For years I heard the hype about this game. Reviewers, friends, the gaming community all raved about how good this game is. Hell it even won game of the year in 2018.
Upon finishing my play through I couldn't help but be disappointed. I don't think it was anything breathtaking nor do I believe it was the best game of 2018.
Story - 7/10 - I was very disappointed with the story. It was simplistic tale about spreading mother's ashes and discovering things along the way. Now I'm not saying the story needs to be complex to be good. BUT, when a simple story has bad pacing, then it becomes subpar. I felt like the pacing in god of war was awful. Of course, this depends on the users play style. I explored a lot in between main story missions. That stop and go method butchered the story's effect and effectively paused the plot for x amount of time.
Kratos and Atreus's story arcs were great. Loved seeing them grow throughout the game.
The lack of Quick Time events in cutscenes was a complete miss. Not necessary, but could have added to the game in certain areas.
Game Design - 8/10 - A complete and polished AAA game. Gameplay was insanely fun and fluid. I'd say that's the main strongpoint of this game. I did feel it was hard to go back to the axe after the blades were introduced. I loved the mechanic of the map evolving as the water recedes. I did not enjoy the constant looting or grind to get better gear. Sometimes it felt necessary to do so as higher level enemies would whoop your ass when trying to explore.
Characters - 7/10 - It was basically Kratos, "Boy" and Freya. Oh and the dwarves too. Everyone else didn't matter. Even the main villain too. Side conversations between the characters was a nice touch.
Setting - 9/10 - Beautiful environments
Sound and music - 7/10 - Nothing notable here