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God of War II
Gow2-2.jpg
The North American box art, depicting Kratos overlooking the Palace of the Fates
Developer(s) SCE Studios Santa Monica
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) Cory Barlog
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)[1]
480i (SDTV)
God of War Collection
720p
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (as part of God of War Collection)
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
NA March 13, 2007
EU April 27, 2007
AUS May 3, 2007
JP October 25, 2007
God of War Collection
NA November 17, 2009
[2]
EU March 19, 2010
AUS March 18, 2010
[3]
JP March 18, 2010
Genre(s) Hack and slash, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) BBFC: 18
ESRB: M
PEGI: 18+
USK: 18
Media DVD-9 (PS2), Blu-ray (Collection)

God of War II is a hack and slash action-adventure video game and the sequel to the 2005 game God of War for the PlayStation 2. It was released in North America on March 13, 2007, in Europe on April 27, 2007,[4] and May 3, 2007 in Australia.[4] It is the second installment released in the God of War series and fourth chronologically. Prior to God of War III's release, God of War II, along with God of War, was released in North America on November 17, 2009 as part of the God of War Collection, featuring ports of both games to the PlayStation 3 hardware with up-scaled graphics and support for PlayStation Trophies.[5] 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.

The North American version of God of War II is packaged in a two-disc set. The first disc contains the game, and the second disc is dedicated to the game's development, including a diary of the game's production.[6] The European/Australian PAL version comes in two different editions: a single disc standard edition and a two disc "Special Edition" that comes in a different case to the single disc edition. It also includes different box art, a bonus DVD, as well as the PAL version of the game. The game is considered by some to be the swan song of the PlayStation 2 era.[7][8]

Contents

Gameplay

The gameplay of God of War II is very similar to that of its predecessor. The player controls Kratos in a combination of combat, platforming, and puzzle game elements. Kratos' main weapons are the Athena's Blades, which are short swords on the ends of long chains that Kratos is able to swing to attack with, but also are able to be used to scale rock faces or swing from special hook points. Kratos received the Blades of Athena at the end of the original game, after losing the Blades of Chaos in his battle with Ares. Other weapons and magic abilities are acquired as the plot progresses and can be used in conjunction with the Blades to dispatch enemies. Defeating foes using a combination of attacks, including chaining attacks together in combos, will release red experience orbs, used to power up Kratos' weapons and magic, and green, blue, and yellow orbs to replenish health, magic power, and the Rage of the Titans power, respectively. Chests distributed throughout the levels can also release these orbs, as well as providing Kratos with special artifacts to increase his maximum health and magic levels.

As with many foes in the first game, once Kratos has weakened a certain enemy, an indicator will appear above it. The player can then initiate a quick-time sequence, which will require the player to hit a button, turn the analog stick, or button-mash when prompted on-screen. A successful attempt will release additional orbs or life as a reward, while failure may result in damage to Kratos. Bosses can only be defeated via these sequences, allowing for finishers that are both cinematic and engaging.

New features in God of War II include additional relics introduced in the game. These allow Kratos to reflect projectiles back to their origin, slow down time when near special statues, and open locked doors. Additionally, Kratos can fly on the back of Pegasus with combat similar to rail games such as Panzer Dragoon Orta. A new "Challenge of the Titans" mode allows the player to attempt 7 different challenges with increasing difficulty after they have completed the main game once. There is also an "Arena of the Fates", in which the number and type of opponents can be customized. The experience points gained therein carry over to the main game. An overall rank of Titan must be achieved in the Challenge of the Titans in order to unlock the Arena of the Fates. Finally, there are urns hidden throughout the game that unlock additional abilities when starting a Bonus Play.

Plot

God of War II takes place some time after the events of the first game; Kratos, after his defeat of Ares, has become the new God of War, but has not been accepted by the other members of the Greek pantheon due to his ruthless treatment of the other Greek city-states. Kratos is still haunted by memories of the deeds from his past while working under Ares. Leading and aiding his Spartan army in conquering Greece is the only thing that Kratos takes comfort in. As a result, the gods are displeased with Kratos' campaign. Athena pleads for Kratos to stop, telling him that she cannot protect him much longer from the wrath of the gods while reminding him that he owes her for his divinity. Kratos nonetheless ignores her pleas and descends to Rhodes to assist his Spartan army.

