God of War is flush with an incredible story, featuring one of my favorite cast of characters in any video game. The main story can take about 30-35 hours, while that play time can extend quite a bit if you plan on exploring everything the game has to offer. God of War doesn’t feature a New Game+ mode, but once the story is finished you can revert to just before the end to tie up any loose ends and unfinished quests. Hit the jump to see what you need to do for completion.
Warning: spoilers ahead for various content throughout the game.
1. Realm Tears
You’ve probably seen these black orbs floating around the world enticing you with the promise of useful items. When you reach in, you’re greeted by high level enemies, usually in groups that can be very difficult to defeat at lower levels for gear and weapons. Take the time later on to re-visit these spots, the loot is worth the trouble.
There are nine total Valkyries to find, and each presents a strict challenge that should only be tackled once you feel you’ve reached a high point of upgrading your armor and weapons. These are found within some of Odin’s chambers buried around the world. You’ll find them frequently in the main story, and later on you’ll gain the ability to open them and explore the inside. Once you’ve defeated the first 8 Valkyries, you can then go to the Council of Valkyries located on the North side of The Lake of Nine. There you can fight the Valkyrie Queen to determine their fate.
3. Treasure Maps
God Of War takes a great approach to treasure maps by giving the player very little information to go off of. You’ll get a drawing of a specific area with a short description and that’s it. This is exactly like the treasure maps in Red Dead Redemption if you ever dealt with those. Thankfully, the game world is so well detailed and unique that finishing them should not be too difficult. The rewards are definitely worth the plundering as well.
4. Free the Dragons
Throughout the game world you’ll find three captured dragons that must be freed by breaking the magical stones that hold them in place, and usually fighting a couple waves of enemies. Each one will give you a crafting reward, with an even better reward upon freeing all three.
5. Quests and Mini Bosses
There are several quests that you can find just by exploring the game world, or favors as they are called. Completing these leads to crafting resources, hacksilver and rare armor pieces. These can occasionally lead to mini bosses that will attack you upon completion of your quest. Don’t forget to also do the favors for both Brok and Sindri as both of those offer extremely valuable upgrades and rewards.
There are plenty of collectibles and lost treasure to find, which can all be sold for good amounts of hacksilver as well. These are hidden all over the game world so be sure to check every corner you find. There’s also hunting down Odin’s Ravens, of which there are 51 total. Still working on this one at the moment since some of these are very well hidden. These are of course tied to a trophy, but I’m unsure if you get any in-game bonus for finding them all.
If you haven’t picked up God of War yet, do yourself a favor and go get it right now. This game is incredible in every sense of the word and easily one of the greatest games ever made. If you do have the game and are closing in for the ending, you’re in for an amazing treat. Just be sure to take the time and finish up some of those loose ends if you want to experience everything this game has to offer.