Five games to play while waiting for God of War: Ragnarok

Want to fill the time until God of War: Ragnarok is released? Then you have come to the right page. The critical and commercial success of 2018’s God of War reboot on PS4 meant that a sequel was definitely in the cards for old man Kratos. This surprisingly heartwarming tale transformed the Greek god from a vengeful killer to a doting father, and it seems his story isn’t over.

But the PS5 sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, isn’t releasing until 2022, which is still a ways off. And if you can’t wait to check back with Kratos’ Norse mythology, we have some game suggestions that will keep you busy until that elusive release date rolls around next year.

The following five games have been chosen based on similarities to the God of War series, such as setting and/or gameplay. While they are not necessarily completely identical, we are sure there will be at least one game here that will be to your liking, and may even become a new favorite in your gaming library.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (2011 – PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, PC)

Well, to be fair, if you’re reading this you’re probably somewhat familiar with Skyrim. But if you only know it by name, an amazing fantasy and dangerous world is waiting for you to conquer with a variety of quests, factions and character customization.

It’s a little scary to think that Skyrim has been out for almost a decade at this point, but Bethesda’s open-world fantasy adventure is still wonderfully playable today. Skyrim’s chill environments can be as beautiful as they are harsh, and the dynamic world design means you can face unexpected events at any turn.

While Skyrim looks pretty dated at this point in terms of graphical quality, the special edition released on PS4, Xbox One and PC added some pretty visual flair like higher resolution textures and better lighting effects.

One of Skyrim’s best features comes from the players rather than the developers, and that will be the game’s strong collection of mods. If you can get over the learning curve, installing mods in Skyrim can change the game in a number of surprising ways, including adding quests, weapons, and additional graphical details. Mod support on Xbox and PS4 is also supported somewhat miraculously, though it’s unfortunately more limited on Sony’s machine.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020 – PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)

If you’re looking for something that’s largely a god of close combat, it’s hard to do better than Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This brilliantly realized open world takes place in the medieval landscape of old Norway and England, exploring the Nordic influences that existed in Britain at the time.

Valhalla trades the drop-dead grand vistas of its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, for something more. Medieval England is a gritty, often hazy place to explore. Of course it has its moments of beauty, but you’ll often be fighting over the most rainy, muddy weather that old England has to offer.

Like Odyssey and Origins before it, Valhalla has a great story that will guide you through all the highlights of the open world. The abundance of weapon and armor swaps has also been greatly reduced from Odyssey, allowing for a more streamlined gameplay experience.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015 – PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

The Witcher has been running for 3 years at this point, but that doesn’t make the game any less impressive. In fact, the scope of The Witcher 3 is almost unparalleled to this day, featuring a vast open world in many and varied areas.

The Witcher 3 is a lot about its characters, not least Geralt of Rivia, the moody protagonist of the series. Geralt’s gritty voice, no-nonsense mannerisms and dry sense of humor never get old, and watching his relationships with other characters unfold is worth playing alone.

This does not mean that the game is all form over function. Far from it, as The Witcher 3 is one of the most involved and elaborate action combat systems in recent years. You have your standard sword attacks, but they are complemented by crossbows, potions, poisons and signs – a set of basic magical abilities Geralt can employ to rapidly change the course of battle.

The Witcher 3 is a really huge game, and like Skyrim, it’ll take you upwards of 100 hours if you want to see and do absolutely everything. That playtime expands rapidly with two significant expansions – Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Not to mention Gwent, the oddly addictive collectible card game that got its own online multiplayer spin-off.

Ghost of Tsushima (2020 – PS4)

If you love God of War reboots, you absolutely won’t want to miss out on another surprisingly good Sony first-party title. Ghost of Tsushima pushes the graphical power of the PS4 to its limits, delivering one of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous games on the system. But that’s not all Ghost of Tsushima is going for it.

Developed by Sucker Punch, Ghost of Tsushima puts players in the role of samurai Jin Sakai. As Jin, it’s your job to defend Tsushima Island from an invading Mongol horde, and you can do this through careful stealth or fierce visceral sword fighting.

Jin can also use some useful tools to help you gain the upper hand in battle. Smoke bombs can be used for a hasty escape, while Kunai can attack multiple enemies for a quick blast of area damage.

The open world of Ghost of Tsushima is a joy to explore, and a surreal scene a lot like God of War and fellow PS4 landmark Horizon Zero Dawn. And like those games, it’s easy to spend hours just sipping wine in the sights, and using the game’s great photo mode.

Paatal Lok (2020 – Nintendo Switch, PC)

With 2018’s God of War and God of War to come: Ragnarok largely a feature of Norse mythology, it’s easy to overlook Kratos’ Greek origins. That’s why we’re recommending Hades — an action roguelite heavily inspired by Greek mythology — and arguably one of the best games of all time.

In Hades you play as Prince Zagreyas, and the basic premise is to get an over on your father (himself the titular god of the dead) by escaping from the underworld to reach Mount Olympus, the gods who live there. are inspired. Have a special fond of Hades. That said, as you progress through the levels of the underworld, the gods will grant you boons (essentially for combat), and are indispensable to your survival.

Paatal Lok is a very challenging game, but one of its best features is the house of Paatal Lok, where you return to death. While here, Zagreus can interact with the residents of the house to enhance his bond with them (yes, Hades doubles as a dating sim), as well as upgrade himself and become the future of the future. The layout helps give you every advantage you’ll definitely need.

Like any good roguelite, the first time you clear a full run will feel oh-so-satisfying. However, in Paatal Lok, this is far from the end of the game, as the narrative cleverly sets itself up to give Zagres a reason to continually escape the underworld. If you like fast-paced and challenging combat with a big helping of Greek mythology, Paatal Lok is an infinitely playable game and simply one of the best indies around.

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