God of War is one of PlayStation's most popular characters, but he is not a hero.
I remember I picked up the first God of War without any knowledge of the game, just that it was a hack-n-slash. Now it's one of my favorite series of all time. Love Kratos!
One of the best games i have ever played
well, he wouldn't be popular if no one asked for him...
ridding ancient Greece of corrupt gods, minotaurs, hydra etc nah ya right kratos aint no hero is he?? naturally im being sarcastic :)
He is kind of a hero, but not your usual hero. He has some pretty bad traits..
I agree hes more vigilante than hero but the principality still suffices
It's almost as if he is an anti-hero. If only there were a time honored term for such a thing. ;P
Well he is an anti-hero, but not a villain.
God of War series is divine! <3
When i played first GOW i was hooked when i played Chains of olympus my jaw dropped now played them all inc ghost of sparta psp also top notch.. Its a franchise I always want but how to further kratos now? Who knows. But i trust santamonica
One of the greatest breaths for fresh air to come out in 10 years. Santa Monica did a damn good job with that series. Gameplay, graphics, concept, story etc all just amazingly executed. They truly let their imaginations soar with that title.
Why can't Kratos get any love? He's a fantastic character with many layers. His story is deep, beautiful, and tragic. Like the Greek mythology that his world is based in, tragedy and hubris are two themes that loom large in these games. I hate when people just brush him off as "being angry all the time." He's mournful for the sins he's committed and pained by the fact that he can't die to forget them. That's why the very first time we see Kratos, he's stepping off a ledge and trying to kill himself. The only reason he stays around is for the false hope of redemption. Yes, he has done horrible things and will continue to do horrible things. But so do most video game characters. It doesn't mean players can't relate to his pain. They can related to the regret of making a bad decision in a moment of desperation. He's a great character.
Agreed. Kratos is like ogres.
That honestly made me smile, it shouldn't have, but it did. Now im mad. :)
You have got it spot on! I kinda love you for this post, someone who actually gets Kratos. Kratos is an amazing character, my personal favourite, can't wait for his return in GoW4!
A lot of games let you control the character and wield their personality up UNTIL the point that they make a bad descision or become the "Bad Guy". And then they stop there by either killing off your character or shelving him. God of War shows the *after* for such characters. The winter of their discontent, their relentless nihilsm, and forces you to *play* it. It's more "different" than most would like to admit. How Kratos got the way he is - is actually unimportant, and maybe even a distraction. Why do you think people loved the idea of Vader so much? The whole identity of his character is that it's actually OVER for him. The question of such people and the wonder if they can do anything right again is far more interesting than whatever cliche brought them there.
I wont ever forget the first time the Hydra bursts through the ship trying to snack on him, I personally love Kratos, the bloke is mental and i would be the same if someone tricked me into hurting my family.
The anti hero no one asked for The hero we all need
I dare you to say that to my face you puny human.
Kratos is a hero, but not in the modern since. He is a tragic hero in terms of Greek tragedy. The main staple of which is that the protagonist will usually commit some sort of crime or atrocity without full knowledge of how foolish or arrogant he/she has become. Then, only as his/her world begins to fall apart, is there a realization of the error. God of War just kind of gave us that realization up front and allowed us to play through the arrogance and errors. So, he's an anti-hero by today's standards. Yet, he's still a tragic hero.
Kratos' characterization is so rooted in Greek mythology. Fits well.
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