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God of War II is a sequel of the revolutionary God of War game, developed by the team of SCEA. Although God of War II uses the same engine as its predecessor, the graphics are improved.

Storyline

God of War II takes place some time after the events of the first game; Kratos, after his defeat of Ares, takes over as the God of War in Olympus, but he is despised by the other Gods due to his dark past and deeds (also because he successfully murdered a god). Kratos finds enjoyment the only way he can, and turns to his army, the Spartans, and aids them as they conquer Greece. Athena tries to stop Kratos from this rampage, but he ignores her, and he himself goes to Rhodes to aid his army; however, as soon as he arrives, an eagle swoops in and steals some of his godly powers and brings to life the Colossus of Rhodes to fight against Kratos. Kratos initially suspects Athena of these actions as he fights the living statue across the city. As Kratos (weakened from the loss of some of his divine power) begins to wear down, Zeus offers him the Blade of Olympus to finish the battle, all Kratos need do is drain his power into the blade and he will have more than enough power to destroy the Colossus. Kratos accepts, and manages to bring down the Colossus at a tremendous cost to his body. After defeating the colossus, Kratos is smashed by its falling hand. Fallen, exhausted and suffering severe internal injuries, Kratos can only watch as the eagle swoops down again, and reveals itself to be Zeus, who tricked Kratos into putting his power into the Blade of Olympus, rendering Kratos a mortal, and stripping him of all his godly powers. Zeus demands that Kratos swear allegiance to him, but Kratos soundly refuses to be subserviant to the Lord of Olympus. Zeus then uses the Blade to kill Kratos, who is too weak from his battle with the Colossus and loss of his godhood to put up any real resistance.

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However, as Kratos is being dragged into torment in the Underworld he is saved by Gaia, one of the Titans, who has observed his life up to this point and offers to save his life and help restore his powers so that Kratos can help the Titans exact revenge on the Gods for the punishment they suffered when they lost the war between the Gods and the Titans. As Kratos escapes the Underworld, Gaia tells him that he must find the Sisters of Fate in order to change his past, and gives Kratos the help of Pegasus to transverse the distance to the Fates. Kratos and Pegasus fly to the Island of Creation where the Sisters of Fate await, well guarded in both the air and on land.

Along these travels, Kratos encounters, and in many cases, defeats several heroes and monsters, gaining new powers, weapons, and magical abilities that he lost to Zeus' trap. He finally encounters the Sisters, Lakhesis, Atropos, and Clotho, all three that aggressively defend the Loom that can change the lives of mortal and God alike. They even attempt to change Kratos' past by changing the outcome of the final battle he had with Ares. Nevertheless, Kratos is able to defeat each Sister, and gains control of the Loom. He first tries to go back to the point where Zeus kills him in Rhodes, leading to a lengthy battle with the King of all Gods. Kratos manages to trick Zeus, wrestling the Blade of Olympus from the God and is about to impale him when Athena appears and takes the fatal blow instead. In her dying words, she reveals that Zeus' actions are meant to break the cycle in Olympus of son killing father and, in turn, reveals to Kratos that he is the son of Zeus. As Athena dies, Kratos vows to exact retribution on the Gods of Olympus for their acts of self-preservation above all else.

Returning to the Loom, Kratos uses it once again to go back further in time, right between the end of the war between the Gods and Titans, and offers the Titans the chance to come back in time with him (possibly why the gods won the war) to finish their war with Olympus with Zeus weakened and the other Gods in a state of confusion. The game ends with the Gods of Olympus, in the present, watching in horror as the Titans climb up Mount Olympus, led by Kratos shouting "Zeus! Your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!"


