There are many reasons why the new God of War is good: the revamped combat, the closer camera, the astonishing single-shot perspective, or the more mature story all jump to mind. But what escalates God of War is not just nailing the big stuff, but the smaller things, too, like Kratos’s new axe. It might just be my favorite video game weapon in recent memory.
“The Leviathan Axe might be my favorite video game weapon in recent memory”
Officially dubbed the Leviathan Axe, the new blade is the signature weapon for Kratos in the 2018 reboot, replacing the fiery Blades of Chaos as his weapon of choice for slicing and dicing through the hordes of enemies that the game will throw at you. As a weapon, the axe is brutal and efficient, and you’re able to upgrade it over the course of the game. But the most important part of the Leviathan Axe is how much fun it is to use.
Part of that is due to the sheer weight each blow of the axe seems to have. Where the whip-like chained blades of previous games were almost lightweight weapons (in part helped by the more arcade-y design), you can almost feel each blow of the Leviathan Axe. Attacks with the axe knock enemies around the screen, or, as with some of the heavier blows, can cleave them clean in two. The sound design and animation go a long way to selling the Leviathan Axe, too, with a weighty thud when it hits and Kratos’ yells of exertion as he heaves the weapon.