God of War

God of War

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God of War for PC was teased for months, from about halfway through 2021 until the developers finally put players out of their misery and confirmed the PC release in January 2022! It is the PC-friendly version of the 2018 Gods of War, which was initially only available on PlayStation. The game allows PC gamers to enjoy the intense Norse God action-adventure game. The game is the eighth in the whole cross-platform series and takes place against a background that while not really being open wo...
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God of War for PC was teased for months, from about halfway through 2021 until the developers finally put players out of their misery and confirmed the PC release in January 2022! It is the PC-friendly version of the 2018 Gods of War, which was initially only available on PlayStation. The game allows PC gamers to enjoy the intense Norse God action-adventure game.

The game is the eighth in the whole cross-platform series and takes place against a background that while not really being open world and more a series of linked locations, is still wide and explorable within those locations. You seldom feel constrained despite the linear game progression.

About the Game

The game’s plot plays out against the background of Norse gods in this iteration, rather than the Ancient Greece of the original games, and it is loosely set in Medieval Scandinavia in the realm of Midgard, which is the Norse equivalent of the lands inhabited by the earliest humans when the world was young.

There are two protagonists in the game, one of whom is playable. Kratos – a former Greek God of War and only playable character – is accompanied by his young son, Atreus, who looks to be anywhere between eight years old and twelve or so. The two of them are on an honour quest, to dispose of Faye’s (Atreus’s mother) ashes according to her deathbed wish, to have her remains scattered on the highest peak of the nine realms.

Of course, there would be no story if everything went smoothly, and so, their quest is disrupted by monsters and gods who have other ideas about who should be able to dispose of their earthly remains on the sacred peak. The monsters start off large and scary and steadily get larger and scarier, giving you plenty of scope to improve your skills and then try them out. The combat is wonderful: bloody, brutal and – thanks to the physics engine – satisfying!

Almost equally satisfying and rare in a game better known for skull-shattering crunches and broken bones, is the arc between Kratos and Atreus. When they set off, they are almost strangers to each other, both feeling that the other expects more of them than they give. This arc progresses along with the game, ending with a much closer, more respectful and loving relationship between the two. And all without impacting the joyous blood-shed!

The Nitty Gritty

Take a moment before you play, to customise your PC settings to suit your CPU to get the best possible results. You will think it well worth the time, when you see the beautiful scenery that makes even the quiet parts a wonderful experience. During the action sequences you will be too busy to notice your surroundings unless it offers a handy cave to hide in, or rock to shelter behind while you catch your breath!

Gameplay is equally fluid with either a PlayStation controller (PS4 or PS5 are recommended) or a gaming keyboard and mouse, depending on your set-up and preferences. To celebrate the PC release, Sony gave out some extra content, a number of new skins and even some free armour for you to try on for size.

Do enjoy the game: the original version won multiple (around 190!) Best Game awards, and for good reason. The action is ‘filmed’ in a continuous shot, the focus of which is always Kratos and his son, making it immediately immersive. The filming style isn’t kitschy or artsy though, it all flows seamlessly, leaving you breathless as you closely accompany your hero.

Atreus is AI at its best, interacting almost naturally, but also obediently following instructions and enabling you to double your strike rate and power if you time your actions with his – something that the pros make look easy to do!

Take your time exploring the worlds and learning about the mythology and hidden secrets of the world, or gallop through to finish quickly and then return to cover the bits you missed. There are at least 20 hours or so of content that is not directly related to the game, just waiting to be enjoyed when you explore the beautifully rendered world to its limits.

What Weapons are There?

The game has used the Norse myths to come up with some fabulous weapons for Kratos and Atreus to try out:

  • The Leviathan Axe: Kratos’s axe is something like Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, in that it returns when summoned. Time your throws neatly, so you can get two enemies for the price of one – one on the way out, and the other on the way back to you. The Leviathan Axe can be powered up, so keep checking for boosters

  • AI Archery: Atreus’s bow and arrow is always with him, and comes in handy as he accompanies you on your battles, taking out enemies while you are otherwise occupied

  • Hand combat: Kratos’s ‘Rage of the Gods’ mode gives him a super pummel power that takes a simple punch (albeit already a hugely powerful one) into another dimension

  • Retractable Shield: Kratos’s gauntlet holds a sneaky secret. The full size shield pops out and staves off arrows, unwary fists, and spears – as long as you deploy it in time, that is!

