Simultaneously a reboot and continuation of the franchise, 2018's God of War reinvented the celebrated series in Norse mythology as a third-person action-adventure title. Developed by Sony Santa Monica and released to critical acclaim, God of War and its upcoming sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, features an older and wiser Kratos as he fights the Norse gods and raises his son Atreus.
The Viking-inspired Kratos update from the new God of War has been a huge hit with fans. Now calmer and more reserved, Kratos no longer lets his rage get the better of him. His fighting style has also changed with the revision of the gameplay of the newer games, as Kratos is now less agile but apparently more powerful. This has led fans to ponder whether the older Norse Kratos would beat the younger Greek Kratos in a direct fight. A discussion has sprung up on Reddit asking that very question along with an excellent idea for God of War: Ragnarok. Reddit user Gauri_aya11 has created a post with black and white art of the two distinctive versions of Kratos facing off against each other, asking fans if they want to watch the fight.
The release has sparked a lot of discussion on Reddit, garnering over three hundred comments on the God of War Subreddit at the time of writing. Users are debating which version of the God of War protagonist would reign supreme, with some selecting the controlled strength and additional wisdom of the oldest Kratos from God of War 2018 over the sheer rage and agility of young Kratos from the original trilogy, and vice versa. . While old man Kratos' character model certainly looks stronger, young Kratos has probably accomplished the most impressive feats of battle, as he has killed nearly the entire pantheon of Greek gods throughout the original God of War games. .
Young Kratos also has rage and hatred to fuel his fighting spirit, although it could be argued that that can be a hindrance as well. Old man Kratos is more of a controlled strategist, despite being arguably even more powerful in terms of brute force, and additional experience from him that could help enhance his old self. The concept of Kratos having to fight his inner demons, personified as the younger Greek version of him, is excellent, as the fight could be used to narratively show that Kratos has finally left his past. He could learn to control his previous anger more effectively, combining the two versions of himself into an even more powerful fighter. Unfortunately, due to the delay of God of War: Ragnarok until 2022, fans will have to wait longer to see where Sony Santa Monica decides to take the Kratos saga.