Gameplay

Characters

Kratos
At the start of God of War II, Kratos is the God of War after defeating Ares but not being released from his torment made his sorrow boil into hatred. He turns to his mortal army of Sparta to wage war on cities across the land, which raises the anger of Zeus and the other gods. Soon, he finds he is betrayed by Zeus and reduced to a mortal. Kratos must travel to the Sisters of Fate to exact revenge and destroy Zeus once and for all.
Athena
The goddess of wisdom that initially aided Kratos in defeating Ares, but now warns Kratos of his actions displeasing the other gods in the hopes that Zeus won't take revenge on Kratos if he stops attacking villages. Kratos accidentally kills her at the end of the game, when she takes Kratos' killing blow which was meant for Zeus.
Gaia
One of the Titans, and connected to all things of the Earth. Along with the other Titans, she was banished in the War of the Titans, and seeing Kratos' quest for revenge on Zeus, offers to lend her power to his cause. She helps Kratos throughout his journey in hopes that together they can bring about the fall of Olympus.
Zeus
The King of the Olympian gods and the object of Kratos' vengeance. He betrays Kratos at the beginning of the game by killing him, in fear that Kratos was plotting to overthrow him, only to have his plan secretly thwarted by Gaia. In his final confrontation with Kratos, he is determined to put an end to Kratos' attempt at revenge by demonstrating his power as a giant, and then dueling with Kratos in using his abilities as a god.
Lakhesis
The middle aged Sister of Fate bears a feathered robe and wings along with a staff. She mocks Kratos by telling him that she was the one responsible for deciding both the defeat of the Titans in the Great War and letting Kratos reach the Sisters. She refuses to accept Kratos and tells him that he will fail in his quest to change his fate.
Atropos
The oldest Sister of Fate who was inside Lakhesis until she split off to fight Kratos. She mocked Kratos' attempt to change his fate, demonstrating her power by altering the event from the first God of War and attempting to destroy the Blade of the Gods so that Kratos would die by Ares' hand. Kratos is forced to fight in his own past in order to defeat her and preserve his existence.
Clotho
The youngest of the three Sisters of Fate that Kratos encounters. She is a morbidly obese silkworm-like creature with multiple arms and breasts that sits within the multi-leveled Loom Chamber. She spins the thread of every mortal, god and titan. Kratos must defeat Clotho and learn how to work the loom in order to kill Zeus and change his fate.

Common enemies

Most of the common enemies that Kratos faces are based on mythological creatures including several that return from the original God of War; these include the undead, skeletons, wraiths, harpies, nymphs, gryphons, minotaurs, Gorgons, Cyclopses, Cerberus hounds, Sirens, satyrs, juggernauts, and the armies of the Fates. Many of these common foes can be dealt a more violent finishing blow to earn more experience orbs and other benefits, though can also be finished off by repeated attacks.

