God Of War Ragnarok Rating Confirms It's A Foul-Mouthed Finale

God Of War Ragnarok Rating Confirms It's A Foul-Mouthed Finale
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Tom Chapman


4th Oct 2022 13:08

We always knew Sony Santa Monica's God of War Ragnarok was going to be a bloody and brutal affair, but now that it's been rated, we know what to expect. The PlayStation-exclusive winter wonderland will round off our time in Norse mythology, and with a suitably finite theme to everything, it's no surprise the developer is bringing out the big guns... and we don't just mean Kratos' muscles. 

Since their debut in 2005, the God of War games have never been known for their subtlety. From the Ghost of Sparta driving a ship's mast through the Hydra's head to ripping the wings of Valkyries, burying an axe in Magni's head to stabbing Zeus with the Blade of Olympus, we've also seen some colourful language. It was used pretty sparingly in 2018's God of War reboot, but when it comes to Ragnarok, the censors are off.

What Is The God Of War Ragnarok Rating?

According to an Entertainment Software Rating Board, God of War Ragnarok will be "Mature." Often used by parents to decide whether a game is suitable for their kids or not, ESRB ratings let you know what sort of content will be in a game. You might remember that the ESRB rating for 2018's game ruined that he'd be using double-chained blades, but this time around, there's nothing too spoiler-heavy. 

When it comes to Ragnarok, we never thought it would be aimed at tots, but now, we know exactly what will be giving it that mature rating. The site summary explains "Players use axes and chained blades to battle enemies, often resulting in large blood-splatter effects and dismemberment. Players can perform finishing attacks that depict close-up impalement via bladed and hand-held weapons; repeated axe strikes to a creature's neck results in decapitation. The words 'f**k' and 'sh*t' are heard in the game."

Given the foul-mouthed Mimir and Brok in 2018's game, we always guessed the F-bomb would be sprinkled throughout. Also, remembering that Kratos chopped Mimir's head off in the game, decapitation should be a given too. By the sounds of it, we're getting a darker sequel that really hammers home the idea that this could be Kratos' final adventure.


Fans React To God Of War Ragnarok Rating

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Leading the charge for a mature game to conclude Kratos' Norse chapter was God of War (2018) Director Cory Barlog. Posting on Twitter, Barlog joked, "f**k. what is that sh*t about?" Barlog's replies soon filled with players asking for more details about the game, which earned some hilariously X-rated responses from him. When one asked about the duration of the game he replied, "f**k that shit."

Not everyone was impressed, though. Someone else said, "This makes me pretty sad. I personally was always surprised how the first games never needed to say traditional English insults to get the point across. Why does this one have to say f**k or sh*t? Hopefully, it is not Kratos saying it, and it is more the comic relief." Taking no "sh*t," Barlog responded by saying, "There is a huge 'f**k that sh*t' musical number. To be honest, if your kid is learning some swears from God of War Ragnarok, we've got to ask, why are you letting them play? The warning is literally on the label. 

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