Modern games reimagined as old games: God of War

War. War never changes. But gaming does. Space marines, modern warfare... it's a far cry from the animals and plumbers of yesteryear. So we thought it would be fun to reimagine five modern games as title screens on classic gaming consoles. But this isn't a quick Photoshop job. No, this is a fully animated title sequence video, complete with audio. We're doing a new one every day this week, each on a different retro platform. Today's is God of War, reimagined as a Commodore 64 title screen.

So welcome to 1985! The ear-splitting sounds, the migraine-inducing bars of colours… they don't make 'em like this anymore, that's for sure. I've used a heavily restricted colour palette for the picture of Kratos, and chopped up audio from one of the cut-scenes in God of War 3.

To emulate the sampling technology of the time, I exported the audio several times at 8-bit quality, scooping out the bass and treble as I went, while turning up the gain to distort it. I also chopped off the end of the word 'revenge' because memory was at a premium in those days, making even a long word too much for the system to cope with. "I WILL HAVE... MY REVEN!"

The music was made by sampling a long note from a Commodore 64, then pitch-shifting it to replicate (very roughly!) the theme from God of War. 

As for the title, 'Kratos The Angry Spartan' fits the slight daftness of 80s computer games. There would definitely be loads of pixellated blood in this one. And of course it would be graphically superior to the Speccy version (especially if you had a 48K model, in which case you could say goodbye to that music).

Tomorrow? 1989. Now, which machine do you think that will be?

03 Oct, 2011


  • PretzelBoy - October 9, 2011 8 p.m.

  • psycho ninja 4 - October 4, 2011 11:40 p.m.

  • AuthorityFigure - October 4, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    Great idea and nicely made!
  • taokaka - October 3, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    That was truly terrible in a fantastic way.
  • JWedderz - October 3, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Well done my friend. You should 8-bit your self. Do a version of one of them split music video things you do. Man I'm bad at explain stuff today.
  • Teaspoon - October 3, 2011 1 p.m.

    My ears... they're bleeding...
  • noblehouse - October 3, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    I like the way an added layer of autenticity is added in the form of a loading screen. In this case it has been cleverly disguised as a 'sponser message' making us wait 30 seconds before we can watch the 17 second video, classic. I can't say I miss those long waiting times from yore, great we don't have to suffer with it in these modern times though, eh?
  • theinvinciblemick - October 3, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    This is awesome, like! :D
  • jackthemenace - October 3, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    ... I wish I was old enough to remember any of this, but it came out before I was BORN.
  • TheSharklionBeast - October 3, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    am I the only one who got the pun? "Space marines, modern warfare... it's a FAR CRY from the animals and plumbers of yesteryear." hehe, not sure if on purpose but i found it funny!
  • b-dog1991 - October 3, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    "Kratos' Reven" should have been the subtitle to God of War 3
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 3, 2011 5:32 a.m.

    I wish we had a 'like' button. Like!
  • JasonStatham - October 3, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    Haha, this is pretty awesome. Nice work Towellie :D
  • phate - October 3, 2011 5:07 a.m.

    That's wicked! Want...
  • Mooshon - October 3, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    That's a top idea right there. Look forward to the next one
  • 4fromK - October 3, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    It says Kratos the angry spartan, not Kratos the angry man, lil typo there? regardless, this is some naff stuff
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 3, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    We discussed Spartan and Man when making it, then the loading bars broke my mind. Sorry about that.
  • bass88 - October 3, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    Krazy Kratos could have worked. Also, you could proably make a decent side-scroller out of God Of War. The controls are a work of simplistic beauty.
  • bass88 - October 3, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    Now that I've seen it again, Kratos The Angry Man works better, just for the way the words pound on the screen. Nice one.

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