As Kratos arrives to destroy the city of Rhodes, an eagle, which Kratos believes to be Athena in disguise, robs him of almost all of his godly power. It then infuses the power into the Colossus of Rhodes, bringing it to life to kill Kratos. After a protracted conflict with the metal giant that rages across the city, Zeus offers Kratos the Blade of Olympus, which Zeus himself used to overthrow Cronos and the Titans. At Zeus' behest, Kratos infuses the blade with his godhood, rendering him mortal but enabling him to destroy the Colossus from the inside. However, when he jumps out of the falling Colossus and asks the gods if he needs to prove anything more to them, he is crushed and severely wounded by the Colossus' falling hand. Limping his way to the Blade of Olympus to save himself, he is interrupted by Zeus revealing himself as the eagle that stole his power. Zeus explains he betrayed Kratos to save himself and Olympus from the same fate that Ares would have offered them. Zeus then offers Kratos one final chance at being a god, provided that he forever serve him. Kratos refuses and Zeus, claiming to be left no other choice, slays him after a brief struggle. Zeus whispers that everything Kratos has ever known will suffer for his sacrilege, Kratos will never be the ruler of Olympus, and 'the cycle ends here'. He then pulls the sword out of Kratos and uses the weapon's power to destroy the fighting warriors of Sparta and Rhodes. As Zeus is walking away, Kratos gives him a warning as he dies: "You will pay for this, Zeus… Be certain of that."

However, as Kratos is being dragged towards an eternity of torment in Hades, he is saved by Gaia, the mother of the Titans, who offers Kratos an alliance. When the Titans were defeated by the Olympians, they were punished and humiliated, and they want Kratos' help to gain their revenge. Kratos escapes the Underworld and is bidden by Gaia to find the Sisters of Fate in order to change his past. She gives Kratos the aid of the magical horse Pegasus to traverse the distance to the Fates. Kratos tells the last of his Spartan warriors in Rhodes to return to Sparta and prepare for battle. Kratos mounts Pegasus and takes off. They soon arrive at a mountain that houses the Titan Typhon and former titan Prometheus. As they fly through the mountain's cavernous innards, Typhon traps Pegasus, leaving Kratos to find a way to release him, while also discovering more secrets about the mountain. Some way into his adventure through the mountain, he finds a chained Prometheus outside in the blizzard, who tells him that Zeus punished him for bringing the Fires of Olympus to the mortals. Prometheus was made immortal and bound and each day his inner organs are savagely consumed by a monstrous eagle, before being regenerated at night, thus trapping him in a never-ending cycle. He begs Kratos to kill him, so that he can be free from his torment. Kratos, lacking the proper tools to kill Prometheus, continues back into the mountain and encounters Typhon face to face. Typhon, angered by Kratos' appearance, tries to send Kratos plummeting to his death with strong gusts of wind. Kratos resists, successfully rips Typhon's Bane from the Titan's eye and uses it to blind him. Now, with a way of killing Prometheus, Kratos makes his way back to where the ex-titan is being tormented and uses Typhon's Bane to free Prometheus . Prometheus drops into the furnace below, and his ashes give Kratos extra strength in the form of Rage of the Titans. Kratos then returns to where Pegasus is being trapped and uses Rage of the Titans to lift Typhon's fingers off the horse, allowing them to escape.

God of War series fictional chronology

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


Kratos flies to the Island of Creation where the Sisters of Fate (the Moirae) await. As he explores the island, Kratos encounters the likes of: Theseus, whom he kills in battle by crushing his skull to determine who is the greatest warrior of Greece (and to take his key in order to venture onward); Cronos, who speaks to Kratos through a magical hologram and gives him the last of his magic (Cronos's Rage); Euryale who attempts to avenge the death of her sister, Medusa, but gets decapitated by Kratos who uses her head to turn his enemies to stone; Perseus, who is there to change the fate of his beloved Andromeda and whom he impales on a hook; and the revived Barbarian King from the original God of War who has fought his way out of Hades to change his fate, whose head he crushes with his own hammer. Kratos also encounters an elderly Icarus who is on the brink of insanity and wrestles Kratos off a cliff and into a massive chasm, saying that it is his fate, none others, to seek an audience with the Sisters. While both are falling, Kratos rips off Icarus's wings and sails below the Earth where it is being held up by the Titan Atlas, as Icarus falls into the Underworld far below.

