God of War II Screenshot Comparison

How do the graphics in God of War II compare to those in the original? Check out the screenshots and see for yourself!

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God of War II may use the same engine as the original God of War, but that doesn't mean the graphics are the same. The game development team was able to polish up the graphics and design more ambitious levels for the sequel. When asked to describe the graphical improvement, God of War II director Cory Barlog told GameSpot, "It's a huge difference. It's not as huge as in a generational difference where people say look at PS2 versus PS3, but Kratos, the model of Kratos in one and the model of Kratos in two, in God of War II is astounding--the quality difference."

Kratos's clothing is much more detailed in God of War II. His shoes and loincloth in particular show extra texture detail and great shadowing. The chains wrapped around his forearms don't have a 3D normal-mapped look, but the textures still look sharper in the new game.

Mouse over the default God of War image to see the God of War II screenshot.

Try not to look directly into the light.

Other improvements include full-screen graphical effects, such as light bloom. The game doesn't abuse the effect, so you'll be impressed each time you see it. Barlog also mentioned a few changes that might not be immediately noticeable in screenshots, such as the ability to get more characters onscreen and a faster-moving Kratos. He runs around faster, but the animation remains completely fluid.

The graphical improvements aren't just technical either. The most powerful art changes can be found in level design. God of War II has "bigger, more expansive levels" where the size contrast between the player and level architecture gives the game an epic quality. It's not all eye candy either. According to Barlog, levels have increased in scope to integrate more puzzles into entire maps rather than segment each one off in a single room. All of the smart design decisions ultimately mean that God of War II plays as well as it looks.


Mouse over the default God of War image to see the God of War II screenshot.

Mouse over the default God of War image to see the God of War II screenshot.

Discussion

527 comments
Erangif
Erangif

I think God of War (the original) looks just a little better.

assasin_kratos
assasin_kratos

There is a big differnce betweenthe first 2 games but not that big of a differnce for the psp. I wonder if the 3rd god of war for ps3 has better graphics than the first 3 games.

Kratoskillall09
Kratoskillall09

Trust me CoO has excellent graphics as a PSP game but it is no where near as good as GOW 2 but it is as good as GOW 1 graphics though if not just a little sharper.

-mostwanted
-mostwanted

There isn't really much to compare but the PSP version looks better imo

4killer
4killer

looks awsome and probable is!

Teleonardo
Teleonardo

This game is a piece of **** OK, I´m kidding! GoW I and II are the best action games ever...

code305
code305

GoW is going to kick evry games butt

n2speed
n2speed

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stuey-griffin
stuey-griffin

God of war 3 is going to blow everyone away tbh...

Mr_duong
Mr_duong

Favorite action adventure games GOW thats god of war people DMC then NG

acarrillo
acarrillo

This game is the Real Action Adventure created! Im waiting more to the 3

tonio12
tonio12

elite-ferns1 compareing prince of persia to god of war in action you must be crazy kratos would woop both the prince and that ninja and when you put on the ps3 i dont know why any of think its going to look better becuse the game is made how its made a vidoe card is not going to change nothin -helix

agustbestur
agustbestur

god of war is the best action,adventure game ever PERIOD

elite_ferns1
elite_ferns1

In terms of action adventure series, god of war is my 3rd favourite. (after Prince of persia and ninja gaiden) I love the combat, story, graphics etc of this game. A definate nominee for game of the year.

Esteban011487
Esteban011487

This is of the Best Action game I have ever played, besides Metal Gear Solid games of course!.

clawboy
clawboy

It's a toss up. Both GOW'S are great.

Goibythebrewer
Goibythebrewer

I played GoW 1 & 2 In quick succession and both through my PS3, in all honesty the ps3 doesnt do anything to it but i was playing it on a 42" HD Tv and there was definatly a huge difference in not necessarily in the quality of the graphics but squeezing more power out of what they've already got, you do notice that the Environments in GoW 2 are a lot more detailed and the frame rate is a lot more stable along with it :) The only thing the PS3 Noticeably did was eradicate any kinda of loading time :P

Greyhound222
Greyhound222

I think his body looks better in I but in II his clothes are way better.

rbriceno
rbriceno

Has anyone played this game on the PS3? How does it look compared to ps2?

Mariokart_ds
Mariokart_ds

Kratos looks better graphically and texturically in God of War II... God of War II has bigger and more explorable areas..... There is a reason they made this to compare God of War to God of War II.. PS3 peoples need to buy a PS3 and God of War II and see if it looks way better.... God of War II > God of War..GOW I and II for PS2...more sales

ocdog45
ocdog45

i see the differenace but some of these pics don't help the cause

d3m1try
d3m1try

i don´t see some diference at all

sayat_87
sayat_87

Stop to Zoom please , it's useless , it's the best action game that i have never played ... !

rideru
rideru

These screen shots suck. If you really want to compare the graphics play the game.

riqui_pibe10
riqui_pibe10

aah, the difference is obvious! are you blind?? =S Kratos clothes are best in GoW II they got more poly's or something like that... And the light is more bright, thats true

ascortjkk
ascortjkk

both looks the same..but the light arte more bright in god of war 2 ^ ^

saodage
saodage

THERE IS NO DIFERENCE AT ALL except for lighting, which is stupid

lil-maxy
lil-maxy

they both look crap. god of war 3 should look nice on the ps3

Goku_ss3
Goku_ss3

Parece estar bueno pero yo jugue el primero y estaba bueno pero a la larga aburre.....te cuento termine pegando asta con las patas de rana y en ese momento ya no podia ver mas al pelado tirando piñas.....Saludos

videogamezrock
videogamezrock

they look kinda the same and at the same time gow 2 looks more detailed.

TBIRD7280
TBIRD7280

I don't see a difference, or least not big enough of a difference to make notice of : /

bressan2
bressan2

It's not a huge difference. Let's wait for God of War 3 in PS3.

hazardious
hazardious

i love GOW but what is the point of this ........ oh and about the pics i dont care how equaly they look i just care if the game has a nice story and stuff.....

cruncher3
cruncher3

For the most part they look pratically identical besides the slight additions to clothing texture.

tomtommy123
tomtommy123

the graphics look better than the first 1

jomoi
jomoi

yeah... the graphics are much better very detailed

cuijo
cuijo

it's the same!!

djppk
djppk

the improvements are one of a kind!!! it's hard to get any better than this.

Nayab
Nayab

I think its time i started playing PS2 again.

progamemania
progamemania

i do miss david jafe's touch in that game... i think god of war 1 is more polished and more fun... kratos rocks

airwalk_102
airwalk_102

woooh this forum rocks but im really just posting because im so bored

AnimMac
AnimMac

The graphics do look better, if you look closely, just check his cloth, the chains on his wristbands and shinguards and the enemies look more detailed. GoW2 is a nice closing chapter for the ps2 indeed.

MyAvatar
MyAvatar

How stupid of me not to realize! The God of War team must have signed a contract with Sony to make two God of War games for the PS2 system.

MyAvatar
MyAvatar

Actually, I think they made it for the PS2 so that they can increase sales of the first God of War. When consumers move on to new systems, they are ever less inclined to purchase games for their older systems, not even to see the first part of a story.