  • Runic Wolf Spirit Attack – Atreus has various runic attacks, that summon help when he needs it. Such as a giant spectral wolf who attacks enemies three times before vanishing once again

  • Armor: Everything that Kratos wears can be customised – and all of it makes a difference! Be wary about making his armour too thick as this can slow him down, for example. With every upgrade, you will have to weigh up various stats: defence over agility, for example, so think about each option and choose wisely!

  • God of War for PC is available for purchase on Instant Gaming for a fraction of its retail price. You will receive an official key and be able to play the game in seconds. Play smart. Pay less.



    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-2500k (4 core 3.3 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4 core 3.1 GHz)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 960 (4 GB) or AMD R9 290X (4 GB)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: DirectX feature level 11_1 required

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    Best reviews

    At the time when i saw games trailer, i am not sure that picking up this game is an good idea. but when i played, GOW makes me surprised with graphics. The story is so crazy. I really liked. Must try!
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    One of the greatest story games of all time, gorgeous visuals, epic and moving soundtrack, extremely interesting lore, insanely fun combat style, the skill system is engaging and allows for a lot of diverse game play, and overall in my top 5 games of all time after completing all of the story and the achievements. If you somehow haven't played this game yet, treat yourself.. seriously

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    Recent reviews

    Is one of the best games I've ever played, everything about it is great - graphics, interface, storyline. In short, I recommend it to everyone.

    I would like it to be available for the Xbox console, not just Sony.
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    Good !!!

    This is a legendary game. It helps me relax a lot after tiring working days.

    Thank you for having such a game.

    I will continue to support you with such games.

    Please buy it to experience the game more realistically.

    Thank you
    • Good
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    It is a very good game, i recommend anybody who hasn't tried it to buy it right now and try playing it, it's very emersive the constant battles, so much fighting styles and many hard bosses to beat...
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    God Of War, The game is done very well, the story is fantastic, it's a pleasure to play this game and follow the whole story, the game is done excellently and quite accurately, the movement is good! I'm waiting for the sequel for PC! I definitely recommend this game. .Also a recommendation for Instant Gaming!
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    First GoW game, played it in one breath.

    Loved the fast paced combat, story is engaging.

    It would be cool if we had the option to explore other relms, but i guess thats for the next game.

    Overall would reccomend :D
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    Hey, have you played God of War (2018) yet? It's seriously one of the best games I've ever played! The graphics and visual design are absolutely stunning, creating a beautiful and immersive world based on Norse mythology. And the combat? It's brutal, satisfying, and so much fun.

    But what really sets God of War apart from other action games is its story and characters. The game follows Kratos and his son Atreus on a journey to fulfill a promise, and their relationship is the heart of the game. Watching their bond grow and evolve over the course of the journey is a true highlight, and the voice acting is superb.

    There's also a deep crafting and customization system that allows you to tailor Kratos and Atreus' abilities to your playstyle, which is a lot of fun. And the exploration is so rewarding, with secrets and collectibles hidden throughout the game's vast world.