Kratos lands upon Atlas and tries to communicate with him. At first, Atlas refuses to help Kratos, bent on crushing the human for imprisoning him the last time they met. However, Kratos manages to persuade Atlas to help him so that he may change his fate and kill Zeus. The Titan accepts the offer, giving Kratos the last of his magic, Atlas Quake, and helps him back to the surface so that he may continue his quest. After an expedition through the Sisters' Palace, Kratos encounters an unknown warrior who is also seeking to reach the Sisters. Without either of them knowing who the other one is at the time due to the darkness of the room, they engage in battle ending with Kratos ramming the man through a stain-glass window to the ground below. Upon landing, Kratos is shocked to see that the man is the very Spartan he had told to return to Sparta at the beginning of his quest. The Spartan reveals that Zeus has destroyed Sparta and that he was seeking the Sisters to change the events. He tells Kratos as he dies that he has faith that Kratos will finish what he has started. Kratos is despondent and bereft of the will to carry on, so much so that when the next foe, the Kraken, emerges to fight, Kratos refuses to raise his weapons. He walks slowly towards the Kraken while calling out challenges to the gods, allowing the monster to grab him in his tentacles. As Kratos is about to succumb to the inevitable, he is inspired by Gaia to continue the battle, saying that if he dies, he will be tortured by Zeus and the other gods for all eternity. She promises Kratos that Zeus will fall, saying 'this battle is just the start of a Great War that is to come...'

His rage rekindled by her words, Kratos breaks free, battles and then impales the Kraken's head with a bridge. Kratos then makes his way, on the back of the Phoenix, to the Palace of the Sisters, where he finally confronts the Sisters, Lahkesis, Atropos and Clotho. There, they operate and defend the Loom of Fate, which rules the lives of mortals and gods alike. Kratos first encounters Lahkesis. She reveals that it was she who decided the Titans' loss at the Great War and allowed Kratos to come this far. They fight and Kratos seemingly defeats her, but she then summons Atropos, who takes Kratos back to the time of his final fight with Ares in the first God of War. As Kratos and Ares disappear (inside the illusionary world created by Ares), Atropos attempts to destroy the Blade of the Gods, the sword that Kratos used to kill Ares, with the intention that, if the sword is destroyed, Ares can kill Kratos, causing him to die in both the past and the present. Kratos stops her and goes back to the present to face Lahkesis once more. As he fights Lahkesis, Atropos intervenes from the three mirrors in the room, meaning Kratos must fight both at the same time. Kratos destroys Atropos' first two mirrors, then traps Lahkesis and Atropos in the last mirror and destroys it, trapping the two Sisters within time for eternity. This opens the path to Clotho, who pleads with Kratos as he approaches that his manipulation of fate will destroy everything. Before entering Clotho's chambers, Kratos sees three murals describing past, present, and future events. The first referencing the Great War between the Titans and Olympians in the past and the threat of its revival, the second showing a lone man (likely Kratos himself) surveying the carnage of a great battle that is waging on below him, and the last alluding to the journey of The Three Wise Men toward the birth of Christ. Upon reaching Clotho, Kratos impales her in the head with a swinging blade, leaving him to control the loom.

He first goes back to his death at Zeus' hands in Rhodes, reclaiming the Blade of Olympus and inciting a lengthy battle with the King of the Gods. At the end of the fight, Zeus is striking Kratos with an unstoppable lightning storm, leaving Kratos to call out to Zeus that he surrenders. Kratos asks him to release him from his life and his torment, and as Zeus is about to execute Kratos, stating that, "I will release you from your life, my son, but your torment is just beginning," Kratos dodges the blow and pins Zeus' hands to a rock with his blades. Kratos then takes the Blade of Olympus and begins driving it into Zeus' abdomen.

Athena arrives and defends Zeus, explaining to an enraged Kratos that she has no intent to fight him, only to save Olympus. The badly wounded Zeus attempts to escape, telling Kratos he has started a war he cannot hope to win, as the Fates have already deemed Zeus victorious. As Kratos tries to charge forward and slay Zeus as he flees, Athena interposes herself, saving her father at the cost of her own life. Her dying words reveal that Zeus' actions are meant to break the cycle of son killing father, which goes back to Cronos killing Uranus, and Zeus defeating Cronos. By killing Kratos before he could kill him, Zeus had hoped to break the cycle. Thus revealing that Kratos is, in fact, Zeus' own son, and begs him to relent in his quest for vengeance. After a moment of apparent shock and shame, Kratos' face darkens and he snarls that he has no father. Athena dies in Kratos' arms, saying that all the gods on Olympus will deny Kratos, defending Zeus so Olympus will prevail. She says that even though Kratos only wishes to kill Zeus (rather than Olympus as a whole), Zeus is Olympus. Kratos then vows to exact retribution on Zeus and any god who will deny him his revenge, screaming that their time is at an end, swearing that "If all on Olympus will deny me my vengeance, then all on Olympus will die!"

