The Evolution of God of War
- Posted February 24th, 2009 at 20:44 EDT by Eric Blattberg
- 43 Comments
God of War is a series close to many of our hearts. Spawned from the mind of the criminally talented David Jaffe, the original God of War introduced us to Kratos, the brutal ex-Spartan soldier that vowed to kill Ares, the Olympian god of war. God of War exuded quality; the plot twisted and turned before culminating with a gratifying finale, the gameplay was unbelievably fluid and satisfying, and the visuals were the finest to grace the PlayStation 2. It was a masterpiece.
When we discovered that Jaffe wasn't directing God of War II, we were devastated. What would become of our beloved Kratos? As it turned out, God of War lead animator Cory Barlog was a more than suitable successor. The brilliant God of War II was the PS2's swan song. The story continued to entrance us, the gameplay was refined, and the game engine pushed every last polygon and rendered every advanced effect the console could handle. It, too, was a masterpiece.
In a surprising turn of events, Barlog -- like Jaffe -- also left Sony, consequently just as God of War III was revealed. Since then, over a year has passed, and the God of War III media onslaught has begun. As the first God of War game for the PlayStation 3 and (allegedly) the final installment in the series, the game faces incredibly high expectations, and Sony Santa Monica seems prepared to confront that challenge.
We thought that as production on God of War III goes forward, it would be helpful to look back at the older games to see how the series has changed over the years. Behold, the evolution of God of War.
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- 3:45pm EST - February 24th, 2009
wow the differences are really noticeable especially (and obvously) 2 and 3. Definitely picking up GoWIII when it comes out.
- 3:52pm EST - February 24th, 2009
I never thought there was a difference between the visuals of the first and second ones until I saw this page. It is really apparent now that the second game has a bit more shine to it.
- 3:53pm EST - February 24th, 2009
Even the differences between GOW and GOWII are pretty apparent, especially on Kratos himself. His loincloth barely had any detail on it besides a few holes and rips, lol.
- 3:55pm EST - February 24th, 2009
wow kratos' face in the first one sucked lol but still it's impressive the graphics were that good back then
- 3:57pm EST - February 24th, 2009
one word: beast.
- 4:10pm EST - February 24th, 2009
GOW I and II are epic games. III is gonna rule.
- 4:15pm EST - February 24th, 2009
good lord i cant wait...this game is going to be EPIC!
- 4:15pm EST - February 24th, 2009
Can,t wait for that to come out!
This will be PS3 best game along with Killzone2!
- 4:16pm EST - February 24th, 2009
GoW III is looking might fine...
- 4:25pm EST - February 24th, 2009
Hope it come out at the end of this year....
- 4:27pm EST - February 24th, 2009
I still think the Hydra was the coolest boss fight!
- 4:32pm EST - February 24th, 2009
seeing how GOW 1 & 2 came out for the same platform and the difference is huge between them, think of the difference with a new platform?? mind blowning!
- 4:52pm EST - February 24th, 2009
I'm sure it'll be a great game but I don't think the differences between 2 and 3 are stunning. They're there, just not in your face. I would kind of expect more. I do love the series though!
- 4:54pm EST - February 24th, 2009
- 4:55pm EST - February 24th, 2009
Could someone please explain to me the appeal of god of war?
and how has it become a mascot of the playstation.
i just dont get it, a hack and slash with not necessarily amazing, but slightly better than average graphics, and a boss fight system that has been so overused its not unique anymore.
oh and btw, the first god of war looks better than the second, in 1
- 5:22pm EST - February 24th, 2009
It amazes me how sweet I used to think the graphics in the first GoW were. Wow.......
- 5:31pm EST - February 24th, 2009
@DeadBenji - Have you ever played God of War? If you have, then your opinion is valid, but I thought the same thing before I ever played the first. I never liked hack and slash games, Dynasty Warriors is garbage in my opinion. I never liked platformers either, never liked the Jak series, or anything similar. Yet the God of War series simply has an extremely visceral quality to the fighting. Its not simply a button mashing game either, the combos can be very complex. The story is great, and the use of mythology is perfectly implemented. The game also has an epic feel in the way certain bosses will tower over you.
One of my most memorable gaming moments is releasing the Steeds of Time in God of War 2.
Just saying, if you havent played it, do so, and if you have, then thats fine.
- 5:44pm EST - February 24th, 2009
God of War is my favorite series of all time. im so hyped for this game i cant wait it will b epic!
- 5:49pm EST - February 24th, 2009
This game looks cool and all, but I would take a shadow of the colossus 2 over it any day of the week. This game definately takes the hack n slash to new heights, but I wonder if it will lack the depth of more involved games. Should be fun though, just nothing to write home about.
- 6:07pm EST - February 24th, 2009
ok... so this is no where near the best looking console game. i know this was all based off jaffe but its kind of a let down. i already know the game will be amazing so graphics kind of mattered to me this time.
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