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God of War II (PlayStation 2)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
93
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Description

The brutal warrior Kratos returns as the new vengeful God of War. The second chapter of the series focuses once more on a tale of revenge. Having defeated Ares and now a god himself, Kratos proves to be a more vicious and power-hungry god than Ares ever was. Eventually he finds himself betrayed, with his godly powers and abilities removed from him. Kratos sets upon another epic quest to find the Sisters of Fate and do what no mortal or god has ever done: change his destiny and reclaim his power.

Like its predecessor, God of War II is an action game with platforming and puzzle-solving elements. Still utilizing the Blades of Chaos, Kratos must rip apart his enemies and and other gods, heroes, and monsters from the Greek myths that stands in his way to revenge and power. As before, the higher the combo achieved from killing an enemy, the more red orbs will be awarded to Kratos for upgrades. Kratos has a selection of spells which utilize the blue orbs. Some are familiar from the previous game, while others are new to the sequel and its storyline.

In addition to the action and light puzzle-solving, Kratos takes to the sky in the sequel with some rail-based flying levels on the back of either a Pegasus or gryphon. He also learns several new abilities for combat as well as for solving the puzzles in the game, such as for example the ability to slow down time.

Included with the game is a second disc that has such bonus features as deleted levels, the voices of God of War II, the musical score, and a documentary about bringing the game to life.

Screenshots

God of War II PlayStation 2 Weapons can be upgrades in a light RPG-like fashion
God of War II PlayStation 2 Typical bloody, visceral fight against regular enemies
God of War II PlayStation 2 Title screen
God of War II PlayStation 2 Beautiful art in the marshes

Alternate Titles

  • "GoW2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "God of War II: Divine Retribution" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Challenge your fate with style אולג 小奥 (171737) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The God of Beat 'em up NeoJ (428) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Thoughtless violence Pixelspeech (955) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Thumbs up OrganicTissue777 (3) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Wonderful, almost like a movie!! David Bryan (25) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

EmpireOnline.com Apr 13, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Target Apr 10, 2007 9.6 out of 10 96
GameZone Feb 12, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
Fragland.net Jul 08, 2007 93.5 out of 100 94
GameDaily Feb 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameCell UK May 25, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GotNext Apr 09, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Realm of Gaming Dec 03, 2007 9 out of 10 90
USA Today Mar 01, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
ZTGameDomain Mar 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90

Forums

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS2 version of God of War II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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In March 2007, Sony launched the website islandofrhodes.org with a large countdown that ended on 11th April 2007. Initially, after the countdown, the site only showed a wallpaper and production videos, but a user at GameFaqs.com discovered a page with hidden Greek letters. If you spell Kratos by clicking on them in order (Kappa - under iota, middle right, Rho - upper left corner, Alpha - bottom right, left of soldier's waist, Theta - under upsilon, Omega - upper right, Sigma - bottom right, by soldier's foot) and then hit proceed, a new page appears.

It shows instructions to enable a hidden feature, added at the very last moment on Christmas Eve 2006 when the beta was just finished. It allows players of the PS2 and PS3 versions to unlock a HD friendly resolution for the game: 480P with full size buffers (640x448) rather than the original 480P resolution. It looks prettier, but runs a little slower. The instructions can be found in the Tips & Tricks section.

References

The Greek Hero Perseus is voiced by Harry Hamlin. Hamlin also played Perseus in the 1981 film Clash of the Titans and he was cast specifically for this role.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PS2 Action Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PS2 Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2007 - PlayStation Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Mark Ennis and piltdown man.

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