God of War's 16 goriest moments

Cut-scene violence

If you thought the main game was gory, the cutcenes are far worse. You get to see heads crushed and lopped off completely, not to mention some impressive impalement.

Above: Kratos will face the God of War, but sneak-kills unarmed women


Beheading Medusa

Poor Medusa. When your gaze can turn anything to stone, your head is instantly a very attractive toy for the enterprising antihero. With this in mind, Kratos stomps hard on her back, causing her to cough up some bloody sick, before twisting her head clean off. We say 'clean', but actually it's anything but. Still, at least the gaze still works while she's dead. That was lucky, eh?

Above: Spiny-tailed, headless and you're still looking at her boobs


Head smash

QTEs are good (sometimes) when they let you do things you couldn't otherwise do in normal gameplay. Arguably, you could smash an enemy's head any time you want, but the QTE lets you do it with so much style:

Above: Ow! That really hurt!


Sword of Artemis

Kratos isn't really one for showing any emotion that doesn't start with 'ang' and end in 'er'. But you just know he's pleased with his new toy when you procure the Sword of Artemis. Especially when it cleaves torso from leg in such spectacular fashion.

Above: All of the pants are dead! That's Full-Life Consequences right there

Thought those looked painful? You ain't seen nothin' yet. It's time for God of War 2...

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  • TheBoz - March 8, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    I think I am a sadist, I love articles like this.
  • PiscesIscariot - March 8, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    I'm surprised the Hydra wasn't in here.
  • Tymiegie - March 7, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    whenever I am talking to someone who hasn't played GoW and I'm explaining how violent it can be, I often find myself mentioning the poor souls that get their arms ripped off to be killed by said arm. An excellent choice and by far my favorite from the series
  • GodofPS314 - March 7, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    God of War 3 will make Xbox fans cry.
  • Ironarm - March 7, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Ahhh...I can only imagine what it will be like to finally kill Zeus. It's like waiting to see how The Bride would finally kill Bill.
  • Steven71794 - March 5, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    I cannot wait to destroy Zeus and everyone else on Olympus, oh man its so exciting that it's less than a 3 weeks away...!!!!!
  • philipshaw - March 5, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    I remember all these moments. Can't wait to see what they do in GOWIII
  • radicallyrad - March 5, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    The way Kratos kills the Pandora's Guardian in the first game was awesome.
  • speno93 - March 5, 2010 5:51 a.m.

    the best thing is that the blood will be nice a thick in GOW3 truly realistic. good article GR
  • TheWebSwinger - March 5, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    Smashing that one guy's head in the treasure chest in Chains of Olympus is pretty disturbing...
  • whiteknight1981 - March 5, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    What about when Kratos impales the hydra through THE EYE with a HUGE sharp stick! I know, that scene has been played out but when I got GOW on day one and played that? I almost shart, crapped, and came in my pants from multiple nerd/blood/violencegasms at once!!!!! @ThatsWhatSheSaid: Amen, shark-man. How the heck will they top that? Maybe biting off Zeus' eyeballs and spitting them down his throat?
  • Major_Wuss - March 5, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    THE PANTS WERE DEAD. Loved the Full Life Consequences reference!
  • slapdatass - March 5, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    The horsekeeper was Theseus. Don't think Ariadne would be so into him after Kratos had been round...
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - March 5, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    Cant wait to see what kills they have in line for us! Helios head ripping will take a lot to beat!
  • mgkyo666 - March 5, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I luv God of War! I remember passing several greek mythology tests cause of this wonderful game!
  • Tony121 - March 5, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    one of the best and most brutal game series in the world.
  • Embolado - March 4, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    What about the kill from Chains of Olympus when he smashes that one guys head into the treasure chest and keeps slamming the lid on his head until he is dead
  • crumbdunky - March 4, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    So many memories, so much blood! Kratos is , surely, the single angriest MoFo in games full stop! Whatever, GOW3 is nearly upon us and I'm well set for some ancient Greek choppy, choppy to follow the futurism of ME2 and gritty modernism of Heavy Rain. Great year to be a gamer and a year bordering on too much if you game on more than the one platform and a little GOW history lesson is just the ticket for getting us in the mood for what looks to be one of the best returns this generation.
  • soccerclownking - March 4, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    This makes me really excited for God of War III
  • DevilDoor - March 4, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    Kratos is like a bloodsplosion in a can. Some of the bloodiest scenes Ive ever scene

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