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God of War PC Review 2022

God of War comes to PC with a brilliant port, a faithful rendition of the PS4 version. So you’ll be able to experience the same story, gameplay and epic battles while playing the game with new momentum on PC! Apart from great visuals, you will also have better performance and higher resolution textures that add up to maximum visual quality.
When it comes to the game itself, we rarely have anything purely negative to say about a title from Santa Monica Studio. My first experience with a PC game leads me here, and God of War seems to hit all of the checkboxes. The menu system is simple and easy to navigate, complete with support for 16:10 and 21:9 aspect ratios (widescreen) and various resolutions supported out of the box, keeping loading times intact.

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After many hours of gameplay and what feels like an endless supply of monsters to smash, I have to say that this game is arguably one of the best Action-Adventure in recent time I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. The graphics look stunning, and there’s a certain feel about it that seems incomparable compared to other games out there. It could be the smoothness of combat or just everything in general, but even after suffering some technical hiccups here and there (especially at launch), it doesn’t take anything away from what could be a legendary experience.

For any fans of the series who might have skipped 2018’s instalment, Developer Sony Santa Monica sought to remedy that with a soft reboot designed to appeal to all-comers. In this entry, Kratos and his son Atreus have taken their leave from the Gods-forsaken lands of Greece and set sail for the Nordic region, where they’ve made it their mission in life to fight and face all manner of unexpected challenges as part of an ongoing journey which has seen them battle everything from Giants as well as monstrous, destructive forces in an attempt to forge a lasting new life for themselves.


Father and Son Bonding

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The greatest thing about God of War is its maturity. Although it features a minor storyline in a world of gigantic characters, Kratos and Atreus aren’t out saving the world, and they’re just taking their mother’s ashes to the top of a big mountain. They’re not looking for enemies but end up everywhere fighting because it’s been filled with malicious trolls, poison witches, and zombies despite Midgard just being a nightmare land over the past century or so.
Puzzles in the game are a lot like puzzles you’ve seen in other games by this point, such as The Last of Us and Uncharted.

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What makes them fun is that you get to use Kratos’ superhuman strength to help solve them. For example, one might see where one grabs on a ledge high above a gaping ravine and hoists Atreus up with his bare hands as he did with Kratos as a child. The familiarity brings back memories from watching Nolan North struggle to climb an obstacle years ago!
The characters’ relationship evolves gradually as they try to take on their world together, but smartly enough, Sony Santa Monica allows the supporting cast of characters to do a lot of heavy lifting. Providing humorous and thought-provoking commentary along the way, it’s easy to see that one character introduced midway through the game is easily the best. Like a grandpa figure in your life providing you with advice and stories that help you get through the day, he comes off as both funny and wise – making the word go by faster while you all boat around Midgard together.

Gratifying and Powerful Weapon

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In God of War, Kratos is the selfish, bloodthirsty main character. Sharp objects and murder are his two favourite hobbies. However, this game is excellent because it has a gratifying and powerful weapon that Kratos can wield with brute strength and finesse: the Leviathan Axe. This axe is your primary and multipurpose weapon throughout the game to defeat enemies, pry open doors, destroy obstacles, freeze machinery in place or be thrown a distance to obtain hard-to-reach loot. In combat, this axe offers a harsh yet necessary balance between speed and power that hits a lot harder than Kratos’ old Blades of Chaos did!
Using Kratos’ Leviathan Axe is incredible. It’s probably the first ranged weapon in a game that didn’t feel awful to use. Using it feels like you’re playing a melee character but with a ranged attack, and although it will remind you of Thor’s Mjölnir hammer, being able to recall the axe at any point by using your mouse feels smooth and intuitive and doesn’t stop being smooth for dozens of hours. The keyboard controls are surprisingly responsive: holding Ctrl will immediately ready its throw without you having to aim beforehand, which helped me get used to the controls quickly.
You can throw the axe for faster strikes that bounce off your enemies or keep it in place by throwing it over your head for the hard strike that freezes them in place. Note: if you leave the pinned enemy, you can still fight with your fists since Kratos is not weak on his own when he doesn’t have the axe.

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God of War is one of those ports where I see so much potential in the PC edition. The game is just beautiful, and if you have a powerful PC, this game is an absolute treat to play. I have gotten quite used to playing games like Days Gone and Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC, and thus, I had pretty high hopes for this one. I can say with confidence that they lived up to my expectations!

At 1920×1080, I was able to set the target frames-per-second limit of 140 easily—although when I had the Nvidia DLSS feature active, things were able to be buttery smooth instead of just smooth. It’s worth noting that sometimes transitions from indoor areas into outdoor lakeside zones maybe create some frame drops but as soon as I started walking around freely in the said outdoor zone, the framerate went back up again. In any case, both features allowed me to enjoy myself immersively and long for longer without getting distracted by framerate issues!

God of War also runs fine without DLSS, though at this point, Nvidia’s upscaling technique has gotten so good, and it’s evident in the Quality mode, which appears to be native 1080p. There were minor issues that plagued earlier versions of DLSS (like that weird ghosting effect you’d see on the small floating particles), but those are cleaned up nowadays and what’s left is an AI-assisted upscaled image that I can hardly discern from a native 1080p image.

It’s exciting to think about what God of War’s landing on PC could mean for the console exclusive status quo. Of course, Sony has a dedicated PC publishing label now. But, as the company gets more severe about PC ports, will we ever get to the point where its games are released on PC months after launch instead of years?

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System Requirement

God of War PC requirements: Minimum specs

  • Average Performance: 720p, 30 fps
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 960 (4GB) or AMD: R9 290X (4GB)
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500k (4 core 3.3 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4 core 3.1 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GB Storage: 70 GB HDD

God of War PC requirements: Recommended specs

  • Average Performance: 1080p, 30 fps
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6GB) or AMD RX 570 (4GB)
  • CPU: Intel i5-6600k (4 core 3.5 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 2400 G (4 core 3.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GB Storage: 70 GB SSD

God of War PC requirements: High specs

  • Average Performance: 1080p, fps
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1070 (8GB) or AMD RX 5600 XT (GB)
  • CPU: Intel i7-4770k (4 core 3.5 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8core 3.2 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GB: Storage 71 GB SSD

God of War PC requirements: Best performance specs

  • Average Performance: 1440p, 60 fps
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 (8GB) or AMD RX 5700 XT (8GB)
  • CPU: Intel i7-7700k (4 core 4.2 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 7 3700x (8 core 3.6 GHz)
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GB: Storage 72 GB SSD

God of War PC requirements: Ultra settings specs

  • Average Performance: 4K, 60 fps
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3080 (10GB) or AMD RX 6800 XT (16GB)
  • CPU: Intel i9-9900k (8 core 3.6 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 9 3950x (16 core 3.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • GB: Storage 73 GB SSD

Where to get God of War?

  1. God of War from Steam
  2. God of War from Epic Store

Wrap it Off

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Re-imagining a game like God of War takes a lot of time, money and effort – mainly when your project first started life as a dark, mature third-person action-adventure under the name The Last of Us: Part 2 before morphing into an entirely different beast midway through development. Nevertheless, it’s a testament to the team’s skill at Santa Monica Studio, who pulled off something truly remarkable with this reboot that keeps players engaged throughout. It’s roughly a 20-hour campaign and continually motivates us to push on despite our reservations about Kratos’ new direction.

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