There’s nothing wrong with cutscenes or plot development or story moments to flesh out characters; those are some of the things God of War does best. For speedrunners, though, the game may as well be a “cutscene simulator.”
BnH247 finished the game in eight hours, 11 minutes over the weekend, which easily ranks highly among the best completion times. But he said he has no plans to ever try again, precisely because of all of that story.
“So this game is one of the biggest cutscene simulator games I’ve personally played so I am definitely not running this game again, literally no point, so little gameplay,” he wrote in the YouTube description of his stream archive.