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 This aerial scene was in many game's trailers
God of War II PlayStation 2 Riding Pegasus
God of War II PlayStation 2 Challenge of the Titans menu
God of War II PlayStation 2 More moderately complex puzzles here, with light reflections and all

Alternate Titles

  • "GoW2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "God of War II: Shūen no Jokyoku" -- Japanese spelling
  • "God of War II: Divine Retribution" -- Working title

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User Reviews

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Wonderful, almost like a movie!! David Bryan (25) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Apr 16, 2007 A+ 100
Yahoo! Games Mar 13, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
EmpireOnline.com Apr 13, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP Feb 11, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr 25, 2007 9.3 out of 10 93
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Mar 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
NZGamer May 02, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.fr May 07, 2007 9 out of 10 90
USA Today Mar 01, 2007 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Yet Another Review Site (YARS) Jun 13, 2007 9 out of 10 90

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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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Guy Chapman (1742) added God of War II (PlayStation 2) on Mar 14, 2007
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