probably the most notable improvement is the unlocked frame rate, which makes for some buttery smooth moments from Kratos blasting Leviathan’s axe into draugr and trolls. God of War ran Mobile at 30 frames per second on PlayStation 4, so if it’s your first time playing the game or revisiting it since (without, say, upgrading to the PlayStation 5 version), the higher framerate counts. A great step forward for the game is all about great animation and flow state for devastating combos building. Overall, though, God of War Mobile was a pretty nice game even in its Mobile incarnation, and it’s still a pretty nice game here, whether you’re improving the graphics and frame rate or not.
Apart from the intense graphic capabilities However, the other major update in the Mobile version is customization. You can do a lot to mess with the game’s graphics, display, and camera controls to make God of War Mobile play the way you want. Like other Mobile games, God of War also supports a variety of control settings – while PlayStation players are limited to using a DualShock controller, you’re not limited to those on PC. I’ve played almost exclusively with an Mobile gamepad, and it just feels natural as if the game was made to play on the platform from the start. While you can’t reset gamepad controls, everything can be customized if you play with mouse and keyboard for more opportunities to fine-tune how you feel about the game.
God of War Mobile isn’t drastically different on Mobile when compared to the Mobile version launched in 2018, but the minor improvements are certainly good and desirable ones, making this a solid Mobile port overall. There’s not enough reason here to buy a second copy of the game if you’ve already played it, necessarily, but the Mobile version is a great reason to check out God of War Mobile for the first time for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to try it out. God of War Mobile remains an excellent, impressive, action game, and with a port for Mobile it does get some nice, albeit somewhat minor, improvements.
The father and son dynamic enhances the fight and makes Kratos surprisingly connected
Compelling writing that makes the supporting cast extraordinarily human
Kratos’ agility and deep repertoire of techniques make him more fun to control than ever before
He expertly transforms and builds upon the gameplay style of the series