    Overall, I highly recommend God of War (2018) to any fan of action games, storytelling, and mythology. It's a remarkable achievement that redefines the franchise and sets a high bar for future games in the series. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!
    • Exceptional storytelling and character development
    • Stunning graphics and sound design
    • Engaging puzzles and hidden areas to discover
    • Some players may not appreciate the slower, more deliberate pacing compared to previous entries in the series
    • A few minor bugs and glitches may detract from the experience for some players
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    Played this on the PS4 and thought i upgrade to PC now it's a lot better on PC with the upgraded graphics but you will need a hefty Card for Full Graphics so remember that. But it's worth it. I would recommend this to all of my friends in a heart beat.
    • Updated Graphics
    • Updated Controls
    • Not recommended for low spec machines
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    The game is great the story is incredible and the characters are very well written each with their own personality my favourite being Brok the combat is fun and the progression is done very well however the boss fights are a little underwhelming and there aren't as many enemy types as I would've wished
    • great graphics
    • compelling story
    • fun and addicting gameplay
    • few enemy types
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    Amazing Game a fresh take on the god of war experience the story & characters was great the gameplay was alright & the ost was amazing. though it felt a big boring on replays due to the large sections of the game where you just walk but thats fair for telling an amazing story
    • Graphics
    • Story & Acting
    • Combat
    • No Big Boss Fights
    • Walking parts of the game
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    The game is very good in terms of lore, the graphics are also incredible but there is a small problem, the game is not very well optimized but it remains incredible. I recommend it if you like games with stories and exploration.
    • Lore
    • Graphism
    • Optim
    • Fight
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    God of War is an Amazing Video Game, im am so happy they ported it to Pc.

    Its an beautiful experiance that you need to whitnes, the story and gameplay are extraordinaire and unbelievable,

    and the combat is a lot of fun.

    If anyone wants to buy this Game i would definitely recommend it.
    • Custom Keybinds
    • Better Graphics
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    Amazing game! Thanks IG! I can’t wait for Ragnarok to release to PC. The quality is amazing in 4K. I wish the game was co-op, the story is really good. I’m willing to buy more games from this website.
    • Quality
    • Story
    • Gameplay
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    This game even in 2022 with Ragnarök out is still amazing plus the graphics are amazing and the game is optimized unlike other games (fortnite) the story is amazing. when u finish story u can replay with new game + keeping all your gear doing this will unlock better armour and uplevel your weapons I recommend you play this before Ragnarök the get the understanding down there's a huge difference from playing the game and watching videos
    • amazing story
    • kratos saying boy
    • not long enough
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    This game is everything to me ….The love I can’t even express it
    • Everything
    • None
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    best game i have ever played, you need to try it and there is no way you'll find it boring. Fighting combat is really good near perfect, story is one of the best stories you'll ever play,you fall in love with characters instantly
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    It's rare to see this much polish (on a console to PC port) right out of the gate. Sony has really put a lot of time and effort into making sure that this game was ready for release. Great game, love it.
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    this game is one of the best games i have buyed its very funny and hard to im waiting know for the new god of war game i hope its gonna be so good like this gameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    • good game
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    Pretty neat in every aspect.

    I had never played a God of War game before so I was pretty much entering the story from this opus yet I didn't felt abandonned nor lost.

    There was some times which refered to previous opus but it was explained later on so it was still ok.

    The story is really great and interesting, even side quest got me going even though sometimes they were basically saying go fetch this item at the mountain pick and the musics were always on spot.

    The gameplay also felt pretty great, I don't think I ever enjoyed a game that much.

    I still have some complaint, in fact one, it's a spoiler so you don't have to read after that if you didn't play the game and don't want to get spoiled else feel free to continu. The last boss (story) is a billion times easier than the last "Alt" boss (Valkiries Queen) which forced me, after 5-6 hours, to decrease the difficulty because I wanted to know the story.

    Else, I'm not a completionist so I didn't bother collectiing, there was too much of them too, every collectables and apart if you want to do so alone there is lots of guide, map and videos to help you it's not that difficult.
    • Gameplay
    • Story
    • Graphics
    • Last "Alt" Boss Difficulty compared to "Real" Final Boss
    • Too much useless collectables
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    Perfect and the fastest ever. Keys were available in less than a minute. No extra or hidden costs appearing just before checking out. Will be my first choice next time.
    • Quick
    • Easy
    • Best price
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    Um belo jogo para jogar naquele dia de chuva>

    Um bom jogo para os sábados.

    Tranquilo legal e bacana!

