Video Game Cat Review
Date of Review: July 26, 2012
Format Reviewed: PS3
Language / Country of Origin: English / USA
Online Capability: None.
Prequels: God of War
Sequels: God of War: Betrayal, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War III, God of War: Ghost of Sparta.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required: None required.
God of War II begins where the previous game in the series, God Of War, left off. As the newly crowned God of War, Kratos is leading Spartans in bloody and violent battles against Greece. The goddess Athena tries to warn Kratos of the consequences of his campaigns throughout the Grecian realm (same as she did her brother, Ares), but Kratos does not listen and invites the wrath of the other Gods. Zeus in particular wants to strip Kratos of his godly power – so he tricks him, attacks him, and forces him into Hades. Within Hades, Kratos meets Gaia, who instructs him on how to avoid ultimate death at the hands of Zeus. She tells him that he must find the Sisters of Fate to change his destiny and eventually defeat Zeus.
Cultural / Historical Value:
God of War II was the follow up to the widely successful God of War game. As with its predecessor, it was proclaimed to be one of the best games ever released on the PlayStation 2 and was nominated for and won several awards. The game was particularly praised for its satisfying gameplay and well-balanced action.
Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
Although not an accurate portrayal of Greek mythology, God of War II can teach players about its characters, histories, and themes. Due to its widespread success, game designers can look to this title as an inspiration on how to create compelling gameplay, deep characters and an involving plot.
As with its predecessor, God of War II features varying difficulty levels. Completing the game opens up bonus content – including new game modes. The title also includes mini-games. Although not a highly replayable title, these features offer something to those who would want to play it again.
God of War fans, Greek mythology buffs, action-adventure aficionados, and people interested in slick design and compelling gameplay. Due to violence, nudity, sexual content, mature themes and gore, God of War II is not recommended for the faint of heart. Younger audiences should really stay away.
About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire. He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart. As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime. As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.
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