God of War is a big deal. If you've been living under a gaming rock, it has been around for more than a decade - the first game debuted in 2005 on the PS2, if you want to feel old - and has become one of the best-loved games out there, with each new iteration hotly anticipated.
There have been 4 titles to date, but none have been as widely acclaimed as the latest, which is being proclaimed by many to be just about the best video game of the year.
The Gods of God of War have previously been Greek - Kratos, the main character, was a fallen Spartan warrior, something of an antihero who was tricked into killing his family by a vengeful demigod, who later ascended to being a God himself.
This instalment in the series pivots to the realm of Norse gods - think Thor - and thus features brand new environments, brand new camera angles and subsequently, altered gameplay.
On a storyline level, it also includes a new character, Atreus, the son of Kratos, whom he must show the ropes of being a God - which based on following Kratos around for the previous four iterations of the series, involves battering folk and having a big beard.
The reviews have been stellar so far, with 25 perfect scores doled out by some of the denizens of the gaming media. That makes it by far the best reviewed game of 2018, and one of the best in recent years to boot.
In fact, it's the critics favourite game in the entire history of the PS4, racking up a score of 95 on OpenCritic and 94 on Metacritic.
There has been a particular focus on the way the game looks. "I have audibly said 'wow' and sighed at the beauty of God of War," wrote Jonathan Dornbush in games bible IGN.
"The texture of grassy hills in the distance feel real, light dances dazzlingly off of shinier surfaces, and every gnarled monster I have fought conveys such a sense of decay as to instill terror in me. Even the sky looks nearly photo-realistic."
The new storyline also pleased critics, as the introduction of Atreus adds another dimension to the already conflicted character of Kratos.
"It's a more thoughtful premise than we've seen from the series, and it allows for narrative possibilities more complex than a deific murder spree," said Steve Watts in Shacknews of the new father/son plot.
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Keza MacDonald in The Guardian summed up God of War simply: "It is rare to play a game so accomplished in everything it sets out to do. God of War is a standard-setter both technologically and narratively. It is a game that, until recently, would have been impossible."