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Posted on March 20, 2010 by Oscar Gonzalez




In a short while we all will be able to get our hands on God of War 3, Sony’s last installment for the story of Kratos. Now it seems they have brought you both God of War, and God of War 2 remastered on a single Blu-ray Disc.

Without spoiling anything, if you haven’t played the two titles the game revolves around the protagonist Kratos. In God of War Kratos, is a Spartan captain who is betrayed by Ares the god of war, shortly after giving his life to him. Assisted by the other gods he journeys across the ancient Greece. With revenge in his heart Kratos must find a way to do the impossible: kill the god of war.

Story wise God of War II is much longer than its predecessor. Kratos has become the new god of war. After achieving godly hood, Zeus strips him of his powers killing Kratos. Before Kratos’ soul is damned, he is offered a chance by Gaia (a titan), to exact revenge for the titans as well as Kratos against Zeus.

God of War is all about hack and slash. Your main weapon throughout the game is the chain blades (Athena’s Blades or the Blades of Chaos). There will be times you are given additional weapons in your story. Down the road you will acquire assistance from some gods who will bestow upon you a magical skill. For instance you acquire Poseidon’s Rage, an electric like attack on your foes.

Most enemies have finishing moves you can perform on them that can be anywhere from ripping them apart or pulling the horns from a Minotaur. Kratos has a robust move list at his disposal, when chained together you feel just as powerful as the character you are controlling. Boss battles are above all else on a massive scale. The sizes of these guys are enormous and can be quite a challenge, depending on the difficulty setting. God of War is notorious for its quick time events, which prompt the player into selecting buttons to finish an objective. The quick time event is both engaging and cinematic, showing just how badass Kratos truly is.

You will have various puzzles and obstacles to overcome which are indeed creative. The game has within it a fixed camera system that you will not control, and there are very few moments in the game that you need to. The fixed camera works excellent except for a few puzzles or small objectives. Most of the game is linear and you will be going from one mission to another quite rapidly. There are your standard collectables for health and weapon upgrades as well. Save points are given to you through the whole game which makes it an ease not to backtrack mission after mission.

God of War's successor provides a more enriched combat system. Now you can switch weapons using your buttons on the controller, rather than pausing the game. Mini bosses appear a lot more often in God of War II, which gives it more variety when playing. Traversing large areas have become easier, since you can grapple with your blades from given places.

Visually both titles have stood up, making it easy on the eyes at a good 60 frames per second. However, some cutscenes as well as background areas can show their true PS2 skin at times. In game is a visual treat factoring that both titles have been ported to PS3. Everything has been tweaked and sharpened making these old titles new again.

Sound and voice work is outstanding and neither has been shadowed by time. The music score is carefully crafted harmonizing perfectly with the game. Each new section of a level is enmeshed with the suspenseful sounds of the orchestra. Effects such as magic or a creature being viciously mutilated sound incredibly convincing.

Both games took me around 25 hours to complete. In addition they come along with harder difficulty settings, as well as bonus footage. Trophies are added, so you trophy hunters have something else to look forward to.

The best part is you get both of these remastered PS2 classics for only $39.99. It is still one of the most pleasuring experiences to see Kratos on rampage after rampage. Both of these games have truly endured the testament of time. Even if you have already played as Kratos, it never gets old.

If you haven’t played either God of War or God of War II this would be the ideal time when the third is right around the corner.



- Cliff

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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