God of War (2018 video game)

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God of War is a video game for the PlayStation 4 console by SCE Santa Monica Studio. It follows Kratos, who has moved from Greece into Scandinavia in an attempt to leave his bloodthirsty past behind and start a new life. Along with his son Atreus, he journeys across the Nine Realms of Norse mythology to scatter his wife's ashes into the highest peak of all the Realms at her request.

Kratos[edit]

  • [calls to his deceased second wife Faye] Find your way home. You are free.
  • Close your heart to it. On our journey, we will be attacked by all manner of creature. Close your heart to their desperation. Close your heart to their suffering. Do not allow yourself to feel for them. They will not feel for you.
  • Keep your expectations low, boy, and you will never be disappointed.
  • Do not concern yourself with what might be. Focus on what is, and be vigilant.
  • A broken quiver will slow your draw. Pain, we endure... faulty weaponry, we do not.
  • Fate is another lie told by the gods. Nothing is written that cannot be unwritten.
  • [scolds an arrogant Atreus in Helheim] You will LISTEN to me and not speak a word. I am your father—and you, boy, are not yourself! You are too quick to temper. You are rash, insubordinate, and out of control! This will not stand. You will honor your mother, and abandon this path you have chosen. It is not too late... [picks up Atreus after a beat] This discussion is far from over. We are here because of you, boy. Never forget that.
  • [to Baldur] This path you walk... vengeance. You will find no peace. I know.
  • The cycle ends here. We must be better than this.
  • Dwarves are resourceful creatures. Annoying, but resourceful.
  • Anger can be a weapon. If you can control it, use it. You clearly cannot.

Atreus[edit]

  • Odin and Thor... ruining everything for everybody.
  • I guess there’s just one thing I don’t understand... My name on the wall. The Giants called me... Loki?

Mimir[edit]

  • Your father won't let me go, Baldur, and he won't let you kill me. You have nothing to offer me. So take your questions, take your threats, take these two worthless wankers and piss off!
  • [on his time working for Odin] It's my career! And if you mean to make your career as a counselor to kings, you can't very well rule out petty maniacs - available positions are scare enough!
  • By the time I arrived, I already knew Odin by his reputation, and so I set to demonstrate my worth by coming to him with something I knew he'd value: a mystic well of knowledge. Or rather, I should say, a well of water laced with enough mystic mushrooms to make a god see visions. Oh, he was rightly impressed! Can't say for sure what he saw that led him to try gouging out his own eyes, but I managed to restrain him before he finished the job. Then I persuaded him it had been his sacrifice, made for an even higher form of sight to be bestowed, blah-di-blah-di-blah-di-blah! I used to think he never caught on. But the day he took my eye, I realized he had never been fooled. He knew I'd outwitted him, called the lesson wisdom, and hired me to make sure from then on I was on his side - and for a long, long time, I truly was. Doesn't mean he didn't hold a grudge.
  • [on why Odin is called the Lord of the Hanged] That refers to a modest example of Odin's thirst for knowledge - the time he spent nine days a dead man. Aye! Hung himself by the neck from Yggdrasil's branches, put his spear through his own side, and bled down into the Well of Destiny. He roamed the realms of the dead and plundered the World Tree of its secrets until, I think, quite rightly, it got fed up with him and sent him back to the land of the living... Did I not mention he was barking mad?
  • [after Kratos' conversation with Athena's spirit] Well, I'm pretty sure you weren't talking to me back there. Anything you'd like to get off your chest, brother? [Kratos is silent] I can assure you I'm unsurpassed in keeping confidences. [still no reply] Well, you know where to find me. And for the record, I'd already guessed you were Greek. "Athena"? Dead giveaway.
  • Your father was Zeus?! Well, that explains a lot.
  • [after Kratos returns his eye] Thank you, brother. You don't miss depth perception until it's gone.
  • [looks at his decapitated body] Well, that's a sight no man should ever see. Thanks for that.