Returning to the Loom, which is now collapsing, Kratos uses it once again to go further back in time to the final moments of The Great War. He calls to Gaia, who claims that they were expecting him, but the gods are too powerful for them to defeat. Kratos then shouts to Gaia, "All on Olympus tremble at my name! Zeus is weak, Ares and Athena are dead, and I wield the blade. We can win the Great War, but not in this time! Together, we can destroy the petty gods and we will see Olympus crumble before us! Come with me Gaia, return to my time...Victory awaits!" He then brings Gaia and the Titans back to the present with him. Meanwhile, Zeus rallies his fellow gods Poseidon, Hades, Hermes, Helios and Apollo together, urging them to unite and defeat Kratos. As Zeus rallies his fellow gods to stand together, the entire temple of Olympus begins to shake. The gods run over to the balcony to see the Titans brought forward in time by Kratos. As Zeus looks down, he sees Kratos riding atop Gaia as the Titans scale Mount Olympus and burn the city below. As this happens, Kratos shouts "Zeus! Your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!"

The game finishes with a prophetic warning: "The End Begins..."

Characters

Main characters

  • Kratos: At the start of God of War II, Kratos is the God of War after defeating Ares but not being released from his torment made his sorrow boil into hatred. He turns to his mortal army of Sparta to wage war on cities across the land, which raises the anger of Zeus and the other gods. Soon, he finds he is betrayed by Zeus and reduced to a mortal. Kratos must travel to the Sisters of Fate to exact revenge and destroy Zeus once and for all.
  • Athena: The goddess of wisdom, defensive war and industry. Though a constant companion in the first game, Athena appears only three times in this sequel: once to warn Kratos that his actions are displeasing the other gods, a second through a statue (as in the first game), and the last to save Zeus by stepping in the way of Kratos' killing blow. (Ironically, when Athena's mother, the Titaness Metis, was pregnant, Zeus attempted to kill both for fear that the child be the prophesied overthrowing son.)
  • Gaia: Mother of the Titans, and connected to all things of the Earth. Along with the other Titans, she was banished in the War of the Titans, and seeing Kratos' quest for revenge on Zeus, offers to lend her power to his cause. She helps Kratos throughout his journey in hopes that together they can bring about the fall of Olympus. She also acts as the narrator.
  • Lahkesis: The middle (matron) of the three Sister of Fate bears a feathered robe and wings along with a staff. She mocks Kratos by telling him that she was the one responsible for deciding both the defeat of the Titans in the Great War and letting Kratos reach the Sisters. She refuses to accept Kratos and tells him that he will fail in his quest to change his fate.
  • Atropos: The oldest (crone) Sister of Fate who was inside Lahkesis until she split off to fight Kratos. She mocked Kratos' attempt to change his fate, demonstrating her power by altering the event from the first God of War and attempting to destroy the Blade of the Gods so that Kratos would die by Ares' hand. Kratos is forced to fight in his own past (with the final battle of the first game raging in the background) in order to defeat her and preserve his existence.
  • Clotho: The youngest (maiden) Sisters of Fate that Kratos encounters, although she looks like anything but. She is a morbidly obese silkworm-like creature with multiple arms and breasts that sits within the multi-leveled Loom Chamber. She spins the thread of every mortal, god and titan. Kratos must defeat Clotho and learn how to work the loom in order to kill Zeus and change his fate.
  • Zeus: The King of Olympus who created the Blade of Olympus. He is the father of Ares, Athena and Kratos. He betrays Kratos in the beginning of the second game and is the antagonist during the rest of it.

Marketing

Sony's marketing campaign included a media event held in Athens on March 1, 2007 and attended by 20 journalists.[9] The event featured scantily clad women and a dead goat.[10] In April 2007, the Daily Mail learned of the event from the UK Official PlayStation Magazine and condemned it as a "depraved promotion stunt" while Keith Vaz suggested that people might want to boycott Sony products as a result.[11] Sony responded by saying that the article in OPSM which had triggered the Daily Mail story had been written by someone who had not attended the event, had been sensationalied based on hyperbole in the invitation, and contained several innacuracies.[9][10] Before they were contacted by the media, Sony had already decided to remove the article from the general sale copies of OPSM and apologised for any offense caused by the use of a dead goat, which they admitted was in poor taste.[9]

Cast

Character Voice actor
Kratos TC Carson
Zeus Corey Burton
Athena Carole Ruggier
Gaia Linda Hunt
Lahkesis Leigh Allyn Baker
Atropos Debi Mae West
Clotho Susan Silo
Cronos Lloyd Sherr
Prometheus Alan Oppenheimer
Atlas Michael Clarke Duncan
Theseus Paul Eiding
Young Spartan Josh Keaton
Typhon Fred Tatasciore
Icarus/Barbarian King Bob Joles
Perseus Harry Hamlin
Euryale Jennifer Martin

Soundtrack

God of War II
Official Soundtrack
Soundtrack by various artists
Released April 10, 2007
Length 66:41
Label SCEI

The score of God of War II was composed by Gerard K. Marino, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco and released on CD on April 10, 2007. A rock arrangement of "The End Begins" was also released as a free downloadable track for the PlayStation 3 version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.


