With the release of god of war on pc there may be many who try the game for the first time. Sony Santa Monica Studio has almost relaunched god of war franchise in a whole new setting with a different style of play and the addition of a secondary protagonist. god of war (2018) – which could have been called God of War 4 – not just pits Kratos and his son Atreus against the gods, creatures and mysterious environments in Norse mythology, but it embeds them in it. For those looking for an explanation god of warends, here is everything to know.
[Warning: Spoilers for God of War (2018) are below.]
god of war begins by setting players on a personal quest to lay the ashes of Kratos ‘lover and Atreus’ mother on top of the highest mountain. Before they can embark on this dangerous journey, they are interrupted by “The Stranger”, who begins a fight with Kratos. The stranger is seemingly invincible, feels no pain and is a Nordic god. He’s the kind of main antagonist who’s after Kratos throughout the game – he’s actually Baldur, a son of Odin from Norse mythology.
So who is the mysterious, friendly witch who knows more than she lets go, but who helps Kratos and Atreus? It’s her Freya, another god of war opponent and key figure in Norse mythology. Freya is actually also a god, once the leader of the habits. Kratos and Atreus take Mimir’s head to Freya to be revived (Mimir asks Kratos to kill him and do this when he was captured and tortured by Odin).
The Death of Baldur & Freya’s Curse In God Of War (2018)
Freya was the wife of Odin and is the mother of Baldur, and just as in Nordic tradition, she has used magic to protect her son Baldur from everything from Earth except for one basic, unexpected thing: the mistletoe. It is for this reason that Baldur seeks Kratos, to seek pain and death, and he believes it thanks to Odin. Freya notes the special mistletoe arrows that were a gift to Atreus from Sindri (god of war‘s dwarf trader) during Mimir’s resurrection sequence and is immediately disturbed and shocked, demanding that Atreus burn something like that if Atreus finds more. This is because these arrows can kill Baldur.
Freya may have burned Atreus ‘arrows, but there is still the mistletoe on Atreus’ quiver, which Baldur comes in contact with when he strikes Atreus. Later in this final god of war boss camp with Baldur, Kratos beats him, but Atreus convinces Kratos to let him go. Baldur then confronts his mother, Freya, and apologizes to her for interfering in his life and cursing him. He tells her he will never forgive her and she seems willing to die to do it right. Baldur attacks, strangles Freya, and Kratos steps in to end the “cycle” and proclaims that he “must be better“and snapped Baldur’s throat and thought he was doing the right thing.
Freya, however, wanted to die and swears revenge on Kratos. There’s a reason she cursed Baldur for eternal life and why she was willing to die. This is where Kratos spills his true background story (in summary original god of war game trilogy) to his son – he is from Sparta, he exchanged his soul for a god and massacred many, including his father. Atreus considers whether that’s all gods are good at (killing family), but Kratos promises they can get better. However, Kratos does not know the bigger picture, and Baldur’s death brings Ragnarok faster, as suggested by Mimir and with a few other hints earlier in the game. Baldur’s death moves Ragnarok forward by 100 winters, though the time in these kingdoms may be a bit abstract.
Frost Giant Prophecy of Loki is revealed in God of War’s Ending
With Baldur dead, and Freya gone, Kratos and Atreus head to the top of the snow-capped mountain of Jotunheim to complete their quest as Faye’s last wish. As they arrive at the structure at its highest, a mural is revealed on the wall showing Atreus’ mother with the Leviathan ax talking to fights. The art depicts the story of this god of war games, from Kratos and Atreus’ first encounter with the world serpent and the dragon in the mountain to the stonemason and the just-concluded battle against Baldur. It’s the story of Atreus’ predicted by the giants. Kratos was not the only parent who kept secrets, as it turns out. Atreus’ mother was a giant, so Atreus is partly giant.
Faye had sent them on this quest to the mountain, knowing that they would find this, and knew how this journey would proceed. That was Loke’s prophecy. Atreus is Loki, the original name Faye had for Atreus, which Kratos reveals. Kratos also noticed another work of art on the wall that Atreus missed before scattering Faye’s ashes over the Valley of the Dead Giants, and it depicts a dead Kratos in the arms of what could be a larger, older Atreus. There is something, like a spirit, that connects their mouths like a serpent in the air. Does Loki Kratos resurrect, or is Kratos’ spirit transferred to Atreus / Loki? Or is it something completely different that is attacking them both? This is something that will definitely unfold in the next game, God of War Ragnarok.
How God Of War’s Ending Creates God Of War: Ragnarok
God of War Ragnarok has a lot to build from. Odin is, so to speak, the big bad thing about this game. He has never been seen, but it is his family and henchmen that the players must fight against. And this includes god of wars version of Thor, who appears at the very end of the game as a teaser for the sequel after Kratos and Atreus take home. Players have already beaten his brother Baldur and Thor’s sons Magni and Modi, so he’s not happy. Early teasing too Ragnarok has also strongly suggested that Thor will be a major villain in the sequel.
The teasing and the mural at the end of god of war is quite attacking for what comes next in sequels as this prophecy about Ragnarok has now begun. This great battle also includes the death of not only Odin and Thor – among other Nordic figures – but also Loki in mythology. Since Atreus is Loki and is now known as the son of Kratos, it will be interesting to see how these events unfold. That is clear god of war does not adhere strictly to the Nordic myth and takes some liberties, but it remains to be seen how close God of War Ragnarok sticks to its source material.
The prophecy foretold in Jutunheim revealed in god of warthe end came true, so players should expect Ragnarok to emerge – unless Kratos (and players) can take their own fate. This makes one wonder how different the game would have been if Atreus had been cut off god of war, a development decision that has almost become a reality. Still the end of god of war should have players very excited about the upcoming sequel.
- God of War (video game 2018)Release Date: April 20, 2018
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