The central character is Kratos, a warrior eventually revealed to be a demigod. The success of the first game, God of War has allowed for the development of additional games, with each chapter forming part of a saga with revenge as a central theme. Each new installment provides additional information on Kratos' origins and relationship with his family and the gods.
Debuting in 2005, the series has featured on the PlayStation 2, cell phone, Playstation Portable, and PlayStation 3. The character Kratos has been associated with merchandise including artwork, clothing, comic books, a novel and cell phone skins.
As of March 2010 the God of War franchise has sold over 11.5 million units worldwide.
A third-person camera game, the player controls the character Kratos in a combination of combat, platforming and puzzle game elements. The player typically has to navigate Kratos through a long series of tests, trials and mazes to reach goals.
Kratos' main weapons through the series are a pair of chain blades, with various other secondary weapons (e.g. the Blade of Artemis from God of War) acquired with each game. Magic is also used, with four different abilities usually acquired (e.g. Poseidon's Rage, Medusa's Gaze, Zeus' Fury and Army of Hades from God of War). With each new game most weapons and magic are typically lost, with a new arsenal and abilities being found through the course of gameplay.
Kratos often also has a "special" ability which provides temporary invulnerability and increased attack damage (e.g. "Rage of the Gods" or "Rage of the Titans"). It can be recharged by building "hits" on foes in combat.
Health and Magic upgrades - Gorgon Eyes and Phoenix Feathers respectively - are found throughout the game in uncolored chests. A certain number of each are needed to upgrade the Health and Magic bars respectively. Other chests found in the game, containing orbs, are marked with a corresponding color for the orbs (green, blue, and red). Green Orbs replenish health, blue orbs replenish magic and red orbs provide experience and can also replenish the Rage of the Gods meter.
Red orbs may also be collected by killing foes and destroying certain inanimate objects. Combat includes a quick-time feature, which is initiated when the player has weakened a stronger foe and an icon (the circle button on the controller) appears above them. The player then presses the corresponding button commands appearing on screen, with success ending the battle, and failure usually resulting in damage. A "grab" manoeuvre is also available for use on minor foes that yields a higher proportion of experience points in the form of red orbs.
A quick-time sex mini-game and Challenge mode are also often included, which yield bonus red orbs and secret costumes and behind-the-scenes videos respectviely.
Games (release order)
God of War
God of War was first released in North America on March 22, 2005. Kratos is introduced as the servant of the gods. Tasked by Athena with finding Pandora's Box, the key to defeating Ares, the God of War. Ultimately successful, Kratos ascends to Olympus to become the new God of War.
God of War II
God of War II was first released in North America on March 13, 2007. Betrayed by Zeus, Kratos is saved by the Titan Gaia, who states Kratos must now find the Sisters of Fate. The Sisters can change his fate and prevent his death at the hands of Zeus. Kratos is ultimately successful, and learns from a dying Athena (who sacrificed herself to save Zeus and thereby preserve Olympus) that he is the son of Zeus. Kratos then joins forces with Gaia and the Titans in an attack on Olympus.
God of War: Betrayal
God of War: Betrayal was released on June 20, 2007. Taking place between the events of God of War: Ghost of Sparta and God of War II, Kratos is framed for murder and rampages across Greece, seeking the true assassin. Kratos succumbs to bloodlust and kills Ceryx, the son of the god Hermes - an act that alienates him from his fellow gods.
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Chains of Olympus was first released in North America on March 4, 2008 followed by a limited edition PSP bundle pack released in June. Set in the time of Kratos' ten years of service to the gods. Kratos halts a Persian invasion of the Greek city of Attica, and learns that the world has been plunged into darkeness by the god Morpheus. Learning that the sun god Helios has been abducted, Kratos investigates and prevents the machiavellian plan of the goddess Persephone to use the Titan Atlas to destroy the world and as a result Olympus.
God of War Collection
On December 17, 2009 on the European PlayStation Blog, it was announced that God of War Collection will be included in the God of War III: Ultimate Trilogy Edition. This "Ultimate Trilogy Edition" was released in limited quantities in conjunction with God of War III (March 18, 2010 in Australia and New Zealand and March 19, 2010 in Europe). 
The Ultimate Collection was released in Japan as a standalone on March 18, 2010 and was published by Capcom. A God of War III Trilogy Edition which included God of War III and God of War Collection was also released on March 25, 2010. The game was released in Australia on April 29, 2010. and in the UK on April 30, 2010.
The original God of War and God of War II were ported by Bluepoint Games and use the features of the PlayStation 3, including high-definition resolutions (720p), anti-aliased graphics locked in at 60 frames per second and Trophies. The port was derived from feedback of fans of the series and was viewed as a means of introducing new players to the series prior to the release of God of War III.
In a PlayStation Blog post on September 23, 2009, it was revealed that the God of War III game demo from E3 2009 is included. The official gameplay trailer was unveiled on October 16, 2009. The trailer was shown in PlayStation Home's virtual theater and as an advertising poster on the side of the virtual mall.
There are a total of 71 trophies between the two games - 36 for God of War and 35 for God of War II - including a platinum trophy for each game.
From November 24, 2009, the God of War team began a sweepstakes in celebration of the release of God of War Collection. The grand prize was an autographed "Gold" disc (a first pressing of the game created when assets were finalized and reached "Gold" status), exclusive artwork created and signed by a God of War team member, a Limited Edition Kratos T-shirt, and a never before released Limited Edition 10" Figurine of Kratos. First place prize was a copy of God of War Collection signed by the Development Team. Winners were announced on the PlayStation Blog and on God of War.com on December 24, 2009.
