Since its announcement, God of War Ragnarok has already amassed a lot of popularity and acclaim, but some responses have been more critical. One writer submitted a review to IGN with a less-than-stellar score and has been threatened as result. An issue that the gaming community continues to struggle with is harassment, which targets everyone from players to creators. The role of any reviewer is to provide an honest opinion of their experience with a game. Sadly, this is the case of one fan taking their disagreement to the extreme.
God of War Ragnarok Reviewer Gets Death Threat
I didn't check the translation on OpenCritic(It's the job of editorial department), and people mentioned it was an insult, so I checked. And I found that it was translated in a more provocative direction, and it has just been revised. I'm sorry to make you see bad expressions. pic.twitter.com/QM1d90aKhR
— Bae Sang Hyun (@innobaetion) November 6, 2022
Ever since the reboot of God of War in 2018 ended on a cliffhanger, Santa Monica has had a difficult task in following it up. God of War Ragnarok is already getting rave reviews, but that’s not to say everyone loves the game. Bae Sang Hyun, guest writer for IGN and indie developer based in Korea, was more critical, giving the game a 6 out of 10. In his IGN review, he focuses mainly on the “boring family stories” and likens this sequel to a DLC rather than a full sequel. As a result, he has been severely harassed — including being sent a death threat. Bae Sang Hyun has responded to defend his opinion, show support for others to express their own. He even apologized for translations of his review making it have a “more provocative direction”.
God of War Ragnarok is easily one of the most anticipated games in the last few years. It follows the new adventures of Spartan demi-god Kratos, who has since moved into Norse mythology territory. At that time, he fathered a son named Atreus. The 2018 game sends the two on an epic journey involving a lot of self-discovery and conflict with Norse gods. As the title implies, the upcoming sequel deals with the fallout of the father-son duo’s actions which have wrought the Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok.
Big games will always invite a mass of reviews, it’s true. Still, those that don’t follow trends can attract a lot of negative attention. Bae Sang Hyun has defended his review of God of War Ragnarok in the face of the death threat, and will continue to write while also encouraging others to share their opinions while making it clear that “a different perspective doesn’t change your gaming experience”.
Will Quick is a freelance media wizard living in Spain. When he's not gaming or writing, he's doodling comics or whatever else pops in his head.