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God of War Member Review for the PS2

By:
stevesparty11
01/17/06
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
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GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Sony 
DEVELOPER Sony 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

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This is one of the few absolutely amazing games nowadays. The graphics are gorgeous and the action is intense. The moment you begin the game and are shown the cut scene of kratos throwing himself into the Aegean Sea you know this is one badass. The game takes you back a few weeks on a ship with, you guessed it, lots of baddys to kill. The action is immediate, intense and never lets up.
The controls are surprisingly easy to learn with the left analog stick controlling movement and the x, square, triangle and circle controlling the combat. The right analog stick is used to do a combat roll, which comes in handy, and not used to control the camera, which is fixed. Now you might be thinking that a fixed camera angle will spill trouble but surprisingly it handles very well and zooms out and into the action as needed.
The combat is the core of this game, and luckily its good. The square button does a light attack and the triangle a heavy, with the circle unleashing one of four magic attacks you earn along the way. This 3 button combat system seems to get a bit repetitive after a while however with new combos and magic it manages to stay fresh. During combat kratos wields two giant flaming swords on chains, yup thats right this guy is very badass. You will later pick up a new weapon, which is more powerful but not nearly as cool.
You will lead kratos through the amazing storyline, told through beautiful cut scenes and in game scenes, killing anyone who gets in your way. Trust me there are a lot of people in your way. From measly foot soldiers in the beginning of the game to cyclopes', harpies, and three huge bosses. Of course along the way you'll get a taste of some puzzles and platforming, mostly to break up larger battles. Another element you'll face along the way is a few nifty combat í¢â‚¬…“minigamesí¢â‚¬?. In these you must push the right buttons in time, sorta like dance dance revolution, only your killing people not dancing. All in all this game is amazing, the sound and voice work is awesome, the graphics are awesome, the combat is awesome, if not a bit repetitive. The only problem with this game is its length which is much too short, most players will be able to beat this game in a day or so. However a few extras do extended the repaly value considering there is no multiplayer. Bottom line? This is a must have for action fans.


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