God of War

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Excellent game is dark, violent, and for adults.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 31 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Kratos is an extremely complicated protagonist -- a power-hungry warrior cursed by memories of his brutality. His mixture of good and bad motivations may make him too complex for younger players to fully comprehend.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kratos is a very violent character. He shows no restraint in executing innocents who are in his world.

Ease of Play
Violence

Suicide, genocide, violence against women and children, rewards for killing innocents, and buckets of blood and gore. God of War has it all.

Sex

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

Language

No obscenities during gameplay, but included "making of" video features some foul-mouthed game developers.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Empty wine jugs imply drinking, but no one actually shown drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byvoiceofreason April 9, 2008

Second best game so far of this year. Teens should be able to handle it.

The only thing stopping God of War from being the game of the year so far is the perfection that is Resident Evil 4. The combo-heavy gameplay moves far beyond t... Continue reading
Parent of a 16 year old Written bybengates512 August 15, 2014

Ok for a mature 16 year old

This was one of my favorite games and I had wanted to share it with my son for a long time. Now that he's older I know he can handle it but if you're... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBizaro_Number_One May 26, 2014

A mystical adventure you are sure to enjoy!

When I say "mystical," I mean that it is all fiction. You can't even do any of these violent acts in real life. There is no profanity through the... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byunderonehalo April 9, 2008

a beautiful, bloody game thats harder than u think.

This is a mature game, for mature people. If you're not mature, skip this game, because it has it all. Brutal killings, sexual acts, mythological beings, g... Continue reading

What's it about?

In GOD OF WAR, players control Kratos, a warrior and commander of one of the most feared platoons of the Spartan army. He pledges allegiance to Ares, but is double-crossed -- and he vows to make Ares pay for the countless people he's killed in the god's name. Top-notch combat features dozens of special fighting moves and inventive magic skills allow players to turn enemies to stone with the power of the Gorgon or throw Zeus' lightening bolts. Puzzles require some inventive thinking, asking players to assess the environment for clues and solutions, and the platform elements require good timing and jumping skills to navigate creative settings like the Cliffs of Madness and the depths of Hades.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Kratos's ends justify his vicious means. Do you agree with him, or is there something troubling about this view? He kills innocent people; is this ever an acceptable thing to do?

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