Franchise Player: God of War III

We take a look at important characters and some of the most memorable events from God of War I and II.

From the moment he impaled the head of a Hydra on a splintered ship mast, Kratos—the protagonist of the God of War series—got our attention. Of course, that wouldn't be his last act of brutality, nor would it be his most vicious. Since the release of the original God of War, the series has spawned three sequels (Betrayal for mobile phones, God of War II for the PlayStation 2, and God of War III, arriving on the PlayStation 3), as well as a PSP prequel (Chains of Olympus), and with each game, Kratos seems to get progressively more vengeful and violent in his quest to rid the Greek Pantheon of its gods. Join us as we take a look at some of the key characters from the God of War series, as well as some of our favorite moments from God of War and God of War II, as we get ready for the release of God of War III on March 16.

Spoiler warning: The character descriptions include important plot details from God of War I and II.

The Characters

Kratos

Who is he:
A soldier of Sparta, who wants revenge against the gods of Olympus
Weapon of choice:
Blades of Chaos
Temperament:
Angry, so very angry

A proud captain in the Spartan army, Kratos finds himself at the edge of defeat in a battle against the barbarians in the original God of War game. And just as the barbarian chief is about to end his life, Kratos calls upon Ares (the real god of war) to help him defeat the barbarians in exchange for his life. Ares grants Kratos his wish and then proceeds to lop off the barbarian chief's head and wipe out his remaining armies. Not long after, Kratos goes on a rampage, savagely destroying cities in the name of Ares, but the god of war has bigger plans for his newly found servant.

Ares plants Kratos' family inside the temple of a city under siege by Spartan forces. Kratos leads the charge inside the temple, killing most of its inhabitants--among them, his wife and child. Ares reveals himself and tells Kratos that it was necessary for his family to die, explaining that now there's nothing holding back his brutality. Naturally, Kratos sees it a little differently and vows vengeance against the god of war and, later, the other gods of Olympus. As Kratos leaves the temple, an oracle curses him to walk with the ashes of his fallen family members covering his body, and so the Ghost of Sparta is born.

Zeus

Who is he:
The ruler of the gods of Olympus
Weapon of Choice:
Lightning bolts
Temperament:
Power-hungry mixed with a bit of paranoia

Zeus is the reigning god of Olympus, but his journey to that position wasn't an easy one. As a son of the Titan Chronos, Zeus is destined to be imprisoned inside his father's stomach with the rest of his kin, but moments before the massive ancient god ingests him, Zeus' mother pulls a fake-out and helps baby Zeus escape. Despite being under the guard of another Titan (Gaia) as he grows up, Zeus formulates a plan to rid the world of the Titans, and soon thereafter, the war between the Titans and the gods of Olympus gets under way. As the battle rages on, Zeus produces the Blade of Olympus, a weapon infused with so much power that it takes down the remaining Titans with a massive shock wave of energy. The battle ends, the Titans are banished, and Zeus (along with the rest of the gods) takes his place on top of Mount Olympus.

In God of War II, Zeus fears that the newly appointed god of war, Kratos, has become too powerful. When Kratos makes his way to destroy the city of Rhodes, Zeus--disguised as an eagle--takes Kratos' power and infuses it into the Colossus of Rhodes, which brings it to life. Zeus then tricks Kratos into using the Blade of Olympus to destroy the Colossus, knowing full well that the Blade will completely strip Kratos of all his godly powers. With the Colossus defeated, Zeus confronts Kratos in his weakened state and then plunges the Blade of Olympus into Kratos' chest, thus removing him from his position of god of war on Olympus and sending him to Hades.

Athena

Who is she:
The goddess of wisdom and strength and the guardian of Athens
Weapon of Choice:
Her words
Temperament:
Loyal

Acting as somewhat of a spiritual adviser, Athena takes the side of Kratos, much to the dismay of the other gods of Olympus. When Ares begins his assault of Athens in the original God of War, Athena asks Kratos to defend Athens and ultimately defeat Ares. When the battle ends, Athena tells Kratos that the sins of his past have been forgiven but that she can't remove his nightmares (the ones where he's brutally killing everyone, including his family). She also offers him the newly opened god of war position on Mount Olympus.

Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse in God of War II. Athena tells Kratos that his actions are continually aggravating the other gods of Olympus, but Kratos fails to listen. Later on, she demonstrates her loyalty to Olympus (but not necessarily to Zeus, though she equates the two) by putting herself in front of Zeus before Kratos can make the final killing blow with the Blade of Olympus. She then tells Kratos that he is the son of Zeus and that he's just perpetuating a cycle of violence that started with Zeus' father, Chronos--deep stuff.

Pandora

Who is she:
God in a box
Weapon of Choice:
The aforementioned box
Temperament:
Helpful

Pandora herself doesn't factor much in the original God of War or its immediate sequel, but an item bearing her name tips the scales. In that game, the only way Kratos can defeat Ares is if he discovers the all-powerful Pandora's box, which happens to be hidden in a temple strapped to the back of Chronos. Kratos has to overcome numerous obstacles (including death) to reach and use Pandora's box, but once he does, he grows to Godzilla-like proportions.

Gaia

Who is she:
A Titan, the goddess of nature, who serves as the narrator of the God of War games
Weapon of choice:
The power of nature
Temperament:
Vengeful, but in a nice, calming way

As the protector of a young Zeus, Gaia probably feels more betrayed by his actions than the other Titans do, but Zeus' actions only fuel Gaia's goal to help Kratos complete his journey. In fact, in God of War II, Gaia tells Kratos (who has been killed by Zeus) that he doesn't have to die and that he can still exact his revenge by seeking out the Sisters of Fate. She then tells him that he can use the Sisters to time travel and appear back at the moment that Zeus plunges the Blade of Olympus into his flesh, and then kill Zeus. Kratos does exactly that, but before his defeat, Zeus is able to flee back to Mount Olympus. Shortly thereafter, Kratos goes back in time to retrieve the Titans from their battle with the gods and then returns to the present where he--riding atop Gaia with the other Titans in tow--begins the final assault on the remaining gods.

Chronos

Who is he:
The father of Zeus
Weapon of choice:
His girth
Temperament:
Hungry

In the God of War mythology, Chronos eats his children to imprison them in his stomach because of a prophecy that says his children will eventually rise up against him. One of his children, Zeus, is able to escape, only to return to defeat Chronos and the rest of the Titans. When defeated by Zeus, Chronos is banished to the desert, where he's forced to walk aimlessly for an eternity with the temple of Pandora chained to his back.

GameSpot's Favorite God of War Moments

From vicious attacks and epic battles to hilariously brutal sequences, there's no shortage of great moments spanning God of War and its sequel, but we've picked a few that have become our favorites.

What are your favorite God of War moments? Drop us a line!

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276 comments
Petaflops
Petaflops

God of War Franchise is AWESOME!! I have 1 & 2 but 3 I still dreaming...

jamccain
jamccain

chookamuma@its acutllay kratos

eliebaz
eliebaz

well there is no doubt this is an amazing game, and more games should revolve around such concepts. People should stop being so afraid of making a PG game, come on go all out with the gore as in this game, we need more games like GOW definitely one the greatest games ever created. It's up there with Metal gear solid, and kingdom hearts (that would be if kindgom hearts would not be such a pain in the ass with all the consoles)

Refeer
Refeer

Best game for ps2 ever and ps3

doc0376
doc0376

Maybe the best series i ever played

Chookamuma
Chookamuma

i was pretty cool when kartos got all the titans to go up bash the gods

mello7283
mello7283

Epic games, every one of them!

undertaker20111
undertaker20111

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devrindare
devrindare

My faourite scene in GOW2 is that when Kratos jump cross to bridge which is continously falling

killzony5
killzony5

I think my favorite cut scene is when Kratos kills Ares.

LMedia
LMedia

This game got me in to my Career. because its such an awesome game it got me in to multimedia =P

Talkingdog
Talkingdog

My fav moment took part in gow 2 when Zeus killed Kratos, that cut-scene was epic !!!