Bosses

  • Colossus of Rhodes - The first boss in the game. It is brought to life by Zeus (in the form of a bird) who drains Kratos' power and gives it to the statue. As Kratos fights his way through the city, the Colossus attempts to destroy him. Kratos eventually fights the Colossus from within. When completely drained of its power by Kratos' use of the Blade of Olympus it begins to collapse. Kratos escapes through the mouth onto a platform. He is then crushed and nearly killed by the hand of the falling colossus.
  • Theseus - A famous Greek hero, he wields a twin-bladed spear and can summon ice crystals and Frost Minotaurs. He serves the Sisters of Fate as the 'Horse master' and keeps the key to the chapels on the backs of the Steeds of Time. Kratos offers Theseus' life in exchange for the key he possesses for the door; however Theseus challenges Kratos to a duel to the death to prove who is the greatest warrior in Greece. After an extended battle, Kratos uses Theseus' own spear against him by impaling him to the door, using the key to open the door, then repeatedly smashing the door on his head until he dies.
  • Barbarian King - One of the characters from the original game to return, the Barbarian King was seen repeatedly through the cutscenes in that game as Kratos' adversary who nearly defeated him, forcing Kratos to make a pact with Ares. Kratos is seen decapitating the King in the first game, but in this game he is a corpse riding a decrepit horse and he tells Kratos he is thankful that the Fates granted him this last duel with Kratos for revenge. After Kratos knocks the King off his horse, he uses his own hammer against him, slamming it repeatedly onto his head, before ripping it off a second time.
  • Dark Cerberus - A black, three-headed hound who is faster, stronger and can breathe fire, Kratos discovers it has eaten Jason who had found the Golden Fleece. Kratos must retrieve the Golden Fleece from within the beast who consumed it.
  • Euryale - Medusa's sister, a much larger, heavier gorgon. When defeated, her head can be used to turn enemies to stone. This is similar to "Medusa's Gaze" from the original God of War.
  • Perseus - The Greek hero appears to be on his own quest to seek the Sisters of Fate, to bring his love (presumably Andromeda) back from the dead. Perseus uses the Helmet of Hades that makes him invisible, a sling, a sword, and a reflective shield, all of which he received from various gods. He attempts to kill Kratos believing that the confrontation is a test to prove his worth for an audience with the Sisters (or at least he can bask in the glory of slaying Kratos). Kratos first destroys his helmet then breaks his sword into pieces. Perseus uses his shield to reflect sunlight into Kratos blinding him, when Kratos regains his standings Perseus is near the back of the pool. Kratos renders Perseus vulnerable by smashing him into a wall, then holding him underwater until he loses consciousness. Kratos takes Perseus' shield and throws him through a wall into a hook killing him instantly.
  • Icarus - Appears as an old man about to cross the Great Chasm. He appears to have lost his sanity, reacting violently to Kratos' arrival. This causes a tussle that takes them both over the edge. Kratos manages to tear off his wings, causing Icarus to fall to his death.
  • The last of the Spartans - Silhouetted against the sky from behind a framed glass window, Kratos fights this opponent as a shadow. Neither man knows the truth as to who they are fighting until Kratos wins by tackling the Spartan through a window, discovering to his horror that it was the Spartan he had told to defend the city at the start of the game. The Spartan tells Kratos that Zeus had destroyed Sparta and he had hoped to gain an audience with the Sisters of Fate to change the outcome. The Spartan dies having faith in Kratos' ability to save the Spartans. Kratos uses his body to place on a pressure plate several times before the Kraken devours his body.
  • Kraken - Appears after the last Spartan battle. At this point Kratos has been through so much that he gives up fighting and will not lift his blades. He now believes he cannot change his fate and wishes Zeus to face him at that very moment. This allows Kraken to firmly grab hold of Kratos who is still enraged. Kratos regains his fighting spirit after being convinced by Gaia that he will be eternally tormented by Zeus unless he changes his fate. After a few rounds of battling Kraken, Kratos stabs its tentacles, knocking it off balance, allowing Kratos to use a lever to extend a bridge, sending the bridge straight through Kraken's head.
  • The Sisters of Fate - In order to use the Loom to change his past, Kratos must battle the Three Sisters of Fate that are defending it, frightened that Kratos will bring doom to the world should he use it. Lakhesis confronts Kratos alone trying to kill him using a combination of melee attacks and magic with the use of her staff. When bested by Kratos Lakhesis releases Atropos from within her. Atropos carries Kratos through the mirror back to the time when Kratos fought Ares. She threatens that she could kill Kratos in the past by destroying the sword he used to kill Ares. Kratos defeats Atropos, bringing him back to Lakhesis' throne room. Both Lakhesis and Atropos fight against Kratos. He defeats them by throwing them into one of their inter-dimensional mirrors, and then destroying it, trapping them in a void between realms. After trapping the sisters in the mirrors and destroying them Kratos has one last sister to battle. The final sister, Clotho, awaits Kratos a few levels away. When Kratos makes his way to her head he disables three of her smaller arms blocking his way up. Once at the top level, he disables her two main arms giving him time to bring up a giant swinging blade. With this blade he impales Clotho through her head killing the last of the Sisters of Fate and granting him the power to change the past.
  • Zeus - After using the Loom to return to when Zeus drives the Blade of Olympus into Kratos, he must fight Zeus for control of the blade in order to change his future. Toward the end of the battle Kratos uses both Athena's Blades and the Blade of Olympus to bring him down. After an electrical storm attack from Zeus, Kratos tells Zeus that he gives up and to end his life. Kratos then reverses Zeus' attack with the blade of Olympus and nearly kills him until Athena interrupts. Kratos, while trying to impale Zeus, impales Athena and kills her while Zeus escapes with no concern for his daughter.

