God of War II
|God of War 2|
|ESRB rating:||Mature (M)|
 Plot Summary
God of War II takes place an unknown amount of time after the original title, God of War. Kratos is now the God of War after his defeat of Ares and he has been ruthlessly destroying areas of Greece. Kratos is still haunted by terrible visions of the past, from his families death to the countless acts of murder he committed while under Ares' rule. Athena pleads with Kratos to stop his overbearing rule as the Gods are not pleased with his decisions and she cannot protect him much longer. Kratos snaps at her that he doesn't need her help and still holds the Gods responsible for his nightmares. Kratos then descends down into the City of Rhodes to aid his army in its destruction.
As Kratos begins his attack, an owl is seen flying overhead as it zaps Kratos of most of his God-like powers, infusing them into the Colossus of Rhodes. Kratos believes it was Athena that betrayed him, and Kratos then must battle the giant statue across different sections of the city. Soon Zeus' voice is heard as he offers Kratos the Blade of Olympus, a mighty powerful sword which Zeus used to defeat Cronos and the other titans. With this hope, Kratos gives up all of his power into the sword and uses it to inflict great damage on the Colossus before defeating him from inside of his body. Kratos shouts to the Gods in frustration asking if he needs to prove anything more to them as the statue's hand falls and crushes Kratos. He gets to his feet and stumbles towards the Blade of Olympus, believing it is his only hope. Before he can reach it, Zeus appears, revealing that he was the owl who robbed Kratos of his power, fearing that Kratos would attempt to overthrow him and Olympus just like he did Ares. Zeus offers Kratos the chance to stay the God of War as long as he serves Zeus eternally, but Kratos refuses, admitting he serves no one. Zeus then shoves the Blade of Olympus into Kratos' stomach, deeper and deeper. As Kratos nears death, he vows revenge on Zeus and the mighty God kills off the rest of Kratos' men.
As Kratos is being draged down into the eternal hell of Hades, he is saved by the Titan Gaia. She was a part of the Great War in which the Titans were defeated by the Gods, so she asks Kratos to help extract revenge on them. She gives Kratos the magnificent horse Pegasus and offers him the path to the Sisters of Fate, a group of individuals who can provide Kratos with the power to defeat Zeus. The journey is a long one though, as Kratos and Pegasus first get trapped in a giant mountain cavern, where they encounter Typhon, a powerful Titan. Once arriving at the island, Kratos battles many tough foes, including Theseus, whom he battles to determine who the strongest warrior in the land in. There is also Perseus, who is on his own quest to the Sisters of Fate, and Icarus, whom Kratos gets into a tangle with in the air before ripping the wings off of the man's back and landing inside the Earths surface below.
It is here that Kratos encounters Atlas, the giant Titan that was tied to the Earth as a result of Kratos' actions from God of War: Chains of Olympus. Kratos demands help from Atlas in getting back up to the surface so he can find the Sisters. Atlas at first refuses as he holds a grudge against Kratos, but he finally agrees, giving Kratos some of his power in the process, in the form of the Atlas Quake. After wandering through the great palace for a period of time, Kratos finally encounters the first of the Sisters.
Kratos first battle is with Lakhesis, the one who decided the Gods were to win the battle with the Titans all those years ago. They have a quick battle in a room surrounded by three giant mirrors, ones that allow the viewer a look into the past and to move about the room in and out of them quickly. Once defeated, Lakhesis calls upon Atropos, the second sister. She pulls Kratos through a mirror back to the time of his fight with Ares. Kratos sits atop the giant Blade of the Gods, the weapon used to defeat Ares in the first God of War. Atropos hopes to break the sword, leaving Kratos without a means to defeat Ares, causing him to die in both the past and present. Kratos is able to defeat her though, and once back in the palace, Kratos must fight both Sisters at the same time. He does so successfully until destroying two of the mirrors and trapping the Sisters in the third movie, stuck in a never-ending past. Kratos soon arrives at the third sister, Clotho, who is quite frightened by his arrival, demanding that Kratos stop his actions at once. Instead, Kratos runs a giant blade into the Sister's head, causing her quick and sudden death.
Using the Loom of Fate, Kratos goes back to the time of his encounter with Zeus. He grabs the Blade of Olympus and engages Zeus in a great battle. Zeus fights Kratos in both up-close hand to hand fighting, and from a distance as a giant form of himself. Eventually, Kratos feigns defeat, admitting to Zeus that he has lost. As Kratos falls to the ground, stands over him, relishing in victory. Kratos then is able to use this opportunity to pin Zeus up against a rock and plunge the great sword into Zeus' chest.
Soon afterwards, Athena arrives to stop Kratos from killing Zeus. She says that she must defend Olympus, and as Zeus tries to escape, Kratos lunges at him with the sword once more. This time, Athena steps in front of the blade, causing her own impending death. It is during this time in which it is revealed that Kratos in Zeus' son, and that if Kratos is to be successful in defeating his father, he will have to go up against all of the Gods and Olympus itself.
