I've been super uninterested in most games and decided to hate my life so I played this again. What a disaster.
Pretty much everything about this game I hate. The pretentious "muh cinmetatic experience" tone, to boy never shutting his face, even to the boring main menu. Why does every game feel the need to have characters talking during every single second of gameplay? Atreus' voice and dialogue doesn't even fit anyway.
I actually forgot how annoying the camera was in this. Might be the worst camera ever in an action game. Threat indicators are trash, lock-on never switches properly. Apparently these devs never played an action game in the decade before this released, where off screen enemies typically won't attack(may have been a good idea with a camera this limited). I never want to see a fan of this game talking shit about NG's combat after replaying this abomination.
The sad part is that there is some cool stuff in the combat, but it's completely drowned out in stupidity. Being able to sweep enemies with the axe is nice, but it doesn't work on much. The axe being able to hit multiple enemies when you recall it is cool too I guess. The move assist almost single handedly ruins the combat for me(just like any game that it's in) and how infrequently enemies succumb to hitstun is even worse. Then you have the fact that the game does slomo EVERY TIME you block or parry a traffic light attack, and everything being a cooldown, and no grabs, no magic, shitty RPG elements, the boat...
Fuck this game.