God of War (PS4) Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com God of War (PS4) RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Free God of War PS5 Next-Gen Upgrade Live Now https://www.gameskinny.com/gjj9b/free-god-of-war-ps5-next-gen-upgrade-live-now https://www.gameskinny.com/gjj9b/free-god-of-war-ps5-next-gen-upgrade-live-now Tue, 02 Feb 2021 13:11:08 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The God of War PlayStation 5 free next-gen upgrade is live now, adding an extra set of graphics options to the game to get the most out of Sony's latest hardware. The update works for both physical versions of the game and digital downloads, including the free PS Plus Collection download on PS5.

Sony's Santa Monica Studio outlined what God of War's next-gen upgrade features in a new blog post. Where God of War on PlayStation 4 Pro included a standard split choice between performance or visual fidelity, God of War on PlayStation 5 combines both of the modes.

That means God of War on PlayStation 5 supports 60fps, plus 4K checkerboard  and up to 2160p resolution on compatible devices.

After downloading the free patch, this will be the game's new default setting. However, those who want the original two performance mode options can choose "Original Performance Experience" and revert back to 4K checkerboard at 30fps.

If you've yet to dive into one of the best action-adventure games on any PlayStation console, now's the best time to take the leap. Stay tuned for more on God of War and news on its upcoming sequel, God of War Ragnarok (or just God of War 2, it's still up in the air), later this year. 

[Source: Sony Santa Monica]

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Sony Announces New God of War Game for PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/op31o/sony-announces-new-god-of-war-game-for-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/op31o/sony-announces-new-god-of-war-game-for-ps5 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:33:00 -0400 Jonathan Moore

After the electrifying tease at the end of God of War and several hints from Game Director and Writer Cory Barlog (via GamesRadar), Sony officially unveiled the next God of War game at its September PS5 event. 

The sequel to the next entry in the franchise is currently set to launch sometime in 2021 for the PlayStation 5, and it may or may not be called God of War: Ragnarok

While it's a safe bet that will be the title of Kratos and Atreus' next adventure, Sony has not yet officially confirmed its title. The very short tease for the game can be seen in the video below, starting at the 44:07 mark. 

As pointed out by GamesRadar following the reveal, both Sony and Barlog may have been teasing the existence of God of War: Ragnarok for more than a year. A pinned April 21, 2019 tweet thread from Barlog details parts of the development process for God of War, but it also seems to hide something in plain sight. 

Some fans have discovered that the first letters of each tweet spell out Ragnarok. 

Whatever the game ends up being called, it will be exciting to see the next part of the new God of War saga. I adored the game when I reviewed it back in 2018, saying that it was a narrative masterpiece with some pretty damn good combat sprinkled in. 

Many other reviewers and players seemed to agree. God of War currently has a Metacritic Metascore of 94 and a User Score of 9.1. The game also has an OpenCritic score of 95.

It's also possible that the next God of War could also come to the PlayStation 4, though no one has confirmed that at this point. Sony CEO Jim Ryan told the Washington Post that cross-generation availability for Sony's near-future catalog is essential to the company because "it's about people having a choice." 

Currently, we know that several first-party PS5 games will also be making their way to the PlayStation 4: 

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure

While there's still a lot up in the air about God of War's sequel, one thing's for sure: we'll be learning a lot more about it in the coming months. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the next God War/God of War Ragnarok as we learn it. 

[Sources: GamesRadar, Washington Post]

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Sony Cuts PS Now Price in Half, Adds Major Titles to Lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/fgq3p/sony-cuts-ps-now-price-in-half-adds-major-titles-to-lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/fgq3p/sony-cuts-ps-now-price-in-half-adds-major-titles-to-lineup Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:02:06 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony announced it's rolling out a big subscription price reduction in its PlayStation Now streaming service, starting today, October 1. The company plans to add major titles, such as God of War and Uncharted 4, to the service at regular intervals.

Here are the new prices for each PS Now tier:

  • Monthly subscription — $9.99 (down from $19.99)
  • 3-month subscription — $24.99 (down from $44.99)
  • 12-month subscription — $59.99 (down from $99.99)

As is usually the case, the biggest discount comes from the yearly subscription, which is essentially $4.99 per month, half the price of the regular monthly subscription.

Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad suggests the changes are part of Sony's plans to expand its cloud-based gaming offerings and audience ahead of the next console generation.

Part of that strategy includes more content, too.

The PS Now streaming library currently offers more than 800 PS2, PS3, and PS4 games that can be downloaded and played either on a PS4 system or a compatible PC.

However, Sony plans to add more big-name titles. The first set of new offerings is available today until January 2, 2020, and includes:

  • God of War
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

For more information, check out Sony's full announcement post. If you're looking for the biggest differences between PS Now and PS Plus, be sure to head over here

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Days of Play Returns in June With Special Edition PS4, Discounted Games https://www.gameskinny.com/e7hm8/days-of-play-returns-in-june-with-special-edition-ps4-discounted-games https://www.gameskinny.com/e7hm8/days-of-play-returns-in-june-with-special-edition-ps4-discounted-games Wed, 29 May 2019 16:41:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony's Days of Play is making a comeback again this year, running from June 7 to June 17 and offering a number of deals and discounts. Oh, and a shiny new, limited edition PlayStation 4 model.

The new PS4 model was initially announced during Sony's second State of Play episode. It sports the usual black color, but with a steel aesthetic plus the classic PlayStation symbols (X, O, Triangle, and Square) embossed in silver on the top. There's a matching two-tone DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to go with it as well.

The system has the standard 1TB hard drive and will retail for $299.99 starting June 7.

The PS4 Pro, controllers, and VR bundles will be getting discounts during the Days of Play 2019 event as well.

The Pro normally costs $399.99, but will sell for $349.99 while the event lasts, and DualShock 4 wireless controllers of all color varieties will be available for $39.99.

VR bundles will go for $249.99. The blog post doesn't mention what bundles will be included, though promotional materials are showing Trover Saves the Universe and Five Nights at Freddy's VR included with the VR headset.

On top of that, some of the PS4's biggest recent hits are getting discounted for Days of Play. The following titles will be available for $19.99:

Some select PlayStation Hits titles will be discounted even further too, to $9.99. The accompanying Days of Play blog post shows The Last of Us, Ratchet and Clank, Bloodborne, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as included titles, but as of yet, there's no official list. Also, despite the blog saying the games are available at that price now, they're still listed for the usual $19.99 on the PSN Store.

There seem to be a few details still missing from the announcement, but with June 7 right around the corner, we'll doubtlessly be getting more information soon.

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Black Friday 2018 Video Game Deals Roundup https://www.gameskinny.com/ucaq8/black-friday-2018-video-game-deals-roundup https://www.gameskinny.com/ucaq8/black-friday-2018-video-game-deals-roundup Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:29:21 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Black Friday is just around the corner, and of course, that means it's time to start planning your shopping list. With so many retailers and so many games to choose from, it's difficult to know just where to start. Except when you have our handy Black Friday 2018 guide at your fingertips!

We've put together a list of the major retailers' upcoming Black Friday sales including console sales and price drops, and we've broken them down by price and platform, making your Black Friday shopping easier than ever before.

Walmart

Walmart's putting out a variety of deals this year, including the $199.99 PS4 Spider-Man bundle. But, there are plenty of other smaller deals the retail giant's offering, and here are some of the best ones. Not all items in the ad are available online, so in-store would be your best bet, and the sale is good for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday only.

Consoles
  • Xbox One X, 1TB: $399.00 ($70.00 off all other XB1X bundles)
  • Xbox One S, 1TB Minecraft Bundle: $299.00 (All other XB1S bundles priced at $229.00)
  • Nintendo Switch, Neon Joy-Con, Mario Kart 8 Bundle: $299.00
$35 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Soul Caliber VI
  • We Happy Few
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Nintendo Switch

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • ARMS
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • FIFA 19

Xbox One

  • Sea of Thieves
  • For Honor: Marching Fire
  • Forza Horizon 4
$25 Each

PlayStation 4

  • God of War
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Detroit: Become Human

Nintendo Switch

  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Rocket League

Xbox One

  • Far Cry 5
$17 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Diablo III
  • Monster Hunter: World

Nintendo Switch

  • LEGO Worlds
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Nintendo 3DS/2DS

  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf--Welcome Amiibo

Target

Target's Black Friday ad is huge, but it's game selection isn't quite so impressive. Still, you can pick up some good deals on hot titles and older favorites.

Consoles
  • PlayStation 4, 1TB, Spiderman Bundle: $199.99
  • PlayStation VR Bundle (includes Creed: Rise to Glory and SuperHot VR): $249.99; save $100.00 on all other PSVR bundles
$35.00 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Soul Caliber VI
  • NHL 19

Xbox One

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Forza Horizon 4
$25.00 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

Nintendo Switch

  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers

Xbox One

  • Far Cry 5
  • LEGO The Incredibles
$15 Games

PlayStation 4

  • The Evil Within 2
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • DOOM
  • Overwatch

Xbox One

  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Miscellaneous
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas Nintendo Switch Starter Pack: $39.99

Best Buy

The tech king's putting on some pretty good sales this year, including console bundles. These sales start Thanksgiving night and continue into Black Friday.

Consoles
  • PlayStation 4, 1TB, Spiderman Bundle: $199.99
  • Xbox One S, 1TB, Minecraft Bundle: $199.99
  • Nintendo Switch, Neon Joy-Con, Mario Kart 8 Bundle: $299.99
  • Nintendo 2DS Super Mario Maker Edition: $79.99
$29.99 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • FIFA 19
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Nintendo Switch

  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Hello, Neighbor
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

Nintendo 3DS

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

XBox One

  • FIFA 19
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
  • For Honor: Marching Fire
Save $20 on Select Switch Games
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Scribblenauts Mega Pack

GameStop

As usual, GameStop offers a wide variety of discounts and deals, including a buy 2 get 1 free on all preowned products from November 23-26.

Consoles
  • PlayStation 4 Pro, 1TB: $349.99
  • PlayStation 4, 1TB: $199.99
  • $100 off all PSVR headsets
  • Xbox One S, 1TB: $299.99
  • Xbox One S, 1TB, Middle Earth: Shadow of War Bundle: $299.99
  • Xbox One S, 500GB: $189.99
$30 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Persona 5
  • Yakuza 0
  • LEGO Ninjago Movie

XBox One

  • F1 2017: Special Edition
  • Project Cars 2
$25 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Dragon Quest Heroes II
  • NieR: Automata

Xbox One

  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
  • Tekken 7
  • Dirt 4
$20 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Knack II
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Everybody's Golf

Xbox One

  • Dead Alliance
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Golf Club 2
  • LEGO City Undercover
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
$15 Games

PlayStation 4

  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • The Last of Us

Xbox One

  • Wolfenstein: The Two Pack
  • MS Vs ATV Supercross Encore 2017 Track Edition
Save $20

Xbox One

  • Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • NHL 18
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Forza Motorsport 7
Save $10

PlayStation 4

  • Batman: The Telltale Series--The Enemy Within
  • NBA 2K18

Xbox One

  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • LEGO Worlds
  • Super Lucky's Tale
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • Outlast Trinity

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That's it for now, but be sure to check back for more sales updates as they become available. And if you're looking for what to get for the young ones on your list this year, check out our family-friendly buying guides.

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God Of War (2018) Best Runic Attacks Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/bqh9i/god-of-war-2018-best-runic-attacks-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/bqh9i/god-of-war-2018-best-runic-attacks-guide Tue, 01 May 2018 17:07:23 -0400 Ty Arthur

While there's plenty of world map exploration and father/son bonding to enjoy in the story, frenzied combat is the heart of the God of War reboot experience, and its the runic attacks that can make that combat incredibly deadly.

With so many different stat, weapon, enchantment, and upgrade options in this game, it can be difficult to pick which runic attacks to use more than the others. Want to know which are the absolute best God Of War runic attacks? We break down the best options for each type of runic attack, as well as where to best use them in different combat scenarios.

Note that one certain story weapon gets unlocked at the end of the game, and it is mentioned below, so there are essentially spoilers ahead just by listing attacks with that particular weapon.

Best God Of War Light Runic Attacks

Tending to have lower cool down times and lots of utility, there are plenty of awesome light runic attacks to utilize in nearly any combat situation if you find  them in legendary chests or buy them from shops.

Hel's Touch

Location: Unmissable first rune near start of game

Although the very first runic attack to be unlocked, Hel's Touch remains useful for much of the game, as it can get Kratos out of a bind when swarmed by enemies and deals decent damage.

While personal preference will determine which specific light runic attack you use most often, Hel's Touch is probably the best all-around option for any situation.

