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God of War III is almost here. Bigger, better and more brutal than ever before. But just how brutal is that? We've revisited the first two games to see how gory Kratos' adventures have been so far. And you know what? They're nasty.
So here are the most violent moments from the series so far. Be warned, they may not have the HD gore of the new game, but they're still the bits that made the original games 18-rated, so minors should probably click away now.
Right near the start of the first game, you get set upon by a load of Harpies who fly around you causing no end of mischief. With a simple press of Circle, Kratos plucks them from the air, gets a good foothold... and pulls their wings off.
Above: Reckon Kratos used to pull the wings off butterflies as a kid?
When you're as strong as Kratos, there's no need to finish your enemies off with weapons. Why not tear them in half with your bare hands? Too many games characters are lacking this kind of showmanship.
Above: If we did this to someone in real life, we'd shout 'rah' at the end too
Not only is this one of the most gruesome attacks in the game, it has a purpose too, yielding health when you execute it. So really you've got no excuse for not doing it every time.
Above: Come on, don't gargle your own blood. It's disgusting
Kratos shows no mercy as he's faced with a complex door mechanism that requires him to place this cage in a certain spot and pull a lever. The lever fries whatever's in the way, so the fact there's a prisoner inside the cage makes this a complex moral dilemma. Fortunately Kratos can't even spell 'moral dilemma' so he's happy to do the deed.
Above: OK, so you're in pain, but have you seen how cool you look?