There's no escaping Ragnarök, the Viking apocalypse, and its namesake God of War Ragnarök is no different, with PlayStation fans' excitement building to a fever pitch over the past few months.
The prospect of Kratos and Atreus' continued adventures got us thinking about other gods in the gaming world we've enjoyed following around, so who's your favourite?
You can choose the God of War himself if you wish, of course, but If you think you've got a particularly unexpected choice then why not chat with us about it on Discord.
Raiden | Chris Brand
If you've not played through Mortal Kombat 11 and don't want spoilers, you can skip this part and go away knowing that Raiden is a badass. He shoots lightning from his hands, he protects Earthrealm, he helps old ladies cross the street (without also helping himself to the contents of their purses) and he rarely kills Liu Kang. He's not only the mightiest god, he's the nicest. Even if you don't believe in the God of Thunder, he believes in you, Champ. Go about your day merrily, knowing that Raiden is watching out for you. For everyone else...
We're screwed. Raiden has foolishly relinquished his godhood and passed on the mantle of Protector of Earthrealm to Liu Kang. He used to be a revenant, you know? Fire God Liu Kang (as he's calling himself these days) was once resurrected to be a puppet for the evil sorcerer Quan Chi. I can deal with zombies, but kung fu zombies? I'm not familiar with that particular franchise, though there's no doubt in my mind it actually exists (yep, I checked).
Raiden is now mortal and, given his advanced age, I think it's safe to assume that he won't be around to guide Liu Kang forever. For the moment, Raiden's infinite wisdom may be enough to keep our ex-zombie protector in check, but when the inevitable happens, who will step up? Can Kung Lao be relied upon to provide meaningful counsel, or will he just make silly, hat-based, suggestions? Maybe Kitana will have a calming effect on Fire Tyrant Liu Kang? Granted, she's still demanding everyone calls her "Princess" and her step-dad is the whole reason for this situation, but that doesn't necessarily mean she's just like the other power-hungry elites.
Raiden was the best we ever had. Sure, he messed up occasionally, but none of us are perfect. Can you honestly look in the mirror and say your god doesn't make mistakes?
Din, Nayru, Farore (The Golden Goddesses) | Liam Andrews
From a purely numbers perspective, The Golden Goddesses, seen in various The Legend Of Zelda titles, beat most other challengers to the title of best gaming god hands down. I mean, three is better than one, no?
They also have a much more no-nonsense approach when it comes to creating (and running) the world of Hyrule, which I also like. Din creates the world, Nayru makes all the rules, Farore stuffs it with animals, then they’re out, job done. Perhaps Bish, Bash and Bosh would be more fitting names for them.
Not sticking around for all the (mostly Gannondorf based) drama that occurs afterwards could be seen as a negative, but this gives some of the (mostly Link based) locals the chance to have their moment in the sun and makes for some great adventures.
Although they’ve yet to make a significant appearance in any Zelda title (as far as I can remember anyway), this does leave room for them to pop as playable characters in future releases. Perhaps a prequel that explores the creation of Hyrule? Or maybe even one set entirely away from places we’ve become familiar with and that explores their own backstories instead.