Baldur[edit]

  • Tell me what I want... Pain stops. Real simple.
  • When Odin sent me here, I just needed answers, but... YOU, you had to act all proud. Throw whatever you have at me... I'll keep coming. That old body will give out. But before I end this, I want you to know one thing... I can't feel any of this.
  • You've seen it with your own eyes; you can't hurt me. Nothing can. This fight is pointless. Your struggle is pointless. It didn't have to be this way.
  • [moments before having his neck snapped by Kratos] I'd hope that you, of everyone I'd faced, would finally make me feel something, but you can't.
  • [clapping after Atreus shoots a shock arrow at Kratos] And here I thought my family was fucked up...
  • [after Atreus accidentally breaks the spell of invulnerability on him] Before you die, I want to thank you - both of you. You've done what even the Allfather himself could not! [laughing] I've never felt more alive! Ironic, isn't it?
  • WHY?! WON'T?! YOU?! DIE?!

Dialogue[edit]

Atreus: What are we hunting?
Kratos: You are hunting deer.
Atreus: Which way?
Kratos: In the direction of deer.

[After Atreus fires a poorly aimed arrow at a deer, scaring it away]
Kratos: [taking Atreus' bow] WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Now its guard is up! Only fire... [restraining himself and lowering his voice] Only fire... when I tell you to fire.
Atreus: I'm sorry.
Kratos: Do not be sorry. Be better.

The Stranger: I thought you'd be bigger... but you're definitely the one...
Kratos: What do you want?
The Stranger: Oh, you already know the answer to that.
Kratos: Whatever it is you seek, I do not have it. You should move on.
The Stranger: And here I thought your kind were supposed to be so enlightened, so much...better than us, so much smarter. And yet you hide out here in the woods..like a coward.
Kratos: ...You do not want this fight.
The Stranger: Oh, I'm pretty sure I do.

Kratos: Gather your things. We are leaving.
Atreus: Thought I wasn't ready?
Kratos: You are not. But we have no choice now. Prove me wrong.
Atreus: Yes, sir.

[Athena's spirit appears to Kratos as he wraps the chains of his Blades of Chaos to his arms]
Athena: There's nowhere you can hide, Spartan. Put as much distance between you and the truth as you want, it changes nothing. Pretend to be everything you are not... teacher... husband... father... But there is one unavoidable truth you will never escape: you cannot change. You will always be... a monster.
Kratos: I know. But I am your monster no longer.

Mimir: First, you need to cut off my head.
Atreus: Wait, what?
Mimir: Odin made sure that no weapon, not even Thor's hammer, could free my body from these bonds. But fortunately, you don't need my body! The trick is, we need to find someone who can reanimate my head, using the old magic.
Kratos: Old magic... There is a witch of the woods, she knows the old ways.
Mimir: And she'll help? She might do! Worth a try!
Kratos: But if she fails, you will be dead.
Mimir: He tortures me, you know. Every day, brother. Odin himself sees to it personally, and believe me, there is no end to his creativity. Every. Single. Day. This... this isn't living.
Kratos: Very well. [draws his axe]
Atreus: Oh, I can't watch this! [steps away]
Mimir: Brother, in case you can't resurrect me, there's something you need know. The boy... the longer you wait to tell him his true nature, the more damage you do. He will resent you, and you may lose him forever.
Kratos: There is much about me I would not have him know.
Mimir: Aye, so you value your privacy more than your son?
Kratos: ...I'm going to cut off your head now.
Mimir: Fair enough.

Atreus: Those were the guys we saw with Baldur. His nephews?
Mimir: Aye. Magni and Modi, the sons of Thor.
Atreus: Mother always said the Aesir were the worst of the gods, and Thor was the worst of the Aesir. Guess he's a terrible father, too.
Kratos: They are no longer children. They have no excuse.