Critical reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 93%[12]
Metacritic 93/100[13]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9.17/10
Eurogamer 9/10[15]
GamePro 5/5
GameSpot 9.2/10
GameTrailers 9.5/10
IGN 9.7/10
Play Magazine 9.5/10

Upon its release, God of War II garnered overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim. God of War II won a Golden Joystick for "PlayStation Game of the Year 2007" at the 2007 Golden Joystick Awards.[citation needed] Many consider it to be one of the best PlayStation 2 games,[16][17] and also one of the best action games of all time.[7][18][19] It contains four times as many boss fights and improved puzzles in comparison to the original.[7][20][21][22][23][24] In 2007, IGN listed God of War II at number two on their top 25 PS2 Games of All Time list, five ahead of its predecessor.[25]

In North America, the game had sold 833,209 copies by the end of March 2007, twice as many copies as the next-best selling game.[26] In its first week of release in Europe, the game took the top spot in the UK charts as well.[27] The game went on to sell over one million copies in its first three months.[28] By of September 5, 2008, the game has sold 2.44 million copies.[citation needed] On March 13, 2008, God of War II joined Sony's renowned Greatest Hits list.

God of War II is ranked eighth on Game Informer’s list of The Top 10 Video Game Openings.[29]

References

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  29. ^ "The Top Ten Video Game Openings," Game Informer 187 (November 2008): 38.

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God of War II
Box artwork for God of War II.
Developer(s) SCE Studios Santa Monica
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) PlayStation 2
Players 1
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
PEGI: Ages 18+
Preceded by God of War
Followed by God of War III
Series God of War

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God of War II

Developer(s) SCEA
Publisher(s) SCEA
Designer(s) David Jaffe
Release date March 13, 2007 (NA)

March 30, 2007 (Europe)

Genre Action
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: M

BBFC: 18
CERO: 18

Platform(s) PlayStation 2
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God of War II is a sequel of the revolutionary God of War game, developed by the team of SCEA. Although God of War II uses the same engine as its predecessor, the graphics are improved.

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Storyline

God of War II takes place some time after the events of the first game; Kratos, after his defeat of Ares, takes over as the God of War in Olympus, but he is despised by the other Gods due to his dark past and deeds (also because he successfully murdered a god). Kratos finds enjoyment the only way he can, and turns to his army, the Spartans, and aids them as they conquer Greece. Athena tries to stop Kratos from this rampage, but he ignores her, and he himself goes to Rhodes to aid his army; however, as soon as he arrives, an eagle swoops in and steals some of his godly powers and brings to life the Colossus of Rhodes to fight against Kratos. Kratos initially suspects Athena of these actions as he fights the living statue across the city. As Kratos (weakened from the loss of some of his divine power) begins to wear down, Zeus offers him the Blade of Olympus to finish the battle, all Kratos need do is drain his power into the blade and he will have more than enough power to destroy the Colossus. Kratos accepts, and manages to bring down the Colossus at a tremendous cost to his body. After defeating the colossus, Kratos is smashed by its falling hand. Fallen, exhausted and suffering severe internal injuries, Kratos can only watch as the eagle swoops down again, and reveals itself to be Zeus, who tricked Kratos into putting his power into the Blade of Olympus, rendering Kratos a mortal, and stripping him of all his godly powers. Zeus demands that Kratos swear allegiance to him, but Kratos soundly refuses to be subserviant to the Lord of Olympus. Zeus then uses the Blade to kill Kratos, who is too weak from his battle with the Colossus and loss of his godhood to put up any real resistance.

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However, as Kratos is being dragged into torment in the Underworld he is saved by Gaia, one of the Titans, who has observed his life up to this point and offers to save his life and help restore his powers so that Kratos can help the Titans exact revenge on the Gods for the punishment they suffered when they lost the war between the Gods and the Titans. As Kratos escapes the Underworld, Gaia tells him that he must find the Sisters of Fate in order to change his past, and gives Kratos the help of Pegasus to transverse the distance to the Fates. Kratos and Pegasus fly to the Island of Creation where the Sisters of Fate await, well guarded in both the air and on land.

