God of War 2 is a third person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). First released for the PlayStation 2 console on March 13th, 2007, it is the second installment in the God of War series, the sixth chronologically, and the sequel to 2005’s God of War. The game is loosely based on Greek mythology and set in ancient Greece, with vengeance as its central motif. The player controls the protagonist Kratos, the new God of War who killed the former, Ares in the first God of War game Kratos is betrayed by Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods, who strips him of his godhood and kills him. Slowly dragged to the Underworld, he is saved by the Titan Gaia, who instructs him to find the Sisters of Fate, as they can allow him to travel back in time, avert his betrayal, and take revenge on Zeus. This sets up the plot for God of War 2, and takes the player through a huge variety of adventures, both based on legitimate mythology and unique to the game.
God of War 2 Story
Kratos, the God of War, is still haunted by nightmares of his past and is shunned by the other gods for his destructive ways. Ignoring Athena’s warnings, Kratos joins the Spartan army in an attack on Rhodes, during which a giant eagle suddenly drains him of his powers and animates the Colossus of Rhodes. While battling the statue, Zeus offers Kratos the Blade of Olympus (an important weapon in the game) in order to defeat it, requiring Kratos to infuse the blade with the remainder of his godly power. Although now human, instead of a God, Kratos defeats the Colossus but is mortally wounded. The eagle reveals itself to be Zeus, who states he was forced to intervene as Athena refused to do so. Zeus then grants Kratos a final opportunity to be loyal to the gods, but Kratos refuses. Zeus kills him with the blade and destroys the Spartan army.
Kratos is slowly dragged to the Underworld but is saved by the Titan Gaia. Gaia tells Kratos that she once raised the young Zeus, who eventually betrayed the Titans as vengeance for the cruelty inflicted on his siblings by Zeus’ father, Cronos. She instructs Kratos to find the Sisters of Fate, who can alter time, prevent his death, and allow him his revenge on Zeus. With the aid of Pegasus, Kratos finds the lair of Gaia’s brother Typhon. Imprisoned under a mountain, Typhon is angered at the intrusion and traps Pegasus, forcing Kratos to explore on foot. Kratos encounters the Titan Prometheus, who is chained in mortal form and tortured at Zeus’ directive for giving fire to mankind. Prometheus begs to be released from his torment, so Kratos confronts Typhon to steal his magical bow. He blinds the massive Titan with it to escape and then uses it to free Prometheus, who falls into a fire and dies, finally free of eternal torture. The Immolation releases the power of the Titans which Kratos absorbs, using it to free Pegasus and then fly to the Island of Creation.
Just before reaching the island, Kratos fights and kills Theseus to awaken the gigantic stone Steeds of Time – a gift to the Sisters of Fate from Cronos in an attempt to change his own fate-which grants Kratos access to the island. There, Kratos encounters and defeats several foes, some of whom are also seeking the Sisters of Fate, including an undead version of his old foe the Barbarian King, the Gorgon Euryale, Perseus, and Icarus. He eventually encounters the imprisoned Titan Atlas, who initially resents Kratos for his current predicament. After Kratos explains his intent, Atlas reveals that Gaia and the other Titans also seek revenge on Zeus for their defeat in the Great War. Atlas also reveals that the Blade of Olympus is the key to defeating Zeus and helps Kratos to reach the Palace of the Fates.
After evading traps and defeating more enemies, including the mythical beast Kraken, Kratos encounters an unseen foe, revealed to be a loyal Spartan soldier also in search of the Sisters. Before he dies, the soldier tells Kratos that Zeus has destroyed Sparta in Kratos’ absence. Outraged, Kratos is further motivated and frees a phoenix, riding the creature to the Sisters’ stronghold where he confronts two, Lakhesis and Atropos. After they refuse his request to alter time, Kratos battles them. During this, the Sisters try to change the outcome of Kratos’ battle with Ares, but Kratos kills them both, then confronts Clotho, the remaining Sister. He kills her using her traps and acquires the Loom of Fate in order to return to the point at which Zeus betrayed him.
Kratos surprises Zeus, seizes the Blade of Olympus, and finally incapacitates him. Athena intervenes and begs Kratos to stop, as by killing Zeus, he will destroy Olympus. Kratos ignores Athena’s pleas and attempts to kill Zeus, but Athena sacrifices herself by impaling herself upon the blade as Zeus escapes. Before she dies, Athena reveals that Kratos is Zeus’ son. Zeus was afraid Kratos would usurp him, just as Zeus usurped his father, Cronos. Kratos declares that the rule of the gods is at an end, then travels back in time and rescues the Titans just before their defeat in the Great War. He returns with the Titans to the present, and the gods watch as their former foes climb Mount Olympus. Kratos, standing on the back of Gaia, declares that he has brought the destruction of Olympus, setting up the events of God of War 2.
God of War 2 Characters
The protagonist of the game is Kratos (voiced by Terrence C. Carson), a Spartan warrior who became the God of War after killing the former, Ares. Other characters include Athena (Carole Ruggier), the Goddess of Wisdom; Zeus (Corey Burton), the King of the Gods and the main antagonist; several Titans-including Gaia (Linda Hunt), Atlas (Michael Clarke Duncan), Prometheus (Alan Oppenheimer), Typhon (Fred Tatasciore), and Cronos (Lloyd Sherr)-heroes Theseus (Paul Eiding) and Perseus (Harry Hamlin); the insane Icarus (Bob Joles); the Gorgon Euryale (Jennifer Martin); an undead version of the Barbarian King (Bob Joles); and the Sisters of Fate-Lakhesis (Leigh-Allyn Baker), Atropos (Debi Mae West), and Clotho (Susan Silo). Minor characters include the boat captain (Keith Ferguson) and a loyal Spartan soldier (Josh Keaton; credited as the Last Spartan). Kratos’ wife Lysandra, their child Calliope, and the Titan Rhea appear in flashbacks. The gods Hades and Poseidon appear in flashbacks of the Great War, and in the final cutscene alongside Zeus and Hermes on Olympus.
