The grind can get annoying at times. And it's ridiculous kratos needs armor in the first place for stat boosts when he is a freaking God of War. There's any positive to take away from it is that at least on New game plus you get extra bonus XP and crafting material in new crafting material for different sets of armor. It doesn't fix the entire issue, but at least they tried. Want to talk about terrible grinding? If you got your PS2 or a PS3 that plays PS2 and PS1 discs, try playing chaos legion. That game is a fucking grindfest.But God of War never had grinding for crafting materials.