The original God of War game for the PS2 was a runaway hit with its fast-paced action, Greek mythological setting, orchestral score and violent, over-the-top, third person action. In Part 1 of the game, you played an anti-hero by the name of Kratos, a fearless and ruthless warrior with questionable moral standards who thinks nothing of sacrificing the life of an innocent if it aids his purpose. At the end of Part 1, we saw how Athena pronounces him to be the new God of War after he defeats the mighty Ares in a bitter battle.
God of War 2 picks up the story from there and we see that Kratos is disturbed by the indifference of the other gods towards him. He gives in to his desire for blood-lust as he launches a bloody battle for Greece with his Spartan warriors. Despite Athena’s pleas to stop the carnage, Kratos decides he himself will lead the army to Rhodes. However, when he reaches Rhodes, a mysterious eagle brings to life a gigantic statue, the Colossus of Rhodes, and Kratos soon finds himself fighting a losing battle, despite his godly powers. Little does he realize that powers greater than him are planning to send
him on a one-way trip to Hades.
Gods on the warpath: Part two scores over the first version
Now, I’m a bit wary of sequels as a general rule, especially if they are attempting to follow up on a brilliant original. However, after five days of playing this game till my fingers dropped off (I’m typing this in with my toes), I can categorically say that God of War 2 is far superior to the original game, and that’s saying something.
For one, the scale of almost everything in the game has gone up a couple of notches. Not only are the bosses in the game mega-huge, but the levels themselves seem staggering in proportion. The pace is relentless from the word go and your encounter with the first boss of the game—the Colossus of Rhodes—sets the tone of the game very nicely. That first battle itself is so supremely satisfying and epic that you think it would be impossible to keep up the momentum through the entire course of the game. You wouldn’t be more wrong. Through some brilliant level designing, storytelling, puzzle solving and stunning battles, the game just keeps you begging for more. There are new weapons to master and new moves to discover. And every time you think you’re all powerful, you’ll come across a new devilish monster or trap that will test your skills and reflexes to the utmost.
As in God of War, the graphics in this game are stunning in their originality and execution. The music and sound are no less outstanding, however, and play a major part in bringing the epic story and frenzied action to life. All in all, God of War 2 is a superbly thought out and masterfully executed piece of work that will go down in the annals of gaming history as one of the finest games ever made for the PS2, or for any platform for that matter.
Game: God of War 2
Platform: Playstation 2
Price: Rs2,456, available at www.play-asia.com
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