This week's edition of the regular Critical Reception column examines online reaction to Sony's God of War II, sequel to one of the highest-selling and best-received titles in the PlayStation 2's software library.
Few doubted that this highly anticipated sequel would fail to live up to the standards set by the original 2005 release, and thus far, Gamerankings.com has yet to receive a single God of War II review scored below 90%. Currently, the game averages a review score ratio of 95% among all sources cited.
GameSpy's Gabe Graziani is confident that God of War II earns a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars, even when considering the many strengths of its prequel. "How could God of War II possibly live up to the successes of its predecessor?" he asks. "The answer, my friends, is astonishing, because GoW II completely eclipses its forefather by adding even more of the stuff that we loved, namely: blood, puzzles, cinematic presentation and fifteen minute long combos."