The God of War series first saw release on the PS2 back in March 2005 and it took gamers by surprise. Featuring sharp visuals and violent gameplay, Santa Monica Studios was able to evolve the traditional logic of what an intense action/adventure game was thanks to the introduction of Quick-Time Events and over-the-top killing sequences, God of War was quickly beloved by gamers of all kinds and the series never looked back from that point on. It’s now time for the final chapter of Kratos and his epic journey to get revenge on the gods of Olympus. In the end…..will there only be chaos?
Since the story of God of War III is very dependent on playing the first two titles, we’ll give a quick recap of the events that transpired in the previous two entries of the franchise. God of War introduced you to ‘The Ghost of Sparta’ or better known as Kratos. Kratos was a merciless Spartan warrior who would do anything to acquire more power and control. During a battle with barbarians, a nearly defeated Kratos saw it fit to plead with Ares, the God of War, for power in order to defeat his enemies. By giving his life to Ares, Kratos was forced to serve the God of War and humbly perform all tasks asked of him. In order for Kratos to further his power and become the most powerful mortal warrior of all-time, Ares devised a plan for Kratos to kill his own wife and daughter, Calliope. Realizing he had killed his family, Kratos terminates his contract with Ares and seeks revenge to kill the God of War.
In order to kill a god, though, Kratos must first access the legendary box known solely as, Pandora’s Box. Unleashing Pandora’s Boxes’ contents, Kratos is able to gain the power to kill a god and exact his revenge upon Ares. Once this is accomplished, Kratos is named the new God of War and sits upon Mount Olympus in God of War II where he is later betrayed by Zeus and the other gods, thus leading him to want revenge upon all of Olympus. Kratos then teams up with the legendary enemies of the gods, the Titans. God of War II ends with Kratos and the Titans scaling the mountain of Olympus.
God of War III picks up immediately following the events of God of War II and starts off with Kratos riding the Titan Gaia as she scales Olympus. Preparing for the Titans arrival, the gods of Olympus — Poseidon, Hades, Helios, Hermes, Hera, Hercules, and the king of the gods Zeus — stand atop the mountain viewing their invaders approach. Once they see the Titans breach the cloud-line, Poseidon launches his opening attack and an epic journey waits in the midst.
Brutal, bloody, gory, intense, and disgusting are terms you’ll hear people say when they see God of War III’s gameplay in action. On the surface, the game is identical to all previous God of War entries in terms of execution, but God of War III offers some unique changes that better enhance the game and help take it a step further. Instead of learning new magic abilities like you would in God of War 1, this time around you’ll only have four magic based moves that are designated to a main weapon. At the start of the game, you’ll have one bladed weapon and magic attack in your arsenal and that will grow as you continue through the game to a total of four. With heavy emphasis on using the other weapons in the game — we won’t mention them here as they are tied to the story and boss battles — you won’t find yourself using the classic blades as your weapon of choice. The other three weapons are far more fun to use and offer better moves and techniques than the ‘Blades of Exile’ – the most powerful version of the ‘Blades of Chaos’. In typical God of War fashion, you’ll need to collect souls to increase the weapons level of damage infliction, magic, and to learn new techniques for each weapon.
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