God of War's combat and equipment systems make Kratos the perfect potential guest character for Soulcalibur 6

So many possibilities...

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • April 23, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. PDT

Let's cut right to the chase: God of War is really good. If you haven't played Sony Santa Monica's latest installment in the mainstay PlayStation franchise, you definitely should change that.

Since Thursday night, I've put several hours into the new title. Despite my estimated 10+ hours so far (likely way more than that), I still feel like there's so much I haven't yet seen or done.

But if there's one thing I can speak to (or two things, rather), it's God of War's combat and equipment systems. Things have changed a bit since the last entry in the series, and what Kratos is given to work with now would fit perfectly in Bandai Namco's upcoming Soulcalibur 6.

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What follows is my case for why the new Kratos would make a perfect guest character in SC6, and why I hope he makes it in.

If you want to avoid details about the aforementioned facets of God of War, be sure to turn away now.

The Leviathan Axe

As you probably know by now, Kratos has left his Blades of Chaos in the past and now mows down foes with the Leviathan axe. Crafted by two dwarf brothers, the magical weapon is powerful and features elemental energy such as ice.

Needless to say, in Soulcalibur 6 Kratos could easily have a fighting style revolving around his axe. Of the currently announced playable characters in the game, none of them battle using such a playstyle. This gives Kratos the opportunity to add a unique flavor to what is already shaping up to be a diverse cast.

In God of War, Kratos fights using a combination of light and heavy attacks. From quick axe combinations to large swings that pop the opponent into the air for juggles, there are plenty of sequences that could be pulled from for his potential SC6 counterpart.

Adding even more options to his arsenal, the god of war can also throw the Leviathan as a projectile and summon it back to his hand as he pleases. This equips Kratos with powerful ways of attacking from afar, especially when encountering an oncoming horde of baddies.

Progressing through God of War and earning experience points lets the player purchase a bevy of new techniques for both the in-hand and projectile axe styles, and these could easily be used to flesh out a fighting game move list for Kratos.

Along the journey, Kratos also stumbles onto special items that when equipped give him access to special, often more powerful, axe techniques; these would fit very well as combo enders or perhaps unblockable attacks.

Outside of his axe, Kratos also has the ability to fight using hand-to-hand combat and his shield. These tools make for fast-moving combos, attacks that send the opponents flying backward to create space, and much more.

Kratos even has a parry! Parries are a staple of the Soulcalibur series.


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Customization

Another of God of War's main features is the customization. Both Kratos and his son Atreus have different sections on their persons that can be equipped with new accessories.

For Kratos, players can give him new armor pieces -- including chest piece, arm guards, and waist -- as well as new shields and different handles for his axe that provide varied stats. Atreus, on the other hand, can be equipped with new armor.

God of War's equipment system also allows upgrades to existing armor pieces and weapons, which not only makes them stronger but can also unlock the ability to purchase new techniques.

Soulcalibur is well-known for its robust create-a-character option, and while it hasn't been confirmed to be a part of Soulcalibur 6, the omission of it is unlikely.

In the past, players have also been able to customize their favorite Soulcalibur fighters, and with Kratos' already being prone to new equipment and looks, fans of both games would feel right at home.

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The new Kratos has so much going for him as a potential Soulcalibur 6 guest character.

Not only does his weapon-based combat style lend itself greatly to the style of the 3D fighter, but his ability to equip gear in God of War would transfer over to Soulcalibur's customization mode swimmingly.

On top of that, both games are seeing a release within the same year -- with GoW already out (obviously) and Soulcalibur 6 expected out later this year.

If you'd like to read about Kratos' previous appearances in fighting games, you can check out our piece detailing his trek into the world of competitive fighters here.

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