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God of War Ragnarok’s recap video makes the game’s story more confusing

This is just a wild guess, but I don’t think I’ll be the only person whose first God of War game will be God of War Ragnarok. Lucky for me, the developers were already anticipating players not playing god of war (2018). While you start up Ragnarok a very handy option appears at the top of the main menu, titled “god of war to summarise.”

At first I thought it would help people like me to go into: Ragnarok confidently know what happened in the previous game and what to expect in this game. But after watching it, I’m more convinced that it’s actually for those who just haven’t played it god of war in a while. That’s because the minute-and-a-half-long video jumps incoherently from scene to scene, and it comes with no context and or an actual direct plot summary of the first game. Even though I saw it, I have no idea what happened. So I decided it would be funny to write a post about what I think happened in god of war based on the official summary in Ragnarokthe main menu.

Let’s start.

There is a big, strong bearded man named Kratos and a small child named Atreus. At least I can find out so much because, surprise, I already knew who they were. The game begins because Atreus’ mother dies and he and his father want to scatter her ashes on a mountaintop.

Image: SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment

It seems quite a difficult task because a random lady says that the region is a realm of the gods. I don’t know if that’s the region of the mountain they need to go to, but I’m assuming it is because otherwise why would they want to go there. Kratos tells someone they are a god; I do not know, however, whether it was addressed to Atreus or to this lady, Freya. I’m assuming it’s Freya, because the summary shows her using magical powers that can grow plants, and she’s referring to the leader of the Vanir.

Kratos cuts off the head of a man named Mimir and then promptly presents it to a giant dragon thing. I don’t know why Mimir would invite Kratos to chop off his head, but the clip shows Kratos lifting a head, so I think Kratos did it. Mimir mentions that Kratos killed Odin’s children, who I suspect are gods. Then Kratos shares some hot gossip about himself. Apparently he chose to become a man, but actually he is a god. So I don’t know if he’s a god or a man or just a really strong man.

Atreus discovers that he is a god. He says he’s a giant, but he looks like a normal height to me. That leads Atreus to think he can do whatever he wants as a god, so then he goes and kills another god. (This god somehow doesn’t seem to be fighting a child.) Kratos seems very upset because he yells and tells Atreus that there are consequences if you kill a god.

Kratos holds Atreus by the arm and looks at him earnestly.  Atreus also looks back with furrowed eyebrows.

Image: SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment

At this point, the story gets extra dramatic. Another guy named Baldur is in the picture. He doesn’t seem to like either Kratos or Freya. And I assume Kratos and Freya have reconnected, so I assume Freya serves as a guide to Kratos. But now everything seems bad because this Baldur guy gets mad and Kratos twists his head and kills him. I don’t really know why he’s mad, but it could be that Atreus literally killed a god. Meanwhile, Freya mourns Baldur’s passing and calls him her boy, so I assume it’s her son.

Then Atreus mentions that someone called him Loki and he asks about it. Kratos doesn’t seem to care about explaining anything! He rejects Atreus’s question. So I assume Atreus is not just a god, but an extra special god, because Loki is a pretty important Marvel character.

Finally, we see them high in the clouds and somewhat at peace, so it seems they have completed their goal of spreading the ashes. (Though again I wish I knew why that was important.) The summary doesn’t say whether Atreus is directly related to Kratos, which seems pretty important. Overall, it seems like there are a lot of unresolved plot points from the first game that will be developed in Ragnarok. The summary wasn’t great, but you know what? I’ve just resigned myself to looking up wikis when I need some extra background information.

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