[During the battle with Magni and Modi]
Magni: The Sons of Thor will destroy you!
Mimir: The Sons of Thor are welcome to try!
Kratos: HEAD!
Mimir: Sorry. Overstepped, yeah?

Mimir: [after leaving Helheim] Your father was Zeus... I finally understand. I'm dangling from the hip of the bloody Ghost of Sparta!
Kratos: Do NOT call me that.
Mimir: Don't mistake me, brother. From what I heard, the pantheon had it coming. But it's still a bit to take in. I knew you hate gods, but you really can't stay away from them, can you?
Kratos: You must say nothing to the boy. He must never know.
Mimir: Bollocks, brother! Respectfully, bollocks. He has to know. He'll never be whole without the truth. Look, I get it. You hate the gods, ALL gods. It's no accident that includes yourself. And it includes your boy, don't you see that? He feels that! He can't help what he is. He can't begin to help it, because you haven't even told him. It's all connected, man!
Kratos: You... will tell him nothing.
Mimir: [beat] ...Very well.

Atreus: [about the Blades of Chaos] Look, don't be mad... but I've seen those blades of yours before. They were under the house, when I was hiding. Is that why you never let me down there? Where'd they come from?
Kratos: They are my burden. From a life that is behind me.
Atreus: Well... they're in my life too now, and I'd like to hear that story.
Kratos: Those days are dead. To relive them is... needless.
Atreus: How can it be needless if it's the truth?
Kratos: One day... you will understand.
Atreus: I'll take your word for it.

[After Atreus kills Modi]
Kratos: You killed against my wishes. You lost control!
Atreus: Haven't you been teaching me to kill?
Kratos: I have been teaching you to survive! We are gods, boy, and that makes us a target. From now until the end of days, you are marked. So I teach you to kill, yes, but in defense of yourself! Never as an indulgence!
Atreus: Nobody cared about him anyways. What's the difference?
Kratos: [raising his voice] THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO KILLING A GOD!
Atreus: Why?! How do you know?! HOW DO YOU KNOW?!
Kratos: [sternly] Watch. Your. Tone. Boy.
Atreus: Whatever.

[After raising the witch Gullveig, only to have her try to kill them]
Atreus: All right, say it... "I told you so."
Kratos: I told you so.
Atreus: "You are naïve, foolish boy."
Kratos: This is true as well. But do not take your disappointment out on me, boy. Take it as a lesson.
Atreus: Yes, sir.

Kratos: The Bifrost is intact?
Mimir: It'll serve.
Kratos: Then we have all we need.
Atreus: Finally, we're going to Jotunheim! There's no stopping us now.
Mimir: Laddy, have you ever heard the term "tempting fate"?

[After Kratos is forced to kill Baldur to stop him from killing Freya]
Kratos: Freya... he chose this.
Freya: [with rising anger] I will... rain down every agony, every violation imaginable, upon you. I will parade your cold body from every corner of every realm, AND FEED YOUR SOUL TO THE VILEST FILTH IN HEL! THAT IS MY PROMISE!
Atreus: He saved your life!
Freya: HE ROBBED ME OF EVERYTHING! [sobs] Everything...! You are just an animal, passing on your cruelty and rage! You will never change!
Kratos: Then you do not know me.
Freya: I know enough. Does he?
Kratos: [to Atreus, after a moment's silence] Boy... Listen close. I am from a land called Sparta. I made a deal with a god that cost me my soul. I killed many who were deserving... and many who were not. [turns to Atreus] I killed my father.
Atreus: That was your father in Hel... [long pause] Is this what it is to be a god? Is this how it always ends? Sons killing their mothers... their fathers?
Kratos: [approaches closer to Atreus] No. We will be the gods we choose to be, not those who have been. Who I was is not who you will be. We must be better.
[Freya carries Baldur's body away, looking more sombre than before]
Mimir: Well... guess we're the bad guys now.
Kratos: In her eyes, yes. But she could never make that choice. We should finish this journey while I still have strength.
[As they return to their boat]
Atreus: I don't understand. I know saving her was the right thing, but she seemed all evil at the end.
Mimir: Not evil. You killed her son, lad. Her son. The death of a child is not something a parent gets over easily.
Atreus: But he was gonna kill her!
Kratos: She would have died to see him live. Only a parent can understand.
Atreus: So you'd let me kill you?
Kratos: If it meant you would live... yes.
Mimir: Look, there was no easy choice - for anybody, brother. But I think we can all agree you did the right thing. The world's a better place with Freya in it. Just... give her time, lads. She'll come around.

