CAUTION: This reveiw deals with Graphic Violence and Sexuality.
Aside from being one of the best games in my collection, it doesn't have much going for it in this section.
Ok lets get something straight; this is possibly one of the most violent
games released on the PS2.
First, if you're in a fight with monsters (or humans, which is more violent)
you can push the circle button to unleash a VERY brutal attack,
which usually involves ripping off limbs or disembowlment.
Now for finishing moves (usually performed on bosses)
which are also very violent--I will give you a few examples:
Cyclops: you rip out his eye
Medussa: the small ones you rip off their heads and throw them to the ground
Fat Medussa (Boss): you cut off her head and use it as a weapon throughout the game.
Now for the cut scenes: Note the HI/RES cinematics are more life-like and therefor more detailed.
A god is stabbed through the chest with a giant sword, blood gushing from the wound and the god's mouth (HI/RES cut scene).
When you meet a Titan whom Zeus has chained to the hand of Typhoon, an eagle is gnawing at his liver (INGAME cut scene).
(Note: I have not beat the game, but I think this should give you a good idea of the violence throughout the game.)
In the game there is no cursing, but in the bonus documentary disc, there are a few F-words; some of them are bleeped.
Kratos can engage in a optional minigame in the bath house involving two topless women in a hot tub. Nothing is shown during the minigame, but a cupid statue urinating into the water. The statue starts spraying water
more as the women begin to moan louder.
If you fail the minigame, one of the women would comment, "Don't stop now."
(NOTE: When I got to this part, I stopped playing the video game
and thought about returning it to the game store,
and I did not play it for months,
until I found out that the minigame was optional.)
Other than that, there are monsters/enemies that do not wear much clothing and expose breasts and rear ends.
In the documentary disc, there is a part where there are showing a Halloween costume party. One of the guests is wearing a prisoner uniform with the words "sex offender" on the back. Note: Someone draws attention to the costume.
Other negitive elements:
Aside from the sex minigame,
the protagonist kills innocent people. Also there are puzzles that involve dead bodies, including one puzzle which involves picking up a body that's still alive and pleading for you to stop and putting it on a conveyer belt with a large grinding apparatus. All that's left of the body is a blood stain.
Also, some of the naked monsters are very fat, slimy and gross.
So, given all the violent and sexual content, IS THIS GAME ANY GOOD?
It has a great plot. Teaches the basics of Greek mythology, even though I'm pretty sure Kratos isn't a character from Greek mythology.
Game Play--A very fluid combat system that allows you to release massive combos, including the button mashing for the final moves on Bosses.