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  • Summary: Unleash the power of the Gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with lethal double chainblades, Kratos must carve through mythology's darkest creatures including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solvingUnleash the power of the Gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with lethal double chainblades, Kratos must carve through mythology's darkest creatures including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solving intricate puzzles in breathtaking environments. Driven by pure revenge, nothing can stop Kratos from achieving absolution. [SCEA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. Game Informer
    100
    While playing God of War, I honestly found it difficult to resist the urge to simply genuflect and be humbled to be in the presence of such digital divinity, this god among games. [Apr 2005, p.122]
  2. The complete package, and I believe it’s the best game on the PS2. The gameplay is gripping and the story is so good, my wife wouldn’t let me play through the end of the game without her present.
  3. God of War's control and combo scheme is as much a work of art as the game's presentation, which rivals a Hollywood sand-and-sandals epic. And you rarely find puzzles this clever and well integrated in other hack-n-slash adventures.
  4. God of War is a stylish, gory and challenging action game that rewards you for skill and persistence. One of the best action titles to be released on the PlayStation 2 so far.
  5. Gaming Target
    93
    The amazing levels don't contribute to the game's magnificence alone. More so, it's the way in which the moving characters are all just right on the money.
  6. Cheat Code Central
    90
    With virtually no load times this game rivals some of the best Xbox games. The character models are excellent and really excel at instilling a sense of awe at the gargantuan proportions of some of the enemies and Gods.
  7. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    Heart-in-mouth joy from this frantic and bloody hack-fest. [Jan 2007, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 255
  1. TomL.
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    Amazing!
  2. AnonymousMC
    Mar 19, 2006
    10
    i love this game
    i am very picky on what kind of games i play and this game is the best 1 i have ever played!!!!
    i would give this game a 20
    i love this game
    i am very picky on what kind of games i play and this game is the best 1 i have ever played!!!!
    i would give this game a 20 but 10 is the highest
    i love the puzzles,graphics,fighting moves, the whole package! god of war is fuckin rad!!!
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  3. MaikolQ.
    Mar 31, 2005
    10
    This is the best game on the playstation 2. The enviroments are outstandings, the control is perfect, and the main character is superb, whit This is the best game on the playstation 2. The enviroments are outstandings, the control is perfect, and the main character is superb, whit a unique and strong personality. The game is better than DMC3, MGS3 and any other game on the ps2. Congratulations Sony, you did it!!!!!! Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2013
    10
    This game is a must buy if you own a ps2 the story is amazing and even the graphics are still ''good'' for a game from 2005 the combat isThis game is a must buy if you own a ps2 the story is amazing and even the graphics are still ''good'' for a game from 2005 the combat is really good this game is a masterpiece! Expand
  5. NickT.
    Apr 6, 2005
    9
    The first half hour was a bit underwhelming (what the hell was with the sex minigame... it was pointless!), but as soon as I fought the hydra The first half hour was a bit underwhelming (what the hell was with the sex minigame... it was pointless!), but as soon as I fought the hydra and reached Athens, the game picked immensely. This is the most gripping (I never use that word) game I have ever played, as it transcends what one believes to be a simple videogame and becomes an experience. It isn't the amazing graphics, story or gameplay that bring God of War to the forefront; it is, for me, the games sprawling environments. Even though you are confined to one linear path, you don't feel as if you are. This game convinces the player that they are part of a greater conflict, a war. When I entered Athens and saw armies raging below, I was moved... but i was moved even more when i climbed Pandora's temple and was able to see Kronos, carrying the massive buliding on his back, crawling below me; his head bobbing up and down in in agony. Yes, this game does not expand the genre very much, but it makes up for that fact by refining action adventure mechanics and implementing SUPERB presentation. God of War simply must be played to appreciated. While Resident Evil 4 is still my current favorite game of 2005, GoW is a very close second. Expand
  6. Sep 28, 2013
    9
    Uno de mis juegos más nostálgicos que he jugado. Posee una excelente virtud que lo hace un juego épico y merecido de jugar... Perdón: un juegoUno de mis juegos más nostálgicos que he jugado. Posee una excelente virtud que lo hace un juego épico y merecido de jugar... Perdón: un juego NECESARIO de jugar. Excelente temática, impactante ambientación, escenarios de lucha magníficos y gran desarrollo de personajes, nada que le pueda faltar Expand
  7. KavveenK.
    Mar 31, 2005
    0
    What's the use all u do is fight?

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#3 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#2 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005