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

God of War III

As the latest (and possibly last) entry in the God of War saga begins, Kratos is dead-set on finally killing his dad - along with everyone else on Olympus, if he has to. It won't end his nightmares or his torment, but somehow it'll avenge the deaths of his family (which, again, he caused).

Above: The house of Zeus must fall!

So there's a lot of ground to cover here. The first one to die is Uncle Poseidon, who shuffles off this (im)mortal coil in one of the most spectacularly gruesome beatdowns ever to appear in a videogame.


Next, in Hades, Kratos encounters Peirithous, a seemingly pathetic soul held in eternal torment by a wall of bramble. What the game doesn't tell you, though, is that Peirithous is another son of Zeus, which makes him another half-brother to Kratos. Showing his usual level of regard for his relatives, Kratos burns him alive. Then comes Kratos's other uncle, Hades, who gets chunks sliced off him before Kratos steals his soul outright.

Above: You can almost kind of see the family resemblance here

Only getting started, Kratos then moves on to the first cousing, once removed who he rescued way back in Chains of Olympus: Helios, who gets his head torn off.

Next up is Hermes, another half-brother to Kratos, who follows his son Ceryx into oblivion when Kratos chops his legs off.

For a little while after that, Kratos manages to avoid killing any more relatives. That is, until he meets his half-brother Hercules, the only one of his many half-siblings to actually address him as "brother." Kratos repays his acknowledgment by smashing his face into a pulpy mess.

Above: Gross

Not content to stop there, Kratos pays a visit to his grandfather, the massive Titan Cronos, in the Pit of Tartarus. Rather than listen to any of his boring stories, Kratos disembowels him before stabbing him through the forehead with the Blade of Olympus.

Above: You wouldn't treat your grandfather this way, would you? Then again, your grandfather probably never tried to eat you alive

Shortly afterward, Kratos murders his first cousin Hephaestus, the stunted smith god, by electrocuting him and stabbing him throught the chest with his own anvil.

Then it's on to a confrontation with Kratos's drunken aunt/stepmother Hera, whose neck he snaps like he would a puppy's.

Later still, his rage gets the better of him, and he unintentionally allows Pandora - Hephaestus's adopted daughter and therefore Kratos's first cousin, once removed - to die in the Flame of Olympus. Driven to near-incoherence, he then sets out to finally murder his father, Zeus, pausing only to stab his great-grandmother, Gaia, through the heart along the way.

With Zeus finally dead and most of his family destroyed, Kratos finally forgives himself for the murders of the two family members whose deaths he killed the rest of his family in order to avenge. Then, apparently because he had nothing better to do, he commits suicide with the massive Blade of Olympus. Which, if you stick around until after the credits roll, doesn't necessarily mean he's dead.

Above: C'mon, he's survived worse injuries than this

So ends - for now - Kratos's bizarre quest to murder his entire family. This may be the only time we've ever cheered at a story in which a character did something similar. For the record, let's see how he did:

That's not half-bad, but as you can see, there are still a few loose ends to tie up. Will Kratos return in the future to completely expunge his kin from the world? Are his half-siblings Apollo and Artemis safe for long? How about his great-aunt Aphrodite, with whom he has off-camera sex? For that matter, what about his remaining cousin Eos, or the rest of the Titans?

We'll just have to wait and see where the series goes from here. But we do know one thing: Zeus was married to his own sister and had a daughter with another sister, who in turn married his brother/her uncle. And that's icky.

Mar 18, 2010

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  • 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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