Hel's Touch Sending a stunning shockwave through the air with Hel's Touch (thanks to PowerPyx for the screenshot)

Leviathan’s Wake

Location: Pick this runic attack up in a legendary chest in the Veithurgard region

This laser death beam of an axe throw plows through any enemies in a line. While you do have to maneuver a bit to make full use of it, any area with multiple enemies crowding towards you (like a bridge) can easily be turned into an instant killing field.

Leviathan's Wake Launching a Leviathan's Wake runic attack

Cyclone Of Chaos

Location: Garb this runic attack in a legendary chest in the Helheim” Region or buy it for 50,000 Hacksilver and 30 Aegir’s Gold at a shop

Recalling the earlier games in the series, this is the classic whirling Blades Of Chaos attack you know and love, and it's consistently useful both for damage and for stunning enemies that are swarming Kratos.

Blades of Chaos Throwing out the Blades Of Chaos for a Cyclone runic attack

Best God Of War Heavy Runic Attacks

While in most cases it makes more sense to upgrade your other stats for a more well-rounded Kratos, one interesting strategy is to focus on upgrading the cooldown stat and base your build around heavy runic attacks.

If you get your cooldown stat incredibly high, you can launch a round of runic attacks from your Blades Of Chaos, switch over and do your Leviathan Axe runic attacks, and then have your first set of runic attacks recharged already for a nearly continuous stream of devastation.

Frost Giant's Frenzy

Location: You can pick up the Frost Giant's Frency runic attack at a shop for 15,000 Hacksilver and 10 Aegir's Gold.

This devastating runic ability launches three successive slam attacks that launch enemies and then sends them flying.

There's already killer damage and stun ability at level 1... but when you upgrade Frost Giant's Frenzy to level 3 and can spam new slam attacks by mashing R2, this ability absolutely destroys normal enemies or even trolls with very little effort. 

Frost Giant's Frenzy Kratos slams the ground with Frost Giant's Frenzy

Blessings Of The Frost

Location: Buy this runic attack at a shop for 50,000 Hacksilver and 30 Aegir’s  Gold 

At first this ability seems a little underwhelming, since it basically just increases your Leviathan Axe melee attack damage. Once you upgrade this bad boy and come to realize just how much it upgrades your attacks, however, it can become indispensable against enemies with more health.

Besides bonus physical and frost damage, it also greatly increases the duration and bonus damage of runic attacks, making it a deadly combo used with additional runic abilities.

Blessings of the Frost Activating Blessings of the Frost

Hyperion Grapple

Location: Grab this runic attack in a legendary chest in the Tyr's Temple region

Not to be confused with Hyperion Slam, this heavy runic attack with the Blades of Chaos hits an enemy for heavy damage and stunning, then launches Kratos directly at them. For big, difficult enemies where you need to deal a bunch of damage and get some time to breathe (like the Valkyries), this attack is amazing.

Hyperion Grapple Launching chains for the Hyperion Grapple

Best God Of War Runic Summon

Atreus can get in on the runic activity as well with his special Talon Bow runic summons. While all can be useful when upgraded, one stands head and shoulders above the rest for its potential tactical use.

Murder Of Crows

Location: Grab this runic summon in a legendary chest in the Witch's Cave found in the River Pass region

Summoning a large group of crows that stun enemies can be absolutely deadly, especially when used in conjunction with the various heavy runic attacks Kratos has that hit large numbers of enemies or deliver area effect frost damage. The downside is the long cool down time, and the need to upgrade to get to the full 12 crows.

Murder of Crows Murder Of Crows Runic Summon

What do you think are the best God Of War runic attack combos? Let us know your combat strategies below, and be sure to check out our other God Of War guides here:

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God of War Review: With Age Comes Wisdom https://www.gameskinny.com/kmo1t/god-of-war-review-with-age-comes-wisdom https://www.gameskinny.com/kmo1t/god-of-war-review-with-age-comes-wisdom Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:34:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Every console generation has a handful of exclusives that come to define it. They are games players and journos like me will etch into the history books as watershed moments for the medium -- and absolutely must-play experiences for their respective consoles. And since its launch in 2014, the PlayStation 4 has seen its fair share of mesmerizing titles. 

But only perhaps Horizon: Zero Dawn compares to the tour de force that is Sony Santa Monica's God of War, an action title that defies its origins while all at once embracing them with the wisdom of age. This is not the God of War you remember, the rage-filled revengefest that spoke to so many of us in our jilted teen angst. Instead, like a fine Greek wine, it is a game indicative of the fact we've grown into something more balanced and sophisticated as we too have aged. 

More nuanced than ever before, God of War explores the urbane territory of adulthood and the emotive cobweb of parenthood. Patience and understanding lie at the core of its avant-garde design, eschewing rage for poise, hedonism for enlightenment. From its narrative to its combat, God of War does this to construct a perfect, circular whole that connects beginning with (perhaps) the end. 

In no small way has Sony Santa Monica etched God of War into the cultural zeitgeist as one of the greatest tales of all time, the denouement of a long, winding series. The ballad to the gods of our youth has become the epic saga of what we've become since Kratos began his journey all those years ago. 

An Ancient Yet Engrossing Narrative

God of War's tale is nearly as old as time itself: a distant father and lonely son embark on an epic adventure of both outward and inward discovery. They endeavor to know one another in a changing world, working past their own demons to understand the intricacies of familial bonds and what survival means in an unforgiving land. 

It's a narrative we've been told before, but a narrative needn't be novel to be powerful. Written and designed by a team that's obviously become wiser with age, God of War speaks to the paradoxes inherent to parenthood, mentorship, and perhaps even life itself. It's a bold claim about a series predicated on the mass murder of gods, goddesses, demigods, and those unfortunate enough to cross Kratos' path. But that nuanced dichotomy is what makes God of War so intensely relatable this time around. 

Replacing the temperate climate of Greece with the frigid climbs of what is undeniably somewhere-Northern Europe, we find Kratos a grizzled, guarded father mourning the death of his second wife. Somber and contemplative, Kratos shows few signs of the enraged god we've come to know -- even in a moment in which we'd expect it. 

On the surface, his stoicism and curtness could be interpreted as callousness, especially toward his son, Atreus, who desperately seeks his approval. However, take a closer look and it's obvious Kratos has (mostly) learned from his mistakes. In the place of indignation and wrath are control and equanimity. He is a man toeing the thin line between teaching his son how to be a man and keeping him from falling prey to his savage heritage. 

As for Atreus, he is the buoyant contrast to his father's nearly indomitable soberness. Inquisitive if a bit naive, Atreus acts as the linchpin to this new God of War narrative. Without him, Kratos' arc would be far less believable -- and our sympathies toward his plight would be far fewer in number. 

Across his arc, Atreus acts as the bridge between these two worlds. When Kratos spurns him, we feel the sting of rejection. When Kratos praises him, we well with confidence. And when Kratos finally laughs at his jokes, we recall the uneven path to acceptance -- and the happiness of reaching its end. In a world where I was never supposed to feel merriment in even the most remote definition of the word, Atreus made me laugh out loud dozens of times. His quips and observations lent realism and levity to God of War, something I never thought possible. 

As you continue your journey, you'll also meet a cast of immediately classic characters, all of which fill this story with the vibrant life the series has historically missed. Underpinned by some of the best voice work and dialog I'd argue the PS4 has ever seen, God of War is chock full of fantastic character design. 

The dwarven brothers Brok and Sindri might be my favorite dynamic, jocular duo. And "The Rememberer" Mimir, playing the part of wizened counselor, himself in a strange predicament I won't spoil if you don't already know, adds new, complex meaning to diegetic storytelling. 

Through these characters, we not only learn about the in-game world but also about real-world Norse mythology -- and in a way, that's far more entertaining than it should be. Pausing to listen to the tales told about the angry Aesir or the sagacious beasts of Midgard is one of the absolute best parts of the game. It's unobtrusive and natural. It's storytelling done the way it should be. 

It Feels Good to Be Strong

Forget the Blades of Chaos. The Leviathan Axe is the new hotness. Few weapons in the gaming pantheon have made me feel so utterly savage and strong as the Leviathan Axe. A survey of anyone who's so far played the game will most likely come back with similar results.

Despite everything I've said above about God of War's story, this game is still (at least, partially) about ferocious combat. From your first encounter in the Wildwoods, there's a metered violence imbued into the Leviathan Axe that comes across with every swing and every strike. Where the Chaos Blades lived up to their name with unfettered primality, the Leviathan Axe operates like a seasoned predator, methodically doling out judgment to the ill-fated guilty. It makes your Dualshock 4 feel meaty in your hands, heavy with purpose and refined with murderous intent. 

Switching between late-game weapons, throwing the Leviathan Axe to lop heads at a distance or solve God of War's puzzles, and quickly linking heavy and light runic attacks to devastate foes inundates almost every part of the game with that sense of strength. And in an interesting twist that adds another layer to the game's subtlety, Atreus isn't a useless tagalong. Instead, he's a maestro with the bow and arrow and a meticulously attentive student of close-quarters combat as the game progresses.

In short, Atreus is an extension of Kratos, a compatriot that can be called quickly into any skirmish -- and one who can almost always turn the tide in the player's favor. In fact, some late-game encounters would be nearly impossible without him (believe me, I tried and quickly learned my lesson).  

Then there's upgrading.

The Leviathan Axe, as well as other weapons you come across in your journey, can also be leveled and upgraded through an intricate skill tree and improvement system. The breadth of abilities at your disposal can at times be overwhelming, and each has its specific use for power players or those seeking the game's high-level armors. Couple that with this entry's light RPG elements, where stats such as strength, vitality, and luck are tied to the armors, talismans, and pommels you have equipped, and God of War's customization and upgrade systems are deep and rewarding.

But for the average gamer, God of War doesn't require you to know all of these skills and abilities to have fun or progress, especially on the game's default difficulty. This design choice truly opens the game to newcomers, while all at once keeping the game fresh and exciting for long-time fans. By creating lulls in combat where you simply explore and digest the beautiful world around you, God of War gives you time to absorb the lessons and skills it's taught you. And although a proper training area would have been a welcomed addition, closely listening to both Atreus and Mimir often tells you when and how to use attacks. 

And pro tip: Don't be afraid to go bare-knuckle brawler. In fact, Kratos' fists and shield are sometimes much more effective than his axe or other weapons. That's because pummeling enemies with your fists quickly fills their stun meters, meaning you can pull off devastating melee attacks that one-shot low- to mid-level enemies and severely harm higher-level baddies. 

Stunning a troll and then riding him while pummeling his comrades into dust is a damn good feeling you can't find anywhere else. 

Did You Want Collectibles? This Game Has Collectibles

Whereas it grew tiring to collect red orb after red orb in previous entries, God of War on the PS4 mostly keeps things fresh by stocking in-game chests (which are often well hidden or locked behind clever environmental puzzles) with tangible loot you actually want to collect. The same can be said of the game's tougher enemies, which drop resources and crafting items that often make you more powerful, appropriately rewarding now instead of later. 

On top of that, God of War has a veritable treasure trove of collectibles to find and horde. Some, like those found in the game's Nornir Chests, increase your health and rage meters. Others, like its shrines, deepen the game's lore, teaching you about the Aesir, as well as Atreus if you're paying close enough attention. 

Tack onto that Odin's Ravens and artifacts you can sell for hacksilver, and you can spend a lifetime just acquiring all of God of War's collectibles. 

However long a lifetime is, I never once felt daunted by the prospect of nabbing these collectibles. Instead, I often sought out collectibles because they were so closely entwined with the story. And even when it came to crafting items, I felt that the rewards were so immediately tangible I never once felt burdened by searching for them. It also helps that these collectibles and items are spread around many of the game's different areas, forcing you to explore interesting locales -- and happen upon interesting NPCs that only support the overall narrative even more.

Verdict

At its conclusion, God of War's story is one about discovery, reconciliation, and the bonds of family. There are many threads I've not even touched on in this review to make sure I don't spoil anything for those who've yet to complete the journey. Deep with allegory, God of War shows what it means for video games to grow up. 

It's a game where everything feels necessary and nothing is tacked on "just because." Side quests are important pieces of the overarching puzzle, while every island and nook and cave and field has something within it to advance the plot and reconstruct the world you thought you knew into something surprisingly different.  

Even though I'm not a parent, God of War's commentary on fatherhood and mentorship spoke to me in ways I'd not anticipated. Seeing vestiges of my nephew in Atreus and myself in Kratos, I sympathized with our protagonist for the first time (possibly) ever. I was reminded of how difficult it is to build trust -- and how difficult it is to impart knowledge while ensuring your charge doesn't make your same mistakes. 

The few qualms I have about God of War are so minute and nitpicky that they almost aren't even worth mentioning. For example, some enemies can be unfathomably grating -- especially in numbers -- and all of the different combos can get a bit muddied without focused practice. But as you could surmise from both of those, they're highly subjective issues that don't mar the overall experience. 

