God of War: What could come next?

 

This post contains heavy spoilers for God of War, 2018. If you care about spoilers and haven’t finished the game, it’s best that you don’t read on!

So I just recently finished the most recent God of War on PS4 (twice – the second on the new game plus mode. Sooooo good) and obviously had a blast playing it through the end. From Kratos’ attempt at parenting to the surprising announcement of Atreus’ true nature as Loki. Every bit of scenery was mesmerizing, and I always found myself in awe at every encounter. So with that in mind, what could come next in this franchise? How could Kratos and Atreus’ story unfold further? I’d like to discuss the possibilities and directions that God of War could take on their next game, as well as a small wishlist of what’s to come.

Freya’s vengeance: 

Towards the game’s end, we have a 3-way brawl with Kratos (and Atreus/Loki), Baldur and his mother, Freya. While Freya only tries to ease the fight between her son and Kratos, there were also times when she would intervene their fight by force by casting magics such as disabling their movement. The fight ultimately ends with Kratos finally ending Baldur’s life.

God of War- Kratos kills Baldur“The cycle ends here. We must be better than this.”

So after an all-round EPIC fight (seriously, an undead giant VS the World Serpent is nothing short of an epic battle, even just for a few seconds), Freya curses Kratos and threatens him, detailing her plan to parade his “cold dead body, from every corner, of every realm” and feed his soul to the “vilest filth in Hel”.

With this in mind, it seems inevitable that God of War’s sequel will include Freya as, at the very least, one of the more major bosses to be in the game. It’s also not hard to imagine. I mean, if you look at the final boss fight, Freya has the most capabilities when comparing the three. The ability to manipulate dead giants only serve to show us a potential mass-scale boss fight like in previous entries.

Not to mention her title as the “Queen of the Valkyries” detailed by the secret boss Sigrun. Yes, if you’ve tried that boss fight, you know what sort of trouble Kratos has gotten himself into. And the fact that Freya is the queen of these entities will be a definite challenge for our God of Anger and Violence.

This would definitely go to my wishlist. There’s nothing more dangerous for Kratos than a brokenhearted mother seeking revenge for her murdered son. EVEN MORE SO when she can freely control the will of nature and the Queen of the Valkyries. Yeah, Kratos has a lot on his hands. And I can’t wait to see it!

Baldur’s Death

If you’re like me and played God of War without any knowledge of Norse Mythology, chances it intrigued you enough to read about it. Whether it is to read about the origins of each god and places or to see the comparison of the game’s story and the mythology itself.

With all this, it seems like Baldur’s death has a significant impact on the whole world of Norse Myth. According to Norse Mythology, the death of Baldur was actually a “presage of Ragnarok” 

If anyone noticed after the end of the game, Mimir mentions (when Kratos and Atreus goes to spread Frigg’s ashes on top of Jotunheim) that someone was “bickering about the weather”, with the development of the game having a slightly stronger snowy weather.

There is also the suggestion that Baldur may be given a chance for life again. In Norse Myth, the god Hermod offers to travel to Hel in order to retrieve what could remain of Baldur. The god Hel agrees to provide Baldur’s soul back, on the condition of all life to weep for Baldur, and if even just one refuses, then the deal is off. Surprisingly enough, Loki disguised as another being refuses to offer his tears, and therefore Baldur’s soul is forever condemned within Hel.

The game could take a different turn with this section of the myth, which is something I’m looking forward to.

Maybe Kratos is visited by Odin, who is asked to retrieve Baldur, and blackmails him by kidnapping Loki? Or it could be an interesting idea to do a switch, a weaker Kratos is abducted and now the player is able to play as an older and stronger Loki? So many can be done, so here’s my hoping for something like this to happen.

Thor

God of War - Thor reaveal

This.

I, for sure, cannot wait for a showdown between Kratos/Atreus and Thor. With Marvel’s (and the original myth’s) take on Thor being an all-mighty and all-honorable figure for all of Midgard, it will be such a refreshing sight to possibly see him as a threat to our two protagonists.

