With the release of the utterly superb sequel God of War: Ragnarök, not to mention the welcome return of the festive holiday season, things are looking pretty good for God of War and PS5 fans.
Following the sublime 2018 reinvention of PlayStation’s iconic hack-and-slash saga, Ragnarök has essentially blown its predecessor out of the water as the twilight of the Norse gods draws near and Kratos and Atreus finally square off against the might of Odin, Thor and the rest of the Aesir who would wish them harm. As you prepare for the fight at the end of the world, you’ll need the best God of War gifts to match. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered.
1. God of War Wooden Beer Mug
Even the godliest of beings get thirsty from time to time, but it’s not exactly seemly to take a break from smashing draugrs and besting trolls to take a swig from a plastic bottle of Fanta lemon.
What you need is a proper wooden mug to really complete the look. Don’t worry, there’s a stainless steel insert provided so that your bev is never in contact with the wood itself. Boys drink their mead from a glass. Men drink it out of a sturdy wooden mug.
The whole point of the 2018 reboot of God of War, aside from giving us a whole new pantheon of deities to spar with, was the heartwarming evolution of Kratos and Atreus’ father-son bond.
This t-shirt perfectly captures the spirit of the best parent-child duo in gaming since Joel and Ellie (who aren’t technically related, we know). It also happens to look really cool, comes in a variety of colours and a huge range of sizes.
Action figures are still very much a thing. Check out the background of any popular YouTube gamer and we guarantee there’ll be at least one pop cultural figurine adorning a shelf somewhere in the frame.
Who better to stick on your own shelf than Kratos? He’s handsome, strong and looks great in 1/7th scale and replicated in plastic. Check out those quads, son.
7. Funko POP! Games: God of War – Kratos with Axe Collectible Figure
Funko POP! figurines have become big business in the geek economy as of late. There are POP! figures for practically any major franchise you can name, from Marvel to Star Wars, Halo to Squid Game.
God of War is no exception. Not every character gets his or her own miniature, but the ones that matter, i.e. Kratos and Atreus, can both be picked up and added to your collection.
You don’t want to waste time playing a PlayStation game on an actual PlayStation. If only there was some way to bring the visceral world of peak AAA gaming into your living room without being bound by the original format.
Enter the God of War licensed card game, an interactive experience for up to four players that repackages the characters and settings of the reboot’s story for a whole new audience.
The world of God of War and the mythologies and legends on which the franchise is based are utterly enthralling. The Greeks were all well and good, but relocating to the realms of Norse myth has given things an entirely new dimension.
If you’re curious to know more about this captivating new world in time for Ragnarök, the Lore and Legends compendium has details on the game’s world including a bestiary, character dossiers and stunning artwork of our heroes’ journey throughout the Nine Realms.
Yes, the games themselves most definitely count as merchandise, and while every mainline instalment is worth picking up, Ragnarök is one of the defining games not only of 2022 but of this generation of console gaming.
Debuting November 9th, Ragnarök has been received as the Godfather II of video game sequels, an emotionally resonant thrill ride that blends the dark, brooding myths of Norse mythology with the clean, satisfying gameplay upon which Santa Monica Studio has built its reputation. Get your hands on it at all costs, no matter which edition.
It’s not just the future games players should be getting excited about. Let’s not forget that, before it was rebooted, the God of War franchise was a brutal top-down hack-and-slash experience set not in the Scandinavian wilds but in Ancient Greece.
God of War 3 is a remaster that’s well worth checking out, especially if you’re yet to enjoy the original games on the PS4. It’s also going for cheap, so there’s no real reason not to add it to your cart.
When he’s not smashing troll skulls or rubbing deities up the wrong way, Kratos is actually a pretty helpful sort of chap.
So helpful, in fact, that he’ll happily hold on to your PlayStation controller for you while it’s not in use. He’ll even take care of your iPhone, a pen or pretty much any object that’ll fit into his mighty mitts. So helpful.
People aren’t the only ones who need to look good – sometimes your console is in dire need of a serious glow-up.
Standard black is pretty boring for a PS4, so you should really consider sprucing things up a bit with the God of War console skin featuring Kratos and Atreus in their iconic longship floating on the seas of Midgard. Much better.
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