The Godly Voice Behind Kratos

December 5, 2023
The Godly Voice Behind Kratos

When the game series “God of War” underwent a reboot in 2018, fans were introduced to a new Kratos, whose voice was brought to life by the talented Christopher Judge.

From Teal’c to Kratos

Christopher Judge (1964), renowned for his role as Teal’c in the long-running science fiction series “Stargate SG-1” (1997 - 2007), made a seamless transition from screen to video game. In 2018, he undertook the colossal task of giving voice to Kratos, a character with a rich history of rage and vengeance. Judge’s distinct baritone brought a new layer of gravitas to Kratos, earning him widespread acclaim.

A Norse Odyssey Unveiled (God of War, 2018)

In 2018, the “God of War” franchise underwent a radical transformation. The game shifted its focus from Greek to Norway mythology, taking Kratos on a journey with his son Atreus (voiced by Sunny Suljic, 2005). With stunning visuals, intricate storytelling, and Judge’s compelling performance, “God of War” became a critical and commercial triumph. The game’s acclaim extended to multiple awards, firmly establishing Christopher Judge as the voice of a new era in gaming.

Kratos Returns in 2022

In “God of War Ragnarök” (2022), Judge once again dons the mantle of Kratos, embarking on a new Norse adventure. The sequel expands on the themes of fatherhood, destiny, and the consequences of one’s actions. Released amidst much anticipation, it builds on the success of its predecessor, blending breathtaking visuals and emotionally charged narrative.

Critical Acclaim

Judge’s portrayal of Kratos was not only praised by fans but also by critics who lauded his ability to bring nuance and emotional depth to the character. The evolution of Kratos from a vengeful god to a father navigating the complexities of parenthood showcased Judge’s versatility as a voice actor. In Game Awards 2022 he won the award for Best Performer in a Leading Role. His acceptance speech lasted almost eight minutes, making it the longest in the history of the Game Awards.

Kratos’s journey, brought to life by Judge’s compelling performance, has transcended the gaming world. Memorable quotes, like “Read It, Boy”, have become cultural phenomena, infiltrating memes and conversations. Kratos’s stoic demeanor, combined with Judge’s commanding voice, has etched the character into the collective consciousness of pop culture.

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