God of War II

Common Sense Media says

A cinematic but brutal action-adventure hybrid.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stars a bloodthirsty Greek God who uses his powers to kill and dismember others in extremely gory ways.

Positive role models

The protagonist is a complex character who uses his extreme power in a bloody, ruthless manner.

Ease of play
Not applicable
Violence

Fighting is extremely graphic and gory in nature. Players can do everything from rip the eye out of a Cyclops to twist the head off a Medusa to slice arms off of enemies with the chains strapped to your wrists. This game is not for the faint of heart.

Sex

This game has a sex mini-game, featuring topless women in a hot tub. During the "game," you press one of the four main PS2 buttons when indicated, which causes the women to moan louder, helping them to reach their climax.

Language

While the ESRB warns of strong language, we couldn't find any.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this extremely violent and gory fighting game with sex and nudity goes a few steps beyond many M-rated games. This game earns a high star rating as a well-made product, but it also earns our rare "Off" rating for 17+ for its adults-only content. Starring a bloodthirsty Greek god with incredible powers, it shows body dismemberment and lots of blood splatters. It also features nudity and sexual themes, including a Mini game that involves pushing buttons to make topless women in a hot tub moan and reach their climax.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In GOD OF WAR II, you assume the role of Kratos, a Spartan warrior who achieved the status of a god after defeating the powerful Ares. But sitting upon the throne of Olympus did not quell Kratos' appetite for destruction -- until the goddess Athena reminds him she was the one responsible for his position as the new god of war and punishes him by reducing him to the size of a human. Now, back on Earth, in the ancient Greek city of Rhodes, Kratos must prove he still has the goods to stay alive by fighting mythological creatures. In the first major battle, against Colossus, you must dodge his giant fists, catapult boulders (and even yourself) to launch attacks against his huge head, and use the twin blades chained to your wrists to fight off his minions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

God of War II not only offers highly detailed and smoothly animated creatures to fight, but provides impressive art direction with enormous environments that vary greatly between locations (unlike in the first game), along with cinematic camera angles and a clever use of lighting and shadows. The non-interactive cut-scene sequences are also stunning. Unlockable content ranges from bonus games, including an arena-fighting mode and Mini game challenges, to extra Kratos outfits to behind-the-scenes media to complement the second disc, which is already packed with documentary videos, photos, music, interviews, and more. One of the Mini games is a sex game that takes place in a hot tub with topless women.

God of War II is a highly intense, cinematic, and gratifying action-adventure hybrid for mature players -- and it proves there's still some life left in your PS2 after all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game uses Greek mythology as a setting. Is this how you would imagine the world of Greek gods to be?

  • Is violence in a fantasy world such as this less disturbing than in games that mimic the real world? What interests you more in this game: the combat system or the storyline?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:March 14, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for blood and gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual themes, strong language (PlayStation 2)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymiles5501 July 17, 2010
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Puzzle

I strongly disagree with the people who think this game is not for kids. I am 12 years old, and i enjoyed it! On the plus sides: This game will really get the greek gods names into your head. It's hard not to remember them. Puzzle gameplay. Even though it's known for its violence, God of War 2 is actually mostly a puzzle game. Down sides: there are very graphic, brutal, and bloody scenes, including Permetheus getting eaten alive by a bird, and a Horsekeepers head getting repeatedly jammed in a doorway by the main character. (You.) There is also a sex minigame, in which you approach to lesbian girls, and immediately start having sex with them both. (Sex is not shown. but you hear moaning, and see a statue of a baby peeing wiggling around as you have sex with the girls. Both women are shown topless.) (Both breasts visible on each girl.)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Educational value
Teen, 14 years old Written byNo Name, for real. February 25, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Insanley brutal masterpiece thats not for kids.

Players can perform insanely brutal finishing moves and combos. Also lots of sex and some nudity.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byHenry Hurwitz April 10, 2010
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

god of war 2

Very Beautiful, but too violent for most kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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