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Raising Kratos (2019)

A documentary about the making of the award-winning video game 'God of War (2018),' which reframed and reformed the central character and told a story of fatherhood and betterment.


Brandon Akiaten




Credited cast:
Cory Barlog ... (as himself)
Danielle Bisutti ... Herself
Christopher Judge ... (as himself)
Sunny Suljic ... Himself


A documentary following the development of the video game God of War published in 2018 by Santa Monica Studios. It is presented how the ideas for the game change through the development, actors point of view on the characters and how approaching a successful franchise set high expectations and pressure on the team.

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10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Much better than the 'For Honor' documentary
12 May 2019 | by ZachRPhillipsSee all my reviews

As someone who is very much into both video games & movies, I'm always happy to see that a documentary is being released about a certain game franchise or company, and Raising Kratos does what those kind of documentaries should do. Viewers actually get a good inside look into the development of God of War.

The reason I draw a parallel between this documentary & the For Honor documentary, Playing Hard, is because they were both released in 2019 & are somewhat similar in the sense that they both make the director of the game a focal point of the documentary. Where the For Honor documentary failed is that it followed the personal life & emotions of the director just as much, if not more than, the actual development of the game itself. Raising Kratos does not fall prey to that same issue.

To someone perhaps younger who may have been introduced to the God of War franchise through the 2018 instalment of the series, this documentary does a good job of showing the task the development team had ahead of them in reinventing such a popular character & overall world. And for people like myself who have been a fan of the franchise since the first game, this documentary serves its purpose also. We get to see all the effort, love & frustration put into the development of the game, without too many attempts (but still some) to tug at the heart strings or preach to the audience about one thing or another.

I'd love to see many more video game documentaries like this in the future, whether they be filmed during game development like Raising Kratos, or even if they're documentaries about older titles, made as a homage. What the average fan of a certain game wants to see out of a video game documentary is the making of the game & also to learn little behind the scenes secrets, this documentary supplies just that.

Raising Kratos is more or less a by the numbers documentary about a game's development, and yet it is not seen often enough in this subgenre of doc. Fans of the game will very much appreciate this film, and even people mostly unfamiliar with the franchise could watch it out of curiosity and not be disappointed.

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