God of War for the PlayStation 4 is a lot of things, but first and foremost, it's a walking road trip between a (n absentee) father and his (weird, awkward) son. And what breaks the ice between a mismatched father-and-son duo? Music by Jethro Tull. But the Scandinavian setting for God of War predates the invention of the piccolo by about a thousand years, so Kratos and Atreus bond over dad jokes instead.
Note the in-game bonding moments shared by Kratos and his kid are generally of the "Gruff father's heart is thawed just a teeny bit by his fragile, sheltered son" variety; there aren't actually any dad jokes. At some point, though, the internet invented a headcanon where Atreus feeds knock-knock joke lead-ins to his father, and they all bounce off Kratos' talcum-dusted hide. This one's my favorite:
Atreus: Knock, knock. Kratos: Who is at the door? Atreus: Orange. Kratos: What business does it have with us? Atreus: Orange you glad I'm not a banana? Kratos: Atreus, do not jest. We must attend to our guest, the orange. Atrues: Dad. Kratos: ATTEND TO THE ORANGE, BOY!— Chris Plante (@plante) April 24, 2018
As it turns out, though, Kratos can dish out dad jokes. That is, his voice actor Christopher Judge can dish them out as Kratos. Polygon asked Judge to cough up a few groaners during the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and the results are most pleasing and aggravating.
Playing through this game without dying everywhere is no joke, though. Read our guide and walkthrough for God of War. It's what we call a "beaver guide." Because it's the best dam guide you'll ever see.