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Examining Kratos’ shiny new armour and artefacts systems
Unlike in past entries, Kratos is more or less fully customisable. The biggest change comes with an extensive new armour system. Once the Spartan earns an adequate amount of currency, he can go to one of two dwarf brothers, Brok and Sindri, and either upgrade his clobber or buy superior duds.
What gear you choose can have a significant impact on combat, with certain chest plates improving your defences, and other gauntlets amping up your attack. Either way, it’s a system that adds a welcome tactical layer to GOW’s primal encounters. Whatever bonuses you end up prioritising, experimenting with layouts is always worthwhile.
This armour system also ties into the gear-enhancing artefacts that can now be plundered from chests around the world. Various degrees of increasingly rare trinkets are often locked away in chests that are usually opened with a spot of light puzzle-solving. Purple artefacts are the least common and most powerful, and some will reduce the cooldown on Kratos’ formidable special attacks, while others dish out health for every enemy you kill. With such an eclectic array of enemies to brutalise, mixing and matching artefacts and armour is essential.
Being able to further personalise Kratos also draws you even closer to the god, strengthening your bond with a character who has never been more relatable.