The Good, The Bad, The Unforgettable: God of War

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These last few Throwback Thursdays have been for relatively recent consoles and it looks like it won’t be changing with the announcement of several severely anticipated installments for some of gaming’s best franchises.  At Sony’s press conference at E3 this year, they opened up with a teaser for their newest God of War installment simply titled God of War.  The game seems to take a turn from the normal Greek mythology story line and places Kratos in a different country that utilizes Norse mythology.  However, Kratos got there somehow and that was by killing the great Greek God of War, Ares.

The PS2 game, God of War, debuted back in 2005 and was instantly a success among hack and slash type players and those well versed in Greek mythology.  The game follows Kratos, a Spartan warrior, who calls upon the help of Ares during battle to defeat his enemies.  Given his newfound power, the only exchange was that Kratos be Ares’s eternal servant and must do as he is told.  With that, Kratos is sent to a village to pillage and destroy, ultimately killing his wife and daughter in blind power, binding their ashes to his skin, (the reason for the white glow of his skin), as a constant reminder.

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The game is the beginning of the Kratos’s reign and shows that the Gods are not as they seem as he fights his way to get to Ares.  The final battle also shows how Ares’s fall crowns Kratos as the new God of War.  While the entirety of the game is based off of the revenge that Kratos wants and the fact that he wants the memories of his family’s death erased from his memory, Kratos isn’t really that three dimensional.  He doesn’t have any regard for those in his way and proves that by slaughtering humans and Gods alike; in multiple ways that range from stabbing all the way to tearing apart.

While it’s difficult to fathom Kratos’s anger, the game marks the very beginning of a Spartan warrior made Greek God.

Check out the trailer below for the game back in 2005:

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