God Of War: Ragnarok Won’t Stop Me From Selling My PS5

I bought a PS5 as soon as it was released. I never really intended to, but when I saw the option to get a next-gen console – an out-of-stock-everywhere next-gen console no less – I jumped at the opportunity. I set up a payment plan and bought some games; I didn’t have a PS4 so there were plenty of classics to fill my time until the big exclusives came knocking.

In the beginning, I had plenty to play. I played The Last Guardian, which I loved, and The Last Of Us, which I didn’t gel with so much. I know it’s a classic, but the gritty reality of it all just wore me down and I didn’t end up enjoying it, despite its quality shining through. I bought Miles Morales with the remastered (or at least revamped) Spider-Man and had a great time with its simple combat system and fun exploration. Bloodborne was the obvious missing piece in all this, but Elden Ring got me into Soulsbornes for the first time, so I missed that boat. Guess I’ll have to wait for the PC port that’s definitely coming, right?

“But what about God of War (2018)?” I hear you scream as tears flow down your cheeks, “you didn’t play God of War (2018)?!” I did, and it was fine. I liked the sweeping camera, but the combat was bang average and it never really grabbed me like I’d been told it would. It was better than Horizon, though, so I’ll give it props for that.

Anyway, after ploughing through the PS4 library (and Miles Morales), I jumped into the recently released Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which also released for the PS4. Fast forward a few months, and I played Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart too, which was a fun few hours. If you’re a keen Ben Sledge reader, you’ll know how I felt about Final Fantasy 7 Remake (if not: I didn’t finish it).

Now we’ve got past that really interesting list of video games I played on my PlayStation 5, you see my problem. How many PS5 exclusive games have been released since Ratchet & Clank? No, Ghostwire: Tokyo was also released on PC. Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade is now on PC too. Gran Turismo 7, you say? I can do without it.

I’m in a lucky position where I have a pretty powerful PC to play games on, and an Xbox Series X with Game Pass, too. With that combination, what’s the point of owning a PlayStation 5? For first party titles, of course. But if I didn’t like Horizon and I thought God of War was fine, maybe I’m best off diving into the darkest depths of Game Pass for something new to play? At least when Halo Infinite was disappointing, I hadn’t shelled out 60 quid for it.

At the end of the day, I’ve realised that I’m not that excited for God of War: Ragnarok. I’d probably play it if I kept a PS5, because I like Norse mythology well enough, but is it worth keeping a 500 quid spaceship under my telly, gathering dust, just to play one game in 2022? Not for me.

I’ve been slightly disingenuous with my tenses in this article. I’ve already sold my PS5, I did so this weekend. But the God of War: Ragnarok release date announcement (and teensy CGI trailer) has convinced me that I made the right decision. If you have an Xbox Series X or a PC already, you really don’t need a PS5. You don’t have the time to play every video game, and some bangers will inevitably pass you by. Maybe Ragnarok is that banger for me. Maybe it’s an Xbox exclusive if you stick to Sony’s console. But with third party PlayStation exclusives popping up on PC after a few months now, there’s no reason not to be a little patient and save yourself half a grand.

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