C’mon. Tell me I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t SLIGHTLY disappointed that we didn’t see someone with the likes of Thor or Odin show as bosses or NPCs in the game? Other than some references, which only urged the desire to see them! But seeing that secret ending only made me more ecstatic, as it assured me that Thor is in fact in the game and will likely be seen in the next installment.

I can picture it already. Kratos and Thor, fiercely staring at each other, with Atreus by his father’s side, and Thor’s trusty hammer ready to aid him. After an intense staredown both quickly reach for their weapon, and rush towards each other with immense speed. Kratos attempts an overhead swipe with his Leviathan ax (or maybe a new weapon we may see), with Atreus showering their enemy with his arrows. Meanwhile Thor, despite his stature, dodges the projectiles with ease and hits Kratos’ ribcage with Mjolnir. The devastating and critical impact, sends him flying. Kratos barely gets up from the hit and prepares for his counter. The battle, therefore, begins…

…Okay, I might have gotten a little carried away there. Taking creative writing classes is starting to take its toll, but you get the idea. A battle between these two would be a sight to see. I’m putting all my trust in Cory!

Atreus/Loki

When I went through the game until the final boss, I kept wondering when I could finally get a glimpse of Loki. Thor and Odin had been given a well-deserved reputation, it seemed like. So I thought to myself “shit if they’re this bad then I can’t imagine how evil Loki could be”. The ol’ switcheroo that they devs did sure made for an exciting plot twist!

The reveal of Atreus being Loki was definitely the biggest surprise that I was shown. I figured the mention of Thor kind of cushioned my shock in seeing the secret ending. But showing Loki on the good side affected me more than anything in the game.

Playing as Loki isn’t too much of a stretch. We can sort of play as him anyway, utilizing his hunting capabilities with his bow and arrow to stun enemies. Heck, we can even upgrade and buy new armor for him to add more flair for his character. His potential is even shown when they are ambushed by Modi, to which he starts to use his Spartan Rage.

God of War- Atreus uses Spartan Rage

Looking at Loki’s original powers in the mythology can also add a variety of possibilities they can add to the game. From his shapeshifting to trickster reputation, and the extension of his Spartan rage, I can see nothing short of Loki turning himself into a raging bull that is enraged with Spartan energy. Epic.

What would you like to see in the next game?

Let me know below! We can discuss and fangirl at the same time.

 

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Overwatch’s new hero; Ashe.

 

Ashe and Bob

Introduction

So here it is! The long-awaited Hero 29 has now come into reality (in Overwatch) as expected by many fans. Many speculations were made as to who it could be, but it seems that many were left surprised by the reveal of Elizabeth Caledonia Ashe at Blizzcon.

The badass and witty gunslinger, and founding member of the Deadlock gang, Ashe brings a hefty arsenal at her disposal to bring down her enemies (mainly McCree, watch the short here!), with the help of her trusty Viper rifle, and trustier big Omnic butler, or B.O.B.

Abilities

The Viper: “You wanna try me?” 

Say hello to the Viper, a semi-automatic rifle and Ashe’s main weapon. This particular gun has two firing modes; its primary hip fire and secondary aimed fire. The hip fire has a faster rate of shots, although its damage is far weaker than the Viper Rifle’s aimed fire. The zoomed shots from the rifle hits with a much more devastating damage and precise accuracy. The ammo capacity is limited with 12 bullets, but its weakness would probably come from its reload speed, as Ashe manually reloads each point of ammo.

Coach Gun: “Back off!” 

Ashe’s secondary weapon, the Coach Gun, is a sawed-off shotgun that is able to deal damage whilst also knocking back enemies at a fairly adequate distance from Ashe.  Another cool feature that can be used from this ability is a jump boost that can make Ashe reach to high ground, or let her get away from surrounding enemies when she’s in trouble. Ashe can also perform a jump shot by using her Coach gun, propelling herself upwards and use her aimed shot from her Viper Rifle to make some amazing headshots, similar to Widowmaker’s use of her rope ability. So if she’s ever in a pickle, this is the way to go.

