God of War's 16 goriest moments

Awesome Aerial QTE

This section ends the flying stint and ends with you plummeting to earth. It's Kratos' own fault, mind. What does he expect by lopping the wing off this enemy's steed? Still, that's not before some superbly violent combat, complete with an enemy who literally explodes into a bloody mess as he falls away. Why? Who cares why?!

Above: We'd advise anything with wings to stay away from Kratos


The eyes have it

This Cyclops' myopia won't be helped much by this surgical procedure. This probably wouldn't actually kill the beast, but there's little point in trying to fight if you can't see anything. Kratos gets a nice trophy from it, mind. This is probably how Neversoft made their logo too.

Above: 'You? Kill me? Eye don't think so!' quipped Kratos to himself

Perseus' persecution

Oh, Perseus how we pity you. Thinking Kratos' appearance is another test from the sisters of fate, he believes he must kill him in order to proceed in the temple. Kratos has other ideas. The big P puts up a good fight while he's invisible, but then gets royally murdered once his mask is removed.

Having his skull cracked on a wall would be enough, but then he's drowned. Then impaled and skull-cracked again. Then slammed head frst into the floor of the pool. Oh, and then thrown through a stone wall... where he ends up impaled on a large spike. Kratos knows not the meaning of the word 'overkill'.

Above: Surely a contender for most elaborate gaming death ever

And the winner

So what's the nastiest kill in God of War? They've all been pretty gruesome, but this one gets our vote. The horsekeeper does his best to stop Kratos going any further. Even when he's been dragged from the roof, punch-volleyed into a door and impaled with is own weapon, he still tries to pry Kratos' arm from the door. What follows is one of the most vicious kills in any game. Kratos opens the door, holds the guy's head down with his foot and slams the door on his head. NINE times.

Above: Erm... Kratos? Buddy? He's um, y'know, had enough mate

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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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