God of War

I’m pretty sure Santa Monica is really going to subvert our expectations about Norse mythology going forward, especially with characters like atreus.

God of War 2 - I'm pretty sure Santa Monica is really going to subvert our expectations about Norse mythology going forward, especially with characters like atreus.

Santa Monica has always played fast and loose with the mythology in their games. Which is fine, change things up to improve the game or to tell your own story… go for it. Baldur is a big example, originally he was a gentle and caring god both mortals and

God’s loved and was a blonde, clean shaven and pretty god. That ain’t what we got, and that’s fine.

But the big change, the big subversion is that how they depict the God’s in general. They are evil, as they almost always are in god of war but the Norse God’s are depicted VERY differently.

Instead of being an honourable warrior and protector of his people (especially farmers), Thor is instead a bloodthirsty, warmongering psycho.

Odin is an obsessive, paranoid tyrant, magdi and modi are creepy, vulgar and cowardly etc. It isn’t just the God’s who who’ve switched to the opposite kind of morality but the giants too.

Many if not most giants in norse mythology are cruel, violent, dumb, ugly, monstrous, deceitful, evil and many other negative things. But in G.O.W they are all essentially decent. The giants we find out about were nice, kind, honourable, selfless, protectors etc.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there’s a single giant you learn about who’s bad. The franchise seems to essentially be swapping the moral alignment of most of the mythological figures. So I ask you this, why would Atreus be any different ?

Most people are expecting atreus to become like his true name implies… Deceitful, traitorous and more or less evil. But if all the normally good gods are being made out to be actually bad, then maybe the god of mischief and trickery will actually turn out to be a heroic god… a “Good God”.

My way of seeing it is like this. Actual mythology is like propaganda created by the Gods, as a means of making them look good and making their enemies look evil, keeping the people on their side. They smear Loki as a trickster and liar so the mortals won’t love and worship him when in reality he is the best of them.

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