There is a game that many of you may be familiar with a game that has introduced an entire generation to Greek mythology. The game that has created a character so iconic and epic that many people just assume that he must have existed within the Greek pantheon. For those of you still wondering I am indeed referring to Kratos in the God of War franchise. God Of War initially launched in 2005 from the PlayStation 2 and as far as it’s fast paced hack and slash combat system was. a large part of its success can be attributed to its story allowing the plate to battle against the face as creatures of Greek mythology and bring down the Greek pantheon itself. The story is not much more than your classic revenge and redemption story arc but its integration of Greek mythology and the creation of a world that brings so many of the gods and monsters that people may have never heard of to life is the main reason that got a voice such a success and why it is loved by millions across the globe. so the protagonist of our story as we mentioned earlier is of course Kratos a fierce Spartan warrior who began to rise in the ranks as the youngest captain in Spartan Army. He had what looked to be a very promising military career ahead of him that was until he faced the ever-growing barbarian threat in the east. The battle itself lasted for several hours but the sheer size of the Barbarian army was too much for the spot and so overcome with the majority of his men slain the young Captain Taqueria looked like he would come to a premature end but there was nothing that Kratos valued more than victory. So much so that he would be willing to sacrifice everything including his own soul.
In that moment Kratos is desperate quarter Ares was the only means of victory but it was a decision that would haunt Kratos for the rest of his existence. The god of war would eventually answer Kratos is called descending from the sky. Ares recognized the potential of the young Spartan and the opportunity to mold him into a perfect warrior. Once Kratos had pledged his life to Ares the barbarian army will dispatch with ease and he granted his new apprentice ultimate power. Mere mortal weapons were now beneath the God of War newest servant Kratos was given weapons forged in the depths of Hades the blades of chaos and they would be seared into his skin and ever-present reminder of the oath that he had taken. He would serve Ares for many years where he would do terrible and unspeakable things all in the name of the God of War. In his thirst for victory Kratos would eventually stumble upon a temple and kill all those inside. when he eventually looked down at his final two victims they were his wife and child. It was that exact moment that Kratos knew he could no longer serve Ares. He would have to kill the God that once saved his life.
The Oracle that had warned Kratos not to enter the temple while his wife and child was seeking refuge then decided to curse the Spartan. She bound the ashes of his wife and daughter to his skin for all those who see the terrible deed that he had committed and it was on that night that the Ghost of Sparta would be born. haunted by his past and all of those that he had murdered Kratos INBOX on their journey to restore the memories of his past life but when he eventually does he finds out that his nightmares were in fact the memories of all the people he had slain. He would serve the gods for a further 10 years until he grew tired of the nightmares. When he eventually confronted the gods about relieving his burden the goddess Athena promises to absolve his sins and help with his nightmares but only if he assisted her in stopping her brother Ares from destroying Athens.
The only way to kill a god was by opening Pandora’s box and harnessing its power but before Kratos was able to do so Ares held a stake from across Greece pinning him to a wall and eventually killing him. Kratos then fallen into Hades refused to accept his fate and fought his way out of the underworld where he would eventually come face to face of the god. When Kratos opened Pandora’s Box the powers of the gods were Unleashed and Kratos would do what no one had ever done before he was the first mortal to defeat a god. unfortunately for Kratos Athena tells him that he sins may be forgiven but he will never be able to forget what he had done. upon hearing the news Kratos leaps from the highest mountain in Greece in an attempt to end his misery. Unfortunately for the Spartan his journey did not end there as he was saved by Athena who then tells him that with Ares gone he must assume the throne and the role of the new god of war. With his newfound godly power he began destroying in second cities at will which in turn caused some concern amongst the rest of the gods attempting to stop Kratos Athena would resurrect the Colossus of Rhodes but at this point you should also intervene offering Kratos the Blade of Olympus telling him that if he infused the blade with all of his godly power he would be able to defeat the Colossus, but what Kratos was unaware of was that when he defeated the Colossus the blade will so drain all of his power and leave him weak and defenseless. Zeus will then reveal himself killing Kratos and once again sending him back to the underworld but just like the first time Kratos would not spend much time in the underworld. This sum he would be saved by the goddess Gaea and the two hatched up a plan to use a luma feint to go back into time and defeat Zeus.
