Do You Need to Play God of War (2018) to Get God of War Ragnarok?

Yes and no.

by Noah Nelson

God of War Ragnarok is the second Norse game and possibly the last God of War game ever. With so much context and history leading up to God of War Ragnarok, is the story understandable even if you didn’t play God of War (2018)? The answer is sort of complicated.

Is Play God of War (2018) Required to Understand God of War Ragnarok?

While God of War (2018) isn’t required to understand and enjoy God of War Ragnarok, it is recommended. God of War Ragnarok picks up right where God of War (2018) left off so understanding the major plot points and some of the other details surrounding the first game will be immensely helpful.

Before you press start on the main game, there is a God of War (2018) Recap option on the main title screen that will catch you up on everything you’ve missed or need a fresher on. Played as a little movie over a fire, you can get a recap of God of War (2018) before setting out on Ragnarok.

If you haven’t played God of War (2018) and want to jump right into God of War Ragnarok, you can still do that, but there is no better time to play God of War (2018) than now. God of War (2018) is available now on PC and available for free as part of the PS Plus Bundle if you own a PlayStation 5.

While based on our review, we think God of War Ragnarok is even better than the first one, God of War (2018) definitely still holds up. Picking up the first Nordic adventure is easier than ever.

If you are new to God of War games, you might need some help figuring out the basics like which difficulty you should pick. Attack of the Fanboy is the best place for that.

God of War Ragnarok is available now on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.