As the PlayStation 5 becomes more and more of a real thing, it's almost time to start looking back on the era of the PlayStation 4. With this console Sony bounced back from the awkward arrogance of PS3 with more accessible hardware and better messaging. But really it takes a strong gaming catalog to win a generation and you can not argue with PS4 exclusives like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Spider-Man. Well, I might, but still.
Now, two of the most acclaimed PS4 exclusives are leaving the virtual video game world for the physical tabletop realm. Check out God of War: The Card Game and Bloodborne: The Board Game from publisher CMON.
Even as an old dad we still think Kratos is too violent and impatient to do something like a card game. But it would be a perfect fit for the rustic old Norse mythology land I have lives in during the events of the 2018 God of War reboot Maybe if his are bugs him enough.
In God of War: The Card Game players control the gods themselves in an attempt to prevent Ragnarök (Viking apocalypse for those of you who do not watch Thor). To do so you'll take on the roles of characters like Kratos, Atreus, Mimir, and Freya to fight monsters and go on quests, represented by cards that can either be intact or destroyed. Along with managing specific character skills, the order in which you tackle quests also affects the ultimate outcome. This way, your custom deck allows for more varied branching story and gameplay possibilities than you'd ever get from the video game.
#BloodborneTheBoardGame, designed by Eric M. Lang and Michael Shinall, is coming to #Kickstarter April 23 at 3pm EST! Fight as a Hunter to vanquish the rotting plague that is terrorizing the city of #Yharnam.
– CMON (@CMONGames) April 11, 2019
Meanwhile, the Bloodborne board game (developed by the folks behind the Bloodborne card game, which is available now) lets players take in all the challenging creepy gothic horror of FromSoftware's exclusive PS4 action RPG but hopefully strips out the tedious and needlessly difficulty gameplay the Dark Souls developer is obsessed with. Have you played Sekiro? We do not know too many details yet, because the game has yet to come crowdfunding, but the miniatures look really slick.
God of War: The Card Game launches this summer while Bloodborne: The Board Game is coming soon to Kickstarter. For more surprising video game board game adaptations check out the tabletop versions of Metal Gear Solid and Kingdom Hearts.