Let Loose the Hounds of Hell!

Easily the most anxiously awaited PS2 for this year, God of War 2 exploded all expectations and takes the PS2 as far as it can go. In what is probably the last truly GREAT game of a truly great system, God of War brings an ass-kicking adventure whose only disappointment is that it has to end.

Playing as Kratos, a former general of the Spartan Army-who, in the first game had fought and defeated Ares to become the God of War-is betrayed by Zeus and is forced to work his way back to power so that he may fight and destroy the King of the Gods. Armed with the Blades of Athena, which are blades on the ends of chains that Kratos uses with great skill to destroy the enemies around him. As well, the blades are used to help scale up walls and swing from special hook points. Throughout the game, Kratos faces a slew of various enemies, many of whom will, near defeat, offer up a button prompt for Kratos to execute his execution moves. Control Kratos as he drives giant swords through the abdomens of his opponents, viciously beheads lumbering foes, cuts the wings off of gryphons or tears the eye out of a Cyclops' head.

The game starts out fast with an epic battle against the Colossus of Rhodes, this is no ordinary "get your feet wet" level; it's for real. Using a ballista to launch himself into the Colossus to crushing his arms in giant waterwheels, Kratos fights viciously, and that is only the first part of the battle! After Zeus betrays Kratos his epic journey for vengeance begins with Kratos going on to a myriad of interesting places, from the bottom of the earth with Atlas, to the giant horse monuments built by Cronos to the Temples of the Fates.

Featuring a wide array of cameos from the Greek mythological world, anyone familiar with the stories will recognize a slew of characters, many of who donate important relics to Kratos' journey. Among these, Gaia helps Kratos escape from Hades to begin his quest to destroy Zeus, (an outcome she also desires) and Prometheus grants the Rage of the Titans that increases the strength and power of Kratos and his attacks. Along the rest of his way Kratos will be attacked and forced to defeat waves upon waves of undead, skeletons, wraiths, harpies, nymphs, minotaurs, Gorgons, Cerberus hounds, sirens, satyrs and juggernauts amongst others.


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