Along these travels, Kratos encounters, and in many cases, defeats several heroes and monsters, gaining new powers, weapons, and magical abilities that he lost to Zeus' trap. He finally encounters the Sisters, Lakhesis, Atropos, and Clotho, all three that aggressively defend the Loom that can change the lives of mortal and God alike. They even attempt to change Kratos' past by changing the outcome of the final battle he had with Ares. Nevertheless, Kratos is able to defeat each Sister, and gains control of the Loom. He first tries to go back to the point where Zeus kills him in Rhodes, leading to a lengthy battle with the King of all Gods. Kratos manages to trick Zeus, wrestling the Blade of Olympus from the God and is about to impale him when Athena appears and takes the fatal blow instead. In her dying words, she reveals that Zeus' actions are meant to break the cycle in Olympus of son killing father and, in turn, reveals to Kratos that he is the son of Zeus. As Athena dies, Kratos vows to exact retribution on the Gods of Olympus for their acts of self-preservation above all else.

Returning to the Loom, Kratos uses it once again to go back further in time, right between the end of the war between the Gods and Titans, and offers the Titans the chance to come back in time with him (possibly why the gods won the war) to finish their war with Olympus with Zeus weakened and the other Gods in a state of confusion. The game ends with the Gods of Olympus, in the present, watching in horror as the Titans climb up Mount Olympus, led by Kratos shouting "Zeus! Your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!"

Gameplay

Characters

Kratos
At the start of God of War II, Kratos is the God of War after defeating Ares but not being released from his torment made his sorrow boil into hatred. He turns to his mortal army of Sparta to wage war on cities across the land, which raises the anger of Zeus and the other gods. Soon, he finds he is betrayed by Zeus and reduced to a mortal. Kratos must travel to the Sisters of Fate to exact revenge and destroy Zeus once and for all.
Athena
The goddess of wisdom that initially aided Kratos in defeating Ares, but now warns Kratos of his actions displeasing the other gods in the hopes that Zeus won't take revenge on Kratos if he stops attacking villages. Kratos accidentally kills her at the end of the game, when she takes Kratos' killing blow which was meant for Zeus.
Gaia
One of the Titans, and connected to all things of the Earth. Along with the other Titans, she was banished in the War of the Titans, and seeing Kratos' quest for revenge on Zeus, offers to lend her power to his cause. She helps Kratos throughout his journey in hopes that together they can bring about the fall of Olympus.
Zeus ( He's a jerk .. He tries to kill Kratos :O )
The King of the Olympian gods and the object of Kratos' vengeance. He betrays Kratos at the beginning of the game by killing him, in fear that Kratos was plotting to overthrow him, only to have his plan secretly thwarted by Gaia. In his final confrontation with Kratos, he is determined to put an end to Kratos' attempt at revenge by demonstrating his power as a giant, and then dueling with Kratos in using his abilities as a god.
Lakhesis
The middle aged Sister of Fate bears a feathered robe and wings along with a staff. She mocks Kratos by telling him that she was the one responsible for deciding both the defeat of the Titans in the Great War and letting Kratos reach the Sisters. She refuses to accept Kratos and tells him that he will fail in his quest to change his fate.
Atropos
The oldest Sister of Fate who was inside Lakhesis until she split off to fight Kratos. She mocked Kratos' attempt to change his fate, demonstrating her power by altering the event from the first God of War and attempting to destroy the Blade of the Gods so that Kratos would die by Ares' hand. Kratos is forced to fight in his own past in order to defeat her and preserve his existence.
Clotho
The youngest of the three Sisters of Fate that Kratos encounters. She is a morbidly obese silkworm-like creature with multiple arms and breasts that sits within the multi-leveled Loom Chamber. She spins the thread of every mortal, god and titan. Kratos must defeat Clotho and learn how to work the loom in order to kill Zeus and change his fate.

Common enemies

Most of the common enemies that Kratos faces are based on mythological creatures including several that return from the original God of War; these include the undead, skeletons, wraiths, harpies, nymphs, gryphons, minotaurs, Gorgons, Cyclopses, Cerberus hounds, Sirens, satyrs, juggernauts, and the armies of the Fates. Many of these common foes can be dealt a more violent finishing blow to earn more experience orbs and other benefits, though can also be finished off by repeated attacks.

