Sony%26rsquo;s Santa Monica Studios, the developers of God of War, really know how get your attention. While many other games greet your with a warm induction handshake or allow you to dip your elbow in the water before embarking on an adventure, this gamestrips you down, slaps your cheeks, and leaves your cheese out in the wind. Who can forget the opening of the original God of War? Within barely minutes of game time you%26rsquo;re tearing chunks out of the multi-headed Lernaean Hydra, whirling the Blade of Chaos to flail its scales and puncture the eyes.
It was a contest of such fury and size that it would normally be the climax of a game. But, like we said, they like to get your attention, which means the ante had to be upped for God of War 2.Theresult is anexplosive opening of epic proportion that makes the hydra confrontation look like high-spirited horseplay. And, to our mind, we think they%26rsquo;ve done themselves proud.