Chapter Select | Season 2, Episode 1 – God of War

Photo by SHOT, designed by Max Roberts

Season 2 sets a course through the myth of ancient Greece with God of War.
Max Roberts and Logan Moore travel back to God of War, not to be confused with 2018’s God of War. Has Kratos changed all that much since 2005? Does the quest for vengeance hold up?

Game Info

God of War

Metacritic – 94/100

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This episode was originally recorded on September 25, 2021.

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Season Art Statue Photo by Simone Pellegrini on Unsplash and designed by Max Roberts

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Chapter Select Season 2 is God of War

Photo by Simone Pellegrini, designed by Max Roberts

I am excited to announce that the focus of Chapter Select Season 2 is the
God of War series. First appearing on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, God of War, Kratos, and the Blades of Chaos are still a proud titan within the PlayStation Studios catalog. God of War has arguably never been more relevant than with the upcoming ninth game, God of War: Ragnarok for PS4 and PS5, thanks to the series’ legendary relaunch in 2018.

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You may have noticed a new link in the middle there — YouTube. I have decided to create a video version of Chapter Select going forward. I have to play the games anyway, why not capture them as I go along? I was actually recording gameplay of Season 1, Episode 1: Paper Mario, but lost some footage and then never picked it back up after a brief pause in production. Recording Sticker Star would have been tricky too. Thankfully, I have the means to capture all of the God of War games. You won’t see our faces: This allows me to use the same audio edit without odd cuts in the video. The gameplay will be what I actually did for the season, along with additional relevant clips woven in. I am very excited for folks to watch and listen to the show going forward.

As for this season’s slate of episodes, here is the order we have for Season 2:

  • Episode 1: God of War (PlayStation 2), releasing on October 13, 2021.
  • Episode 2: God of War: Ascension (PlayStation 3), releasing on October 27, 2021.
  • Episode 3: God of War II (PlayStation 2), releasing on November 10, 2021.
  • Episode 4: God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PlayStation Portable), releasing on November 24, 2021.
  • Episode 5: God of War: Chains of Olympus (PlayStation Portable), releasing on December 8, 2021.
  • Episode 6: God of War III (PlayStation 3) releasing on December 22, 2021.
  • Episode 7: God of War (2018) (PlayStation 4) releasing on January 5, 2022.

“Why is God of War (2018) at the end of the season?” you may be asking yourself. We delve into this in the first episode, but Logan convinced me to go about Season 2 this way. Since the reboot/reimagining of God of War is so stark to the first six games, we agreed it’d be best to save the Norse iteration for the end. Plus, when God of War: Ragnarok comes out in 2022 (🤞🏻), we have a nice line-up throw in a new episode to the season.

Sorry God of War: Betrayal fans, I couldn’t convince Logan to play it.

As far as the seasonal and episodic art, I spent a ton of energy finding real pictures that fit the themes and environments or each game. Nearly every photo was found on Unsplash and is properly credited in the show notes. Like
Season 1’s art, I have taken immense pride in the theming and visual design you’ll find in Season 2.

I hope you are as excited for Season 2: God of War as I am. The first two episodes will be launching next Wednesday, with new episodes following in a fortnightly manner. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! 

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Update: Episodes 1 & 2 are no longer launching together. The release dates have been changed to reflect that. For more about the delay, please read about it here.

A God of War Story in Three Parts

A fun little ride tonight over the course of Sony’s Investor Relations 2021 Meeting.

Also genuinely surprising to see them maybe just confirm God of War: Ragnarok as the next game’s official title?

After we’ve all spent so long calling it that, makes sense to lean in, I suppose!

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Roughly 30 minutes later, from Cory Barlog, director on both God of War II (PS2, 2007)and God of War (PS4, 2018).

And another 30 or so minutes later, from Gematsu.

Pulled the story about God of War: Ragnarok being the official title of the new game for PS5 because apparently Sony Interactive Entertainment, in an official IR Day presentation, Google Image-searched a fan logo for its own game.

A little Google searching pulls up the used logo rather quickly. Oh to be a fly on the wall during the meeting with the person that made this keynote…