Ramnath2k
Ramnath2k

My personal view God of War 1 was the best. God of war 2 was ok and god of war 3 not up to the mark.

msngod
msngod

God of War is a great game! I will never forget the moment when I first tried God of War demo, it hooked me in. I thought to myself, "wow...that is awesome. It's really different from the other games."

MALMSTEEN4774
MALMSTEEN4774

Devil may cry 1! pwns any god of war game! im not saying god of war isnt a gd game it is. . but it gets really boring later on! god of war 1 is better than 2 and 3! but devil may cry 1 is my fav game of al time! such a solid gameplay! cant wait to see the NEW DMC reboot! :D

TheFunkyAtheist
TheFunkyAtheist

I hope a movie is never made, but if one is Kratos should be portrayed by Betty White.

legefy
legefy

who thought history could be so gory

adammmmmmmmmmmm
adammmmmmmmmmmm

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basellll
basellll

the game is very cooooolll

yukinaze
yukinaze

god of war is a best game for ps2 but sony dont relaes god of war 3 for ps2

yukinaze
yukinaze

god of war is a best game for ps2 but sony dont relaes god of war 3 for ps2

parsaparsi
parsaparsi

god of war is a best game for ps2 but sony dont relaes god of war 3 for ps2

Mega-Jason
Mega-Jason

GOD OF WAR 4EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

elfonki28
elfonki28

nice recap guys thumps up for you guys. nice job

buckethead12346
buckethead12346

tell them ot release new games on god of war 3 we are hungary for it ps2 was the god gof gaming the historic monment when ps2 released and changed the way of gaming should be brought down to history and written in golden words

Giganticguyver4
Giganticguyver4

God Of War movie... People think about what your saying hollywood would F that movie up so bad some games are just to good 4 a live adaptation. Someone said something bout the rock or gerald butler while i like those guys they just wouldn't pull the part off.

Gargaglio5tatus
Gargaglio5tatus

they gotta make a Metal Gear one now; cuz that series is even better! (in my personal opinion)

Gargaglio5tatus
Gargaglio5tatus

those were my fave moments too, except the Ares fight; i was just cussing at my TV the whole time, cuz he got his health back and killed me like 4 times before i finally destroyed him. The beginning part in GoW2 still has to be the most memorable to me.

W-zup
W-zup

Kratos is very angry indeed, lol :P

destruction212
destruction212

@ AntonSaidWhat Couldn't disagree more... God of War III it's the greatest of all three... Combos, weapons, graphics... I love all three games, but 3 was simply the best....

Nfzn
Nfzn

I've nearly platinumed god of war 3!!!!!!!!!! i beat challenge of olympus today, 2nd and 3rd challenges are probably hardest but easy as pie once you get the hang of it. I was so happy after i beat the last challenge and trust me its worth the time the combat arena that you unlock is soooooooooo much fun!

Bless3110
Bless3110

the best guys to play kratos would be ethier the rock or bill goldberg( check out the the resemblance of goldberg and kratos)

Hem0philiac
Hem0philiac

lol how bout Gerard Butler? first Leonidas (sp?) then Kratos. Seems like a good evolution. :P

jasonloki
jasonloki

If anybody was gonna play Kratos in a God Of War movie then Bill Goldberg would be the man for the job.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Is it me or does the box art for GoW3 is kinda disappointing? I understand the box art shouldn't really matter but I if you look at both GoW1 and GoW2 boxarts, they give you like a theme of the entire game. As for GoW3, well I guess either the developers were lazy in putting more effort or they wanted to make it more plain and simple. These are my opinions though.

Deathmedical
Deathmedical

If ANYBODY is going to play kratos in a movie it should be kratos just use C.G.I (computer generated image) and 3-D like everyone else

corrus
corrus

GOD OF WAR 3 RULESSSSSSSSSSSS PS3 RULESSSSSSSSSSSSS

Xbuxruulezz
Xbuxruulezz

beet it 3 times now gonna beet on chaos now

marvel456
marvel456

GOW 3 OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

shadykidd333
shadykidd333

Can't Wait >:O Going to Midnight Launch!! GS isn't all that bad after all :)