In almost every way, God of War is the PS4's masterwork. It is a game that will survive through the ages as an example of how the medium's moved forward. It's an enormous understatement to say this is an experience no gamer can afford to miss. 

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God of War Frozen Flame Guide: How to Get It & Level the Leviathan Axe https://www.gameskinny.com/lb4l9/god-of-war-frozen-flame-guide-how-to-get-it-level-the-leviathan-axe https://www.gameskinny.com/lb4l9/god-of-war-frozen-flame-guide-how-to-get-it-level-the-leviathan-axe Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:03:41 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Powerful gods need powerful weapons. And while the Leviathan Axe in God of War is pretty damn epic, you can make it even mightier by upgrading it with Frozen Flame. This must-have resource can only be found in a few places in God of War on PS4; only a select few enemies will drop it, and you won't find it in regular, or even Legendary, chests. 

In fact, one Frozen Flame can only be found after you've beaten the game. Luckily, you'll be able to unlock all of the Axe's skills and abilities when you upgrade it to Level 5; the Level 6 improvement only increases the weapon's base attack power. 

Frozen Flame Locations 

#1: After Meeting Brock on the River Pass Bridge

As you progress through the story, you'll eventually meet the dwarf Brock. He'll be on a bridge in the River Pass. After you help him get his faithful steed on the other side of the ravine, Brok will open his shop and upgrade your Leviathan Axe as a reward

The Frozen Flame you get here is one of the easiest to get in the entire game. 

#2: Ascending the Mountain from the Foothills

After meeting Sindri in the foothills, you'll need to progress through the Foothills area to make your way to the Mountain. Defeat the enemies here and climb up the cliff that's accessed from the middle of the area. When you get to the top, there will be a Revenant. Defeat that and continue along the path. 

Eventually, you'll reach an open area that looks ripe for a boss fight. Go toward the doors to agg the troll hiding behind them. Defeat the troll to get the second Frozen Flame

#3: In the Mine Inside the Mountain

Once inside the Mountain, you'll come to a huge room full of mining equipment. This is where you'll need to find the elevator to take you to the summit. However, there's a troll here that has other plans. Defeat this nasty troll to nab your third Frozen Flame

#4: Getting a Piece of the Chisel

To open all the hidden chambers and fight God of War's Valkyries (as well as progress in the story), you'll need to get a chunk of Thamur's chisel. During the quest "The Magic Chisel," you'll do just that. 

There will be a boss fight as you get closer to the chisel. Get past that, and you'll get your hands on the fourth Frozen Flame. 

#5: The Mists of Nilfheim

The final Leviathan Axe upgrade material can be found in Nilfheim -- but only after beating the game's story. Why? Because that's when Sindri's shop lets you buy Frozen Flame. 

To purchase the item, you'll need a Chilling Mist of Nilfheim. You can find this item in the center of Nilfheim. It will be in a Legendary Chest. Return to Sindri and buy the upgrade item to make the Leviathan Axe a true weapon worthy of a god. 

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That's all you need to know about finding and getting Frozen Flame in God of War. If you're looking to upgrade any of Kratos' other weapons or armor that require Smoldering Embers, click here. If you're looking for other collectibles or tips and tricks, check out our growing guides page.  

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God Of War (2018) Guide: Every Secret Valkyrie Location Unlocked https://www.gameskinny.com/6jxml/god-of-war-2018-guide-every-secret-valkyrie-location-unlocked https://www.gameskinny.com/6jxml/god-of-war-2018-guide-every-secret-valkyrie-location-unlocked Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:17:42 -0400 Ty Arthur

Mostly locked inside hidden chambers, Valkyries can be found almost immediately upon starting God of War. However, it's a good thing Kratos can't face these bosses until much, much later in the game because they would absolutely wreck Level 1 Baby Kratos! 

But as you continue your journey and level up, you'll notice more hidden chambers scattered across Midgard -- and at the center of each is a secret ultra-hard Valkyrie that will test your prowess in the end-game phase.

There are three that aren't in hidden chambers, which we'll get to in just a second. But before we start in earnest, there's one thing you should know ... 

How to Unlock God of War's Valkyries 

Before accessing any of the God of War's Valkyries, you need to first obtain the Magic Chisel. This occurs normally during the course of the story when a new area is opened after the scene with Mimir and the World Serpent, so if you don't have it yet, just continue the main story quest.

With the Chisel in hand, you can go back to the hidden chambers and unlock their seals to tackle the Valkyries for the Prove Your Valour quest and ultimately, the Chooser of the Slain trophy. After defeating eight Valkyries, you'll need to take their heads to the Council of the Valkyries to battle the ninth.

Besides finding the Valkyrie bosses to defeat, these locked, hidden chambers also frequently have the Odin's Ravens collectibles flying around in trees. One even has an artifact hidden inside

How to Find Geirdriful

Location: Foothills -- Hidden Chamber of Odin  

To find this hidden chamber, head to the east through the fields of poison from where you first meet Sindri. However, turn left at the path to find a cave where the chamber is located.

When fighting this enemy, be sure to use the quick-turn ability to evade this Valkyrie's blinding shockwave and be prepared for lots of long-range projectile attacks. Patience is key to this fight, with you most likely turtling up more than attacking. 

 Foothills Valkyrie Location

How to Find Olrun

Location: Alfheim Lake Of Light  -- Hidden Chamber of Odin 

Head to the western beach at the Lake Of Light and go to the right of the dock to find the hidden Valkyrie chamber.

This Valkyrie evades attacks like crazy and will need to be hit with arrows while in the air, so make sure to rely on Atreus. Also, be on the lookout for a quick attack to arrive at the end of the boss' evasion move.

 Alfheim Valkyrie Location

How to Find Gunnr

Location: Thamur’s Corpse -- Hidden Chamber of Odin 

From this area's northern dock, travel toward the giant blacksmith's fingers and then go left into the hidden chamber.

Command Atreus to launch shock arrows when this Valkyrie takes to the air and be on the lookout to evade the wing combo attack (which can't be blocked with your shield).

 Thamur's Corpse Valkyrie Location

How to Find Eir

Location: The Mountain -- Hidden Chamber of Odin 

You'll find this one in the Mountain mineshaft, the area with the giant metal claw on your way to the summit. Head to the far right side of the area near a big pile of rubble to find the hidden chamber.

This Valkyrie is entirely focused around defense, so you need to use the block breaking ability to get damage through without being counterattacked.

 The Mountain Valkyrie Location

How to Find Kara

Location: Witch’s Cave (The River Pass) -- Hidden Chamber of Odin 

In the witch's cave, turn left at the bridge heading toward the house. Travel the light bridges toward the Nornir chest, then destroy the area up on the left ledge with the exploding red sap door. Head through the cleared area to find the hidden chamber.

This Valkyrie summons a bunch of Draugr to fight you, but if you keep at least two around, she typically won't summon more. 

 Witch's Cave Valkyrie Location

How to Find Rota

Location: Helheim -- Hidden Chamber of Odin 

On Helheim's final bridge, turn toward the west and have Atreus shoot an arrow at the red sap doorto open the area to the hidden chamber. There will also be a Raven and Artifact just inside, as well as another Artifact behind the left-most brazier just before the boss area. 

You need to be nimble here to block the devastating grapple attacks and long-range chakram throws from this Valkyrie.

 Helheim Valkyrie Location

How to Find Gondul

Location: Muspelheim Trial VI 

Rather than opening a hidden chamber of Odin, this Valkyrie is found by unlocking Muspelheim (with the four ciphers found in Legendary chests). Gondul is can be found after completing the trials and making it to Arena 6.

Use rolls and sidesteps to avoid the meteors it throws, then get in a quick attack when the Valkyrie is vulnerable -- usually after using the fire/heel stomp attack.

 Muspelheim Valkyrie Location

How to Find Hildr

Location: Niflheim 

In Niflheim, head down the left-hand path and be on the lookout for a cave on your left side in the second room with a chest.

When Hildr sends out projectiles, block the first few and then sidestep the final one, which can't be blocked. Don't bother with the frost axe -- it won't hurt this ice-focused Valkyrie.

 Niflheim Valkyrie Location

How to Find Sigrun

Location: Council of Valkyries

To find and battle the ninth Valkyrie -- actually the queen of the Valkyries -- you need to first kill the other eight and bring their heads to the Council Of Valkyries.

To get there, travel to the northern shore of the Lake of Light and the Mason’s Channel dock. Move up the ledge by the giant boats and then go down the path in the cave to a big set of wood doors.

This boss has much more health and additional attack types than its compatriots, so get ready for a long, brutal battle where strategy is mightier than the sword.

Council Of Valkyries Location

That's all the Valkyrie locations in God of War -- let us know when you manage to beat them all and check out our other God Of War guides here:

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God of War (2018) Guide: How to Get Smoldering Ember https://www.gameskinny.com/ynmhz/god-of-war-2018-guide-how-to-get-smoldering-ember https://www.gameskinny.com/ynmhz/god-of-war-2018-guide-how-to-get-smoldering-ember Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:57:03 -0400 Sergey_3847

Muspelheim Armor in God of War is one of the most efficient armors in the game. However, in order to forge this great armor, you need to collect a required amount of smoldering embers -- an item that can be obtained only in Muspelheim.

If you want to know how to get the necessary number of smoldering embers in Muspelheim, and eventually forge the desired armor, then follow our step-by-step guide below.

How to Find Smoldering Embers in God of War

Step 1: Unlock Muspelheim

In order to unlock Muspelheim, you need to collect four of seven possible Cipher pieces. These can be found in chests scattered all over the world. Below you will find the locations of these chests:

  1. Passage from Lake of Nine to Foothills
  2. Cliffs of the Raven
  3. Forgotten Caverns
  4. Witch's Cave
  5. The Mountain Summit at Mystic Gateway
  6. Alfheim
  7. Muspelheim Tower

When you collect at least four Ciphers, Atreus will be able to read them, and you will be granted with the Muspelheim Travel Rune, which unlocks the realm of Muspelheim at Tyr's Temple.

Step 2: Complete Muspelheim Trials

When you enter the Realm of Fire (Muspelheim), you can do challenges that stand in your way, which mainly consist of combat trials of various difficulties. This is the point in the game when you will start earning smoldering embers.

These challenges mostly consist of combat trials of various difficulties, so be well prepared. Some are so difficult that you will not be able to finish them. But if you already have enough embers, you can go back to Brok's Shop and forge your armor.

Here is the list of rewards for each trial:

  1. +3 Smoldering Ember and +1938 Hacksilver
  2. +5 Smoldering Ember and +1828 Hacksilver
  3. +8 Smoldering Ember and +3786 Hacksilver
  4. +8 Smoldering Ember and +1648 Hacksilver
  5. +5 Smoldering Ember and +3550 Hacksilver
  6. +8 Smoldering Ember and +1951 Hacksilver
  7. +12 Smoldering Ember and +4082 Hacksilver
  8. +12 Smoldering Ember and +1634 Hacksilver
  9. +12 Smoldering Ember and +3949 Hacksilver
  10. +15 Smoldering Ember and +5000 Hacksilver
  11. +9 Smoldering Ember and +6887 Hacksilver
  12. +9 Smoldering Ember and +6279 Hacksilver
  13. +9 Smoldering Ember and +6500 Hacksilver
  14. +9 Smoldering Ember and +7622 Hacksilver
  15. +37 Smoldering Ember and +2000 Hacksilver
  16. +20 Smoldering Ember, +3 Crest of Flame
  17. +50 Smoldering Ember, +20 Crest of Flame, +12 Greater Crest of Flame and +5 Crest of Sutr

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That is all you need to know to collect smoldering embers, and for other God of War guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

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God Of War (2018) - Full List of All Odin's Ravens Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/n3n3t/god-of-war-2018-full-list-of-all-odins-ravens-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/n3n3t/god-of-war-2018-full-list-of-all-odins-ravens-locations Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:25:24 -0400 Ty Arthur

The pantheon-switching God of War reboot is quickly becoming legendary for the huge number of collectibles to be found, including those vexing green birds that squawk at Kratos from hidden perches. 

When you manage to smash one, a new labor titled The Eyes of Odin is unlocked, which tasks you with killing all of Odin's Ravens so the Allfather can't keep an eye on you. There's a whopping 51 of them across the game, and when you finally get the last little bugger, Kratos will unlock the Allfather Blinded trophy.

Keep an ear out while playing because the ravens make a distinctive bird call whenever you are close to one of these hidden collectibles! Because some areas are inaccessible until you gain new equipment or abilities and will require you to backtrack, you won't be able to grab all of them from beginning to end in this specific order.

If you don't continuously backtrack and end up missing some, however, you can go back and grab them in order after completing the game. They are numbered here for easier tracking.