Kratos would once again return to the world of the living but this time with a plan to kill Zeus and any God that stood in his way. For those of you wondering why Zeus would kill kratos in the first place. Zeus had learnt of a prophecy that stated he will be killed by a marked mortal and so he previously sent Athena and Ares to find that mortal. Ares would come across a boy who was set a very distinctive markings this boy was not Kratos but he’s younger brother Deimos. When he attempted to save his brother from the God he was easily brushed aside and only through the persuasion of Athena was he allowed to live he’s failure to protect his brother caused him to join the spartan army and in order to honor Deimos he had a full-body tattoo mimicking his birthmark. With Kratos his brother dead Zeus naturally assumed the prophecy to now refer to Kratos and thus why he took the opportunity to kill him. Kratos ventured to the land of creation and after defeating countless enemies he would use the loom of fate to return to the exact moment that he was killed by Zeus hoping to change the outcome.
Kratos who claimed in the blade of a power Zeus but before he was able to kill the God Athena leaps in front of the sword saving her father in her dying breath Athena tells Kratos that Zeus is in fact Olympus and if he is slain Olympus will fall and all the gods with him. She also tells him that Zeus is his father which has little sway over the Spartan as his father did just kill him. Once again using the loom of fate guy and Kratos create an army of titans recreating the war between the Titans and Olympians as they attempt to scale Olympus. There is a huge blow dealt to the Olympians when together Kratos and Gaia defeat Poseidon and in turn flood the entire world. When the two finally manage to reach their way to the top they are greeted by an eagerly awaiting Zeus who hurls bolts of thunder knocking them both off and leaving them to die but Gaia manages to hang on revealing her true intentions and leaving Kratos to die once again. This time in the underworld Kratos defeats Hades and learns how to kill Zeus just like when he killed Ares he would need to once again open Pandora’s box but this time the box is hidden behind the flames of Olympus which can only be extinguished by Pandora herself. When Pandora attempts to sacrifice herself Kratos have seen her as he would have seen his daughter attempts to stop her but despite his best efforts Pandora eventually breaks free and she’s instead halted by Zeus. After a heated exchange of words the two would once again fight to the death this time the confrontation is cut short when Pandora once again attempts to extinguish the flames only to be stopped by Kratos again. When Zeus says don’t fail like you failed your family Kratos lets go of Pandora and the box is released. When the box is eventually opened crater servals nothing the box is empty with Zeus and his son looking onto the flooded world that had been engulfed in chaos they prepared for their final battle what guy haven’t survived earlier has now reached the top once again and attempts to kill Kratos and Zeus. The two end up falling inside of guy his chest where Kratos wouldn’t pay all buff Zeus and guy’s heart killing them both with this final blow Kratos has now defeated all of the gods and Titans bringing an end to the Greek pantheon. But as you would expect as Zeus had one last trick releasing his spirit from his body in the final attempt to kill his son using the memories of his wife and daughter after dealing after years of guilt and regret Kratos finally overcomes himself force and Zeus his spirit back into his body where he then proceeds to pummel him to death.
I guess some people just have different ways in dealing with their father issues. Athena appears once again but this time in her newly transcended form and reveals that when Kratos opened Pandora’s box for the first time. He unleashed all the evils and fears of the world upon the gods of Olympus. Those of you who are familiar with Pandora’s Box we know that hope was also released and it was hope that gave Kratos the power to defeat the gods. With his tasks now complete he’s asked by Athena to return hope to her so she can in turn give it to humanity but Kratos having no trust left for any God impales himself returning hope to humanity directly rather than given Athena control. Infuriated by his action Athena leaves the God of War to die his final death and will left the one final cliffhanger Kratos his body is now gone was a trail of blood leading to the edge of the cliff and were given one final shot of the world in chaos. For those of you who have seen the trailers regarding the new god of war we see that Kratos is in fact not dead and has somehow made it to the Norse world with a son named The Trias we don’t exactly know what adventures await the two but after seen them encounter your beg and we can be sure there’ll be just as epic as before.