God of War's 16 goriest moments

Now with(out) wings

The Pegasus section near the start of God of War 2 looks superb, especially in HD on PS3's God of War Collection. If God of War's style was set to 9, it's on about 12 for the sequel. Kratos leaps from Pegasus to griffin, lops off its wings, then stabs it in the neck and uses his blade to swing it toward the ground.

Above: Now it's just a lion with a bird's head. Destroy the mutant!


Big Bird's hunger

In a nod to greek mythology, this bird is feasting on the internal organs of Prometheus. Poor chap - it's a punishment, y'see. Chained up as bird food and every night he heals completely, ready to start the ordeal all over again. We do like the bird though. Friendly little fella.

Above: That's what you get for snacking on bird seed



Spines are delicate things. Kratos knows this and makes sure this centurian never walks again. We've got to say it: Oh snap!

Above: We're no anatomists, but it's not supposed to bend like that, right?


Mostly armless

These guys really take some punishment, don't they? What first appears to be Kratos ripping off the guy's arm and beating him to death with the wet end is actually more violent. Yeah, you read that right. Kratos is actually after the blade that's strapped to the guy's wrist. That's why he pulls off his arm. Our mistake.

Above: Wearing your own arm as a makeshift mohawk is not a good look


  • 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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