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There's One Aspect Of 'God of War' That's Been Almost Impossible Not To Spoil

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God of War

God of War review copies went out weeks ago, and journalists and content creators have gotten to play the game as much as they’ve wanted before launch, with fans just getting their hands on it for the first time yesterday.

While I always try to be cautious about spoilers for games when I get my hands on them in advance, I’ve tried to be super careful when it comes to God of War. I think even describing the overall plotline of the game, ie. why you and your son are doing anything at all in the story, is a spoiler, so I’ve been as detail-light as humanly possible. Livestreams that go past the first five minutes start to get into important spoiler territory. So I’ve been ultra-safe.

But with a bunch of disclaimers, I do want to talk about one aspect of God of War that has been so hard not to spoil when talking about the game. I’m not talking about some grand plot twist per se, but something else. But even describing what I mean would itself, be a spoiler.

So with this said, what I’m talking about happens when you are about to go to Helheim in the game. It’s not super far in, but it’s a decent ways into the central story. I do think many avid players will probably get there pretty soon, if they haven’t already, so I wanted to discuss it with someone since I’ve been waiting weeks to do so.

God of War

Is four paragraphs of disclaimers and a photo enough of a buffer? Okay, well I tried. Spoilers ahead.

I’m talking about the reveal that the Leviathan Axe is not your only weapon, but you do, in fact, get to strap on the famous Blades of Chaos once again.

It’s a great sequence, one where you learn that your frozen axe will do nothing against the icy hordes of Hel, and Kratos, much to his dismay, realizes that he needs to return to a past that he hoped would stay buried. You go home for the first time since the game started, and you’re forced to fight ice demons with your bare fists, clumsily, since your axe doesn’t work. But then you re-chain your blades (taunted by a ghostly Athena as you do so), and then tear new ice monsters apart with fiery chaos in a glorious sequence that had me grinning from ear-to-ear. I literally yelped out loud once I figured out we were getting the Blades back.

I really, really have tried not to ruin this for anyone because it’s one of the game’s greatest moments. But it has made it very&nbsp;hard to write about the game, take screenshots or capture footage. This is a rare case when a core element of gameplay is actually a spoiler in and of itself. I can’t take screencaps or record footage after this point because even just looking at Kratos, you can see the Blades are strapped to his back.

I can’t really write spoiler-free combat guides because the Blades of Chaos make up an entirely new skill tree that you don’t even know exists until you get to this point in the game. I’ve had to write all my guide content pretending that the Leviathan Axe is the only weapon you ever have just because I don’t want to give this reveal away.

The Blades in question

And yet clearly I can’t restrain myself that much because I wanted to write this article. I’m just hoping that other people loved this moment as much as I did, and understand how weird it would be to cover the game when Kratos getting the Blades of Chaos back is a big spoiler. I mean, it may have seemed inevitable to some, but I didn’t see it happening until it was actually going down, and it made for a really stellar moment.

It does make it hard to write about the game because God of War is essentially divided into before Blades and after Blades content, the Blades also being a crucial component of puzzles solving, burning vines and capturing the winds of Hel, yet you can’t mention them directly.

Some of the best story moments come from the Blades as well. Kratos begrudgingly putting the chains back on. Kratos saying that they “will never be” a family heirloom. And at least one more moment I won’t mention because it’s closer to the end. But the Blades work not just as a weapon, but as a key component of the plot.

God of War is just such a deeply impressive game, and I was thrilled to see not only the Blades return, but I loved both how they felt in combat, and what they signified in the story. A truly stellar arc for both the weapon, and the Kratos himself.

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God of War

God of War review copies went out weeks ago, and journalists and content creators have gotten to play the game as much as they’ve wanted before launch, with fans just getting their hands on it for the first time yesterday.

While I always try to be cautious about spoilers for games when I get my hands on them in advance, I’ve tried to be super careful when it comes to God of War. I think even describing the overall plotline of the game, ie. why you and your son are doing anything at all in the story, is a spoiler, so I’ve been as detail-light as humanly possible. Livestreams that go past the first five minutes start to get into important spoiler territory. So I’ve been ultra-safe.

But with a bunch of disclaimers, I do want to talk about one aspect of God of War that has been so hard not to spoil when talking about the game. I’m not talking about some grand plot twist per se, but something else. But even describing what I mean would itself, be a spoiler.

So with this said, what I’m talking about happens when you are about to go to Helheim in the game. It’s not super far in, but it’s a decent ways into the central story. I do think many avid players will probably get there pretty soon, if they haven’t already, so I wanted to discuss it with someone since I’ve been waiting weeks to do so.

God of War

Is four paragraphs of disclaimers and a photo enough of a buffer? Okay, well I tried. Spoilers ahead.

I’m talking about the reveal that the Leviathan Axe is not your only weapon, but you do, in fact, get to strap on the famous Blades of Chaos once again.

It’s a great sequence, one where you learn that your frozen axe will do nothing against the icy hordes of Hel, and Kratos, much to his dismay, realizes that he needs to return to a past that he hoped would stay buried. You go home for the first time since the game started, and you’re forced to fight ice demons with your bare fists, clumsily, since your axe doesn’t work. But then you re-chain your blades (taunted by a ghostly Athena as you do so), and then tear new ice monsters apart with fiery chaos in a glorious sequence that had me grinning from ear-to-ear. I literally yelped out loud once I figured out we were getting the Blades back.

I really, really have tried not to ruin this for anyone because it’s one of the game’s greatest moments. But it has made it very hard to write about the game, take screenshots or capture footage. This is a rare case when a core element of gameplay is actually a spoiler in and of itself. I can’t take screencaps or record footage after this point because even just looking at Kratos, you can see the Blades are strapped to his back.

I can’t really write spoiler-free combat guides because the Blades of Chaos make up an entirely new skill tree that you don’t even know exists until you get to this point in the game. I’ve had to write all my guide content pretending that the Leviathan Axe is the only weapon you ever have just because I don’t want to give this reveal away.

The Blades in question

And yet clearly I can’t restrain myself that much because I wanted to write this article. I’m just hoping that other people loved this moment as much as I did, and understand how weird it would be to cover the game when Kratos getting the Blades of Chaos back is a big spoiler. I mean, it may have seemed inevitable to some, but I didn’t see it happening until it was actually going down, and it made for a really stellar moment.

It does make it hard to write about the game because God of War is essentially divided into before Blades and after Blades content, the Blades also being a crucial component of puzzles solving, burning vines and capturing the winds of Hel, yet you can’t mention them directly.

Some of the best story moments come from the Blades as well. Kratos begrudgingly putting the chains back on. Kratos saying that they “will never be” a family heirloom. And at least one more moment I won’t mention because it’s closer to the end. But the Blades work not just as a weapon, but as a key component of the plot.

God of War is just such a deeply impressive game, and I was thrilled to see not only the Blades return, but I loved both how they felt in combat, and what they signified in the story. A truly stellar arc for both the weapon, and the Kratos himself.

Follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. Pick up my sci-fi novel series, The Earthborn Trilogy, which is now in print, online and on audiobook.

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