Bosses

  • Colossus of Rhodes - The first boss in the game. It is brought to life by Zeus (in the form of a bird) who drains Kratos' power and gives it to the statue. As Kratos fights his way through the city, the Colossus attempts to destroy him. Kratos eventually fights the Colossus from within. When completely drained of its power by Kratos' use of the Blade of Olympus it begins to collapse. Kratos escapes through the mouth onto a platform. He is then crushed and nearly killed by the hand of the falling colossus.
  • Theseus - A famous Greek hero, he wields a twin-bladed spear and can summon ice crystals and Frost Minotaurs. He serves the Sisters of Fate as the 'Horse master' and keeps the key to the chapels on the backs of the Steeds of Time. Kratos offers Theseus' life in exchange for the key he possesses for the door; however Theseus challenges Kratos to a duel to the death to prove who is the greatest warrior in Greece. After an extended battle, Kratos uses Theseus' own spear against him by impaling him to the door, using the key to open the door, then repeatedly smashing the door on his head until he dies.
  • Barbarian King - One of the characters from the original game to return, the Barbarian King was seen repeatedly through the cutscenes in that game as Kratos' adversary who nearly defeated him, forcing Kratos to make a pact with Ares. Kratos is seen decapitating the King in the first game, but in this game he is a corpse riding a decrepit horse and he tells Kratos he is thankful that the Fates granted him this last duel with Kratos for revenge. After Kratos knocks the King off his horse, he uses his own hammer against him, slamming it repeatedly onto his head, before ripping it off a second time.
  • Dark Cerberus - A black, three-headed hound who is faster, stronger and can breathe fire, Kratos discovers it has eaten Jason who had found the Golden Fleece. Kratos must retrieve the Golden Fleece from within the beast who consumed it.
  • Euryale - Medusa's sister, a much larger, heavier gorgon. When defeated, her head can be used to turn enemies to stone. This is similar to "Medusa's Gaze" from the original God of War.
  • Perseus - The Greek hero appears to be on his own quest to seek the Sisters of Fate, to bring his love (presumably Andromeda) back from the dead. Perseus uses the Helmet of Hades that makes him invisible, a sling, a sword, and a reflective shield, all of which he received from various gods. He attempts to kill Kratos believing that the confrontation is a test to prove his worth for an audience with the Sisters (or at least he can bask in the glory of slaying Kratos). Kratos first destroys his helmet then breaks his sword into pieces. Perseus uses his shield to reflect sunlight into Kratos blinding him, when Kratos regains his standings Perseus is near the back of the pool. Kratos renders Perseus vulnerable by smashing him into a wall, then holding him underwater until he loses consciousness. Kratos takes Perseus' shield and throws him through a wall into a hook killing him instantly.
  • Icarus - Appears as an old man about to cross the Great Chasm. He appears to have lost his sanity, reacting violently to Kratos' arrival. This causes a tussle that takes them both over the edge. Kratos manages to tear off his wings, causing Icarus to fall to his death.
  • The last of the Spartans - Silhouetted against the sky from behind a framed glass window, Kratos fights this opponent as a shadow. Neither man knows the truth as to who they are fighting until Kratos wins by tackling the Spartan through a window, discovering to his horror that it was the Spartan he had told to defend the city at the start of the game. The Spartan tells Kratos that Zeus had destroyed Sparta and he had hoped to gain an audience with the Sisters of Fate to change the outcome. The Spartan dies having faith in Kratos' ability to save the Spartans. Kratos uses his body to place on a pressure plate several times before the Kraken devours his body.
  • Kraken - Appears after the last Spartan battle. At this point Kratos has been through so much that he gives up fighting and will not lift his blades. He now believes he cannot change his fate and wishes Zeus to face him at that very moment. This allows Kraken to firmly grab hold of Kratos who is still enraged. Kratos regains his fighting spirit after being convinced by Gaia that he will be eternally tormented by Zeus unless he changes his fate. After a few rounds of battling Kraken, Kratos stabs its tentacles, knocking it off balance, allowing Kratos to use a lever to extend a bridge, sending the bridge straight through Kraken's head.
  • The Sisters of Fate - In order to use the Loom to change his past, Kratos must battle the Three Sisters of Fate that are defending it, frightened that Kratos will bring doom to the world should he use it. Lakhesis confronts Kratos alone trying to kill him using a combination of melee attacks and magic with the use of her staff. When bested by Kratos Lakhesis releases Atropos from within her. Atropos carries Kratos through the mirror back to the time when Kratos fought Ares. She threatens that she could kill Kratos in the past by destroying the sword he used to kill Ares. Kratos defeats Atropos, bringing him back to Lakhesis' throne room. Both Lakhesis and Atropos fight against Kratos. He defeats them by throwing them into one of their inter-dimensional mirrors, and then destroying it, trapping them in a void between realms. After trapping the sisters in the mirrors and destroying them Kratos has one last sister to battle. The final sister, Clotho, awaits Kratos a few levels away. When Kratos makes his way to her head he disables three of her smaller arms blocking his way up. Once at the top level, he disables her two main arms giving him time to bring up a giant swinging blade. With this blade he impales Clotho through her head killing the last of the Sisters of Fate and granting him the power to change the past.
  • Zeus - After using the Loom to return to when Zeus drives the Blade of Olympus into Kratos, he must fight Zeus for control of the blade in order to change his future. Toward the end of the battle Kratos uses both Athena's Blades and the Blade of Olympus to bring him down. After an electrical storm attack from Zeus, Kratos tells Zeus that he gives up and to end his life. Kratos then reverses Zeus' attack with the blade of Olympus and nearly kills him until Athena interrupts. Kratos, while trying to impale Zeus, impales Athena and kills her while Zeus escapes with no concern for his daughter.

