Alright, I’m only going to stop playing God of War II long enough to write this…

By Dan Zuccarelli . March 18, 2007 . 4:22pm

…then I’m getting right back to it. Like a junkie looking for his next fix, since God of War II has been released I’ve thought of little else besides playing the game. It’s one of those rare titles that seems to encompass my entire life until I’ve worked my way through the entire game. Lucky for me these games don’t come along all that often, which makes them so much sweeter to play through and so bitter to finish.


I’m going to try my best not to spoil anything here, but if you’re really worried about it don’t read the stuff after the jump and heed this simple advice. Buy it. It’s even better than you think it’s going to be, even if you think it’s gonna be perfect. I’m going to recount my way through the prologue and then bits and pieces up to where I’m at now (roughly 10 hours in).


The game picks up exactly where the last one left off, with Kratos seated in his throne as the God of War. That’s become a problem with the rest of the Gods, as Kratos isn’t the kind of guy to let becoming a deity get in the way of his revenge. As Kratos prepares to overtake another city, the Gods strike back and shrink Kratos back down to mortal size and take away some of his powers. They also set a Colossus after him, in an effort to end his life. As a player I’m thrown right into it, battling enemies the second the gameplay begins. It’s a quick refresher course for those GOW veterans among us, and a good tutorial for those new to the game (shame on you!).


You’re gently forced to use all your abilities (grabs, climbing, ass-kicking) in an effort to meet up with the Colossus face to enormous face. And that’s where the real fun begins.


I face forward, looking right at the colossus like I could care less that he’s trying to kill me. He takes a swipe at Kratos, but I dodge it and he only succeeds in killing some of my enemies. Over to my left there’s a huge bow with (lucky me!) a huge rock already loaded. So I have kratos wind it back and send it flying. The Colossus grabs lt like it’s a pebble and crushes it. Stupidly I jump into the bow and launch myself towards my foe. Surprise surprise he grabs me and throws me back to right where I started, only this time with less energy. With Kratos the ususal solution is to kick some ass, so that’s what I do, swinging Athena’s Blades doing damage to his huge arms every time he takes a swing at me. Eventually I stun him, and quickly shoot myself out of the bow again.


I land right on his face and and I slice and dice my way all over him. I’m engaged in one of the many mini-games that worked so well in the first game. Buttons flash on screen and I hit them in correct order as I watch Kratos swing and slice this thing apart. Obviously pissed off the colossus throws me across the city, through a window, and into a bathhouse. After getting a little action from the ladies bathing there (nice) I set about finding that damn thing and ending this once and for all.


Moving through buildings I find him once again, and this time I use the surroundings to my advantage. Wearing him down I jam his arms into the waterwheels and do more damage via button-pressing minigames. This continues until he throws me aside again. This time Zeus calls down from the heavens that not only is he going to help me he’s giving me the weapon I’ll need to do it, the Blade of Olympus. He tells me to pour all my powers into it and finish off the Colossus. So I do. Big mistake.


After killing the Colossus but weakened from the fight and pouring my power into the blade, Zeus seizes on his opening. During the cutscene I’m murdered by Zeus and thrown down a pit into Hades. But lucky for me the Titans need me. Gaia, voiced by Linda Hunt from the first game, spares me from death and I fight my way back out of Hades. Now I’m a fallen god, working with the help of the Titans to kill Zeus himself.


From there Kratos and I have been through alot together in our efforts to get an audience with the Sisters of Fate, as the Titan Gaia has instructed us. The game digs deep into Greek Mythology, touching upon Promethus, Icarus, the Steeds of Time, Kronos and numerous other references. If you’re new to Greek Myths, it’s a great intro into how Zeus came into power and why the Titans might not be too pleased with it.


The meetings with Icarus and Atlas are especially memorable. But I can’t bring myself to ruin it for anyone. 


The game plays like a dream, flowing so smoothly between puzzles and action, minigames and boss fights. It all works so well it sets a bar few games can even see let alone reach. Some are calling it the PS2′s swan song, but for me it’s the title that has actually made me use the PS3. And the game looks so amazing sometimes it’s hard to tell it’s not a PS3 game, save for one problem. I sorely miss the rumble feature in the PS3.


Alright, that’s enough. I need to get back to it. :) 

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