The God of Beat 'em up
God of War II continues its successful predecessor with a deep-less story, out of focus in Kratos himself's drama and focused on Kratos' revolution fighting the Gods.
There is a really obvious improvement in other aspects of the game like graphics, FX, music and gameplay. God of War II reinvents the classic Beat 'em up genre which was a little dead and resurrects it as a new genre who influenced many other games of the same genre.
Graphics are better, but just because the stages are majestic, everything is really, really big (maybe some Shadow of the colossus influence here), colossal than the previous game. There are new combos and movements are more dynamic. Everything's well harmonized with the music composed by Marino, Fish, Reagan and Velasco.
The game has evolved on its own concept, now the battles are more epic, moving away from the (sometimes) redundant minor battles which God of War I had, making it a special game for the player. Big bosses are all over the game, with less small battles and more epic battles.
The replayability is now better with new unlockable mods once you've finished the main game.
The player will miss some new enemies because they're (most of them) the same as before. Also, maybe because it's really funny, the game is short beside the new mods included.
Many players will be a little bit disappointed when they try the game and notice that there are not many new movements for Kratos, not many new combos and nothing characteristic on this matter.
The Bottom Line
God Of War II is one of the best Beat 'em up games of this generation of platforms. Everything is apocalyptic and it will make any player who loves this kind of games to play it again just when he finishes it.