And after you killed Zeus you did your job: Kill Zeus

Items and Abilities

Weapons

Kratos' main weapon are Athena's Blades, bestowed on him by the goddess Athena. They function as the same weapon as the Blades of Chaos, but these were given to Kratos as he ascends to Godhood by Athena, and after Ares had taken the Blades of Chaos from Kratos during the final battle. During the game, Kratos also gains the Barbarian Hammer (a slow but powerful close combat weapon originally wielded by the Barbarian King), the Spear of Destiny (a fast weapon with piercing attacks originally used by the Dark Rider), and the Blade of Olympus (a divine sword so powerful it was what allowed Zeus to defeat the Titans.) Each weapon can be powered up with experience orbs to increase their power and add new attacks. However, the Blade of Olympus can only be leveled up during Bonus Play.

Magic

Kratos is bestowed with magical powers as he successfully completes certain tasks during the plot. Initially, Kratos starts with the Poseidon's Rage magic, carried over from the original game, but loses this after sacrificing his magic power in an attempt to defeat the Colossus. However, Kratos regains other magic spells, including Typhon's Bane (a bow-like long range attack weapon), Cronus' Rage (an attack using electricity to strike multiple targets), the Head of Euryale (similar to the Medusa's Gaze from the first game, able to turn enemies to stone), and Atlas Quake (a wide area ground pounding attack). As with his weapons, Kratos can improve the potency and abilities of these spells by spending experience orbs.

Kratos also gains the Rage of the Titans power from Prometheus, which is similar to the "Rage of the Gods" from the first game. This power can only be activated initially when a meter has been filled either due to Kratos taking damage or collecting yellow/gold orbs from defeated foes. Activating the power increases Kratos' attack power for a short time and makes him invincible to knockback, stun, and petrify effects, though not invincible to damage. A new feature of the Rage of the Titans allows the player to activate and deactivate the power whenever they wish; unlike Rage of the Gods which cannot be turned off when used.

Relics

There are two primary types of relics in the game that Kratos will collect. The first are special keys to open locked doors throughout the game, but otherwise have no power of their own. The other type of Relics are those that provide Kratos with a special power. Kratos starts the game with the Trident of Poseidon that lets Kratos to swim and breathe underwater indefinitely. Kratos also gains three additional Relics of this nature in the game: The Amulet of the Fates that allows Kratos to slow down time when close to a Fate statue, the Wings of Icarus that allow Kratos to glide after jumping, and the Golden Fleece which Kratos can use to reflect directed shots back at their sender.

Urns

In the game the Urns give Kratos special abilities and attributes when activated in a bonus play, which is unlockable after you beat the game, such as by giving Kratos infinite magic or Rage of the Titans. The Urns are either found during gameplay in well hidden spots or earned in Challenge of the Titans. The six urns are the Urns of Gaia, Gorgons, Olympus, Prometheus, the Fates, and Poseidon.

Armor

By completing the game or through other special criteria, the player can unlock armor for Kratos. The armor changes both Kratos' appearance and alters the benefits from the orbs in both positive and negative ways, thus altering the difficulty of the game. The armors include different costumes: a fish costume, making him the "Cod of War," armor made from the Hydra Kratos defeated in the first game, and even complete appearance changes to either Athena or Hercules. The player can also wear the armor worn by Kratos at the start of the game in Rhodes which is the armor of the "God of War." The player can only change armor when starting a new game on bonus play

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