God of War spoilers are about to be everywhere. This article, however, will be spoiler-free.
God of War is fantastic, partly because it manages to pepper twists and surprises throughout its lengthy adventure. Unfortunately, some of those surprises will be shared in blog posts and social media feeds. If you want to experience the game without being spoiled, I have a few recommendations. Some of them are more doable than others, depending on your time and professional obligations.
- Turn off Twitter and Facebook. Honestly, this is just generally good life advice. For some folks, social media is a professional obligation. Don’t worry. Social media networks often have tools that allow you to block keywords and hashtags. Some non-spoilery keywords I recommend blocking: gow, god of war, kratos, atreus, faye, mimir, #ps4share.
- Don’t read any more God of War stories until you’ve dug into the game. Look, I know this is bad for business for ol’ Polygon dot com, but as someone who loves surprises, this is a good rule of thumb for most media. The longer the game is out, the more incidental spoilers will find their ways into essays, opinion pieces and guides. If you’re looking for a spoiler-free guide, I obviously recommend this one. But if you truly want everything to be fresh, hold off.
- Stick to the main narrative. Honestly, I’m mixed on this advice. I personally prefer to savor a game, finishing side quests when I enter a new area. However, if story is your priority, if you’re really worried about spoilers, you might want to focus on the throughline, returning to large side-quests after you’ve reached the credits.
And here’s where I say the opposite point.
Embrace the fact that spoilers are nearly inescapable in 2018. Recognize the some moments may be spoiled, but that what makes art and entertainment great is not the individual surprises, but the experience as a whole.
This may be your best bet. Don’t seek out spoilers. But don’t rush through the game or add stress to your life to avoid them.
Again, different strokes for different folks. Whatever the case, enjoy yourself!