Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – #2 God of War Ragnarok

The more I stop to actually think about it, the more surprised I am that Sony Santa Monica took the risk of rebooting God of War. Sure, it’s far and away the studio’s biggest, most recognised series, yet it’s one that underwent a major transformation to get where it is now: a more deliberate, intimate action game doused with RPG trappings. Gameplay aside, Sony went back to the drawing board with their lead protagonist while also building an entirely new setting and mythos.

2018’s God of War is easily one of the PlayStation 4’s most celebrated exclusives so, naturally, its sequel shot right to the top of our top 50 list, beating out some serious competition.


In truth, there’s very little we know about this game, the minute-long teaser above being the only thing to go on for now. However, we’re in a position to make some educated guesses as to how Ragnarok will take shape up.

The sequel is almost guaranteed to carry the same approach to combat and world design we saw in God of War, albeit refined and expanded to take advantage of the power of the PlayStation 5. In Ragnarok we’ll be exploring more of the Nine Realms, potentially revisiting a number of familiar locales as Kratos seeks allies in his war against the Norse pantheon.

While the combat mechanics weren’t for everyone (evoking Dark Souls more than those previous God of War games) it was visceral and diverse enough to keep the action flowing for hours on end. It’s unlikely Kratos will be hanging up his Leviathan Axe or Blades of Chaos in Ragnarok, though we’d like to see these weapons sporting new and exciting movesets. That’s assuming we even get to play as Kratos…

Of course, what most fans are itching to know is where the second chapter in this reboot saga will take us. God of War ended with a double cliffhanger, in regards to both Atreus’ true identity as well as Thor’s appearance.

If you’d like to learn more about what we think will happen in God of War: Ragnarok’s story, Ade did some extensive research into Norse mythology to provide some educated answers. It’s well worth a read.

You can find all previous entries in our top 50 list via the links below:

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