    Bem legal principalmente quando você não tem nada melhor para jogar.

    Bonito, belo, atraente, deslumbrante, vistoso, bem-parecido, bem-apresentado, maravilhoso, formoso, gracioso, encantador, estonteante, jeitoso, apolíneo, angelical, bem-apessoado!!!!
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    One of the best games of all time, great story, amazing graphics, excellent gameplay, i just wish everybody can play it at least once. The PC version is so good, and well optimized, it is a clear 10 for me.
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    Kratos’ new beginning is full of heart, loaded with action and is easily one of the best games of this generation. The return of the furious Spartan warrior was made well. God of War is already a great contender for game of the year and you shouldn't miss it.
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    Absolutely amazing. I really trust instant Gaming and all the reviews on this site. Decided to go with God of War instead of Elden Ring since the PC port of Elden was Dog Sh*t. Save your money people and go with a different game for now. God of War is a perfect step in and step up.
    • God of War
    • Has an ending
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    Definitely get this game it's worth it. Loved playing it!!! I look forward to the next God of War game coming out this year in 2022. The last trophy is a bit of a challenge but it can be done with practice. 4 stars
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    Amazing game, amazing details, amazing sounds. I can't wait for Ragnarok. I hope they will also port it for PC version. If you haven't played it yet, you should definitely give it a try, it's worth it!
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    Very good port, that's very cool! It looks good for the future with this kind of port or Horizon which recently received an update with DLSS following the help of Nixx.

    2 years of development for this version, so it's not a last minute decision as some suggested...

    Now, I can't wait for the rest of this masterpiece!
    • Story
    • Characters
    • Visual
    • Not bad
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    I have played every single God of War and I was Crazy Excited to play this one. This game is a MUST Play for any true God of War fan.

    I can possibly explain how good this game has turned out. Lord Kratos :)
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    Perfect! Story: 10/10; Gameplay: 10/10. Recommend it 100%. It was my first God of War game and I had absolutely no idea what I was jumping into, but I loved every single second of it, apart from some minor technical difficulties listed below. Voice-acting is on top and very well intertwined into the story. Characters feel alive even outside of cutscenes, constantly speaking to each other or making body movements which connects them to the world. The only real problem that I experienced were two game crashes and some fps drops. Fps for me on semi-ultra settings was around 40 in open-world settings and 60+ inside structures or other "smaller" buildings. Overall the game performs well.
    • well balanced semi-open world
    • fighting controls
    • story
    • amazing voice-acting and motion capture
    • overall graphics
    • experienced 2 crashes on semi-ultra graphics during the playthrough
    • difficult to navigate on the map
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    What can i say other than ''Masterspiece''. I am so happy that this game is released on PC, It's perfect, the story, the enemies, the other characters and the world. it's all perfect and amazing.

    I can see that this was Game of the Year 2018
    • Amazing graphics
    • Amazing story
    • Kept the hack and slash vibe from the older games
    • Atreus is actually a really useful sidekick between fights
    • None
    • It's a sequel of the other games, so u need to know the story of the older games to understand this story
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    To start I feel dumb because I didn't realize this was a game made for PS3 years ago and they are just re-releasing it for PC and whatnot. I think that should be made clearer on these relaunch games... so I deducted some points for that.

    As far as the game goes I have played about 5 hours into the story and it is pretty good. I wish they would just automate Atreus so I don't have to tell him to attack. The controls are a bit complicated with a keyboard but I am getting use to it. Monsters are perfectly difficult on story mode (easy) so it makes it nice to move through the story without dying a million times. I wish they had a speed up option sometimes with the story though.

    Graphics are great on my 2070 Super running Ultra as the GeForce Exp has set it.

    I would certainly recommend the game but I definitely am glad I didn't pay full price for it, thank you Instant Gaming.
    • Great story line
    • Graphics are killer if you have the setup to run them
    • Play sytle is well set from easy to God mode
    • All the hype of a new game but no referrence that this is a re-release for PC
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