God of War Ragnarok isn’t just a game of family ties and bone-crushing brutality, as it often puzzles Kratos and Atreus. Much like 2018’s God of War, these cerebral roadblocks usually require the use of recently acquired tools and skills to solve, and they make for a fun breather after the more intense combat sequences.
The problem here, however, as several people online have pointed out, is that God of War Ragnarok doesn’t give you too much time to complete these puzzles before one of your companions starts offering solutions. It’s worth noting that there’s an option to extend the time you’re allotted to figure out how to successfully complete these mysteries, but it’s not long enough for some people.
If a video game is going to give you the answer to a riddle 20 seconds after you find it, there really was no point including the riddle from the start.
The fact that God of War Ragnarok is the second game I’ve played this year that does this is absolutely ridiculous.
— Joseph Pugh (Gideons Gaming) (@GideonsGaming) November 10, 2022
To find this option, you should go to Options, Gameplayand then select puzzle timing. Choose Advanced + and you will have more time to unravel the mysteries of the realms.
God of War Ragnarok isn’t the first Sony game to feature a noticeable amount of hand-holding. In February’s Horizon Forbidden West, Aloy constantly talked to himself about solving puzzles, which also became a point of criticism for players. Right now, the only foolproof option to solve the God of War Ragnarok puzzles without having adventurers in the backseat offering exit tips is to turn off the subtitles and turn the volume down.
An upcoming patch will add a post-launch photo mode to God of War Ragnarok, and Sony’s first-party games have a good track record of updates that add new features and goodies, so more time to ponder a level mystery could eventually find its way into Game.
If you need additional help from non-companions, you can search the GameSpot hub for God of War Ragnarok guides. You can read about how Ragnarok’s crafting works, where to get Frozen Flame and Chaos Flame, where to find all Hel Tears and much more.
“For every moment of brutality there is a moment of real and relatable emotion,” wrote Tamoor Hussain in GameSpot’s God of War Ragnarok review. “How they land will vary from person to person, but there were several that brought tears to my eyes. Last but not least, God of War Ragnarok cements the Sony Santa Monica storytelling team as one of the best in the business.”
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