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God of War (PlayStation 2)

Mature
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Genre
Perspective
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93
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4.0
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Written by  :  Melody (119)
Written on  :  May 19, 2008
Platform  :  PlayStation 2
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Summary

It's not easy to be a human being

The Good

Usually I like platform games, even though you need a lot of patience for them. "God of War" is just such a game. In every place you have to figure out the trick that you need to do to continue. Like for example there is a place with three switches, you need to find a way to press them all to open a door.

There is also fighting, and the moves look great. And there are many combinations to do different moves. Another very fun thing are those parts when you have to press different buttons one after the other, or the same button very quickly. Like for example when you have to press circle quickly to kill that cow. It's very cruel, to put a knife into the mouth of a cow. Poor cow! Well, it's not really a cow, more like a cow-warrior.

Speaking of those cows, there are some that are on fire. I don't understand how they can be alive. I mean, they are burning. This is already a steak, not a cow.

You also crawl on walls, like Spiderman, kicking the enemies that try to hit you. This part is a bit silly, just hit the enemies a couple of times until they fall down.

The great thing about all this is that there are always different things to do. You never feel bored. Sometimes there is a lot of fighting, sometimes a lot of puzzles.

It's a platform game with a great story. The story is great because of Kratos. Actually, Kratos is an evil man. He kills people, he even kills innocent people, he is very cruel. But... we still feel compassion to him. I don't know how the developers did that. I don't know how they could look so deep into his soul. They show us that this character is still a human being. He is bad, he continues doing bad things, but he also feels bad. He suffers. That was the most exciting thing in the game.

There was one very touching part in the game... I can't say exactly, but you will know when you play it. It reminded me of the song: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"...

Now the other characters are gods. And they are really cruel. You have to be cruel to become a god. For example, Athena is very beautiful, but also very cruel. And Ares... well, he is the God of War, so if he doesn't make war, what would he be? It's "part of his job"... It's hard to say, because he is cruel, I admit it, but the whole meaning of his life is to be God of War, I don't think he can reject it. So when he dies... I even had some pity to him. And what happens in the end is very sad, very tragic.

The graphics and the music are cool, no complaints.

The Bad

The only bad thing is the camera.You can't look around. The camera changes automatically. You lose your direction. Especially me, because I have no sense of direction at all.

Maybe many people can think that killing an innocent person in a game is bad, but that was the game's intention. This game is all about war. Maybe that part where Kratos just kicked down an innocent man was a bit too much. Although I think it was part of the game's meaning. It's all about gods and sacrifices. And I mean, it's just a game. Don't take this part too seriously.

The Bottom Line

All the blood and violence are part of the game's idea, so they have a meaning. And Kratos is a complicated character, and his story is touching. "God of War" is a great platform game with a great story.