God of War II

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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A cinematic but brutal action-adventure hybrid.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Ease of Play
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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFree S. May 18, 2018
Parent Written byPlague December 14, 2009

God of War ll

Fantastic game for ages 11+. Epic battles and cool graphics makes this one great game.
Kid, 8 years old May 30, 2018

not for teens or kids

violent realy violent gory game
Kid, 11 years old September 4, 2017

Great game, have replayed many times

Honestly this is a great game, one major downside is graphics (according to 2017 standards), but it's a major improvment from the first game. The soundtra... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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