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Make sure you download God of War Ragnarok’s day-one patch
The Nine Realms need a spruce up and Santa Monica Studios' bringing the goods
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: God of War patch
😲 God of War’s day one patch contains over 150 bug fixes
🤠 Everything from combat, to dialogue, to the UI has been tweaked
👍 Developer Santa Monic Studios encourages everyone to download it
🙏 It should fix some of the problems we ran into during our time playing
If you’re hopping into Kratos and Atreus’ next Norse adventure, make sure you download God of War Ragnarok’s day-one patch before you begin.
Over 150 bug fixes are included in the update, touching on just about every aspect of the game – quests, combat, dialogue, UI, audio, accessibility, equipment, and more. A couple of PS5 and PS4-specific bugs are also addressed, including the DuelSense’s haptics tuning.
Most of the bugs sound pretty minor and could be fixed with a restart, but there are a couple of more egregious issues among them. Cases of NPCs disappearing, loot falling into inaccessible areas and boss fights not spawning are bad enough to make anyone leave the Nine Realms in a huff.
It should improve overall performance, as well, ironing out framerate drops and cinematic crashes, which is welcome. In his time writing his God of War Ragnarok review, Adam said he encountered a few visual glitches and immersion-breaking bugs that spoilt the moment. Not so many as to ruin the experience, mind, but certainly more than we’ve come to expect from a first-party Sony title.
The folks at Santa Monica Studios “encourage you to download this patch to ensure you have the best possible experience when you play”, and we’d agree. Make sure your PS5 or PS4 is connected to the internet when you first install the game, and the patch should automatically start downloading.
You can read the full patch notes on the developer’s website. But be careful, they contain story spoilers, as well as info on quests, creatures, and ability names you might not want to know.
Adam thought God of War Ragnarok was a solid 4/5, noting its evocative story and brilliantly written characters were just as absorbing as those in the first games. But it’s ambition is hamstrung by the aging PS4, which prevents the game from using the cutting-edge hardware of the PS5 to full effect.
“I couldn’t help but be disappointed by the lack of surprises Kratos and company had to offer, and I had trouble shaking the feeling that I was retreading the same steps albeit over slightly different terrain,” Adam said. “I wish more risks were taken, as it certainly feels like an expansion of the 2018 PS4 game.”
It hasn’t made it onto our list of the best PS5 games but it’s bound to satisfy fans of the series and anyone looking for a blockbuster adventure.
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