God of War 2
God of War 2 is the second in a very successful franchise of games surrounding the main character, Kratos. This game picks up right where the first one left off. Kratos is now the new God of War, but he upsets the main God, Zeus, and is sent back to Earth without his God powers. However, as he travels through ancient Greece, he regains his powers so that he may enact revenge on Zeus.
God of War 2 is an action packed role playing game, as well as a strategy game. You play the part of Kratos, controlling him though a vast environment. While you are maneuvering Kratos around ancient Greece, there are several bosses you encounter, as well as mini strategy games that you must complete before moving on. Even the bosses are somewhat of a strategy game because you have to figure out the best method in order to beat them. This mixture of role playing and strategy make this an excellent genre mix for this particular game.
The story for this game is very simple: Kratos is seeking revenge on the Gods, mainly Zeus. However, the creators of the game have added several twists and side stories to make it a bigger world than that of Kratos and his revenge. This game takes place in ancient Greece and you fight almost every ancient mythological monster the creators could think of. This helps propel the story along and makes the player want to play more in order to reveal the truth behind the story that has been subtly placed inside the main story, that of the war between the Gods and the Titans. With spectacular cut scenes, this side story reveals more than you bargained for, and helps this game to have an exciting and complete story behind it.
Gameplay and Controls
The gameplay and controls for God of War are excellent and very easy to master. There are several ways in which Kratos can battle the armies of ancient Greece. One of the most fun ways is the simplest way for Kratos, using his two chained blades. These are not only easy to use; they are extremely fun to watch. With a few simple pushes of a button, you can watch Kratos work his blades as if they were a part of him. As you control Kratos and his blades, you also have the option of using magic. Kratos not only uses his weapons, but he can also use the powers he lost to Zeus. These powers are very easy to use as well. Simply scroll through the powers, choose one, and press the button. And not to let the player get bored with those awesome powers or the blades, there are several other weapons you can find in the game, which are just as easy to use as anything else. The movements of Kratos are easy as well, and there are many levels in which you must not only walk or run the main character through, but swimming, crawling, and flying all come to your fingertips with ease as well. All in all, this game has fun gameplay, and is easy to control.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics in the first God of War game were inventive and fun to look at. But the creators must have thought they werenÃ¢Â€Â™t good enough because the graphics in the second installment are even better. The blood and body parts strewn around by Kratos and his blades are incredibly real looking. The landscape is easy to imagine being real. And the cut scenes are unbelievable, making you want more each time you see a new one. There are many small details that can be seen, making the game very re4aslistic. As for the sound, it was simply standard. The special effect sounds were very specific and easy to hear, but the game is better for the eyes than the ears. The music does get a bit repetitive, and there is no special attention to any form of 5.1 surround or any other type of sound upgrade. This game is on an older gen. system, so a new and improved sound set up on new gaming systems for future God of War games will be a nice addition.
This is a very fun game to play. There are hardly any mistakes in this game. The length is good; it takes a while to beat. The bosses are hard, but not to hard. Watching Kratos do as much damage as he does will make you want to continue playing for many hours. The replay is very high as well, after you beat the game, youÃ¢Â€Â™ll have no problem selecting a harder setting and going at it again. It is definitely for mature audiences only, so try not to play in front of younger siblings. Overall, God of War 2 is exciting and interesting, and very worth buying.