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Take your place on the throne...God of War,
This review is from: God of War (PS2) (Video Game)
When I first heard about this game, it was the Greek mythology bit that really drew me to it. I am a fan of all the ancient stuff and its about time such a game was made. Once I got onto the games website and began to search it, it took me through all the different places that appear in the game and showed some great little sequences and historical pointers. Everything about this game was begging me to buy it, and I couldn't resist.
The game contains nearly all of the mythological creatures of Greek history and there is no end of fun trying to slaughter them all. From the simple soldiers of the undead to the deadly blade of a turned-bad god, all is fanastic.
The opening sequence throws you straight into the drama and the story ends before you can understand it. If you have played the game, you will understand. There are sections along the timeline of the game that reveal more about the past of Kratos (the gods chosen one) and how he got to that point that we see 20 seconds into the game.
In terms of action, it is absolutely superb. Everything goes into making the heart pump 200% faster than is healthy! The graphic detail is better than any other game I have played. The music changes according to your situation and the events that are taken place, and it unconciously adds suspense and panic into the action on screen. In every room, every bridge and every open space, there is an abundance of enemies to face. No matter how many times you stab a minotaur in the head, it never gets boring. Each enemy has a great way of dying! You can rip the heads of medusas, cut undead soldiers through the middle, tear the wings off vampire-like creatures and so on. Also you can earn points for combat that allow you to upgrade your blades and god powers, creating new moves, new specials and handily adding to your life bar.
What I love most about this game is how each corridor, path or room that you pass through has a specific purpose. There are no bits that are stuck in there to fill time in or make it look a bit better. And on several occasions you will find yourself in a room that you thought you had left well behind several hours earlier. The puzzles quite are more than anything, fun. They are not stupidly easy, some take some thinking but then again they arent throw your joypad on the floor hard either. The structure and compilation of each surrounding has been thought through very well, which is admirable.
Finally, on completion of the game you are rewarded greatly by the gods! God mode is unlocked, there are a series of videos and take-outs to view on the games making etc... and there is a great little challenge where you have to pass 10 levels with specific targets to meet and stuff to do. On completion, it opens more stuff such as alternate costumes, just as completing God mode does. Plus some extremely exciting hints for a God of War 2 to be released in the future!
I love this game and if your a fan of action, puzzles and great stories, this is a must-buy. It has kept me hooked for hours with my eyes dropping out just eager to get to the next stages. I would even consider it to be THE best game that I have played on any console. Addictive, fun and gory!