And after you killed Zeus you did your job: Kill Zeus

Items and Abilities

Weapons

Kratos' main weapon are Athena's Blades, bestowed on him by the goddess Athena. They function as the same weapon as the Blades of Chaos, but these were given to Kratos as he ascends to Godhood by Athena, and after Ares had taken the Blades of Chaos from Kratos during the final battle. During the game, Kratos also gains the Barbarian Hammer (a slow but powerful close combat weapon originally wielded by the Barbarian King), the Spear of Destiny (a fast weapon with piercing attacks originally used by the Dark Rider), and the Blade of Olympus (a divine sword so powerful it was what allowed Zeus to defeat the Titans.) Each weapon can be powered up with experience orbs to increase their power and add new attacks. However, the Blade of Olympus can only be leveled up during Bonus Play.

Magic

Kratos is bestowed with magical powers as he successfully completes certain tasks during the plot. Initially, Kratos starts with the Poseidon's Rage magic, carried over from the original game, but loses this after sacrificing his magic power in an attempt to defeat the Colossus. However, Kratos regains other magic spells, including Typhon's Bane (a bow-like long range attack weapon), Cronus' Rage (an attack using electricity to strike multiple targets), the Head of Euryale (similar to the Medusa's Gaze from the first game, able to turn enemies to stone), and Atlas Quake (a wide area ground pounding attack). As with his weapons, Kratos can improve the potency and abilities of these spells by spending experience orbs.

Kratos also gains the Rage of the Titans power from Prometheus, which is similar to the "Rage of the Gods" from the first game. This power can only be activated initially when a meter has been filled either due to Kratos taking damage or collecting yellow/gold orbs from defeated foes. Activating the power increases Kratos' attack power for a short time and makes him invincible to knockback, stun, and petrify effects, though not invincible to damage. A new feature of the Rage of the Titans allows the player to activate and deactivate the power whenever they wish; unlike Rage of the Gods which cannot be turned off when used.

Relics

There are two primary types of relics in the game that Kratos will collect. The first are special keys to open locked doors throughout the game, but otherwise have no power of their own. The other type of Relics are those that provide Kratos with a special power. Kratos starts the game with the Trident of Poseidon that lets Kratos to swim and breathe underwater indefinitely. Kratos also gains three additional Relics of this nature in the game: The Amulet of the Fates that allows Kratos to slow down time when close to a Fate statue, the Wings of Icarus that allow Kratos to glide after jumping, and the Golden Fleece which Kratos can use to reflect directed shots back at their sender.

Urns

In the game the Urns give Kratos special abilities and attributes when activated in a bonus play, which is unlockable after you beat the game, such as by giving Kratos infinite magic or Rage of the Titans. The Urns are either found during gameplay in well hidden spots or earned in Challenge of the Titans. The six urns are the Urns of Gaia, Gorgons, Olympus, Prometheus, the Fates, and Poseidon.

Armor

By completing the game or through other special criteria, the player can unlock armor for Kratos. The armor changes both Kratos' appearance and alters the benefits from the orbs in both positive and negative ways, thus altering the difficulty of the game. The armors include different costumes: a fish costume, making him the "Cod of War," armor made from the Hydra Kratos defeated in the first game, and even complete appearance changes to either Athena or Hercules. The player can also wear the armor worn by Kratos at the start of the game in Rhodes which is the armor of the "God of War." The player can only change armor when starting a new game on bonus play

External links

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God of War series
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