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God of War: The Fall of Kratos
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on December 22, 2011   |   Episode 29 (Show Archive)  

   

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God of War: The Fall of Kratos
[ Company: Sony | Year: 2005 | Grade: A ]

God of War (PlayStation 2)
It's the 29th day of the 32 Game Endings of Christmas. We're so close to the finish line. Today we're taking an excessive look at God of War for the PlayStation 2. Developed by the guy that brought us Twisted Metal, God of War proved to be one of Sony's biggest action games. The mix of gory violence and Greek mythology was enough to earn the game several sequels/prequels and a proposed movie. Now you can see Kratos' ultimate fate when you memorize today's episode of 32 Game Endings of Christmas!

Previously On God of War: Kratos is one badass son of a bitch. He was also the captain in the Spartan army. While leading his army into battle, Kratos promised complete servitude if Ares, the God of War, would grand him the strength to destroy all enemies. Ares answered the prayers and bonds a set of blades to Kratos' arms. With his newfound power, our hero wages war against Greece and eventually leads an attack on a village occupied by worshippers of Athena. But Kratos has been tricked. In his bloodlust, this Spartan captain does the unthinkable -- he kills his wife and child.

The images of murdering his family still haunt his dreams, making it impossible for this warrior to get any rest. Kratos needs to find a way to rid himself from these awful memories, even if that means taking his own life. At his lowest moment, this broken man calls on Athena for forgiveness. She instructs Kratos that he will find peace if he kills Ares. This sends him on a quest to hack and slash his way to the doorstep of the God of War. Along the way he fights a Hydra monster, opens Pandora's Box and even falls into the Underworld. Mere text cannot convey how awesome Kratos' adventure is!



How It Ended: So Kratos did it. Ares has been defeated and life can get back to normal. He did what Athena instructed and can finally get the peace and quiet he longed for. But things aren't

Much like Kristen Stewart, Kratos never smiles!
that easy for our extremely pissed off hero. Athena explains that the Gods have forgiven Kratos for the evils he's perpetrated. However, they never promised to rid him of his horrible nightmares. No man (or even a God) could ever forget the terrible deeds they've done. Kratos will have to wear those horrible memories for the rest of his life.

Even more depressed, Kratos decides to attempt suicide ... again. But alas, the Gods had more for this wounded man. Athena lifts Kratos out of the sea and transports

It looks like we found the perfect actor for the God of War movie!
him up to Mount Olympus. It seems that in the wake of Ares' death, there's a job opening that would be perfect for this fearsome Spartan warrior. With a throne waiting for him, Kratos becomes the new God of War. Whenever there's a war or conflict, Kratos will be there. Congratulations?

How It Should Have Ended: Two thousand years from now we'll see clueless followers going to war based on the teachings this ancient game. Men in large hats will fight it out in the street about whether Kratos was the good guy we needed or the bad guy we deserved. You will see the devout handing out free copies of God of War: King David Jaffe Version in front of schools. They'll question if a God of War II follower is qualified to be President. Scholars will be the only people who remember Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta. I can't wait to see what kind of meat gets served on Kratosmas.
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