River Pass Raven Locations

  • 1 - The very first raven can't be acquired until much later, when you gain access to the hidden chamber of Odin to the right of the Witch's Wood. The raven is flying around in the air and will perch on the pillar.

  • 2 - Right before the bridge where you meet Brok, be on the lookout for the first raven you can get during the story. It's sitting on some rocks up above.

  • 3 - After battling the second troll, look for a raven on top of the giant rib cage.

  • 4 - After defeating the ogre, head into the stone tunnel (past the circular door) and you should hear the raven but probably won't be able to see him. He's actually sitting on the top of the stone stack and is incredibly hard to see.

  • 5 - Head to the end of the River Pass Trail to find a destroyed village and see a raven on the rooftop of the house on your right side.

  • 6 - Find the platform in the Witch's Wood where the Nornir chest is located to grab this next raven on some rocks.

Kratos looking toward the opening of a cave The impossible-to-see fourth raven axe throw location (thanks to PS4Trophies for the screenshot)

Foothills Raven Locations

  • 7 - The raven is in this area's hidden chamber at the edge of the water on the south side of the map. Look above the archway near the mystic gate.

  • 8 - After taking the elevator to the base of the mountain, check the area just behind and above to find a raven.

The Mountain Raven Locations

  • 9 - Take the door to the right of the big stag statue, and follow the trail to the spinning rune to find this raven beneath the bridge.

  • 10 - In the area near the bottom of the mountain with the elevator, head through the tunnel to the left to find this one flying around in the air. 

  • 11 - Climb up the platform with the gold chain in the section with the giant block to find a raven hiding in the wooded area.

  • 12 - Inside this area's hidden chamber, find the raven sitting on the wall to your left.

Shores of the Nine Raven Locations

  • 13 - There's only one here at the top of the Niflheim Realm Tower. The raven is found on a boat over on the right side.

Lookout Tower Raven Locations

  • 14 - Starting from the dock area, climb up the cliffs to the top platform to find a raven flying around in the air above you.

 Lookout Tower Raven

Cliffs of the Raven Locations

  • 15 - Go up the gold chain after the dead giant, and turn around to look towards the lake; you should see a raven on the rocky area.

Volunder Mines Raven Locations

  • 16 - At the dock area, go up to the mystic gateway platform and look up into the sky to see another flying raven.

Buri's Storeroom Raven Locations

  • 17 - Although it's in Buri's Storeroom, the raven can be hit from Stone Falls. Near the top of the Stone Falls area, turn the wheel and go through the gate to head toward the lake. You should see a raven on the column above, sometimes flying in circles.

Veithurgard Raven Locations

  • 18 - Look behind the left-hand wood piece set in the stone near the dragon to find this raven.

  • 19 - Push aside the lore marker to the left of the big gate to find a raven waiting on the left side.

  • 20 - Head to the island with the statue to find this raven flying up in the air.

Stone Falls Raven Locations

  • 21 - First, go across the bridge by the mystic gate, then, by the wheel crank, turn towards the cliffs to see a raven up above.

Council of Valkyries Raven Locations

  • 22 - At the entrance of the Council of Valkyries, look above at the giant wooden boat on the right. If you can't hit the raven from there, try re-positioning and aiming from the tower in Alfheim instead.

 Council Of Valkyries Raven 

Thamur's Corpse Raven Locations

  • 23 - Check the edge of the building in front of this area's mystic gateway to see a raven.

  • 24 - In the central section of this area's hidden chamber, you can find a raven in the trees.

Northri Stronghold Raven Locations

  • 25 - Land at the dock by Sindri’s and then turn around to see the raven in the air.

  • 26 - Look to the left of the ship to find a raven hiding in the water gate.

Konunsgard Raven Locations

  • 27 - After the shop in Konunsgard, head down the left path and beyond the poison mist to find a raven on the rocks behind the red chest.

  • 28 - Following the sealed doors, drop down the bridge and you should see a raven on the rocks towards the right.

  • 29 - After freeing the dragon you will see a raven that was hiding underneath (!!) the beast.

  • 30 - Inside the fortress (using the dwarven favor) go right and then turn left at the shrine. Above the red chest is another raven.

  • 31 - Take the right-hand path at the section where the dragon was tethered, and look in the rocks above the platform to find a raven hiding in the mist.

 Finding a Konunsgard raven hiding the rocks

Forgotten Caverns Raven Locations

  • 32 - From the dock near the entrance to King’s Hollow, head into the Forgotten Caverns and go up the wall. Turn around and look down and towards the right to see another raven.

  • 33 - In the Nornir chest area, another raven is sitting on top of a wood column.

Fafnir's Storeroom Raven Locations

  • 34 - Past the mystic gate, look up into the open air to see a flying raven.

  • 35 - In the more open area with a pond, look up to see a raven sitting on a tree branch.

  • 36 - Directly above the entrance to the storeroom is a perched raven.

  • 37 - When you get inside the storeroom itself, look above the platform where you have to set the stones to see the next raven.

  • 38 - When traveling back to the boat, you will see the final raven of this area up in the wood section.

Landsuther Mines Raven Locations

  • 39 - When you pass through the tight area by the entrance, climb up the wall to see a raven on the wood building.

  • 40 - Go through the tunnel from the water area and kill the enemies there to see a raven up and towards the right.

Isle Of Death Raven Locations

  • 41 - At the western beach, look for a chest and then turn around to see this area's only raven between the two cliffs.

Iron Cove Raven Locations

  • 42 - Go to the left dock from the shore and travel up the platforms. Go up the boat wreckage to your right, and then turn left to find another raven flying in the air.

 Iron Cove Raven Location

Wildwoods Raven Locations

  • 43 - This one is inside the hidden chamber and is flying up in the air by the trees.

Alfheim Raven Locations

  • 44 - At the dock by the Light Elf Sanctuary, look to the left of the marble statue to find this raven.

  • 45 - When you enter the Valkyrie section of the hidden chamber, look to the left to find another raven.

Helheim Raven Locations

  • 46 - When traveling across a long bridge, you will see a gold circle above you. Check the inside of the ring to find a raven.

  • 47 - Before the giant doors, travel up the first platform in the central area and head right; destroy a barrier to find a raven near the chest.

  • 48 - Head back to the previous area, and go up the second platform in the central section and go left. Destroy the barrier and you should see a raven near the hidden chamber.

  • 49 - Go inside the hidden chamber, but don't head to the central area like in the others. Instead, go towards the top and check the section by the window to find the raven.

  • 50 - At the bottom area with the glowing statues, go down the platform and then climb up a wall. You should see a raven to the left of the tunnel entrance.

  • 51 - In the same area with a platform, you should see a raven circling low and to the right.

Kratos in Helheim searching for Odin's Ravens Hitting the raven inside the gold circle in Helheim

Whew, that was quite the journey to get the Allfather Blinded trophy! Still need help finding the rest of the collectibles? Check out our other God Of War 2018 guides here:

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God Of War (2018) Jotnar Shrine Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/8ftcu/god-of-war-2018-jotnar-shrine-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/8ftcu/god-of-war-2018-jotnar-shrine-locations-guide Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:21:53 -0400 Ty Arthur

God of War has quite a few collectibles. However, if you're looking for more story-related content, the game's Jotnar shrines will tell you about the giant's that once inhabited the world in which Kratos now finds himself. 

With 11 locations spread around the map, God of War's Jotnar shrines aren't as hard to find as the game's Ravens, for example, but they are hidden away in sometimes hard-to-reach places. 

If you're having trouble finding them all, this guide will show how to find all 11 shrine locations in no time. 

Wildwoods Shrine Location

After solving the first puzzle -- where you lift the chain and then freeze the gears with your ax -- head left (which will prompt your son to yell that the deer went in the other direction). Climb up the chain. Go up the stairs and smash the wall to find the Sköll and Hati shrine.

Kratos and the boy stand in front of the Wildwoods Jotnar Shrine, which is blue in the middel and left and red on the right; painted in ornate symbols Source: HarryNinetyFour 

The River Pass Shrine Location

In the section with the Nornir chest and the two-part bridge (found by climbing down the chain after jumping down the ledge), head to the left and jump up a ledge.

Keep to the left along the corridor and you should find the Hrungnir shrine.

Kratos, in heavy armor, runs toward the River Pass Jotnar Shrine in God of War

Veithurgard Shrine Location

In the area with the bare-bones wooden structures, head up the stone steps to where the dragon is located and hang a left. Keep going left so that you cross underneath two bridges, and then head right, up some stone steps.

Keep following the path until you jump across to a stone bridge and see a big, sealed temple door. Break the seals, and just inside you should see the Skadi shrine.

Kratos looks toward the Veithurguard Jotnar Shrine near a large pillar covered in blue runes

Path to the Mountain Shrine Location

After throwing open the big double doors and climbing down a wood ladder, cross the bridge and hang a left. Break through the wall with your ax to find the Ymir shrine.

Kratos walks toward the closed Jotnar Shrine in the Path to the Mountain Location

Shores of Nine/Cliffs of the Raven Shrine Location

Traveling across the Lake of Nine bridge, head through the giant black doors (with the glowing purple runes up above) and take a left. Jump over the broken stones to find the Jörmungandr shrine location.

The closed shrine in the Shores of the Nine Location stands before an advancing Kratos 

Alfheim Shrine Location

Directly in front of the Temple of Light, go down the right-hand stone path to easily find the Groa shrine sitting at the bottom of the stairs.

The stone Alfheim Shrine stands against a small cliff and bright foliage.

Lookout Tower Shrine Location

When you land your boat and have to climb up several sets of stone cliffs, eventually you will zip line down a rope with your ax. The Thrym shrine is right after you land and before you continue down the path.

The Jotnar Shrine near Lookout Tower stand in the cleft of a giant statue's foot; Kratos and the boy look at it from afar

Tyr's Temple Shrine Location

Inside Tyr's Temple, you will have to shift a metal control on the ground to take the elevator down to a lower level. When you reach the bottom, turn around to find the Bergelmir shrine directly behind you.

Kratos stands in front of the Jotnar Shrine Location in Tyr's Temple in God of War

Thamur's Corpse Shrine Location

At the north end of the Lake of the Nine area, you can use the magic chisel to open a double-door hidden chamber. Just inside those doors, you will find the Thamur shrine location.

The shrine location on Thamur's Corpse sits in shadow among the wreckage of the giant's falling

Konunsgard Shrine Location

You will need to have the Hail to the King dwarven favor to find the Starkadr shrine. After using the favor to enter the Konunsgard stronghold, go up the stairs and take a right to see the shrine.

Kratos runs toward the Konunsgard Shrine Location in the castle at Konunsgard

Muspelheim Shrine Location

After collecting the four ciphers to gain access to Muspelheim, just to the left of the mystic gateway stands the final Surtr shrine to complete this quest.

Reading the final shrine unlocks The Truth trophy.

The Muspelheim Shrine Sits against rocks near a portal in the fiery area

Still on the hunt for more of the collectibles in this Nordic reboot of the beloved PlayStation franchise? Check out our other God of War 2018 guides here:

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God of War (2018) Guide: Nornir Puzzle Chest Locations and Solutions https://www.gameskinny.com/h9k3o/god-of-war-2018-guide-nornir-puzzle-chest-locations-and-solutions https://www.gameskinny.com/h9k3o/god-of-war-2018-guide-nornir-puzzle-chest-locations-and-solutions Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:54:39 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There are tons of different chests to collect in God of War's first outing on the PS4. Many of them will contain hacksilver, while others will contain runes. However, others, called Nornir Chests, will contain upgrades for Kratos, such as health and rage boosts. You'll want to take advantage of these upgrades because they'll make your journey a whole lot easier. 

Each of these coffers is well-hidden and locked behind a set of runes (or seals) that act like small puzzles. To unlock Nornir Chests, you'll need to break the three seals locking each and every one of them. Some runes will be easy to find, while others will take some ingenuity to destroy. 

This guide will show you how to find each chest, as well as where to find each and every rune-covered seal. 

Wildwoods: 1 Nornir Chest

#1: After Your First Battle (Health Upgrade)

Once you've defeated your first set of Draugr in the Wildwoods, head straight ahead. Go past the life stone on the ground and toward the blocked passage in front of you. Break through the wood to find this Nornir chest. 

Seal 1: As you walk into the alcove, the first rune seal is immediately to your right -- on the other side of the stairs. Throw your ax to break it. 

Seal 2: The second rune is to the right of the chest, sitting against the wall. 

Seal 3: The third rune is on the left-hand side of the room in a stone sarcophagus. 

