Now this is a real rarity: God of War Ragnarok has ended up sitting at the same Metacritic score as its predecessor, God of War (2018). Both games have settled at a rating of 94, based on critic reviews from outlets like Push Square. What's even crazier is that the ratings are pulled from almost the exact same number of reviews (at the time of writing): Ragnarok's score is based on 123 scores, while the first game's based on 118.
Generally speaking, big budget sequels either score slightly lower, or a touch higher than their predecessors. The fact that Ragnarok has managed to hit the same incredibly high rating as 2018's instalment defies educated guesswork. We suppose it goes to show just how consistent Santa Monica Studio's output is.
With that in mind, it's worth noting that God of War as a franchise is ridiculously successful in terms of praise from critics. God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarok aren't the only games in the series with a 94 rating — the original God of War on PS2 has a 94 as well, albeit with less reviews to draw from.
So, according to critics at least, Ragnarok stands alongside the previous game as its equal. And in broader takes, it's actually the highest-rated Sony-published PS5 release so far.