It’s no secret that the God of War series have been kicking our asses since 2005. But since I never owned a PS2, I pretty much missed the boat entirely. Previous to this past week, I had only spent a few hours with the original God of War when I borrowed a PS2 from a colleague – I loved every second of it. It should go without saying that one of my first purchases since owning a PS3 was God of War 2. I also picked up Resistance: Fall of Man, but Kratos has completely won me over for the time being and I can’t put it down.
Going Back to ‘Last Gen’ Graphics
Since I picked up my Xbox 360 back in March of 2006, it’s been really hard going back and playing older games. The dated visuals really make the experience feel old and busted. Thankfully, God of War ships with widescreen and progressive scan options that can be enabled from the options screen. But even better, there’s a pseudo-hidden HD mode which can be triggered when you first start up the game. Now that is where it’s at! Suddenly, the jaggies are tamed, the colours are popping and Kratos is uglier than ever. I kid you not, there have been times where I stopped dead in my tracks to take a look around. Something I never thought I would see myself doing while playing a PS2 game. Some of the architecture is just gorgeous and the ever changing horizon leaves nothing to be desired. God of War 2 is a very beautiful game. Which, given its reputation for being insanely over-the-top gory, will probably come as a surprise to most.
Let the Blood Fly
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt the urge to jump up off the couch in excitement. This game is satisfying on an entirely new level. Whether you’re ripping the head off a Medusa, or tearing the eye out of a Cyclops, it’s ridiculously fun and satisfying every single time.
You Need To Play This Game
Don’t go as far to kill someone to get your hands on God of War 2, but find a way to play it. Every gamer should experience a game of this magnitude at some point. Obviously, it’s best played on the PS3 since you get the enhanced visuals, but a PS2 would cut it, I’m sure.