So... Kratos kills his family to avenge his family?

God of War: Betrayal

A side-scrolling cell-phone spinoff set sometime between God of War and God of War II, this bastard child of the series tends to be ignored by even the most die-hard Kratos fans. However, that doesn't mean Kratos has to go for an entire game without killing so much as a single relative. In this case, the object of his anger is Hermes's son Ceryx, who makes the mistake of intervening right when Kratos fights the mysterious Assassin.

Above: Oh yeah, this is going to end well

For the crime of cock-blocking the god of war, Ceryx met a messy end at the hands of his half-uncle. You'd think by this point the Olympians would have learned not to stand within 10 feet of the guy, but no, they just have to go starting shit.


God of War II

OK, now we're getting somewhere. With Ares and Ceryx down, and nobody left to blame but himself and everyone else in his immediate vicinity, Kratos starts killing his way through the family in earnest. First up is Theseus, half-mortal son of Poseidon and Kratos's first cousin, who gets his head slammed repeatedly in a huge iron door. Then comes Kratos's half-brother Perseus, who rightly decides Kratos is a villain and winds up hanging from a meathook for his trouble.

Finally, at the end of the game, Kratos is about to exact his revenge of Zeus when Athena - Kratos's half-sister and the closest thing he has to a friend on Olympus - leaps between them.

Above: Oops

So, by the end of Kratos's adventures on the PS2, here's how things stand:

Next page: Kratos decimates his own bloodline in God of War III


  • PeeBee - December 14, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    LOL! I love the way you've put the life of Kratos in perspective. But since God Of War Ascension a new next generation platform have been released, so you know Kratos can't get off with a sentence as light as death. I've gotta say that it's going to be nothing less than epic to see what Kratos is like on the PS4 which I think will be strategically put off until Sony as well as all third party software companies stop supporting the PS3 which could be another 3 to 4 year window. As I think production for the next installation of God Of War will pack a hefty price tag considering GOW III expenses racked up a whopping $32 million. Putting the title out for both PS3 and PS4 would only ramp up costs. Nonetheless, it'll be exciting to see what the creative juices flowing at Santa Monica Studios will have come up with.
  • Zeb364 - April 19, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    Wow...I really pissed off the fan boys didn't I?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 25, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    how many times has kratos been stabbed through the heart he could crawl out of the depths of hades again but the developers said it was a trilogy but i still hope theres a prequel in the future or a game with another main character recaptcha: assess reversed
  • boxmeizter - March 22, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    HEY, IV'E GOT IT! I THINK I HAVE SOLVED THE LITTLE RIDDLE WITH ***SPOILER ALERT*** In the end in GOW3, after the credits there is a little video. You have problaby seen it. Kratos is gone, and there are blood trails down to the gap to the sea. On the web site linked above, it shows some kind of timer and just water, rain, and mud/shore/a beach... Get the idea? Maybe when the timer reaches zero we'll see Kratos tumbling up from the water wounded iwth "HOPE"? I HOPE SO!
  • mdiaz033 - March 22, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    @Amnesiac i hear ya. i saw that idiot's comment and understood he was either a complete and utter simpleton or a troll. or both : )
  • Sabtos - March 22, 2010 2:34 a.m.

    GR Awesome article. Just finished the game tonight, and while I came out of the game with a different mood not expecting to appreciate this article, it's still hilarious. "pausing only to stab his great-grandmother, Gaia," Laughed my ass off at this. Just, the thought of murdering a great-grandmother is ridiculous, but that it's actually true. Hilarious. "C'mon, he's survived worse injuries than this" Actually he's survived EXACTLY that injury, stabbing himself in seemingly the exact same spot that Zeus did. At least when he stabbed Zeus it appeared to go right through the heart area which didn't seem to matter. The fist seemed to really do the trick, though. Just awesome that part, I wasn't sure if I should keep going but I went on pounding for like 3 minutes lmfao!! I'm still a bit confused about the whole Apollo issue. First, we never see him, second I was under the assumption that Apollo is the sun god in Roman mythology, and since Helios is in Greek, I don't understand how they can occupy the same space. I didn't really study this area obviously.
  • AnimeDreama - December 11, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    Greece had two gods of the sun, Apollo and Helios. Helio's primary duty was to raise and lower the sun, although most myths presented Apollo with that job. The thing is, Apollo is also the god of music. oracles, medicine, colonies, herding, and poetry. And you DO encounter Apollo - in God of War III. You steal the bow from him after roasting him with a hell hound. Greece has always been inconsistent with the pantheon and what they were gods of. Helios is lesser known because Apollo was the patron deity of Delphi and was more important because, aside from being a prophetic god, he was the inventor of music and the defender of Delphi.
  • TheWebSwinger - March 21, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Awesome, but aren't most mythology/religion stories a big clusterf*ck of nepotism and family orgies? Man, if they came out with an ULTIMATE GoW collection (that included Chains of Olympus)...I'd kill my family to get it.
  • PeeBee - December 14, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Yep! Pretty much. Oh, and I hope you didn't kill your family (in homage to Kratos of course) because they've come out with exactly what you wanted. All on as single disc.
  • linkganon - March 21, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    No real story, just a bunch of violence and gore porn....yea, that sounds about right for 99.99% of PS3 exclusives. ssuurree and xbox 360 is nnoott and has a lloott of ssttoorryy. (note the sarcasm). How about NO zeb364, aka xbox360 fanboy. i dare you to playthrough metal gear solid 4 and come back and say the same thing again. yes metal gear solid 4 is ps3 exclusive and kojima said **** 360, we'll just give them a shitty game called rising and call it even. i think he's purposely trying to make the 360 look bad, and i say good for him for finally seeing the 360 for what it really is, which is OVERRATED! there i said it, and i'll say it again. XBOX 360 is OVERRATED!
  • Howetzer - March 21, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    Amnesiac - Good call also don't forget Infamous, Uncharted 2, Demon's Souls, and Hot Shots Golf!!!!
  • Jordanlacroix95 - March 20, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    kratos would win , poseidon is dead . but the ocean would be a bitch to fight...
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - March 20, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Kratos Vs Ocean. who will win?
  • garnsr - March 20, 2010 6:11 a.m.

    I find it hard to believe that Kratos didn't kill various mortal women. It seems like he must have, but I can't remember. Definitely men, though.
  • VideoGameKing - March 20, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    damn,just counted them up,without athina and his wife and kid,hes kill 17 family members in GOW3
  • Amnesiac - March 20, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    @zeb364: Oh, you mean like LittleBigPlanet? And Uncharted? And Heavy Rain? And Metal Gear Solid? Yeah. All of those are gore-porn with no plot. Uh-huh.
  • Skykid - March 19, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Well, he starts out his life as a murderous general and ends up murdering his family and half the Greek Gods. He chose his lot in life, he stuck to it.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - March 19, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    The whole series, while good, is just a confusing mess of plot threads and killing. And I thought solid snake had a fucked up family tree.
  • philipshaw - March 19, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    Can't read page 3 yet because I haven't played GOW3 yet
  • kaittybee - March 19, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    well, i'm glad we've all made it pretty clear that kratos isn't about to kill the ocean xD can you just imagine... *Kratos runs along the beach slashing his sword at the ocean* DIE, GODS DAMMIT, DIE! xD HAHAHA!

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