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Why You Need To Download God Of War Ragnarok's Day One Patch

"God of War Ragnarok" has finally arrived. As one of the most anticipated games of the year, it's enjoying its time on the front page of every major gaming outlet. It's a well-deserved victory lap, too. Almost every critic agreed that the game is nearly perfect, finely honed and ready to sweep end-of-the-year gaming awards. Many fans are still enjoying the game, as it will take a considerable amount of time to beat. That said, those fans might want to make sure their game file is updated to the latest version, or else they might be missing out on some important fixes.

It's almost always a good idea to keep your games up to date with the latest patches and updates, but it's especially important in the case of "God of War Ragnarok," which released a massive Day One patch shortly after its release. While gamers and critics agreed on the quality of the game, there were still some small details that needed attention from developers. Here's why you need to download the "God of War Ragnarok" Day One patch right away.

Santa Monica Studio tweeted to gamers that it "strongly encourage[d] you to download this patch to ensure you have the best possible experience when you play." To emphasize just how important the patch is, the developers linked to the specific patch notes, which includes over 160 individual fixes for various parts of the game.

What's so important about the Day One patch?

Many of the points in the patch notes seemed to be fixes for basic parts of the game that simply didn't work, like story beats that didn't trigger correctly or shopkeepers who had issues with looping dialogue. However, the notes also included changes to gameplay, fine-tuning combat and game mechanics for the perfect experience. For example, one glitch made loot drop in inaccessible places. The patch makes sure that player characters can easily scoop up any dropped goodies. The patch also has updates to make combat smoother, fixing enemies that would load too slowly or behave erratically.

The bottom line for those that don't want to sift through the massive amount of fixes in the patch notes is pretty simple. Those who don't download the Day One patch will likely have performance issues in "God of War Ragnarok." These issues could be small, but it would affect one's enjoyment of the "God of War" experience, which would be disappointing to both gamers and devs who worked hard on the game.