Dynamite: “Now that gets the blood pumpin'” 

One of the coolest abilities to be added to the game, in my opinion. The Dynamite ability is basically a time bomb that can be thrown. Once it explodes, it damages the enemies but also including Ashe and her allies. Another feature that can help with the use of Dynamite is the ability to shoot it for an earlier and more deadly explosion. So positioning and timing are crucial to use this ability, as mastering it can be an important and extremely useful asset for Ashe’s set.

B.O.B: “B.O.B! Do somethin’!” 

Ashe’s ultimate ability and definitely one of the more interesting ults I’ve seen for the entire game is calling out for her big-omnic-butler companion to help her out of sticky situations. B.O.B comes by, rushing towards enemies and providing damage support. Once he gets in contact with them, he flings them in the air and attacks them with his built-in handgun to fire a barrage of bullets towards enemies. Also, something worth noting, when B.O.B is able to fling enemies up, they will have no control for movement whilst in the air (beneficial for those aimed shots). As well as this, B.O.B can also be buffed, debuffed, pinned, put to sleep etc. as if he is a separate hero, so it is ideal to combo him with other support heroes.

Gameplay/First Impressions 

Now, I’ve not exactly had the opportunity to play her in the PTR as I have no access to a PC. So any opinions and views that I have, please take with a grain of salt.

But from what I’ve observed in Ashe’s gameplay from video to video, her impact in the game will be mass in the hands of a skilled player, (which truthfully, can go with any other hero) to the point that she may need some nerfing to balance her abilities. Of course, with every character, comes with their counters and weaknesses.

As Gaming Curios mentions in his gameplay impressions of Ashe, tanks such as Wrecking Ball and Zarya are quite good counters for her as Wrecking Ball’s shield and mobility can overcome her damage capabilities, and because of her output, Zarya’s shield can also one-up Ashe by charging her shield with her shots and dynamite.

I can also see Winston counter her well with the right person playing him on a one-on-one duel. With Winston’s immense and easy-to-control mobility, he has a good chance of catching an Ashe off guard by flanking.

Support heroes could become easy victims for Ashe due to their squishy health. Certain abilities of particular heroes, such as Brigitte’s shield bash, Ana’s sleep dart and Lucio’s “boop” are good counters for her, however. I would say Brigitte would be more at a disadvantage when facing Ashe, as her dynamite and Brigitte’s movement speed can easily destroy her, even with her Inspire ability activated. With Lucio’s speed and wall climbing, and the duration of Ana’s Sleepdart, both heroes can make an escape with ease, or damage Ashe on the run.

It is quite difficult to identify which DPS heroes could counter her as Ashe’s initial gameplay make her devastating enough to counter enough of the damage characters. Ashe works better fighting at mid-range, between a backline healer/DPS and main tank, her playstyle can become very difficult to counter. Some exceptions include a fairly obvious Deflect from Genji, especially when Ashe utilizes her dynamite to inflict some DoT. I can also imagine Sombra’s Hack to be a frustrating counter; hack Ashe, she’s unable to escape, Sombra stays close so Ashe’s damage output is cut down, Sombra can get an easy kill.

Be that as it may, I am quite excited to try her out on release. Her abilities are definitely going to be a challenge to utilize properly and efficiently. But I’m certain that mastering her will be a rewarding task.

What do you guys think? Do you think she’s a good DPS character to add to the selection? Do we need another sniper-esque character or can Ashe be an exception because of her abilities? Let me know!

(Once her release rolls around, I will make a full review on her part. As practical experience makes for better-rounded views)

 

I am an aspiring writer that seeks to build a blog for various gaming content. Any criticisms or tips to improve my writing, content style or content use, please let me know! Any suggestion is welcome, help a beginner writer out! =) 

-Lo Star Gaming

Videos used:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKYVvPNhRR0 (“Reunion” by Play Overwatch, 2018)
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVc5p_02FpY&t=203s (“NEW HERO ‘Ashe’ Gameplay ft Jeff Kaplan and Emongg” by TheFattenedSausage, 2018)
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRFyB7-5TBw (“ASHE IS ACTUALLY SO BROKEN!!! – Ashe Gameplay [New Overwatch Hero]” by Gaming Curios, 2018)

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