Atreus: So... why'd you want to name me Atreus? I know it can't be for a god.
Kratos: [amused] Hah... no. He was a soldier, a Spartan.
Atreus: A great warrior?
Kratos: All Spartans were great warriors. We trained from birth. Our lives were discipline, duty, battle and death. Life was grim, and we greeted it grimly.
Atreus: Mm-hmm?
Kratos: But Atreus of Sparta was unlike the rest of us. He wore a smile, even in the worst of times. He was happy... he inspired us to hope, that though we were machines of war, yet there was humanity in us. Goodness. When the day came for him to lay down his life in battle, his sacrifice saved countless others and turned the tide in our favour. I carried him home on his shield and buried him with all the honours of Spartan custom. His memory was a comfort in dark times.
Atreus: Wow - you actually told a good story! Mimir missed it!

Boat Stories[edit]

Atreus: So, know any good stories to pass the time?
Kratos: What kind of story?
Atreus: I don't know... Mother always had stories. Weren't you told any when you were a boy?
Kratos: There was a man I knew of long ago. His stories were brief, and purposeful.
Atreus: Sounds... fun? Do you remember any?
Kratos: Hmm... there was one that concerned a hare and a tortoise.
Atreus: Like the Witch's house?
Kratos: Unlikely.
Atreus: So what happens?
Kratos: They wager on a race between them. The hare is too confident of victory, and foolish, while the tortoise is steady and disciplined. The tortoise wins.
Atreus: You... haven't told a lot of stories, have you?

Atreus: Father? You ever know anyone else who heard voices?
Kratos: I knew desperate men at sea who, when our supplies ran dry, would quench their thirst by drinking seawater. They swore the Sirens - evil creatures singing to them from nearby islands - were in fact their wives and daughters, calling them home. They endangered the crew, steering us towards the reefs.
Atreus: Um... how did you fix them?
Kratos: We threw them overboard.
Atreus: Oh... well, good thing I didn't drink any seawater... right?
Kratos: Yes, it is.

Atreus: How about one more story?
Kratos: One more. There was... a horse. The horse sought vengeance against his enemy, a stag. But he could not kill the stag alone. The horse met a man, a hunter, and made a deal. He took the man's bit and bridle, and allowed him to ride in a saddle on his back. Together, they killed the stag, and the horse tasted victory...But the hunter would not release the horse, and made a slave of him.
Atreus: So getting revenge cost him his freedom. Hope it was worth it.
Kratos: It was not.

Atreus: Got any more "short and purposeful" stories for me?
Kratos: Very well... There is the story of the mother crab, who scolded her son. She told him he should walk forward in pride, not sideways as he always did.
Atreus: But she's a crab too! He should say, "Sure, I'll walk forward as soon as you show me how!"
Kratos: [slightly awkward] Yes... he did say that. That was the story.
Atreus: I got it.

Atreus: Got another story?
Kratos: Very well... There is a tale about a woodsman. He asked the trees of the forest for a branch to make a handle for his axe. Instead, the trees gave him a young sapling, so they could keep their limbs. The woodsman made his axe, and then he returned, and chopped down the oldest trees in the forest.
Atreus: Hmm... just 'cause trees are old, doesn't mean they're smart.

External links[edit]

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