The main character of God of War seems to pop up everywhere a person looks these days, and now that includes the side of a container of sour cream.
Sour cream, an ingredient loved by millions around the world for the culinary delights it makes possible, now has an unlikely new role: God of the war promotional partner. At least he took on that responsibility in a very specific case that found the main character of the popular video game franchise appearing on a plastic container that one would expect to find in the dairy aisle of the Local Walmart. God of the war really seems to be everywhere these days.
In 2005, God of the war made its first appearance as a game of the same name released on the PlayStation 2. Since then, the action/adventure game has inspired numerous sequels and even a much more recent entry also known as God of the war. In 2022, the final installment ushered the franchise into another decade, while being one of the best looking games of 2022.
One God of the war fan, maybe fresh out of an extended gaming session with God of War Ragnarok, couldn’t help but notice similarities between recurring hero Kratos and a simple container of sour cream. With a little help from a Sharpie marker, vRyanLevi brought the vision to life by drawing a quick sketch that finds the character’s left eye looking up from a red line, much like in the games. The line work is very good, and the result is almost as cool as this once a God of War Ragnarok Fan bakes Kratos cookies for Christmas.
Kratos-related art projects aren’t exactly uncharted territory, but the character’s enduring popularity has inspired creators to push aggressively in intriguing new directions. A player made a Kratos figure out of pipe cleaners. Another drew it in the iconic dragon ball z artistic style, and another fan produced an incredibly detailed rendering using only colored pencils. The game developers and artists of tomorrow are getting a head start on some truly amazing work today.
As is often the case with fandoms, interest in Kratos has already led some fans to imagine the role the character could play in other video game worlds. One particularly inventive fan even made a video of Kratos entering the Super Mario universe. Other fans brought him to life in Ring of Elden and The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, and a modder has produced a mod to remove his bushy beard. Given the responses the character has received so far, it’s unclear where Kratos will appear next, or what he might look like. Maybe he’ll even make another appearance in the dairy aisle, this time on purpose. Stranger things have happened.
God of War Ragnarok is available now on PS4 and PS5.
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