Kratos finds himself in the realm of Midgard, and now has a young son named Atreus and after collecting a tree, we find out their Faye, the boys mother has passed away. Her final wish was to have her ashes scattered atop the highest peak in all the realms, if you have seen any of the Thor movies, you will understand those. Kicking off the adventure is the arrival of a stranger, who seeks something from Kratos and while he does not name it, he sparks a fury inside of Kratos, the resulting battle forces to take Atreus on the journey with him. While Kratos may not be the most approachable person, during the journey you can see him attempt to relate to his child in a way that proves while he maybe a god filled with rage, he still suffers from human fears. As they begin their journey, they will encounter some enemies and friends that help along the way.
Of course, the visuals themselves really help sell the story and setting, the entire time Kratos is on screen, he feels believable and not because of his actions, those can be larger than life at times, but because of the small little touches that show on his face. One of the most tender moments is when Kratos reveals his true nature to his son, the movement of the eyes, before he even speaks, sells the struggle more than any words he speaks. Arteus is much the same and the dynamic between them both is crazy. Characters like Freya and the Dwarves are equally compelling to watch, sadly the Aesir gods that you encounter are less so, and sadly the opportunity is wasted when you don’t encounter any of the ones you expect.
The score is something that anyone who has followed the game will know, that presentation when the game debuted, had the biggest impact and the full score is just as good. Each realm has a distinct sound to it, but when the score is layered atop it, it makes the world sing. The themes for the characters are also wonderfully crafted, though, there are times when the mix can get in the way, over shadowing some. When the world gets dark, the music can almost drop out completely, leaving you with nothing but the sounds of your surrounding
If you own a PlayStation 4, then you absolutely play this game, if you miss it, you will be missing something incredible.
Review copy provided by PlayStation Australia