Parents' Guide to

God of War: Ragnarok

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

An epic but mature and violent action/adventure game.

God of War: Ragnarok Cover

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

More of the same but a bit better

Even less violent than the previous which was less violent than all the others. Blood and gore is much less noticable and lower detail than before despite the visual upgrade and looks black anyway; putting the violence on par with the extended-cut Lord of the Rings movies. Enemies disappear before even hitting the ground. Theres even a cute squirrel side character now. At this rate GoW6 is gonna be E10. Refined combat (120 fps on PS5... WOW!) that is much more plentiful, vertical, and creative with much less boring puzzles and more spectacular vistas to explore but the RPG-lite micromanaging is still a chore and the walking sections are still tedious self indulgence as i still dont care about the story.
age 13+

not even that violent

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (17 ):

While it may not be as dramatic a reworking as the previous game, this third-person hack-and-slash action game is every bit as epic and exciting as its predecessor. In God of War: Ragnarok, it's been four years since Kratos killed Thor's sons in 2018's God of War, and neither Thor nor his dad, Odin, are ready to offer forgiveness. Also, why do people keep referring to Kratos' kid, Atreus, as "Loki"? To find out, Kratos and the kid go on yet another action- (and puzzle-) packed adventure. When not engaging in combat, which is deep here thanks to both a weapons customization system and a skill tree that adds new moves, Kratos and the kid spend their time searching high and low for relics, metals to make their weapons and armor stronger, and other helpful items, while also solving complicated puzzles, some of which are needed to open new areas to explore. And it's all driven by an epic story full of dramatic moments, genuine surprises, and rich characterizations.

Now, admittedly, this game plays a lot like the previous one. The combat is largely the same, the puzzles and situational problems also. But it does boast an all-new adventure, one that tests your combat skills and puzzle solving in new and interesting ways. You also find new ways to augment you weapons, while Atreus, who was just a learner before, is much more helpful now. Which is good, since this is his story as much as it's his father's. But the way God of War: Ragnarok most resembles the previous God game is in its mix of frantic combat, epic scale, clever puzzles, and compelling story, making this sequel just as exhilarating and engaging -- and as much of a potential game of the year candidate -- as its predecessor.

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