River Pass + Witch's Cave: 5 Nornir Chests

#1 After the Revenant (Health Upgrade)

Just like with the first artifact in this area, it will take you a while to get to the first Nornir chest in the River Pass. After you fight the Revenant, who will come after the Heavy Draugr, climb up to the second story and turn right. Straight ahead you'll see the chest among some debris. 

Note: If you turn left instead of right, you'll find a shrine. 

Seal 1: In the top right-hand corner when facing the chest.

Seal 2: Turn around and look upward. To the left of the bridge in the distance (not the one closest to you) and past the chain, you'll see a second rune. 

Seal 3: Lower the bridge closest to you and go across. Once you cross over, stop and look up and left. The third rune seal is in an alcove there. 

#2: After the Spiked Ceiling Puzzle (Rage Upgrade)

Upon completing the spiked ceiling puzzle (and after Atreus joins you on the other side), turn around and climb on the spike contraption. Look right and find the chest. 

Seal 1: Turn around from the chest and see the rune seal on a rock. 

Seal 2: From 1, turn left and look up. 

Seal 3: This one is a bit tricky. From 2, look left again and see the blue wisps of the seal behind a beam. Raise the platform you're on to get a good angle from which to throw your ax. 

#3: After the Sand Puzzle and Troll Fight (Health Upgrade)

Once you've completed the sand puzzle, you'll go through a cavern and fight a troll on the other side. Defeat him and look to the left of the area. At the edge you'll find this chest. The seals here are bells, and you must ring them in quick succession to open it. 

Bell 1: Just above the chest. 

Bell 2: Look left and up. This bell is right behind you on the cliff overlooking the waterfall. 

Bell 3: From the chest, go right and through the giant's bones. Straight ahead, across the area, the third bell sits atop a rock. 

The easiest method is to hit the bells in this order: 3,1,2. You'll only have a few seconds to strike each bell. You'll get an Idunn Apple for your troubles. 

#4: In the Witch's Cave (Cannot Reach on First Visit)

This chest can be found in the witch's cave after you beat the nightmares. From the bridge, turn around and look toward the back of the area (toward the witch's house). Down below, you'll see the chest in the water. 

You can't get this chest yet, though. You can revisit when Atreus can build bridges. 

#5: Exiting the Cave Through the Well (Cannot Reach on First Visit)

Since you'll also need Atreus to get you across the water in the cave, you won't be able to exit through the well the first time you visit this area. But once you can reach the chest, you'll need the Winds of Hei to open it. We'll update this guide with a screenshot and steps when we access this area. 

Foothills: 1 Nornir Chest

#1: After Meeting Sindri

Eventually, you'll meet Brok's brother, Sindri. After speaking with him, leave his camp and go straight ahead. Enemies will spawn and a protracted conflict will ensue. Once you've defeated all of the enemies, head up the hill and go right. In the back of the area, you'll find this Nornir chest. 

To open it, you'll need to align each of three turnable poles to the runes on the chest. It does matter which poles show which runes since each pole doesn't have all of the runes carved into them. Here's what you need to do: 

Pole 1: Directly to the left of the chest. This one should be turned to the "squiggly" symbol

Pole 2: Turn around and go back down the hill. Turn left, and you'll see this pole nestled in the cliff just above eye level. This one should be turned to the "P" symbol

Pole 3: Turn right and follow the path around to the fallen tree. This pole will be mostly obscured by the poisonous fog. Throw your ax at the fog pole to reveal the rune. This one should be turned to the backward "B" symbol

Alfheim: 4 Nornir Chests

#1: Light Elf Sanctuary (Health Upgrade)



After defeating the enemies on the beach at Light Elf Sanctuary, follow the path until it forks. Take a left and you'll come to the area pictured above. The Nornir Chest is inside the shelter. 

There are no runes on the bells in this area, but the sequence to open the chest is this: 

  1. The bell above the doorway
  2. Turn left and ring the third bell
  3. Turn left and ring the sixth bell 

Inside the chest you'll find an Idunn Apple.

Note: If you don't know how to get to Light Elf Sanctuary, turn right as soon as you enter the Lake of Light. Go all the way to the end. Then turn right and follow the channel around. You'll find the shore and can dock there. 

#2: Ringed Temple Trench (Health Upgrade)

After you enter the Ringed Temple, prepare yourself for a fight against the Dark Elves. Once you've defeated them, continue along the trench on the left side. Eventually, you'll come across the next Nornir Chest nestled in the wall. 

Go to the right side and activate the wheel so that the middle section in front of you descends. Throw your ax to cement it into place. 

  • Seal 1: Drop down. Across the platform in front of you. 
  • Seal 2: Turn around. On the wall behind the wheel. 

Now climb back up and turn the wheel all the down so that both pieces of the floor (the middle part and the part you're standing on) descend. Throw your ax to cement it into place. 

  • Seal 3: Turn around. Climb up the ledge to find it nestled in the wall. 

You'll get an Idunn Apple for all your efforts. 

#3 Ringed Temple Sealed Doors (Rage Upgrade)

When you reach the Ringed Temple proper, the blue doors in front of you will be locked. Before continuing with the story, turn left and follow the steps downward. At the bottom, turn right, and you'll see a gate with two nodes, one holding it shut and the other hanging from the ceiling behind. Throw your axe and destroy both at the same time. 

Once the gate is open, you'll need to ring three bells in quick succession. 

  • Bell 1: At the end of the corridor above the chest. 
  • Bell 2: To the left of the gate, nestled in the wall. 
  • Bell 3: Behind you, turned at an angle. 

There's no easy way to open this chest other than being fast. We found that the sequence 3,2,1 was most effective. Claim your Horn of Bloodmead.

#4: At the Gate (Rage Upgrade)

After Atreus receives the ability to build light bridges, you'll eventually make it back to the temple's main doors, the ones you could not near Nornir Chest 3. But don't go through the doors just yet! Instead, turn around and place the crystal in the socket under the shelter. 

Once the light bridge is created, climb to the top to find the fourth Nornir Chest. Opening this one is another test of speed and accuracy. 

  • Bell 1: Inside the shelter, just above the chest.
  • Bell 2: Above the stairs on the right (where you climbed up). 
  • Bell 3: Outside the window on the opposite side of Bell 2.

A Horn of Bloodmead will be inside. 

The Mountain: 2 Nornir Chests

#1 Inside the Mountain (Rage Upgrade)

After you complete the light puzzle when you first enter the mountain (where the deer god sits on the throne), a passageway will open on the right-hand side of the room. Go through and the follow the path. After fighting the Revanant, climb up the ledge and defeat all of the Draugr. 

From the ledge you originally climbed to get into this area, go left. Have Atreus create a lightbridge and go up it. You'll find this Nornir Chest there. And like the chest in the Foothills, you'll need to align runes on three turnable poles. 

Pole 1: At the foot of the bridge to your right. This pole should show the "R" symbol.

Pole 2: Go to the ledge you climbed to get in this area. Look up and left to find it nestled on the cliff above. This pole should show the "B" symbol. 

Pole 3: Drop down off the ledge from Pole 2 and turn immediately right. This pole should show the "N" symbol. 

You'll be rewarded with a Horn of Bloodmead

#2: After Getting Shock Arrows, Where Hel-Walkers Worship (Health Upgrade)

After finding Artifact 3 at the bridge, and using the sap bucket there to make a new path, you'll pass a alcove covered in sap. It won't have a crystal to shoot. 

However, move toward the Hel-Walkers worshiping ahead. You'll they are worshiping the next Nornir Chest. Defeat them and use the sap dispenser to open the alcove that was previously locked (there is also a Shrine in the alcove). 

Seal 1: In the room with the shrine. Turn right and look up. 

Seal 2: Go back to the room with the sap dispenser and use the sap to lower the bridges. As you cross the bridge, look right. There is an opening with the Seal inside. 

Seal 3: After defeating the enemies across the bridge, use the wheel to raise the bridge to the next level. Freeze the gears next to it. Go up the bridge and look right. The Seal is along the wall. 

You will receive an Idunn Apple for your efforts. 

Lake of Nine: 4 Nornir Chests

#1: Lookout Tower's Spike Trap (Health Upgrade)

Go to the end of Tyr's Bridge (toward the Foothills) and take a right. Drop down and head straight. After a few steps you'll see a Nornir Chest on your left. You'll need to ring three bells to open this one -- but they're stuck behind three spike traps. To lower the spikes, hit the turnable pole above the chest. 

Bell 1: To the  left of the turnable pole. 

Bell 2: Up and right of the Nornir Chest. 

Bell 3: Right of Bell 2. 

Claim your Idunn Apple

#2: On the Shore at Forgotten Caverns (Health Upgrade)

You really can't miss this Nornir Chest. You'll see it on the shore as soon as you dock at Forgotten Caverns. Take out the enemies first, then head to the left to find the seals. They're all in one place this time, but the puzzle is a bit different. 

The seals are on a individual rotating arms. Hit one, and all of the arms spin. Hit another, and the arms spin faster. You only have a few seconds to hit all of them, so the best sequence is: Bottom, Middle, Top or Top, Middle, Bottom. 

Hitting the middle seal second stops all of the seals from spinning. Complete the puzzle and open the chest to get an Idunn Apple

#3: Light Elf Outpost After Water Descends Second Time

After the water in the Lake of Nine descends a second time, Light Elf Outpost will be revealed. It's to the left of Helheim Tower -- the area with the ruins in the water. There's a Level 5 Troll on the island, as well as a handful of high-level poison enemies. 

Defeat your adversaries and look to the left of the gate. Smash the boards to reveal a crystal. Create a light bridge up to the chest. 

Seal 1: Look toward the cliff behind the chest. The seal is a t eye level on the opposite side of the ruins. 

Seal 2: From the chest, turn right. Go through the gate and stop. Turn right again and look out to the broken bridge in the water. The seal is on the column closest to you. 

Seal 3: From there, go left and down the path. Follow it all the way around -- until you can either climb up the wall or down the chain. The seal will be nestled in the gate wall in front of you. 

#4: Cliffs of the Raven Using Winds of Hel

Another area that will be revealed after the water in the Lake of Nine descends a second time. Dock at the new landing at the Cliffs of the Raven. Make your way around the path, and you'll eventually come to the Nornir Chest naturally. To destroy the seals, you'll need to clear out the growth found here, as well as use the Winds of Hel to select the correct runes. 

Note: To select the runs on the pillars around the area, activate each pillar with the Winds of Hel and let the runes rotate. When the rune you want appears, remove the Winds of Hel from the node to another node. That final step will lock the rune into place

Seal 1: To the right of the chest up on the highest cliff. Should show the "R" symbol. 

Seal 2: To the right of the chest, but on the same level as the chest. Should show the sideways "N" symbol. 

Seal 3: To the left of the chest, up on the cliff. Should show the "P" symbol. 

Fafnir's Storeroom: 1 Nornir Chest

#1: The Forest Area Before the Storeroom (Rage Upgrade)

After passing Sidnir, you'll crawl through a cliff and exit in a forest area. As you make your way up from the crawlspace, you can find a Raven perched on a branch in the stream (on the left side, before you climb the first ledge). 

Continuing forward, you'll encounter Reavers. Defeat them and look to the right side of the area for the Nornir Chest. The seals for this chest are once again bells. 

Bell 1: Directly above the chest. 

Bell 2: Up and to the right of the chest. 

Bell 3: Above the waterfall at the far end of the area. 

The reward for opening this Nornir Chest is a Horn of Bloodmead

Helheim: 1 Nornir Chest

#1: After You Get the "Round 2" Trophy (Rage Upgrade)

 

When you return to Helheim, go straight ahead and look down. This Nornir Chest is below on the right-hand side of the screen. You can't get this one quite yet, but follow the story path for a few more minutes, and you'll be able to nab it. 

Eventually, you'll come to a ship. But instead of boarding it and continuing your journey, follow the path. You'll end up at the Nornir Chest. 

Seal 1: There's a giant block to the right of the chest. Move it halfway out and then step into the gap to the left. The back of the block will be open and the seal will be inside. 

Seal 2: Move the block all the way out. This seal is behind the block. 

Seal 3: Climb the block after moving it completely out. Look to the right of the chest. The seal is on the pillar in the water. 

Tyr's Temple: 1 Nornir Chest

#1: Behind the Spiked Traps in Tyr's Vault (Symbol of Bounty)

As you move through the story, you'll come to Tyr's Vault. The security here is intense and stands in your way. The main hall has three concentric rings that require you to use Hel's Wind to get past. Each time opens a new area of challenges. 

When you use Hel's Wind on the second ring, you'll open two doors. The one on your right will have a Nornir Chest, which is pretty hard to miss. 

Seal 1: In the room with the wheel. Turn around from the wheel to find it nestled in the wall behind you. 

Seal 2: Go into the room with the spiked traps coming down from the ceiling. Look on the right arm of the first trap. 

