God of War II Review

I think back to E3 2004 to a little game that was tucked into a corner of the Sony booth, garnering little attention, including my own.  What a difference a year can make.  God of War was hailed in March of 2005 as a Game of the Year contender with a crushing sonic boom of high-scoring reviews, including our own.  It went on to win many overall Game of the Year awards, all but ensuring a well-backed sequel in short order.  Two weeks shy of two years later, we see the arrival of God of War II.  How could Sony

If I put God of War II in front of you and showed you a complete level, you wouldn

Including the winner of the God of Noise contest (George Domain from Modesto, CA), God of War II features a fantastic rock/orchestral soundtrack.  The first title featured a dark soundtrack with low-end percussion and growling rock tracks, punctuated by melodic orchestral vox befitting a epic Grecian tale – the sequel is no different.  This is the type of soundtrack that would be worth buying separately

The age old maxim applies to God of War II

In all forms of media, whether we are talking about books, movies, music, or games, the sequel often falls short of the original. Storylines are watered down versions of the original formula, or are so disjointed as to not fit with its predecessor.  This is not the case with God of War II.  This sequel is on par, or dare I say, even better than the original God of War.  Its is almost as if the sequel was already written, and the voice actors simply grew further into their roles with a mature storyline already sitting in front of them.  It certainly excites me to think of what we may be presented for the inevitable God of War III for the Playstation 3. 

God of War II isn

As I mentioned above, the game features four difficulty levels.  The first three difficulty levels are available right off the bat, but the fourth requires you to complete the game to unlock it.  All told, it takes roughly 10 to 12 hours to complete the game on the first or second difficulty level, with hard and Titan taking a bit longer due to the ramped difficulty level.  This added difficulty may dissuade some from playing through the game again on the second and third difficulty levels, but Ninja Gaiden veterans will be right at home.

There are a few bonus items in the game that you may be interested in.  There is an arena mode and a challenge mode that will keep you busy for a long while.  Urns that you collect throughout the single player game can be used in these bonus modes, and the orbs you collect in the bonus mode transfer to the single player game.  It reminds me of the challenge modes that I found in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. 

The full game will come with a bonus disc with videos, interviews, and behind the scenes documentaries. The version that I am reviewing didn

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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