God of War sits comfortably in the vast library of PlayStation hits alongside other series like Uncharted and Gran Turismo. But which of Kratos’ bloody antics is the best so far? That’s why we travel back to ancient Greece to remember every adventure of the Spartan ghost.
God of War (2005)
The game that started it all, Kratos’ first adventure, was a huge success on PS2. The title strikes a balance between the unparalleled action of Japanese characters and the Western taste for spectacle, resulting in a bloody adventure that has gained massive popularity.
Traveling through mythical ancient Greece, the Spartan warrior Kratos, driven by rage and a desire to avenge the death of his loved ones, destroys monsters and gods to fight Ares himself and take his place in the final.
The combat system, story, and visuals were all great at the time, but the game was undoubtedly surpassed in later releases. However, the accomplishments of David Jaffe cannot be underestimated – how can you forget a tremendous battle with Hydra?
While the original game was only released on PS2, it was one of the top ten best-selling games of 2005, but Sony later re-released it as part of the God of War Collection for PS3 and PS Vita.
God of War 2 (2007)
God of War II looked so good that many wondered why the 2007 sequel didn’t make it to the PlayStation 3. Perhaps the most memorable part of this part is Zeus’ betrayal, which sets off an angry anti-hero, Kratos, for revenge. Only then did he discover that the Beard God was his father.
The second game in the series is full of memorable plot twists and clever puzzles. The developers have added the combat system, expanded it with many combos, and added new mechanics like Pegasus and Wings of Icarus. Like the first, the protagonist faces monsters from Greek mythology, but this time the number of bosses has increased, and the means of revenge against them have become bloodier and crueler.
God of War: Chains of Olympus (2007)
The series is known for its visuals and scale, so when Predawn was able to port Chains of Olympus to the PlayStation Portable, it turned out surprisingly well.
It’s a great adventure that takes place before the actual events and tells the story of Kratos trying to find the missing sun god Helios. The developers took a step toward humanizing Kratos in the famous in-game scene where the hero is reunited with his late daughter. Still, unfortunately, the primarily forgotten plot and brevity of Olympus Chain of Chains became the best game in the series.
God of War III (2010)
Playing immediately after the events of God of War II, the magnificent God of War III takes the spectacle to new heights never before seen. The player’s first boss fight with the water stallion Poseidon was top-notch, mostly because Kratos rode Gaia up Mount Olympus before killing the sea god.
The plot obeys Kratos’ desperate desire to take revenge on the entire Greek pantheon, destroying the gods and titans, which the hero brings to life, albeit at great sacrifice. There’s a lot of combat in God of War 3, but the part that reveals Kratos’ humanity is just as exciting in the game.
The game strictly follows the concept adopted by its PS2 predecessors, so overall it’s not that impressive. The puzzles are clever, and Hera’s labyrinth is memorable, bringing the player closer to the end, with a fantastic QTE waiting for him for as long as you want.
The third installment in the series was a commercial success and was released as an update on the PlayStation 4 console sometime later.
God of War: Soul of Sparta (2010)
God of War: Soul of Sparta’s handheld console bridges the gap between the first entry in the series and its console-based sequel.
As with Chains of Olympus, ambitious studio Ready at Dawn is once again trying to “humanize” the cartoonish nature of Kratos’ character by introducing a family-based plot, as the game features a mother (who, of course, must kill her) ) and a brother (fighting alongside him) hero. Such personal moments add depth to the series, which has been surprisingly good visually despite the release of an outdated Sony handheld system.
God of War: Ascension (2013)
The Santa Monica studio is working hard to find new material from Greek mythology, and however, while Ascension has many new ideas, none are impressive. After the third installment wiped out all the gods, the writers turned their attention to Kratos’ past, making “Ascension” a prequel to the entire series, but at the same time not allowing him to face the opponents of the previous work. So in this section, perhaps, the most boring enemy.
It was the first time multiplayer was introduced in the series, but it fizzled out, and the story and boss fights weren’t memorable. Yes, it’s still a good action game, but for the money, Ascension is the weakest in the series, and there’s been some hype since its release.
God of War (2018)
The series’ change of direction worked, and God of War’s PlayStation 4 debut was one of the best in the series.
Given the previous events, Kratos is out of business in Greece, so by the time God of War begins, he’s been living in Scandinavia for a while, where he’s managed to get a beloved woman and son. However, the hero will one day remove the Axe from its sheath, reawakening the fading power to knock off new opponents. The traditional epic scenes of the game, mixed with the eternal theme of father and son, are more adult and exciting. At the same time, we have only the seeds of future events before us, reducing the intensity of passion.
The new camera positions open up new gameplay possibilities, as Kratos can throw his Axe at unsuspecting enemies and attack with his fists. God of War (2018) is both a continuation and a reboot of the series. The game has an open-world feel, offering a vast sandbox for you to explore.
After staggering sales of the PlayStation 4, numerous awards, and the release of the PlayStation 4 version, Sony decided to port the game to the PC. So this is the first installment in the God of War series to focus on PCs.
God of War: Ragnarok (2021)
Considering that 2018’s God of War gave plenty of reasons to look forward to a sequel (and the end credits point directly to the sequel), there’s no doubting its development. The announcement was made in 2020, with the new Ares planned for 2022.
The game is subtitled Ragnarok – this event will be dedicated to the plot of the new action game. In addition, we expect the relationship between Kratos and Atreus to develop and a more comprehensive range of events – after all, there are still quite a few Scandinavian gods to deal with.