God of War PC Review: The Best PlayStation Exclusive Coming to Windows

2018 God of War is one of the best games ever created. And with the move to Windows PC almost four years after its launch, it’s getting even better.

God of War surprises players with the ways it matures in the series – like making Kratos a character people care about more than an unrepentant bastard, and removing undue opposition to the characters. female object. But as much as developer Sony Santa Monica focuses on building a new legacy, it doesn’t eliminate the past entirely.

God of War begins years after Kratos’ adventures through Greece, where he slays entire temples of the gods on Mount Olympus. Now, he’s a father again, and he’s trying to pull his son, Atreus, in a different direction, to help Atreus avoid some of the cruel mistakes Kratos made in his previous life on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.

It’s still a rage series, but instead of focusing on the frustrations of youth in the past, it offers a more mature setting. Fear is the new heart at the center of Kratos’ rage – fear that Kratos’ past will never leave him in peace, that his son will discover who he really is, and he’s too broken down to be the father he’s supposed to be. And of course, fear drives a new collection of rogues’ enemies – the Norse gods – all of whom are fighting to avert the apocalypse.

God of War wraps a beautiful story into a tight third-person puzzle and action game. It demonstrates a fervent appreciation for Norse mythology in the way it transforms these gods into compelling characters. It takes the RPG system, story-based exploration, unique weapons and storytelling tricks from different game types and combines them all together perfectly. It’s a great design of the modern game, but it’s been tied to the PlayStation for years, limiting both its technical potential as well as how many people can experience it.

Kratos and Atreus have a moment in God of War on PC

Image: SIE Santa Monica Studio / PlayStation PC

With this PC release, Sony isn’t just delivering an excellent game to a wide range of PC players; it also gave God of War second life as a visual feast. Initial release looks great in 2018 on PlayStation 4 and in 2021 on PlayStation 5. But in 2022, God of War looks great on PC.

On extreme settings, God of War runs smoothly at 120fps at 1080p on my PC. (I’m rocking an Nvidia RTX 3080 with a Core i7-10700K 3.80GHz processor and 32GB of RAM.) Draugr’s puzzle pieces melted into a crack as Kratos tore through the creatures. , sprayed orange viscera everywhere. In emotional moments, the delicate features of Kratos’ face reflect his thoughts in a wonderful way. And in the close-ups, I could count every gray hair on his beautifully detailed beard.

Nothing compares to playing a game like God of War For the first time, see how the water flows out of Lake Nine as Jörmungandr, the World Serpent, emerges from beneath the waves. But when the giant snake opened its mouth and its voice came through my headphones, I was even more amazed by its design – its 4-year-old model and texture look excellent, even when my face is just inches from the screen. The water trickled from his mossy beard, the black shadows in his nostrils and his throat wavered as he spoke – it all looked better than ever. It’s the same game, but with its already impressive sets and visuals raised, creating an even more immersive experience.

But my beautiful PC playthrough hasn’t been without some hiccups. On rare occasions, I experienced minor screen tearing when shooting fast. Kratos’ armor also sometimes penetrates his body or objects. Enhanced visuals make 2018’s level of detail on certain textures – like a rare type of chest, made of bright gold – more noticeable, with the game’s improved shadows appearing to not drag same weight for lighter textures. But those flaws are the exception to the rule, in contrast to the beauty seen everywhere else in the game.

Kratos brings a magical boar to a turtle in God of War PC

Image: SIE Santa Monica Studio / PlayStation PC

The PC version’s superb visuals and smooth performance are what I’ve come to expect – a way to see this stellar game in a new light, not constrained by my PS4 being only a few years away. switch to play PS5. God of War It’s a fun addition to anyone’s Steam or Epic Games Store library because it looks good and runs almost flawlessly, but there’s another reason to be excited about it’s porting to PC: A legion of players New players will experience the power version of Sony Santa Monica for the first time.

With Sony’s recent move to get some of its exclusive titles (Horizon Zero Dawn, Ghost of Tsushima, Day by day) into the hands of PC players, it opened up an even wider fan base. Sure, some of those players might buy a console to test out God of War Ragnarok later this year, but that’s not the point. God of War is my prime example of how mechanics and storytelling can combine to create something different from other mediums, a game that I always recommend to friends and family who don’t care (with a high degree of success). It was always a silly thing to have to buy into a single console ecosystem to experience this game, and now, that’s not happening.

God of War on PC isn’t just a great visual upgrade to an already gorgeous game. This is the best version of one of the best games ever made, perfect for replays as well as first runs.

God of War will be released January 14 on Windows PC. The game has been evaluated using the Steam key provided by PlayStation. Vox Media has an affiliate partnership. These do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. You can find Additional information on Polygon’s ethics policy can be found here.

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