The God of War is all grown up, but his latest journey lays the foundation for his most devastating tragedy yet.
The following is filled with story spoilers for the new “God of War.” It is recommended for those who have finished the main storyline.
Who is Kratos, the God of War? The answer to that is usually some form of, “an antihero with a singular emotion: rage.” When examining a younger Kratos than the hardened one found in the latest “God of War” for PS4, he is driven solely by a self interest in vengeance against those who have wronged him. It seems like he can be figured out after taking one look at his white and red skin, but the new “God of War” starts to peel back the layers of ash to reveal one of the most tortured souls in video games.
Kratos had a rough life. He was born to be a soldier, tricked by the gods into murdering his wife and child and banished to a cursed existence of servitude. After breaking those chains, he joined the ranks of gods who didn't want him and was a son to god who hated him. Kratos doesn't know how to be a son or a father. He’s forever damaged by his past, but the events of “God of War” give him hope. But, that hope could very well be ripped away from him in revelations following the events of the new “God of War.” In order to properly understand how this will affect Kratos, it’s important to see how he got to this point.
I finally got my hands on the God of War III demo for the Playstation3 and it was 15 minutes well spent (not including the 90 minute download). You take the reigns of Kratos once more and enter an all out war between the Titans and the Gods of ancient Greece.
When Sony announced that God of War III was going to be released on the Playstation3, it was almost a reason to go out and buy the system without having seen any screenshots or gameplay footage or knowing anything about the story.
That was how strong the reputation was that Sony Santa Monica built with God of War 1 and 2 on the Playstation2. Since then, this game has been arguably the most hyped PS3-exclusive game since the system’s birth. There was a lot for this game to live up to, but God of War III is worth the wait, delivering one of the best games of the last ten years.