GOD OF WAR opens with a cut scene showing the main character of the story, a Spartan warrior named Kratos, jumping off of the highest mountain in Athens saying that the gods have rejected him. The game then rewinds to a time period three weeks earlier. Kratos is aboard a ship that is attacked by the Hydra. Later Kratos is sent on a grand journey to save the city of Athens from Ares who is attacking the city and reigning destruction upon it. Kratos' mission takes him through Athens, into the desert, and down to Hades. Kratos takes on harpies, gorgons, cyclopes, minotaurs, centaurs, undead warriors, wraiths, Cerberus dogs, and satyrs. In order to defeat Ares, he has to find Pandora's box (ironic isn't it that the box that brought all terrible things into the world is the one item that can be used to defeat a god). It's an engaging story.
The graphics are of excellent quality. The scenery is both majestic and savage. The fighting is violent and graphic as Kratos rips creatures in half, tears off their heads, or savagely beats beings to death. Blood splatters all over and the sound of breaking bones is common.
The game play combines elements from role-playing, fighting games, platform games, and puzzle games. The game can originally be played one of three different modes: Mortal (Easy), Hero (Average), and Spartan (Hard). I played the game in Hero mode and other than two or three instances didn't have much difficulty during the fighting sequences. I found the most challenging elements of the game to be the puzzle solving sequences.
After beating the game, a series of extras are unlocked including God (Super-Hard) mode. Defeat the game in Spartan mode and more extras are unlocked. The extras that are unlocked regardless of the level played include some deleted scenes, a documentary about the creation of the game, a cut-scene telling about Kratos' younger brother who grew up to hate Kratos, all the in-game movies, character graveyard, a challenge of the gods mini-game of ten challenges, and a few others. This was the first time I've ever played a video game that included more extras and special features than most DVDs.
The game only takes about 8-10 hours to beat and with the different levels, makes it user friendly for any skill level. The game is quite violent and also includes a few scenes with woman baring their breasts so it's not a game for younger children. However, overall GOD OF WAR is a great video game. Recommended for adult gamers and highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in Greek mythology.
I never was a huge fan of the first GOD OF WAR. Sure it was big, loud and gorgeous to look at, but so were ONIMUSHA and DEVIL MAY CRY. And even for the time, the visuals were still not that impressive to say, NINJA GAIDEN for the Xbox or RESIDENT EVIL 4 for the Gamecube. From a gameplay perspective, Kratos lacks the versatility of Dante and his dual pistols. The game tries to make up for it by relying on gimmicks like the ultra gruesome killing moves and the area clearing magic attacks, neither … more
"God of War" has finally pushed the envelope a little too far and has created a game that is completely unsuitable for children. While the game is very fun, and challenging, it has included too much gratutious violence and even (gasp) nudity for my tastes. While I don't exect every game to be watered down to the level of "Kingdom Hearts" (a game that has similar game play), I also don't expect to see slow motion decapitations. Honestly, the added violence adds nothing to … more
Unleash the power of the Gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with lethal double chainblades, Kratos must carve through mythology's darkest creatures - including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solving intricate puzzles in breathtaking environments. Driven by pure revenge, nothing can stop Kratos from achieving absolution.