Seal 3: Go to the Nornir Chest and turn around. The seal is in a small hole at the bottom of the first spiked contraption. 

Veithurgard: 1 Nornir Chest

#1:  To the Left of the Dragon on a Cliff

Go to the dragon tether and turn left. Continue up the path past the bridge and through the Stonehenge-like worship area. Turn right, up the steps, and right again. Climb up the small ledge and the Veithurgard chest will be straight ahead on the cliff. 

Seal 1: As you approach the chest, turn right as you get to the doorway. The seal will be in the wall. 

Seal 2: Continue past the chest until you get to the small bridge. Turn right and the seal is nestled in the rocks. 

Seal 3: Continue from the last seal and turn right when the path branches. Go to the end of the path, which overlooks the water. The last seal is out in the rocks. 

Konunsgard: 1 Nornir Chest 

#1: After Collecting the Mythic Items

The Nornir Chest at Konunsgard is by far the most intensive chest to find in all of God of War. It requires that you complete all of the Dwarven side quests presented to you by Brok and Sindri. Then(!), you'll still have to go through the entire area before getting to it. 

However, after you've acquired the three mythic items you're tasked with retrieving, you'll come across a balcony on your path back. The Nornir Chest will be there. To activate the seals, you'll need the Winds of Hel and quick reflexes. 

  1. Activate the blank rune with the Winds of Hel
  2. Remove the winds when the rune is still blank to activate it
  3. Spin the other bell with the Winds of Hel
  4. Hit the stationary bell
  5. Throw the ax to hit the other two bells

Performing all of those steps should open the Nornir Chest for you. Finish the quest and get the Like Oil and Water trophy for completing all of Brok and Sindri's side quests. 

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God of War is a huge game, there's not doubt about that. There are tons of collectibles to find along your journey. From artifacts to shrines and Odin's Ravens, make sure to check out our other God of War guides while you're here. 

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God of War (2018) Guide: All Artifact Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/skftp/god-of-war-2018-guide-all-artifact-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/skftp/god-of-war-2018-guide-all-artifact-locations Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:14:14 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Like other games in the series, God of War for the PS4 has various collectibles strewn about the world for you to collect. As you travel through the various regions of Midgard, you'll come across Artifacts that will help you complete Labors (in-game mini-quests). 

And unlike other collectibles in other games, you can sell these collectibles to vendors for money

There are 45 Artifacts to collect in God of War. This guide will show you exactly where to find all of them.

In my playthrough, I picked several Artifacts up before taking screenshots, but they will be in the places highlighted in the pictures below. Once you find them all, you will get the Curator trophy

Let's get started. 

Wildwoods: Lost and Found (4 Artifacts)

Lost and Found 1 in Kratos' Snowy Backyard

Lost and Found #1: Backyard

Right after you tell Atreus to begin hunting at the beginning of the game, he'll set off toward a wooden gate in the back yard of your home. As you go toward it, you will pass between a rock and a cliff on the right-hand side of the area. Look against the cliff and you find will the first Artifact. 

Lost and Found 2 near the first set of stone stairs

Lost and Found #2: First Set of Stone Stairs

Shortly after you pass through the wooden gate mentioned above, you'll come to an area that has a set of stone stairs in it. The second Artifact can be found just to the left of the stairs. It's in the open. 

Lost and found 3 under a fallen tree

Lost and Found #3: Down the Chain by the Waterfall

Go up the stairs and cross the bridge. Here you'll have your first battle. Defeat the Draugr and proceed forward toward the life stone in front of you. Take a right and climb the cliffs straight ahead (the waterfall will be on your left). 

Once on top of the cliff, you'll see a chain to your right. Climb down that and defeat the wolves below. Turn left and you'll find this Artifact to the right of the fallen tree next to a bucket

Lost and found 4 in the River Pass ruins

Lost and Found #4: In the Ruins

Eventually, you will come to some ruins. You'll cross another broken bridge and go down some stairs. There, you'll fight another cadre of Draugr. After you've dispatched them, go to the door with the life gem in front of it. Go through that door and fight the wolves and Draugr outside. 

Look along the right cliff face and you'll find the last Artifact. 

River Pass + Witch's Cave: Faces of Magic (9 Artifacts)

Faces of Magic 1 by the bridge and brok

Faces of Magic #1: After the Reavers

It'll be quite a long time before you come across this Artifact. You'll find Nornir chests and Lengedary chests along the way. But when you fight your first true human adversaries -- reavers -- you're close. 

Defeat them and climb up the chain. Cross over the gap along the wall (you'll shimmy across), and once on the other side, use the chain on that side to climb down into the opening you just crossed. 

Go straight ahead and follow the path to the end. The collectible is on the dead body. 

Faces of Magic 2: to the right of broks shop by the bridge

Faces of Magic #2: Past Brok on the Bridge

From the first Artifact, go back the way you came and climb up. Go to the bridge, help Brok cross, and defeat the enemies. Then, with Brok's shop in front of you, take the path to the right

Go all the way to the end and drop down along the right. This collectible will be on the dead body there. 

Faces of Magic 3: After the ceiling trap in the River Pass

Faces of Magic #3: After the Ceiling Puzzle

Right after you escape the deadly ceiling puzzle, the third Artifact will be right in front of you. You can find it on the dead body against the right-hand wall. 

Faces of Magic 4 on a dead body near a cliff side

Faces of Magic #4: After the Cutscene with Atreus

Right after the last collectible, you'll boost Atreus up over a ledge and a cutscene will begin on the cliff side. After this cutscene ends, turn left to find this Artifact at the edge of the area. 

Faces of Magic 5 inside a cave after the sand puzzle

Faces of Magic #5: Inside the Sand Puzzle Cave

After you solve the sand puzzle, go into the cave and turn left at the fork. Climb up the ledge. The collectible is in the puddle between the runes. 

Faces of Magic 6 behind a burning house

Face of Magic #6: In the Ruined Village

Not long after exiting the cave, you'll come to a ruined village. There is a hut to the far left of the area that is on fire. Look behind that house to find this Artifact on a dead Centurion. 

Faces of Magic 7 underneath the witchs house in the cave

Faces of Magic #7: In the Witch's Cave Beneath the Bridge

After entering the witch's cave and defeating the nightmares, go into the corridor to the left of the pulsating red door. Drop down and push the huge pallet of rocks into the water to your left. Jump across. You'll find this Artifact on the dead body. 

Faces of Magic 8 just outside the well on a path above the witchs cave
Faces of Magic #8: Climb out of the Well in the Witch's Cave (Cannot Find on First Visit)

To climb out of the well, you'll need to have access to Atreus' sap burning ability. But when you revisit the Witch's Cave later and exit through the well behind the red sap gate, you will find this Artifact down the path and on the right -- just before the opening into the grotto area

Faces of Magic 9 on a cliff by the witchs house on a dead body
#9: Continue Across the Grotto and Up the Cliff with the Chain (Cannot Find on First Visit)

This Artifact is further into the grotto from Artifact 8. As you continue down the path, you'll come into the grotto field. After fighting a handful of enemies, look for the chain on the far side of the area. Once at the top, the collectible will be on the left side of the path. Be wary -- there are two Heavy Draugr here. 

Alfheim: Spoils of War (6 Artifacts)

Spoils of war 1 along a broken path on light elf shore

Spoils of War #1: Light Elf Shore Broken Road

When you first land on Light Elf shore, you'll need to take care of a few enemies before you can start finding collectibles. But once you've rid yourself of the vermin, face the boat and look left. On the other side of the wall shown above, you'll find a broken road. The first artifact in Alfheim is there. 

If you don't already know how to get to Light Elf Shore, you can reach when entering the Lake of Light by turning left and hugging the coast. 

Spoils of war 2 on a cliff at light elf sanctuary

Spoils of War #2: Light Elf Sanctuary Cliff

This artifact will take a moment to get because it's on a cliff that's unreachable until you go through the entire area (don't worry, the area isn't large). Dispatch the enemies and follow the path from the beach straight ahead. When it forks left and right, go right through the gate held together by the nodes. 

Tip: To get through the nodes, throw your ax through the bottom portion of the gate. Then turn the handle and recall your ax as the gate lifts. The throw your ax to destroy the top node. 

Once through the gate, go right along the path. You'll need to break a few more nodes on your way, but you'll eventually come to a cliff overlooking the beach where you began. Clear the nodes here to reveal the second artifact. 

Note: If you don't know how to get to Light Elf Sanctuary, just get in the boat from Light Elf Shore and go right as far as you can. Then turn right and follow the channel around. You'll find the shore and can dock there. 

Spoils of war 3 near the light bridges in the ringed temple of Alfheim

Spoils of War #3: Ringed Temple Trench -- Restoring the Bridges

The first big objective you'll have when entering The Ringed Temple Trench will be reactivating the bridges. It will take time to do this, so be patient, but you'll eventually come to a platform that has Legendary Chest and a node you must freeze to free the light.

An Ancient will spawn and fight you, but once you've dispatched him, turn your back to the chest and the node -- and look to the left of the area. On the platform there, you'll find the third artifact. 

Spoils of war 4 in an alcove in the ringed temple of Alfheim

Spoils of War #4: Return to the Trench in the Dark

It won't be until you try to leave Alfheim's Ringed Temple for good that you'll find another artifact (it's a good 30 minutes or so from the Artifact 3, so don't worry). Once you reach the top of the Ringed Temple and realize your boat is nowhere to found, you'll need to descend into the temple's first area again. 

As soon as the elevator gets to the bottom, turn right and go into the room there. You'll find Artifact 4 on a dead body in the room. 

Spoils of war 5 in an anteroom off the main hall in the ringed temple

Spoils of War #5: Further Into the Dark

Move into the main area of the Ringed Temple to fight a Revenant in the dark. Once you've defeated him, go into the room on the left and remove the crystal from the ceiling. After your fight with the Draugr, this Artifact will be in the top corner cell. 

Spoils of war 6 in a cell after the floor lowering puzzle

Spoils of War #6: Use the Wheel to Lower the Floor Again

If you're getting all of the collectibles in God of War, you would have most likely already gotten the Nornir Chest in the main area of the Ringed Temple. Go to the wheel that lowers the floor and lower both sides. Go through the room straight across from you. 

When you enter the room with the wheel, the cells will now be open. Defeat the Draugr and find Artifact 6 in the room directly across from the wheel. 

The Mountain -- Bottoms Up (6 Artifacts)

Bottoms up 1 in the first Mountain room with the revenant in a breakable wall

Bottoms Up #1: Inside the Mountain: After First Revenant

After you've beaten the first Revenant, climb up the ledge and dispatch the Draugr here. After you've done that, go to the far side of the area (away from the Nornir Chest) and break through the brittle wood along the wall. 

You'll open a room with a table in it. Behind the table is a Centurion and an Artifact. 

Bottoms up 2 in a small room behind the large rock cart in the mining room

Bottoms Up #2: After Pushing the Large Cart in the Mining Area

Eventually, you'll reach a mining area. To ascend the mountain, you'll need to activate the lift -- but as expected, the lift breaks. You'll need to find another way. 

As you explore, you'll come across a large cart. Push ahead to your destination. But before leaving completely, make sure to check inside the the room that's now exposed. Inside you'll find the second Artifact. 

Bottoms up 3 in an alcove behind a bucket holding a red sap ball

Bottoms Up #3: At the Bucket, After You Get Shock Arrows 

After you get shock arrows, you'll continue your ascent. After leaving Sidnir's shop, you'll come upon a wooden structure tangled in roots that sits at the end of a bridge. Remove the roots with shock arrows. 

There will be a wheel here to raise and lower a bucket full of sap. Look behind the bucket for this collectible. 

Bottoms Up 4 on a dead body leaning against a rock at the Mountain summit

Bottoms Up #4: At the Summit, to the Left of the Blocked Doors

Once you reach the summit, you will be met with blocked doors. You'll have to climb up the side to continue. But before doing that, go left

Just when the path begins to turn right, take another left. There, leaned against a rock, you'll find a Centurion with this collectible. 

Bottoms up 5 in the alcove behind the red sap door in the mining area of the mountain

Bottoms Up #5: Inside Mining Area Behind Red Sap Door (Cannot Find on First Visit)

When you return to the large open mining area in the Mountain, turn left as you enter. Destroy the red sap door. Inside, you'll find a chest and the artifact. 

Bottoms up 6 on a dead body by a bridge after the great hall in the Mountain

Bottoms Up #6: Right on Your Path to the Summit

From Artifact 5, continue your journey to the summit. It will be some time before you reach the next Artifact, so don't worry. 

Eventually, you'll fight a Frost Ancient. After defeating him, continue along the path and climb up the ledge. Directly in front of you will be a scroll and the Artifact. The body is on the edge of the precipice. 