God of War 2 Weapons
Kratos receives a variety of weapons on his quest:
- Athena’s Blades: Magical blades bestowed on Kratos 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 in God of War. Weakest of the other weapons, the Blades of Athena are still fast and reliable in close combat.
- Barbarian Hammer: A slow but powerful close combat weapon originally wielded by the Barbarian King. With it, Kratos can deliver powerful slams and smashes, and also summon legions of souls.
- Spear of Destiny: A weapon originally used by the Dark Rider. With the Spear of Destiny, Kratos can perform deadly swipes and stabs, and can also fire dangerous piercing projectiles at enemies.
- Blade of Olympus: A divine sword so powerful it was the blade that allowed Zeus to defeat the Titans it can also harm and kill other Gods. The weapon can be powered up with experience orbs to increase its power and add new attacks. However, the Blade of Olympus, normally a weapon provided solely by plot developments, can only be used during the fight with the Colossus, fighting Zeus in the last bit of gameplay, and via Bonus Play.
God of War 2 Gameplay
God of War 2 is a third-person single-player video game viewed from a fixed camera perspective. The player controls the character Kratos in combo-based combat, platforming, and puzzle game elements, and battles foes who primarily stem from Greek mythology, including harpies, minotaurs, Gorgons, griffins, cyclopes, Cerberuses, Sirens, satyrs, and nymphs. Other monsters were created specifically for the game, including undead legionnaires, ravens, undead barbarians, beast lords, rabid hounds, wild boars, and the army of the Fates, including sentries, guardians, juggernauts, and high priests. Many of the combination attacks used in God of War reappear, and the game features more than double the amount of boss fights and more difficult puzzles than the original. Platforming elements require the player to climb walls and ladders, jump across chasms, swing on ropes, and balance across beams to proceed through sections of the game. Some puzzles are simple, such as moving a box so that the player can use it as a jumping-off point to access a pathway unreachable with normal jumping, while others are more complex, such as finding several items across different areas of the game to unlock one door. This allows the player to enjoy varying challenges without the game becoming overtly frustrating. If you’re having trouble getting through a certain level in God of War 2, there’s many God of War 2 walkthrough guides that are available online you can check out to make these levels less difficult to complete.
God of War vs God of War 2
A sequel to God of War was first teased at the end of its credits, which stated, “Kratos Will Return”. This sets up the plot for God of War 2, God of War 2 was officially announced at the 2006 Game Developers Conference (GDC). God of War Game Director David Jaffe stepped down and became the Creative Director of its sequel. God of War’s lead animator Cory Barlog assumed the role of Game Director. In an interview with Computer and Video Games (CVG) in June 2006, Barlog said that while working on the first few drafts of script, he studied the mythology extensively. He said that the mythology is so large that “the real difficulty is picking things that really fit within the story as well as being easy to swallow for audiences.” Although he loves the idea of teaching things through storytelling (in this case Greek mythology), Barlog said, “you can’t let your story get bogged down by that.” God of War 2 is much more heavily based in actual mythology than the original GoW game, and the graphics actually improve tremendously.
Like God of War, the game uses Santa Monica’s Kinetica engine. Senior combat designer Derek Daniels said that for God of War 2, they were basing the magical attacks on elements (e.g., air and earth). He said the combat system was updated so that it flowed smoothly between attacks and switching between weapons and magic. He said that they were working for a similar balance of puzzle solving, exploration, and combat seen in the first game, and they used elements that worked in that game as a base for the overall balance. Unlike God of War where magic had a small role, Daniels said that for God of War 2, their goal was to make magic an integral part of the combat system and to make it more refined. Barlog said the game would feature new creatures and heroes from the mythology, and he wanted to put more boss battles in it. Commenting on multiplayer options, Barlog said that “there are possibilities for that but it is not something we are doing right now.” He said that he felt that God of War is a single-player experience, and although multiplayer “would be cool,” it did not appeal to him to work on. As for a PlayStation Portable (PSP) installment, he said that he thought it “would be freaking awesome,” but not something he had time to work on and it was Sony’s decision whether or not to make a PSP installment. You can also find a God of War complete walkthrough guide on the internet or through the many different online retail video game stores.
God of War 2 Soundtrack
God of War 2: Original Soundtrack from the Video Game, composed by Gerard K. Marino, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, and Cris Velasco, was released on CD by Sony Computer Entertainment on April 10th, 2007. Dave Valentine of Square Enix Music Online gave the soundtrack an 8 out of 10, and said that it features a wide variety of ominous orchestral pieces, and each composer’s contributions seem slightly more distinctive than the previous installment. Spence D. of IGN wrote that the score, “is an impressive orchestral accomplishment within the ever-growing and constantly changing arena of videogame composition,” but that it was aimed more towards the gaming experience of God of War 2, rather than being a stand-alone musical experience. At the 2007 Spike Video Game Awards, the score was nominated for “Best Original Score”. In March 2010, the soundtrack was released as downloadable content as part of the God of War Trilogy Soundtrack in the God of War 2 Ultimate Edition. The soundtrack really enhances game play as it fits incredibly well with the plot advances and developments.
Whether you enjoy God Of War and battle based RPG fantasy games, or you just really enjoy mythology, God Of War 2 blends fantasy and real mythology for an incredibly exciting plot that every gamer is sure to enjoy.
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