Due to the success of the God of War Collection, Sony has ordered new titles to receive similar treatment under a new brand of "Classics HD". The first series to receive a "Classics HD" release will be The Sly Collection.
God of War III
God of War III' was first released in North America on March 16, 2010 with an "Ultimate Edition" available for pre-order with exclusive content. The game continues directly from God of War II. Kratos engages both the gods and former allies the Titans in an epic series of battles across the Underworld and Olympus. Aided by the spirit of a revived Athena and Pandora herself, Kratos eventually defeats the gods and opposing Titans. Although wounded, Kratos disappears after the death of Zeus.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Set after the events of the original God of War and prior to God of War: Betrayal. The game will be released in North America on November 2, 2010 with select retailers offering pre-order exclusives, in addition to the game being available in a special limited edition PSP bundle pack.
John Hight, studio director at Santa Monica, advised Joystiq that "while God of War III will conclude the trilogy, it won't spell the end of the franchise", and claimed "We're going to be really careful about what we do next."
- Kratos: Kratos is the protagonist of the God of War series. First appearing in God of War, the character is a power-hungry Spartan who to save his life is eventually forced to serve the Olympian god Ares. During one murderous rampage, Kratos accidentally kills his wife and child. Renouncing Ares and becoming a tormented soul, Kratos serves the gods until eventually betrayed by Zeus. A convuluted series of attempts to free himself from the influence of the gods (and eventually the Titans) and exact revenge follow, with the series becoming darker in tone with each new game.
- Athena: The goddess of wisdom and Kratos' mentor and ally. First appearing in God of War, Athena charges Kratos with the murder of Ares and is instrumental in allowing Kratos to become the new God of War. Athena is still sympathetic towards Kratos even after he renounces the gods and is betrayed by Zeus. Although dying trying to protect Zeus from Kratos, Athena is resurrected and elevated to a new level of understanding. Athena becomes Kratos' ally once more, and guides him to Pandora's Box, which will allow Kratos to kill Zeus and end Olympus.
- Gaia: Mother of the Titans. First appearing in God of War II, Gaia was banished with her fellow Titans at the conclusion of the Great War. Gaia saves Kratos from the Underworld after a disastrous encounter with Zeus, and directs the Spartan to find the Sisters of Fate, in order to change his fate. Gaia is eventually plucked from time with the other Titans by a successful Kratos. Wounded by Zeus after an abortive attack on Olympus (which ends with the death of many of the Titans), Gaia eventually returns to confront Zeus and Kratos in a final battle. Kratos, however, kills Gaia by destroying her heart.
- Zeus: The King of Olympus. First appearing in God of War, Zeus initially aids Kratos. In God of War II, however, Zeus tricks Kratos into draining his godly powers into the Blade of Olympus, stating it is necessary so as to deal with a new threat (actually created by Zeus). Kratos, stripped of his power, is mortally wounded while human, and killed by Zeus. With the help of the Titan Gaia, Kratos uses the power of the Sisters of Fate to return to the moment Zeus betrayed him and after extensive combat defeats the King of Gods. Zeus is saved by Athena, who sacrifices herself to preserve Olympus. Before dying, Athena reveals that Kratos is in fact Zeus' son, and that he fears a perpetuation of the son-killing-father cycle (as he himself imprisoned his father Cronos). This is confirmed when Kratos discovers that Zeus was infected with fear when Kratos opened Pandora's Box and used its' power to kill Ares. After an enlightening encounter with Pandora, Kratos finally kills Zeus.
A film adaptation of the game was announced in 2005. Creator David Jaffe confirmed that a completed script had been written by David Self and would be sent to an unspecified "huge-name director". Jaffe also confirmed that Universal Studios is behind the making of the God of War movie but was unaware of its current status, and eventually stated that "it's doubtful that the film will even be made." 
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On March 1, 2005 the score for God of War - composed by Gerard K. Marino, Ron Fish, Winifred Phillips, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco and Winnie Waldron - was released on CD (58 minutes and 55 seconds in length) by SCEI as an exclusive product for the Sony Connect Music Store. Several of the tracks feature voice over passages from the video game.
On March 16, 2010, the score of God of War III - composed by Gerard K. Marino, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Jeff Rona, and Cris Velasco - was released as downloadable content (58 minutes and 42 seconds in length) through the God of War III: Ultimate Edition and Ultimate Trilogy Edition by SCEI.
The God of War Trilogy Soundtrack was released with the God of War III: Ultimate Edition (North America) and Ultimate Trilogy Edition (Europe, Australia, & New Zealand).
God of War
God of War II
God of War: Betrayal
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War Collection
God of War Collection has been well received. IGN (9.4/10) awarded the game the "Editor's Choice" Award and praised the enhanced resolutions, lower price point and smoother frame rates, stating it was a "definitive way to play the game".
PlayStation LifeStyle (5/5) noted that for those who are "familiar with Kratos will enjoy the extra polish the Collection brings to two of the best games from the PS2 era."
Due to the success of the God of War Collection, Sony has ordered new titles to receive similar treatment under a new brand of "Classics HD".
God of War III
Kratos has also been featured as a playable character in four other PlayStation games outside the God of War series. One of the games, LittleBigPlanet, also included appearances by minor Kratos foes, such as the Medusa and a Minotaur.
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