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God of War
The North American box art, depicting Kratos in the foreground
Developer(s) SCE Studios Santa Monica
Publisher(s) JP Capcom
INT Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) David Jaffe
Producer(s) Shannon Studsill
Writer(s) Marianne Krawczyk
Composer(s) Gerard Marino
Mike Reagan
Cris Velasco
Ron Fish
Series God of War
Engine Kinetica
Aspect ratio 16:9 / 4:3
Native resolution PlayStation 2
480p (EDTV)
480i (SDTV)
God of War Collection
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (as part of God of War Collection)
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
NA March 22, 2005
EU June 21, 2005
AUS June 2005
JP November 17, 2005
God of War Collection
NA November 17, 2009
EU March 19, 2010
AUS March 18, 2010
JP March 18, 2010
Genre(s) Hack and slash, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
ESRB: Mature
OFLC: R16+
PEGI: 18+
USK: 18
Media DVD-9 (PS2), Blu-ray (God of War Collection)
Input methods Gamepad

God of War is a video game for the PlayStation 2 console released on March 22, 2005. It is an action-adventure game based on Greek mythology. God of War was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment's Santa Monica division. It is the first installment of the God of War series of games and the second chronologically.

It was very well received by critics and fans alike and was the recipient of many awards, including "Game of the Year" honors from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. In 2007, IGN listed God of War on their Top 25 PS2 Games list.[3] The game is now available in the PlayStation 2's lineup of Greatest Hits. Prior to God of War III's release, God of War along with its first sequel was released on the PlayStation 3 in North America on November 17, 2009 as part of the God of War Collection, featuring remastered versions of both games and support for PlayStation Trophies.[4] It will be re-released in Japan on March 18, 2010 and in Europe and Australia in the God of War III: Ultimate Trilogy Edition. It has not been confirmed if it will be released as a standalone in Europe or Australia.



God of War series fictional chronology

Chains of Olympus
God of War
God of War II
God of War III

The game begins with the main character, Kratos, committing suicide by jumping off a cliff into the Aegean Sea. As he plummets to the rocks below, the game's story is told through a series of flashbacks. The story of God of War revolves around Kratos, a former captain in the Spartan army who sets out to kill Ares, the god of war. The goddess Athena tells Kratos the past that consumes him will be forgiven if he destroys Ares, who is attacking her patron city Athens. But since Zeus had previously forbidden the gods from directly declaring war against each other, only a mortal can stop Ares. Kratos however, is already motivated by revenge; as the game progresses, Kratos' backstory is gradually explained, revealing he had been a murderous servant of Ares and had received from him his weapons, the Blades of Chaos, and his recurrent nightmares that continue throughout the story to serve as a reminder of his past. Kratos eventually renounced his service to Ares after the god tricked him into killing his own family.

The game starts among a fleet of ships, beached on rocks in the Aegean Sea under siege from the Hydra. Kratos defends the ships from several of the undead, while simultaneously fighting the many heads of the Hydra. After arriving at Athens by ship, and fighting through it, Kratos learns from the city's oracle that the only way to defeat Ares is to use the legendary Pandora's Box, which can give any mortal the power to kill a god. However, the Oracle explains the Box is hidden deep within the Temple of Pandora, carried on the back of the last living Titan, Cronos, whom Zeus has commanded to endlessly wander the Desert of Lost Souls as punishment for his past actions. Kratos travels to the Desert to find Cronos where he gains entrance to the Temple after scaling the Titan's back for three days.

Much of the game takes place within the Temple, inside of which Kratos must solve numerous puzzles and overcome hordes of hostile creatures to reach Pandora's Box. Ultimately he retrieves the magical artifact, but as he does so, Ares learns of his success and kills him. After doing so, Ares sends harpies to claim the Box for himself. Kratos meanwhile, falls into the Underworld, but he manages to fight his way back into the world of the living.

After escaping from the Underworld, Kratos recovers Pandora's Box from Ares (who threatens to usurp the other gods of Olympus), and opens it. The powers unleashed cause him to grow until he is the same size as Ares, and the two engage one another in battle. When Kratos has the upper hand, Ares traps him in an alternate dimension in which he is seemingly reunited with his family, but is forced to defend them against clones of himself. After saving them, Ares strips Kratos of his Blades of Chaos, and uses the Blades to kill his family. A distraught Kratos is returned to the battleground and, after finding the ancient Blade of the Gods nearby (it serves as a bridge leading out of the Oracle's Temple earlier in the game), succeeds in finally defeating and destroying Ares.

Despite his victory, Kratos is informed by Athena the gods cannot rid him of his frequent nightmares of the past (since no one can forget his atrocities), and had only promised to forgive him for his sins. Thinking all his troubles have been in vain, Kratos attempts to commit suicide by throwing himself off a cliff, bringing the story back to the beginning of the game. Athena, however, intervenes and takes him to Mount Olympus where, because of his services to the gods, he is offered to become the new god of war. Kratos' magical abilities are restored, and he is given new weapons, the Blades of Athena.


God of War
Soundtrack by various artists
Released March 1, 2005
Length 58:55
Label SCEI

The score of God of War was composed by Gerard K. Marino, Ron Fish, Winifred Phillips, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco and Winnie Waldron and released as an exclusive product for the Sony Connect Music Store on March 1, 2005. It was also offered as a free download via a coupon code found in the game's manual.[citation needed] Several of the tracks feature voice over passages from the video game.



Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 93%[5]
Metacritic 94/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score A+[7]
Eurogamer 9/10[8]
GameSpot 9.3/10[9]
GameSpy 5/5[10]
IGN 9.8/10[11]
X-Play 5/5 [12]

God of War received strong praise from gaming critics. The game was praised for its strong gameplay, graphics, and sound. A CNN review stated that "'God of War' is the type of game that makes you remember why you play games in the first place."[13]


The game has won over a dozen "Game of the Year Awards".[14] In 2007, God of War was named the seventh best PlayStation 2 game of all time in IGN's feature reflecting on the PlayStation 2's long lifespan.[3]

  • GameSpot's Best PS2 Game of E3 2004
  • Daily Gest Action Game of E3 2004
  • GameSpy E3 Awards 2004 - PS2 Game of Show
  • GameRevolution - Best of E3 2004 Action/Adventure
  • GameSpot's Best of 2005:
    • Best PS2 Game
    • Best Original Music
    • Reader's Choice: Best PS2 Game
  • 6th Annual PSX Extreme's Awards:
    • Game of the Year
    • Reader's Choice for Game of the Year
  • PAX Gamers: GOTY Awards - 2005:
    • Best PS2 Game
    • Best Action Game
    • Best Sound
    • Surprise of the Year
    • Game of the Year
  • Game Daily's 2005 Game Awards:
    • Best Action Game
    • Best Soundtrack
    • Game of the Year
  • IGN PS2:
    • Best Action Game
    • Best Graphics Technology
    • Best Original Score
    • Best Story
    • PS2 Game of the Year
    • Game of the Year 2005
    • Best PS2 Game of All Time
  • Third-Annual G-Phoria Awards:
    • Best Action Game
    • Best Cinematic
    • Best Original Game
    • Favorite Character
  • Included on Game Informer's "Top 50 Games of 2005" list
  • PSM 100% Independent Playstation 2 Magazine
    • Game of the Year 2005
    • Special Achievement Award 2005: Best Story
    • Special Achievement Award 2005: Best Voice Acting
  • 2005 Spike TV's Video Game Awards
    • Best Action Game
    • Best Game Designer- (David Jaffe)
  • Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 9th Annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Create, Entertain) Awards:
    • Overall Game of the year
    • Console Game of the Year
    • Outstanding Achievement: Animation
    • Outstanding Achievement: Original Music Composition
    • Outstanding Achievement: Sound Design
    • Outstanding Character Performance: Male
    • Action/Adventure Game of the Year
  • GameZone 2005 Game of the Year Awards:
    • PS2 Game of the Year
    • Best Original Score
  • 2005 Free Press Game of the Year
  • GameSpy's PS2 Game of the Year 2005
  • ControllerFreaks' 2005 Game Awards:
    • PlayStation 2 Game of the Year
    • Action Game of the Year
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly 2005 Game Awards
    • Best PS2 Game
    • Game of the Year Runner-Up
    • Best New Character Who Deserves a Sequel
    • Best Game Designer (David Jaffe)
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly's The Greatest 200 Videogames of Their Time
    • Ranked #112
  • Gaming Target:
    • 52 Games From 2005 We'd Still Be Playing (The Top 12)
    • PS2 Game of the Year
  • GameShadow Innovation in Games Awards
    • Nominated in Best Character Category
  • Game Informer's Game of the Month in the April 2005 issue


A film adaptation of the game was announced in 2005.[15] Creator David Jaffe confirmed that a completed script had been written by David Self and would be sent out to an unspecified "huge-name director". Jaffe also expressed interest in seeing actor Djimon Hounsou in the role of the protagonist, Kratos.[16] Jaffe also confirmed that Universal Studios is behind the making of the God of War movie but was unaware of its current status.[17] Brett Ratner was originally set to direct the film,[18] but has since abandoned it.[19]


  1. ^ Hight, John (2009-11-17). "God of War Collection Launches Today for PS3!". Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  2. ^ Thach Quach (November 17, 2009). "God of War III: Ultimate Trilogy Edition". PlayStation Blog Europe. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b IGN PlayStation Team (2007-03-16). "The Top 25 PS2 Games of All Time". Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  4. ^ Caiazzo, Anthony (2009-08-31). "God of War Collection – Blu-ray Disc Compilation Available This Holiday Season!". Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  5. ^ "God of War Reviews". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  6. ^ "God of War (ps2: 2005)". MetaCritic. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  7. ^ 1UP Staff (2005-03-20). "God of War (PS2)". 1UP. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  8. ^ Reed, Kristan (2005-07-01). "God of War Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  9. ^ Navarro, Alex (2005-03-21). "God of War Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  10. ^ Padilla, Raymond M. (2005-03-22). "God of War (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  11. ^ Sulic, Ivan (2005-03-18). "God of War Review". IGN. Retrieved 2005-03-22. 
  12. ^ Reed, Jess (2005-03-22). "God of War Review". G4. Retrieved 2005-03-22. 
  13. ^ Lane, Tom (2005-04-07). "Review: 'God of War' Zeus of adventure games". CNN. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  14. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (2008-02-26). "Sony Computer Entertainment America to Unleash Kratos in Limited-Edition God of War PSP Entertainment Pack". Press release. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  15. ^ Games to Film: God of War,
  16. ^ The 'War' Within,
  17. ^ - Game Head - David Jaffe meets Uwe Boll
  18. ^ Geeks of doom - Brett Ratner to Direct ‘God of War’?
  19. ^ "Brett Ratner Abandons "God of War"". WorstPreviews. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 

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