Lake of Nine -- Abandon Ship (9 Artifacts)

For these Artifacts, we'll start with Tyr's Bridge and then move clockwise around the Lake of Nine to make things easier. We would suggest grabbing all of these -- as well as the Lengendary Chests and Nornir Chests found here -- before speaking to the World Serpent. After speaking with Jormungandr, the water levels in the Lake of Nine will decrease, making the exact steps in this guide very difficult to follow. 

Abandon ship 1 on a dead body on Tyr's Bridge

Abandon Ship #1: Tyr's Bridge, After Leaving Brok's Shop

Leave Brok's shop. With the doors behind you, turn left and head toward the staircase leading down. At the bottom, you'll find a dead Centurion with this collectible. 

Abandon ship 2 stuck behind a spike gate at Lookout Tower

Abandon Ship #2: Lookout Tower's Spike Trap

You can get to Lookout Tower by going to the end of Tyr's Bridge and turning right. Once you're on the shore, you'll notice both an Artifact and a Nornir chest. The artifact will be in a spike trap, as will be the three seals for the Nornir chest. 

Look above the Nornir chest, and you'll see a turnable pole. Throw your ax at it to lower the spikes and get the Artifact (and reveal the chest's bell seals). 

Abandon ship 3 near treasure atop Nilfheim tower

Abandon Ship #3: Atop Nilfheim Tower

Take the boat to Nilfheim Tower (again moving clockwise on the Lake of Nine map). Exit and take the elevator up. the Artifact will be on a corpse next to a Mystic Gateway. 

Abandon ship 4 nestled in some rocks at the edge of a cliff on the isle of death with atreus looking onAbandon Ship #4: Behind the Rock Outcropping at the Isle of Death

Dock the boat and climb to the top of the cliff. Defeat the enemies here, and then look back to where you originally climbed up. To the right, you'll see an outcropping of rocks. Inside will be a red container. Blow this up with your ax to reveal the Artifact. 

Abandon ship 5 at the edge of a cliff at Forgotten caverns across from a Legendary chest

Abandon Ship #5: On the Cliff at Forgotten Caverns

This area of the Lake of Nine has a lot going on: You can get an Artifact, a Legendary Chest, a Raven, and a Nornir Chest here. But let's focus on the Artifact. 

Once you dock, defeat the enemies. Go right and climb the chain to get on top of the cliff. Turn left. You'll see a Legendary chest and to the left, sitting against a rock, you'll also see the Artifact. 

Abandon ship 6 on a dead body leaning against the large door atop Helheim tower
Abandon Ship #6: Atop Helheim Tower

Super easy. Take the elevator to the top and turn right. 

Abandon ship 7 on another dead body leaned against the doors atop Alheim tower
Abandon Ship #7: Atop Alfheim Tower

Another easy one. Take the elevator up and look straight ahead. 

Abandon ship 8 in the fort ruins by a chest at Stone Falls
Abandon Ship #8: After Fighting the Revenant at Stone Falls

Dock and then go straight ahead. Move through the gate and fight the Revenant. After defeating it, look to the ruins on the right side. Near the back, there will be a ledge. Climb that and turn left to find the Artifact on a corpse. 

You can also find a Legendary Chest here. 

Note: I could not immediately dock at Stone Falls, and there was also no docking icon. If you run into this little glitch, just come at the shore head on and hit "O". It should allow you to dock.

Abandon Ship 9 on a cliff past the dead giant at Cliffs of the Raven across from a Legendary Chest

Abandon Ship #9: Past the Dead Giant at Cliffs of the Raven

Dock and defeat the enemies. Go left along the shore, past the dead giant. You'll see an area marked for climbing along the cliff face. Look up and destroy the wood above, then boost Atreus. After he knocks down the chain to your left, climb up and look straight ahead. You'll see a Legendary Chest on your left -- and the Artifact will be around the bend to the right.  

Helheim: Family Heirlooms (5 Artifacts)

Family Heirloom to the right of the Helheim gate in the snow
Family Heirlooms #1: At the Beginning of the Area

As soon as you enter Helheim from Brok's shop area. Turn right and look along the far ice wall. The artifact will be there. 

Family heirloom 2 in brambles atop a column in helheim

Family Heirlooms #2: On the Way to the Fighting Pit Area -- at the Top of a Pillar

When you first visit Helheim, you'll continue down the path from Artifact 1 and eventually come to a set of huge locked doors. You'll venture left and shimmy along an ice wall.

Next, you'll climb across two large pillars and make your way down. As soon as you make it to the bottom, turn left toward the pillar between you and the opposite wall. Go around the backside and destroy the brambles at the top for Artifact 2. 

Family heirloom 3 underneath a bridge after the fighting pit in Helheim

Family Heirlooms #3: At the Bridge After the Fighting Pit

From Artifact 2, go forward through the fighting pit (this is where you first fight the large party of reavers in Helheim). Climb up and continue along the path. As you pass under the bridge, look up. Destroy the brambles to get this collectible. 

Family heirloom 4 behind the red sap door by a statue and a raven in Helheim

Family Heirlooms #4: Behind the Red Sap Door (Cannot Find on First Visit)

You'll need Atreus to get this artifact.

When you return to Helheim, follow the path from the entrance all the way to the main area before the boss fight. The two stone structures you navigated following the boss will be here. Go to the second one. Destroy the red sap door at the far end of the left gangway.

The Artifact will be just inside to the right, in front of the statue. There will also be a Raven in the rafters above. 

Family heirloom in the hidden chamber of odin behind a brazier

Family Heirlooms #5: Further Down Into the Hidden Area

From Artifact 4, continue down the corridor and take the elevator. Get off at the bottom and go up the left staircase. Look on the ground behind the brazier. There is also a Raven above the window in this area. 

Veithurgard -- Horns of Veithurgard (6 Artifacts)

Horns of veithergard on the pier overlooking the statue of Thor in the distance

Horns of Veithurgard #1: On the Pier to the Left of Where You Dock

After you've gone through the pass to reach Veithurgard, east of the Lake of Nine, you'll get to another boat and continue into Veithurgard proper. After you dock, defeat the enemies and go to the end of the pier for this Artifact. 

Horns of Veithurgard 2 behind a breakable door on the cliff
Horns of Veithurgard #2: Up the Cliffs on the Right Side of the Area

Next, go from the dock to the right side of the area. Along the shore, jump over a log, and you'll find a chain. Pull it and lock it into place. The mechanism is hidden in the top right of the screen in the shadow of the cliff.

After locking the chain into place, go back and take an immediate right. You'll find a gate in the cliff face, which should now be open. Go through and continue up. Turn right at the top and drop down again. Continue right and you'll come to a set of breakable boards. Inside is the Artifact. 

Horns of Veithurgard 3 on a dead body in front of a waterfall
Horns of Veithurgard #3: At the Waterfall by the Dragon

From Artifact 3, climb down the left side to return to the original area. Now it's time to go forward, toward the dragon. As you make you way up, be sure to avoid his devastating breath. 

Once you make it to the dragon, he'll stop spewing electric death your way. Turn left and head toward the waterfall. There, against a pile of rock, you'll find a dead soldier with this collectible. 

Horns of Veithurgard 4 on a dead body leaned against boxes on a broken bridge
Horns of Veithurgard #4: On the Bridge to the Left of the Waterfall

From the waterfall, go left a short way. At the steps of the bridge, turn right. You'll find a dead Centurion along the left side, just before the gap. 

Horns of Veithurgard 5 to the left of a shrine and at the top of the steps on a dead soldier
Horns of Veithurgard #5: Inside Veithurgard Fortress

Once you make it into Veithurgard fortress, dispatch the enemies that meet you. After, you'll notice a shrine directly in front of you. To the left of that are some stairs. The Artifact is at the top against the rubble in the back. Be wary of the enemy that pops out of the right hallways at the top of the stairs. 

Horns of Veithurgard 6 on a dead soldier leaned against a pile of stones
Horns of Veithurgard #6: After Draining the Water in Veithurgard Fortress

From Artifact 5, continue along the path. Go right and destroy the red pot to create a shortcut and get the Legendary Chest in front of you. Go left and kill the enemies. Turn the lever in front of you to drain the area ahead. Drop down and this last collectible will be on the Centurion there. 

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And there you have it! All of the collectible artifacts and their locations in God of War. Some were definitely harder to find than others, but now that you have that Curator Trophy in your collection, the journey was well worth it. Make sure to check out our other God of War guides to find all of the game's Nornir Chests, Raven locations, and Shrines! 

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Sony Announces God of War Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/46jjl/sony-announces-god-of-war-limited-edition-ps4-pro-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/46jjl/sony-announces-god-of-war-limited-edition-ps4-pro-bundle Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:07:15 -0500 Highties

With Sony’s latest title in the God of War franchise coming next month, Sony has announced on their blog that a Limited Edition God of War PS4 Pro Bundle will be available upon the game's launch on April 20th. It will include a custom PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos' axe, a Leviathan Gray Dual Shock 4 controller with an insignia to match with the console, a physical copy of God of War, and deluxe digital content. The limited-edition bundle will be available for a retail price of $399.99 in the U.S. and $499.99 in Canada. 

 Are you excited for God of War? Will you be picking up the Limited Edition bundle? Leave a comment down below, and make sure to come back to GameSkinny for further news on God of War.

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God of War Set to Return on April 20 https://www.gameskinny.com/08j4y/god-of-war-set-to-return-on-april-20 https://www.gameskinny.com/08j4y/god-of-war-set-to-return-on-april-20 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:29 -0500 Kengaskhan

It’s been nearly half a decade since the end of Kratos’ Olympian killing spree, but the God of War franchise finally returns on April 20, 2018. This latest entry serves as a soft reboot for the series, hence the title simply being God of War, where we’ll find Kratos in a brand-new setting: Scandinavia and the mythical realms of Norse legend.

God of War will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 for $59.99 on April 20, and is currently ready for preorder. If you preorder the game from certain retailers, you’ll receive some in-game shield skins, and if you preorder from GameStop or EB Games specifically, you’ll receive another in-game goody in the form of a Luck of Ages XP Talisman.

If that's not enough for you, there are also three limited edition versions of the game available!

Some of the highlights of the God of War Collector's Edition are the 9" statue featuring Kratos and his son Atreus, two carved figurines of the Huldra Brothers, and a steelbook case for your game.

In addition to everything that the Collector's Edition includes, the God of War Stone Mason Edition comes with four more carvings: a Stone Mason's Ring, a keychain of Mimir's head, and carvings of a troll and a horse.

Lastly, the Digital Deluxe Edition offers a variety of digital bonuses: a digital artbook, in-game bonuses and gear, and Issue #0 of Dark Horse's God of War comic. Additionally, the Digital Deluxe Edition does come with one physical item: an exclusive, limited-run God of War pin.

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If you want to keep up with the rest of our news leading up to God of War's release, you can find it all here!

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12 most anticipated video game sequels on the horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/ss0z1/12-most-anticipated-video-game-sequels-on-the-horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/ss0z1/12-most-anticipated-video-game-sequels-on-the-horizon Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:17:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Clearly there's more big name sequels coming than most gamers will ever actually have time to play – so which of these titles are you most looking forward to playing, and which one will you be buying first?

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Be sure to also let us know what upcoming anticipated video game sequels we missed that should have made the list!

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Final Fantasy XV

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OK, I have a secret to admit: I don't think this game is going to be any good. Certainly not worth the 10 year development time, anyway. Final Fantasy's glory days have come and (long) gone.

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The only anticipation I have for Final Fantasy XV is how hard its going to flop, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it anyway, since everyone else has hyped themselves up to levels that the game won't be able to meet.

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Get ready to go on a cross country road trip with a bunch of Japanese emo kids in late September. Serious question: will there be a National Lampoon spinoff movie version?

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Mafia III

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Like Sleeping Dogs, the Mafia games are the more serious of the open world car theft simulators, existing on a whole other end of the spectrum from the likes of Saint's Row or Grand Theft Auto.

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I remember when I first started playing Mafia II, my wife asked what this game was about. My immediate response was “It's GTA, but you have to drive the speed limit.”

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The third entry in the series is looking very promising, and those trailers are giving off a very serious classic mobster movie feel with a hint of a Tarantino twist. This one arrives in October, so there's not too long to wait to get your fix of organized crime mayhem.

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Gears of War 4

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There's no beating around the bush here - this is the reason I bought an Xbox One. Chainsaw duels, hammerburst sniping from cover, endless rounds of horde mode: the Gears Of War experience is what I most associate with the Xbox consoles.

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Part 4 heads into the future of Sera after Marcus and Adam Fenix decided to go all full-on genocide against the locust. This time around the son of Marcus will be embroiled in a battle against new monstrous creatures, very little of which is actually known at this point.