Kratos returns to the Loom and uses it to go back in time even further to when the Great War takes place. Kratos urges Gaia and the other Titans to return to his time, as Zeus is weak and their hunger for revenge is ripe for acting upon. Back in present events, Zeus is shown speaking to Poseidon, Hades, Hermes, and Helios, declaring "Olympus shall Prevail" and that Kratos must be defeated. Soon afterwards, the tower in which they reside begins to shake, and as Zeus looks down below, Kratos is shown atop the back of Gaia and the Titans ascend the building. Kratos screams towards his father, "Zeus! Your son has returned! I bring the destruction of Olympus!".
- Players can utilize their favourite combo attacks from God of War, along with a whole new set of moves and magic. Magic is based on nature's elements which include utilizing the power if wind, ice and much more.
- From the popular Cyclops and Cerebus to the Flying Gryphon and more, players will encounter some of the greatest Greek mythological beasts, along with more enemies and bosses.
- God of War II features more puzzle solving, where players must solve intelligent, challenging and progressively more complicated puzzles latent with brutal elements that are intricately woven into the overarching story.
- Players will continue their previous experiences in the dark, violent world of Greek mythology and test their agility through more levels as they traverse treacherous, often brutal terrain that will range from the undiscovered Sisters of Fate to the Dark Swap and more.
Colossus of Rhodes - The fight with this giant statue is the first boss battle in God of War II. It is brought to life by Zeus in an attempt to defeat Kratos. The fight begins with Kratos jumping onto the statue and inflicting damage to the surface, and finishes with Kratos destroying the giant from the inside as it crashes down to the ground.
Theseus - Theseus is a Greek hero that stands in the way of Kratos on his path to the Sisters of Fate. Kratos offers to spare his life in return for the key to the Steeds of Time, but Theseus refuses. During the battle you are assaulted by ice spears and minotaurs, but Kratos successfully defeats Theseus by impaling him against a wall and slamming a door into his head over and over again.
Barbarian King - The giant warrior is a blast from Kratos' past. He battled Kratos many years ago and nearly defeated him before Kratos got assistance from Ares, enabling him to defeat the Barbarian King as his entire army. Seeking revenge, he is granted the opportunity to fight Kratos once more from the Sisters of Fate. He wields a giant hammer and rides on a fiery horse. The battle is won by knocking the Barbarian off of his horse and smashing his head in with his own hammer.
Cerberus - This creature is a three headed dog, capable of breathing fire. You encounter it on your quest for the Golden Fleece, which you find out has been eaten by the Cerberus, along with Jason of the Argonauts. After playing a bit of cat and mouse, Kratos stabs the two outside heads and then reaches inside of the center one's mouth, ripping out the fleece, along with the creature's insides.
Euryale - Euryale is the sister of Medusa, who was slain in the first God of War by Kratos. She is pleased that Kratos was lured to her temple so Euryale could avenge her sisters death. A giant and intimidating figure, Euryale shoots a red beam from her mouth that freezes Kratos. After a challenging battle, Kratos severs Euryale's head and can then use it to stop his enemies in the rest of his adventure.
Perseus - Perseus is a Greek warrior that is on a quest to meet the Sisters of Fate, in hopes of saving the life of a loved one. After confronting Kratos, Perseus believes this the battle is a test before he is granted permission to see the Sisters. He wears a helmet that grants him invisibility, and he attacks Kratos with a sword and slingshot. Kratos weakens Perseus by first destroying his helmet and then breaking the sword, leaving him almost defenseless. Afterwards, Kratos smashes Perseus' head against a wall and throws him into a hook, killing the gutsy warrior.
Kraken - The Kraken is a giant serpent-like creature that appears after Kratos fights off a former Spartan warrior. It is at this point that Kratos begins to give up, believing he cannot rid himself of his torment. As the Kraken begins to strike, Kratos is reminded by Gaia that unless he fights through this and confronts Zeus, he will tormented forever. After shedding himself of his doubts and engaging the Kraken, Kratos cuts off the creatures tenticles and then operates a lever, sending a bridge straight through the creature's head, killing it.
Sisters of Fate - The Sisters are the one who hold Kratos' fate in their hands, and in order to extract revenge against Zeus, Kratos must use the Loom to go back in time. The three sisters are the ones protecting it, fearing Kratos will bring nothing but disaster upon the world. Lakhesis is the first sister to appear, floating high above using melee attacks. The second sister Atropos intervenes, attempting to destroy Kratos in the past during his battle with Ares. Both fail and are eventually trapped within a mirror as Kratos shatters it with them inside. The last sister, Clotho, is a giant creature of unimaginable size. Kratos must ascend a few levels to reach her, destroying body parts on the one. Once at the top, he uses a giant swinging blade to kill her. Once Clotho is destroyed, Kratos is able to confront Zeus once again.
Zeus - After returning to the moment just before Zeus kills him using the Blade of Olympus, Kratos and Zeus engage in a lengthy battle high above Sparta. Zeus using melee attacks and lightning bolts to try and thwart Kratos. Eventually, Zeus is tricked by Kratos, who feigns defeat against the God. Launching a surprise assault, Kratos is able to pin Zeus and nearly kills him with the Blade of Olympus before Athena interrupts. As Zeus flees, Kratos attempts to use the blade once more but ends up accidentally killing Athena as she steps in the way.
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