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God of War Ragnarok: Is It Any Good on PS4?

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What is God of War Ragnarok like on PS4? Sony resurrected God of War on PS4 with a stellar 2018 release, and now, the sequel is set to become one of the last first-party titles on the last-gen console. God of War Ragnarok is one of several cross-gen releases from the platform holder, tapping into millions of black boxes worldwide and also taking advantage of the PS5’s extra grunt. That means, whether you’ve got the new hardware or not, you can play Santa Monica Studio’s fantastic follow-up – but how does it fare on PS4?

We’ve been playing a few hours of the early stages of Ragnarok on PS4 – our trusty, non-pro console we’ve had with us since day one – and the important thing is that it handles the game perfectly. If you haven’t upgraded to PS5 yet, don’t worry; While there are inevitably a compromise or two, the PS4 version is still a real looker, and runs without a hitch.

After spending dozens of hours getting used to the game’s performance mode on PS5, suddenly playing at half the frame rate is a little disconcerting. The standard PS4 runs Ragnarok at 1080p and a target 30 frames-per-second, which is a far cry from the silky smooth 60fps we’ve been enjoying. However, once you’re playing and in the thick of the action, you forget about performance — from our experience, it’s able to maintain a decent 30fps, and it’s more than playable.

Visually, the game is definitely not as crisp as it is on the PS5, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad – far from it. With such excellent art direction, animation and character models, the graphical hit is surprisingly minimal. It’s quite an achievement to have a game look as good as it does on hardware that’s now nine years old.

Loading time is probably the most noticeable difference. When you die, the game will reload the last checkpoint, and it’s no more than a few seconds on PS5. On older consoles, it’s of course longer before you’re back in the fray. You’ll also see loads of Kratos traversing the world tree as he moves between areas. These jaunts are definitely longer on PS4. However, increased load times are far from a deal breaker; We’re surprised they aren’t a little longer, if anything.

So, God of War Ragnarok looks good and performs well on PS4, then. The Santa Monica studio hasn’t sacrificed this version in favor of the PS5, so those still rocking the old console can rest easy. No matter which version of the game you play, you’re in for a treat — both are identical in terms of content, so you can enjoy the epic story and awesome combat either way. This will do Drive your PS4’s cooling fans crazy, but if you can put up with it, you’ll be in for a wild ride just like your PS5-owning peers. The cherry on top is that your save data can be carried over to the current-gen release once you take the plunge, so there’s no need to worry about starting over.


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