God of War: The story so far

Obscenely complicated, punctuated by flashbacks and packing more cameos than an episode of Extras, God of War is a soap opera saga worthy of any Greek legend. With God of War III’s release date almost upon us, we reckoned a bit of a catch-up was in order when it came to the ins and outs (and we’re not talking about the QTE shagging here) of Kratos’ eventful past...

A couple of caveats, though. Firstly, we’re going to disregard the reveals in God of War’s ‘secret’ extra feature as they aren’t strictly canon and kind of ruin the big surprise at the corking climax of God of War 2. Secondly, this whole piece is obviously oozing spoilers from every pore, so if you haven’t finished all the God of War games KEEP FAR AWAY!

God of War: The story so far

Long before he was the champion (and then bane) of the gods of Olympus, Kratos kicked off his career in blood-letting as a formidable, bloodthirsty captain in the Spartan ranks. Drunk with power, our man rapes and pillages his way across the continents...

Back at home though, the dainty Mrs. Kratos (complete with cute sprog) has a tight leash on her man – accusing him of being an egomaniac whose ‘desire for conquest knows no bounds’. She ain’t wrong, either.

One day though, the arrogant Kratos finds his army outmatched by a mob of beardy barbarians. It’s a massacre, and – about to find himself on the receiving end of a warhammer to the chops from the Barbarian King – a desperate Kratos yells out to Ares (reigning God of War) for redemption.

The barbars splattered, our man – who’s just gone and sold his soul to Liam Neeson lookalike Ares – is reborn as the God of War’s lapdog, complete with his gore-a-licious Blades of Chaos (forged in the foulest depths of Hades, no less.) Let the bloodletting begin!

Now a puppet of the ginger tyrant, Kratos – who wasn’t exactly a saint in the first place – goes totally batshit in the name of Ares, a near-invincible nutter leading his loathsome legions on a path of carnage across the globe. Until baldie makes the fatal mistake of ignoring the local village oracle and messing with one of Athena’s temples...

...and ends up mistakenly butchering his missus and kid. D'oh. Stung by the realisation he’s been tricked by naughty Ares, Kratos resolves to murder the lord of murder himself... but not before he’s been stained white with the ashes of his dead wife and bairn. Hence that badass ‘Ghost of Sparta’ nickname.

Now paler than a geek in winter and utterly grief-stricken, Kratos is haunted by constant nightmares of his family’s slaughter. However, the slimy gods of Mount Olympus offer him redemption for his naughty deeds – in return for a decade of hard labour-style servitude. This is where PSP’s Chains of Olympus goes and barges in.

Next: Shit's about to get mythological...

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  • reaperman22 - March 7, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    @slerby because not all of us have a ps3 with backwards compatibility
  • jackthemenace - March 5, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    i really must buy the first two god of war games...
  • Skykid - March 4, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Welllllllllll, I guess I just have to make one random statement. Everything I have been taught is a LIE!!!!
  • philipshaw - March 4, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    Played and loved GOW 1 and 2. Also played the demo for GOW3 and it's awesome. Be good if Sony would bring out the GOW Collection out in the UK
  • Vagrant - March 4, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    Good read, I felt like I needed a little refresher. It was also nice to know what I missed in Chains of Olympus. It's been a long time since I played the GoW games (I rented them) but the demo for 3 has me a bit worried, 'cause I kind of hated that. Haha @ denyeverything
  • DevilDoor - March 4, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    Cant wait to see the new plot twists and turns of GOW3, heel probably find a couple of lost family members along the way to Zeus towers. Gaia will probably turn out to be his granny (which if you think about it..)
  • slerby - March 4, 2010 7:56 a.m.

    instead of buying GOW 1 and 2 in "HD", just play them from the PS2 on a decent generation PS3 console that plays PS2 games and it will upscale them instead. who in their right mind would pay to play those again when the right console will do just fine before GOW3 comes out? that's so puzzling to me.
  • reaperman22 - March 4, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    ive ordered in the trilogy collection so i will play 3 first then 1 and 2 (maybe chains of olympus if i buy it) then 3 again. its going to be awesome i cant wait
  • mgkyo666 - March 4, 2010 5 a.m.

    I'm getting SO pumped up for God of War 3! Got the original copies on my PS2, the Collection on my PS3(my PS2 doesn't have HDMI cables), Payed off my Collectors Edition at GameStop, AND planning on purchasing replica Blades of Chaos(or Athena), that's Right TWO of them( which will take me a while to afford)! I'm aware that I'm geeking out way too much over this...
  • Cwf2008 - March 4, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    Lol i like how they keep referring to Kratos as bald, except in far funnier and more creative ways
  • TheWebSwinger - March 4, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    Was I the only one who read this in my head with a British accent?
  • gmilf71 - March 4, 2010 1:08 a.m.

  • Cyberninja - March 3, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    so what your telling us is kratos likes killing stuff thats all we need to know?
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - March 3, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    What I don't understand is, in the GOW III demo, why does it end where Kratos is about to ram the blades of chaos into the fire titans face? Are they not on the same side? I shouldn't expect my demo to give away important parts of the plot but it looks like the titans have turned on Kratos too.
  • sgloomy - March 3, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    @denyeverything: he is not a sell out nor a crybaby, he is just a guy who kills first and then realizes he cant ask any more questions later so in order to fix the first murder, he kills some more, its true that at a few points he has almost given up on life but I think at the end of GOW II he finally realized that the only rational solution is to just kill everyone else instead of offing himself
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - March 3, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Woop wooop, let the bloodshed commence :D
  • Rhymenocerous - March 3, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Yep. God of War is mental.
  • denyeverything - March 3, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    See this is what I don't understand about Kratos fans. He's a whiny loser. He LOSES in battle, then chumps out and becomes Ares's bitch. Then kills his own family, and blames Ares. Then it's just tantrum after tantrum like some mutant baby of death. Sure his games are fun, but he's a sellout and a cry baby.
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - March 3, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    played GOW1 twice, GOW2 once & Chains of Olympus twice, gonna play HD ones b4 GOW3 to refresh the story in my brain again. Then on to the mighty 3! Cant come soon enough. <insert username here! ;)
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 3, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    i havnt played the first one im planning on getting the collection but havnt got around to it