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The game did take a bit of a beating after a lackluster beta test, however, but confidence is returning after recent announcements of graphical upgrades and gameplay tweaks following beta feedback.

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Personally I'm not too worried on the visual front: I still play horde mode on Gears 3 regularly and don't mind even going back and playing the uglier looking first game from time to time, so graphical perfection isn't particularly a big concern for me, and I'd be buying this even if if was a text adventure.

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Battlefield 1

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We are in a very interesting time for the FPS genre, especially in the ongoing battle between those two titans of the genre: Battlefield and Call Of Duty.

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Battlefield is an odd position at the moment, as previous entry Hardline wasn't exactly beloved and Battlefield 4 had a rocky launch, but there's no question the recent trailers have put fans much more solidly in Dice's camp than Infinity Ward's. Those old school tanks and zeppelins look particularly enticing.

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Every clip that has been revealed has just made the hype stronger, as this looks to be the most polished, graphically advanced, and entertaining game in the series. While I have every intention of playing Infinite Warfare, you better believe I can't wait to go back in time to World War I and get my hands dirty with some deadly trench warfare as well!

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Borderlands 3

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Now that the Battleborn vs. Overwatch death match has essentially ended, Gearbox can get on giving us all what we really wanted: more of the zany, quirky, deadly nonsense that is Borderlands.

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I don't know that I've ever had more of a straight up fun experience than co-oping my way through Borderlands 2 as a screaming Gunzerker while interacting with insane characters like Tiny Tina.

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Hopefully they can recapture that magic yet again for the coming installment, which is expected to have an even more wide open world map and likely to arrive sometime in 2018.

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Not much else is known at this point, but you better believe we'll be covering this one extensively in the months ahead as news starts to leak.

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Mass Effect Andromeda

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It's been four years since the last game arrived, so we're overdue for a new one -- but sadly it will be some months still before Andromeda arrives, as the game is now expected to drop in Q1 2017.

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This coming entry will be heralded by a series of novels explaining what went on in the centuries between Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda, and was recently teased with footage at E3 2016.

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Supposedly there are going to be big changes to this sci-fi series in the fourth iteration -- not just in setting but also in gameplay, with a more open experience and bigger emphasis on exploration. Based on the video clips released so far, there will still be some similar mechanics, like having a ship home base.

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System Shock Remake

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What these young whippersnappers today raised on Bioshock and SOMA might not know is that long ago there was an equally disturbing sci-fi experience called System Shock that inspired all that was to come down the line.

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That '94 classic is set to return soon in a very different form, rebuilt from the ground up in Unity with updated mechanics (as well as graphics of course). In two days the Kickstarter campaign for a complete remake of System Shock has raised more than $500,000, so it's a good bet this one will hit more than a few stretch goals.

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The expected release date of December 2017 is feasible (especially considering a demo has already been created) if perhaps slightly optimistic, and the new version will feature the talents of gaming legend Chris Avellone.

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Dead Rising 4

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For good or ill, photographer Frank is back! The previous third entry in the series – launching with the Xbox One -- didn't fare as well as hoped in this franchise that's equal parts infuriating and amazing.

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What's been shown of Dead Rising 4 does look to have all the absurd hilarity of the first two, however (remember mowing down hordes of zombies... on a tricycle while dressed up like a little kid?)

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This is a series that people tend to like despite major problems, and the concern is that those flaws in design have now essentially become the established norm. Capcom really needs to make some changes this time around.

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I mean does anyone actually like the timed cases or the overly hard bosses that play completely differently from the rest of the game? Those should definitely be filed under the “bugs” column rather than the “features” column.

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God Of War

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This one's balancing on a razor's edge with fans at the moment, who aren't quite sure what to make of the change in setting (and godly pantheon) or the gameplay style featuring a son you have to constantly protect.

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At this point it basically looks like The Last Of Us in a mythological Norse setting with world's worst dad Kratos.

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I'm very interested in what is done with the concept, but it would seem many fans are already prepared to write the series off as lost. We'll find out which faction properly called it in 2017.

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The Last Of Us 2

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The first game was an absolute smash hit, and not just financially, but also on a storytelling and gameplay level. There aren't many post-apocalyptic, quasi-zombie games that can hit you in the feels as strongly as The Last Of Us did (repeatedly).

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It's a foregone conclusion a sequel will arrive, and while not officially “revealed” yet, its the worst kept secret in the industry that this game is in development. Somehow part 2 wasn't announced at E3, despite all indications it would be, but I don't think we'll be waiting too much longer.

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For those who can't handle the anticipation, Days Gone looks to provide a similar experience, but with a lot more zombies and a biker theme.

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Dishonored 2

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It would appear all did not go well after Emily was reinstated on the throne at the end of the first game following Corvo's maniacal killing spree (or completely peaceful revolution – but who seriously took that route?).

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This time around you get to play as either Corvo or a grown up Emily, again choosing from a variety of different ways to complete levels using stealth, magic abilities, ranged attacks, melee, or a combination of them all.

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The downtrodden industrial revolution feel of the first game was just absolutely nailed, and I for one am greatly looking forward to returning to this opened-ended series. Hopefully we'll get a character just as disturbing (and intriguing) as Granny Rags, and its a good bet based on the teasers released so far that there will be entirely new powers to use in unexpected ways while haunting the rooftops in search of prey.

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Dawn Of War 3

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Before long we'll get to prosecute a genocidal war against the xenos to spread the Imperium of Man across the breadth of the galaxy yet again as the third entry in this RTS series is coming next year.

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I still regularly play matches of the original Dawn Of War, Winter Assault, and Dark Crusade, so anticipation is high as the gameplay footage revealed at E3 seems to indicate this new game will follow a similar base building pattern as the first entry.

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So far only the Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks have been announced, essentially putting it on par with the first two main entries, but we can hope for more to be revealed (or at least to be available for multiplayer). Expect this bad boy to drop for PC in late 2017 courtesy of Relic Entertainment and Sega.

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Much like with the movie industry, money gets put where the publishers know they are certain to get a return. That's why we get Call Of Duty every year and why we (used to) get Assassin's Creed every year.

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While gamers rail about a lack of creativity in the industry, the fact of the matter is that sequels, prequels, reboots, and HD remasters sell, thus they continue to be pumped out.

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That being said, not all sequels are blatant cash grabs with no substance, and in fact quite a few over the years have built up and even exceeded their predecessors. In fact, there's several sequels due out in the coming months that look to significantly shake up the formula, or at least refine it so the series can stand proudly in the current generation.

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Here we're going to take a look at 12 impending sequels or reboots that fans have been anticipating for a good long time. A few are being purposefully left out, however.

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For the sake of not rehashing pipe dreams, I'm not even going to going to bother with slides for Half Life 3 or Portal 3 – those aren't happening. Likewise, I'm skipping Alan Wake, as a new entry doesn't seem to actually be in the works, despite gobs of Easter eggs appearing in Quantum Break that gave fans false hope.

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Most Popular Games At E3 (Backed By Science) https://www.gameskinny.com/enxvj/most-popular-games-at-e3-backed-by-science https://www.gameskinny.com/enxvj/most-popular-games-at-e3-backed-by-science Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:00:05 -0400 Austin Katz

People have been debating what the best game at E3 was (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild *cough cough*). However, the data firm ListenFirst compiled unbiased data to determine what the most searched game was during E3, and subsequently what the most popular game was. The results are shown below:

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's Breath of the Wild trailer took first place with 90K organic searches surrounding announced games at E3. Following this was Sony's God of War trailer with 85K views, Electronic Art's Battlefield 1 trailer with 45K views, Sony's Detroit trailer with 44K views and Microsoft's We Happy Few trailer with 39K views.

It is unsurprising that Breath of the Wild is the highest searched, and only game, in the top 10 for Nintendo because it is the game they primarily focused on during Nintendo's Treehouse event.

Breath of the Wild does not have a release date as of yet, but Nintendo is aiming for a early 2017 release for WiiU and likely the NX.

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Hipster neckbeard Kratos: the end of God Of War? https://www.gameskinny.com/my372/hipster-neckbeard-kratos-the-end-of-god-of-war https://www.gameskinny.com/my372/hipster-neckbeard-kratos-the-end-of-god-of-war Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:39:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

There have been rumblings for months now about a potential new God Of War. But not all was well in that land of myth and legend, as rumors spread that the setting was being left behind in favor of an entirely different location and pantheon of gods.

Fans have to ask: Is it really even God Of War if Kratos is no longer in the same world as his old nemeses Ares and Zeus?

Now that E3 is upon us, the Scylla is officially out of the bag – a new entry in the series is coming to the current gen, and it certainly does not appear to be taking place anywhere near Olympus.

Changing The Formula While Keeping The Name

One of our contributors previously argued that God Of War needs to ditch Kratos as the protagonist if a different mythology is at play, since it's so radical a departure -- not to mention that the previous story has pretty well been told already.

I'm on the fence there, as ditching the main character seems like just as big a (if not a bigger) departure than changing the setting. Sure, there's no reason there couldn't be a different godling this time around out for vengeance, and of course there could always be a twist where Kratos ends up being the bad guy, just to get everyone's knickers in a twist (bonus points if Kratos says “Hail hydra” at any point).

Judging by the quantity and tenor of the YouTube comments on the E3 footage -- a dicey place to be spending your time at the best of circumstances -- many fans aren't particularly happy with what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Sadly, gamers tend to do that all too frequently. (Just ask anyone who has ever had an opinion on whether Call Of Duty needs to change or be the same thing every year.)

Is That You, Kratos?

Of particular concern to many is the appearance of an older Kratos, who is sporting quite the hipster beard. I have to admit, he does look like he's about to drop a post-black metal album and reach for a PBR.

Kratos - who really didn't do such a bangup job of being a dad the first time around – is apparently also now in charge of a child again. Run, kid, run!

Kratos was into killing gods BEFORE it was cool!

A real twist would be to give both sides what they want but not advertise it before hand: perhaps you control old man Kratos for a small beginning portion of the game to learn the controls, then he dies and his son or another character takes over.

While his attire and personal grooming might leave something to be desired, those environmental shots in the gameplay footage are looking stellar, with many shouting “God Of War meets Skyrim!” due to the new mechanics and snowy setting. To that I ask: why the heck not? We all love both games, and they have potential coming together.

And hey, just think -- if the new God Of War gets a PC release, the number of nude mods is sure to be through the roof.

It's hard to tell based off just a few minutes of gameplay, but the environment seems a bit larger than in previous entries as well, so there's a question of if God Of War is perhaps going more towards an open world style along the lines of Tomb Raider, Shadow Of Mordor, or even the GoT-clone Darksiders II.

Gorgeous white backdrops soon to be stained red with blood!

Road To The Multiverse, God Of War Edition

While there's a lot of grumbling to be found online, I for one am digging the concept of a Kratos who can now skip between pantheons. Greek was only going to work for so long, especially since the deific anti-hero had already killed most of those gods off anyway.

If it has to go somewhere, Norse mythology has plenty of material to be mined. Let's face it: ice giants and dragons are just plain cooler than Medusa and Icarus anyway.

If this does well, who can guess where Kratos might go in future installments? Why not have him head into the Aztec mythology for awhile and battle heart-ripping priests and Quetzalcoatl?

Unfortunately it will never happen (primarily due to Wizard Of The Coast's relentless insistence on solely releasing sub-par computer games), but a God Of War / D&D crossover would also have huge potential. Imagine Kratos duking it out with Forgotten Realms gods like Bane and Auril or Greyhawk deities like Vecna or Gruumsh.

There's a whole lot of mythology rife for exploring where gods don't get along, and no reason Kratos can't be decapitating people all along the way in any number of settings. While some long-time fans are already declaring doom and gloom, the change feels more like a new beginning than an early ending.

 Yeah I'd pay money to play that game.

What did you think of the E3 God Of War reveal trailer? Are you stoked to slaughter your way through the Nordic world or would you prefer the game stay Greek all the way? Let me know in the comments.

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God of War 4 Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/1r7sq/god-of-war-4-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/1r7sq/god-of-war-4-revealed Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:21:56 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

For the past few months, there has been a lot of speculations of what was going on with the next installment of the God of War series. Rumored to take it's own spin on Norse mythology, rather than the series' trademark take on Greek mythology, it was confirmed during Sony's E3 conference that this is the case for the next game in the series.

In the trailer, we see Kratos (not voiced by T.C Carson) older -- and now he's a father to an unnamed Child, teaching him the ropes of hunting. However, the game quickly shifts to Kratos fighting off trolls and goblins in a more grounded experience. Rather than the over-the-top violent nature the series is known for, the action seems more tamed, but still extremely violent. 

The game takes place after God of War 3, and Kratos still has the same scar that he inflicted on himself at the end of the last game. We have no word on a release date yet, but expect some more news this week.

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