Kratos, the star of the God of War series of action games, is a bad man.
Over three games, he single-handedly slaughtered the entire Greek pantheon, destroying everyone and everything who got in his way.
Instead of ancient Greece, he's moved to a frozen land of Norse myth, hiding amongst gods and monsters, quietly raising his frail son and trying to forget about the evil he's done in the past.
Most of the game's time is spent with these two men, one young and curious, the other sad and quiet.
How do you relate to a neglectful father who won't tell you who he really is?
God of War is an unexpected departure for the series, one that hopes to marry its energetic violence and spectacle with a more somber reflection on family.