A highly rated God of War (2018) player has apparently managed to beat Gondul, one of the Valkyrie bosses from the endgame, while he is sitting face down and playing with one hand. The action-adventure reboot puts players in the boots of Kratos, a Greek demigod who has transitioned into the world of Greek mythology on a quest with his son Atreus. God of War acted as a new beginning for the long-running series, introducing a new combat system as well as a new weapon for God of War, his Leviathan Ax.
The new combat system introduced in God of War (2018) emphasizes the franchise's new direction, and it's easy to learn but difficult to master. The original Greek mythological titles in the franchise featured fast-paced battles with wide camera angles, the reboot slowing things down. The Leviathan Ax, a heavy weapon that can be thrown and then returned to the wearer, acted as a counterpart to the classic from the Blades of Chaos series. The battles in the new game are still brutal and a visual feast, but they require more deliberate and precise tactics. God of Wars' optional Valkyrie bosses push the newest combat mechanics to the limit, forcing players to make quick decisions and use their entire arsenal wisely. Although the Valkyries are God of Wars' greatest enemies, YouTuber tumbledryergaming has managed to defeat one while imposing severe self-imposed restrictions.
The skilled warrior defeated Gondul, one of the more difficult Valkyries, while he sat face down and used only one hand on his controller. Tumbledryergaming makes efficient use of Kratos' arsenal, dealing tremendous damage with special runic attacks while quickly dodging Gondul strikes. While some viewers may be skeptical of this feat (especially since it's difficult to see players' hands during the challenge), tumbledryergaming has shared a number of past challenges on Twitter that are much easier to verify.
God of War Ragnarok, a direct sequel to the 2018 series installment, seeks to continue the combat system and playstyle of its predecessors. The camera retains its place directly behind Kratos, and he still wields the Leviathan Ax and Blades of Chaos in battle. However, Ragnarok will also push this combat system even further, as Santa Monica Studio has revealed that classic Kratos moves from previous God of War entries will make their return to the game. This includes the character's fighting attack, which allows him to push himself towards enemies, as well as a specific combo that launches enemies into the air before knocking them to the ground.
God of War is a top-tier action-adventure franchise, so combat is a great focus for all titles in the series. While 2018's God of War was more focused on storytelling and world-building, the games' combat remains extremely satisfying and deep. The Valkyries serve as the ultimate test for most players, but Tumble Drying requires an even greater level of challenge. While the player can completely dominate the biggest bosses in God of Wars, the next entry in the series may include an even bigger challenge to tackle.