God of War Ragnarok brings big changes to Leviathan’s Ax and Chaos Blades
God of War Ragnarok will make some pretty significant changes to Kratos’ gear, opting to create a more polished and engaging experience in the process. God of War Ragnarok is shaping up to be the biggest game of 2022 given the immense success of its predecessor and the hype behind this sequel. The first look at the game hit the web last fall and while it looks great, many have noted that it’s pretty much identical in looks and mechanics to the previous game. Sure, there’s the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but many wonder what the big changes will be between these two games beyond the new story.
Game Informer was able to check out the game for its new cover story and opened up about some changes to the game’s combat. It appears to be as big and versatile as the first game, but Kratos’ gear has been upgraded. If players press Triangle, it will allow them to perform a signature move dedicated to the specific weapon they are holding. Kratos can “infuse” his respective weapons with ice or fire, correlating to Leviathan’s icy ax or the Flaming Blades of Chaos. Weapons will freeze or burn enemies with this move, allowing more variety and tools to use in combat. Kratos also has two new shields known as Dauntless and Stonewall. The first is used for parrying, allowing players to quickly stun and throw enemies via a “devastating smash”. The latter is used much more defensively, absorbing blows to create kinetic energy which can then be used to blast enemies off their feet. The shield can also become unstable and make Kratos vulnerable to further attacks.
It goes without saying, God of War Ragnarok seeks to make the already thrilling combat of the first game even more exciting and strategic. It’s unclear if Kratos will get any other new weapons, but it looks like it’s not out of reach. Game Informer also confirmed that it will have new footage for the game in the coming weeks, but didn’t say when.
God of War Ragnarok is set to release on November 9, 2022 on PlayStation 4 and 5. Are you excited for the new game? Let me know in the comments or contact me Twitter @Cade_Onder.