Yes! This is it!
By this somewhat detailed guide, I will break down each nook and cranny of each of the God of Wars to find it who reigns supreme of the two.
The Aegon Sea vs. Rhodes
The Aegon Sea:
Kratos has just lost all hope, and he casts himself off of a cliff. This is what we in the buisiness call "foreshadowing." After the first CGI cutscene of the game, the story takes you two weeks before Kratos's attempted suicide. You start out fighting the undead at the front of a ship in the middle of the water, this is for the newcomers to get use to the incredibily deep Combo System found in God of War(sarcasm), after that, you go down into the ship and through a room, and BAM! A Hydra peeks its stupid hydra head through the boat and starts a fight with you. After you stab that sucker in it's eye, your introduced into the balance system.
A little while later, you have to fight off yet another Hydra. Once you slap that sucker in it's face a couple of times, he runs away, and you go into the water for the first time, and climb on walls the first time while hurling off the undead. You then have to cross some more beams while in the background you find people getting attacked by Hydras, funny stuff happens. You get past the beams and low and behold, the first of many puzzles appear !.... well, the puzzles actually pretty braindead, but it takes a little skill. Soon after that, you cross ships and acquire Poseidens Rage(aka the best magic skill from God of War) from Poseiden himself. Electricute the hell out of the undead and go forword to the main boss of the level, A person I like to call, Big Momma Hydra.
The boss herself is incredible, and arguably the best boss out of the whole game, which might be a bad thing, considering that it's the first level. Anyway, you have to take out the two hydras below in the same manner you took out the one earlier in the level, and then to make sure that the big one doesn't heal the two on the bottom, you have to drive a spike right through their heads(awesome..). Then its just you and the Big One. Mono-a-Mono. The Big Hydra will try her best to blow you off the ship, but eventually, you get to her and assume to put on maybe one of the best killing blows ever seen in any video game ever in the history of flippin' time.
After that, you have to retrace some footsteps, and go buy another CGI cutscene, and yes, the infamous Sex Mini-Game
Overall - 9.5/10
Kratos, The God of War, takes the same, dramatic leap, from his throne, straight to Rhodes. A with magical powers takes you giantism away from you, and awakens the Colossus of Rhodes. You begin the same way you did in God of War 1, killing of soldiers and have the game introduce you to it's wonderful combo system. After that, you open a door and travel along a road, all of this while in the background, you can see the Rhodes looking extremely pissed off at you. Eventually, you get to a rooftop and you fight more soldiers and the Colossus. Eventually you have to launch a rock at the colossus via a Ballista. Then you follow up the rock attack with... well, yourself. After giving the Colossus a couple of blades to the Eye, he'll send you flying across the city, ouch.
Into the bathhouse you go, and here, to calm Kratos down from the huge fight with the Colossus, you can have SEX!... anyway, your introduced to swimming again and introduced to swinging via your blades. As you walk down a hallway, be sure to get ready to say hello to the Colossus foot, as it comes out of no where and you catch it and toss the Colossus back a couple of hundred feet. Then you climb up a wall while the Colossus punches holes throughout. Then you get to face off against the Colossus again and give it a couple of scratches, as once again, the Colossus sends you to another part of the city. PUZZLE TIME! The puzzle is fairly simple, it deals with moving statues and pressure points. My 6 year old cousin can get through it without looking at the TV, but I guess it's their to show you that yes, there will be harder puzzles in the game.
After the puzzle, and going up an elevator, you see the Rhodes Eye, hit it a couple of times and he'll break the building your in. Zeus offers you the Blade of Olympis, and in order to get it, you must drain all your energy into it. Once you do that, Kratos will shoot a beam from the sword straight into the side of the Colossus. You must now climb from WITHIN the Colossus all the way to the head, where here, you will encounter a puzzle thats much more complicated from before, and then you cause the Colossus's head to explode, and you must jump out of the mouth right before it blows up! Anyway, Zeus betrays you and fights you while you are really friggin' weak and pathetic. Eventually killing you and having Hades to open up and take you down under.
But after Gaia gives you a pep talk and tells you what you can do, You cut yourself free from Hades hands and climb outta there, and you tell one of the survivors to go back to Sparta and protect it, while you fly off on a Pegesas.
The first level from God of War II beats the first level of God of War I because IMO, the whole level in II is centered around the boss. I think the actual boss fight from GoWI is better, but since there is an amazing set piece(I said it) that was INSIDE the boss, I will favor the Colossus over the Hydra.
(Yes, I know that you go inside the Hydra in GoWI, but thats only to get the Captains Key and to kill Kratos's little friend, The Captain)
I'll probably go through the entirety of both games like this, and chose a winner. Hopefully people like it... maybe I'll do a video summary.. I enjoy Feedback, a lot.