Get Used to the Combat
God of War Beginner Tips
Combat in the latest God of War game is rather different from the arcadey action longtime fans might be used to. The hack-and-slash elements are still present, but players will need to be a little more thoughtful and methodical with how they handle themselves in a fight.
For starters, all enemy attacks are properly telegraphed, and you’ll see a yellow or red ring around them right before they strike. When you see it, make sure to dodge out of the way instead of trying to get some free hits in. There’s no stamina bar in God of War, so you’re free to dodge spam your way out of danger whenever you want. Just be careful not to roll into an enemy attack.
The default HUD options will also display enemy detection markers around Kratos’ body, allowing you to be aware of where your foes are. As you get into the rhythm of the combat system in God of War, try experimenting with new moves by unlocking abilities from the skill tree and throwing your Leviathan Axe at enemies more frequently.
Also, don’t forget that you have a shield to block attacks with, and you can always sheathe your weapon to do melee damage. Sometimes, using melee attacks and Atreus’ arrows to stun enemies before attacking can be more efficient than just hacking away with the Axe.