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Ragnarok doesn’t need a game prize, but the TGA needs it

Another gaming award has come and gone, with the 2021 show on December 9 featuring It takes two finally won the grand prize for Game of the Year. Many other awards have been given for titles such as Deathloop and Metroid Dread, rounding out a solid year for gaming in general. Aside from the awards, the event is also a good opportunity for studios to give a glimpse of upcoming projects, especially considering the amount of traffic the Game Awards generate. God of War: Ragnarok was one of the headlines many speculated to attend, but it was nowhere to be seen.

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Lots of other games have appeared on the show, from blockbuster series to smaller indie projects. While it’s a pity that God of War: Ragnarok was not present, the PlayStation exclusive version is coming with exactly no additional advertising. With only two trailers under its belt, God of War: Ragnarok already one of the most anticipated games of 2022, and it will likely continue to be so if developer Santa Monica Studio chooses not to promote it anymore. However, while Kratos didn’t need more of a boost from The Game Awards, the event itself lacked a key stopping moment that God of War: Ragnarok can be easily provided.


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Game awards need ‘one more thing’ moment


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Whether it’s a Game Award, Sony’s Play Status, or even a Nintendo Direct, developers often try to include at least one trailer that stands above the rest. In a “save the best for last” point of view, this kind of reveal wraps things up in a big way and gets players excited about what’s to come. For example, at Last State of Play in September, many upcoming games were shown for PS5 like Forspoken and Gran Turismo 7. At the end of the presentation, the first proper look at God of War: Ragnarok The gameplay was shown in a spectacular way.


Nintendo has taken the same tactic in many cases, thrifty reveal to Super Smash Bros Ultimate or Breath of the Wild 2 until the end of the stream. Of course, these kinds of revelations don’t have to always be at the end, and can even be used to open a performance with a bang. The thing is, when looking back at The Game Awards 2021, there isn’t a single big announcement that stands out from the rest of the games on offer. God of War: Ragnarok, considering its massive amount of hype, would be a prominent inclusion, especially if something like a release date is confirmed alongside a new trailer.


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This isn’t to discredit or undermine any of the new games revealed at TGA 2021. Loads of new footage for previously announced titles, as well as all-new surprises, have been revealed. on display. Horror game fans finally get a tease Alan Wake 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2010 original, Quantic Dream also premiered a intro for Star Wars: Eclipse, alluding to maturity, sullen in a galaxy far, far away.

These are all notable highlights from this list of fun games to look forward to, but none of them can be considered a show-stealing moment. Alan Wake 2 largely attracts fans of horror titles and while Star Wars: Eclipse set in a popular franchise, Quantic Dream’s interactive drama style not exactly for everyone. God of War: Ragnarok is a game of such grand scale that it is possible to tick enough boxes to appeal to a wide variety of interests. Whether it’s action, fantasy, RPG, powerful combat mechanics, or even just a compelling story, God of War: Ragnarok is set to be the epitome of the AAA experience if its predecessor is any indication.


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The hype for God of War: Ragnarok


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Looking forward to 2022, God of War: Ragnarok is not only positioned as one of the The biggest PlayStation exclusive, but is one of the biggest games of the year overall. In addition to other PlayStation titles Horizon: Forbidden West and from Nintendo Breath of the Wild 2, God of War: Ragnarok most likely the game with the greatest expectations behind it. Considering its predecessor from 2018 has been hailed almost globally, it’s easy to see why.

Host of Game Awards Geoff Keighley definitely put a lot of effort into ensuring a healthy amount of reveal for players of all tastes. It’s clear that there’s a lot of passion behind hosting this event, made only more impressive by the external hardships of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But again, even with the huge number of new products on display, not a single product could outshine the competition as a clear leader for the evening.


Sony generally likes to save trailers and new information for first-party titles to appear in its own State of Play streams, ensuring more people notice them. Even so, a brief tease lasting a minute or two won’t affect advertise God of War: Ragnarok. It will also work wonders to turn a great show into a great show.

God of War: Ragnarok slated for release in 2022 for PS4 and PS5.

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