A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The protagonist's mixture of good and bad motivations may make him too complex for younger players to fully comprehend.
Positive Role Models
Kratos is a very violent character. He shows no restraint in executing innocents who are in his world.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide, genocide, violence against women and children, rewards for killing innocents, and buckets of blood and gore. God of War has it all.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The game opens with Kratos kicking two naked women out of his bed after an implied group sex encounter. Also features a bevy of topless goddesses
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No obscenities during gameplay, but included "making of" video features some foul-mouthed game developers.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Empty wine jugs imply drinking, but no one actually shown drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent game (cut scenes show severed and exploding heads, spears thrust through enemy throats, and buckets of blood). There are topless goddesses and an implied group sex scene. Also, the game centers around a complicated protagonist, a ruthless Spartan warrior haunted by his past actions.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the library of Greek mythology, Sony's action platformer takes a really great idea and stretches it to its limits -- both in terms of high-quality gaming and stomach-turning violence. The result is a beautiful, compelling game that is, sadly, too graphic for even the most mature teens.
The game's creativity serves a dark, amoral hero who lives in a world of explosive gore and relentless brutality. The game shows no restraint when it comes to violence. Additionally, Kratos's total disregard for the innocents that share his world is very hard to accept, even though the game goes to great lengths to explain the reasons for his brutality. Add to that a casual sexual encounter with a pair of women and you have a game that's wholly inappropriate for kids.
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