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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: 11 out of 281
  1. TomL.
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    Amazing!
  2. SeanB.
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    God of War gives me something that I never expected from it, even though it may very well be the finest game in the massive library of the God of War gives me something that I never expected from it, even though it may very well be the finest game in the massive library of the PlayStation 2. God of War feels like a solid, current-gen quality game, but it manages to capture the feeling that hooked us all on games in the first place. The first time I strung together a 70 Hit Combo on Medusa, God of War took a place in my heart forever. For anyone wondering whether or not the industry is slipping away from its roots, God of War gives you an answer. This is what games should be, because it's what they always have been. Pure entertainment and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Mix that with an epic story and just a dash (ok, about 14 pounds) of blood and sex, not to mention the greatest anti-hero in the history of video games, and you have the best game of the current generation of consoles. Needless to say, God of War comes recommended. Expand
  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. Aug 16, 2016
    10
    This game is the best entry in the God of War series, and will keep it like that! I am absolutely sure that for more beautiful that the newThis game is the best entry in the God of War series, and will keep it like that! I am absolutely sure that for more beautiful that the new the last of War looks like for ps4, god of war will never be perfect as this title again, the same goes to bethesda, nothing will ever come close to morrowind and Skyrim again! Expand
  5. MarcD.
    Apr 2, 2005
    9
    Finally...a character which transcends it's field of entertainment. Besides the fact that God Of War is a remarkable gaming achievement, Finally...a character which transcends it's field of entertainment. Besides the fact that God Of War is a remarkable gaming achievement, the most impressive point to note is how brilliant and layered the Kratos is. Characters this deep belong on the top teir of RPGs, not action adventure games. It just adds a whole lot of satisfaction to the experience when you play through as such an amazing literary character. My fave gaming character for sure. Expand
  6. Apr 28, 2018
    9
    A real success of an American approach of Japanese game mechanics that was a milestone for the video game industry and for PlayStation becauseA real success of an American approach of Japanese game mechanics that was a milestone for the video game industry and for PlayStation because of the mixture of puzzles platforming combat and history, an interesting approach of the Greek mythology and a very good overall video game experience. 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