Video Game / God of War II

God of War II is the sequel to God of War, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2007.

Kratos, now the new God of War, leads his Spartans in a bloody conquest of Greece, heedless of the mutterings of other gods who think he's out of control. Zeus takes matters into his own hands by stripping Kratos of his godhood and slaying him. Kratos escapes Hades with the help of the titan Gaia, who tells him to travel to the Island of Creation, where the Sisters of Fate work the Loom of Fate and can change his destiny.

God of War II contains examples of the following tropes:

  • All for Nothing: Basically everything you did to become the God of War in the first game is cancelled out within the first 20 minutes of this one. By the end of the opening sequence, Kratos is no longer among the gods.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted; in mythology, Clotho was stated to be the most beautiful of the Sisters of Fate. Here, she's a fat and ugly slug-like monster.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Kratos joins the Spartans in attacking Rhodes at the beginning of the game in giant form. After he's shrunk down to normal size, he's subsequently forced to fight off the Colossus of Rhodes.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • As he did before, Kratos fights his way out of the Underworld after being killed by Zeus.
    • Likewise, Alrik, the Barbarian King who caused Kratos to make his fateful Deal with the Devil with Ares in the first place, fights his way out of Hades to have another shot at the Ghost of Sparta.
  • Bag of Spilling: Kratos is stripped of all of his godly powers by the Blade of Olympus early on in the game.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After being squashed by the Colossus of Rhodes' hand, Kratos pukes up a damn river's worth of blood.
  • Blood Magic: At the Temple of the Fates, Kratos is required to capture a translator to read the incantation needed to open his path. Said incantation ends with the reader offering his blood as a sacrifice. Cue Oh, Crap! just before Kratos bashes the guy's head in against the altar, his blood draining into a pattern etched onto the floor.
  • Boss Battle: At up to 14 bosses, God of War II has the largest number of bosses in the whole God Of War franchise.
  • Brought Down to Badass: As the soldiers of Rhodes discover the hard way, just because Kratos has been shrunk down to normal size doesn't mean he's any less capable of killing them.
  • Cliffhanger: What the game ends on; Kratos has just gone back in time and brought the Titans back to the present, and together with them, he makes his attack on Mount Olympus.
  • Clothing Damage: Kratos' God armor falls apart after he's crushed by the Colossus of Rhodes.
  • Crashing Through the Harem: Kratos' escape from the Colossus of Rhodes's rampage takes him crashing through the ceiling of a bathhouse where two women wait in a state of undress, leading to an Optional Sexual Encounter.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Athena dies in Kratos' arms after Taking the Bullet for Zeus at the end of the game. It's the only time in-game that Kratos expresses a shred of remorse for his actions.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The reason Gaia chooses to help Kratos in his fight against Zeus. Zeus, as per the religion of ancient Greece, chose to punish every member of the Titans when taking his revenge on his father Kronos.
  • Downer Beginning: The beginning stage, where Kratos launches a brutal invasion of Rhodes and is subsequently punished and killed by Zeus. He also loses all the extra power he has gained from the previous game. He later manages to climb his way out of Tartarus, though.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Part of the reason for Kratos waging war across Greece with the Spartans is that none of the other gods would accept him as the new God of War.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Kratos is an amoral sociopath. So is Zeus.
  • Easter Egg: By following a series of extremely convoluted steps involving standing on and hitting R1 at specific points in the area after Perseus fight, you can trigger a secret that gives you a few thousand Red Orbs and writes "I am become Death, destroyer of worlds" in the sky. You could also find the URL for a website promoting the upcoming PSP sequel if you managed to reach a 999,999 hit combo, something that's only possible in the bonus arena where you can fight any enemy in the game and give them and yourself infinite health.
  • Escort Mission: In classic Kratos fashion, you have to protect a temple priest from waves of enemies. You have to protect him because he needs to read an incantation - which ends with Kratos brutally murdering him to complete a blood sacrifice.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Kratos is crushed by the outstretched arm of the Colossus after he defeated it using the Blade of Olympus. Kratos had just turned himself into a mortal again by feeding all of his godly power into the Blade. Then Zeus appears to reclaim the Blade and slay Kratos since the entire struggle in Rhodes was a scheme to preemptively remove any threat Kratos might pose to Olympus. Kratos tries to fight back — but since he was nearly crushed to death by a huge statue seconds ago, he's in pretty bad shape. He's limping, unable to jump or run, and he can barely swing his blades.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: At one point, the Colossus of Rhodes tries to simply stomp on Kratos; Kratos simply catches its foot and flings it away.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Kraken. It just appears with no build up to fight Kratos and no reason as to why it is there is ever given. True, it could have been sent to stop Kratos from getting to the sisters, but it's never revealed.
    • To say nothing of the fact that Krakens are from Northern Medieval European folklore, not Greek.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight:
    • As a direct result of his Game-Breaking Injury above, Kratos proves no match for Zeus during their initial confrontation.
    • Something similar happens during the first few moments fighting the Kraken. When you press a button, Kratos merely screams out "I cannot change my fate!" or something to that effect until you get to a scripted point that gives him an ability upgrade and, of course, the will to fight on.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Kratos starts off the game doing the very thing that Ares did in the first game: destroying Greek cities to gain recognition.
  • It Has Only Just Begun: "The End Begins".
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Kratos was always a Sociopathic Hero at his worst, but as of this game, his desire for revenge has caused him to devolve into a straight-up Villain Protagonist.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Athena reveals in her dying moments that Zeus is Kratos' father.
  • Numerical Hard: Titan Mode
  • Proactive Boss: The game begins with the Colossus of Rhodes coming to life and attacking Kratos. The Colossus chases him throughout the level, becoming an obstacle or a hazard at points when Kratos is navigating the level or fighting other enemies. The level ends with Kratos and the Colossus finally squaring off, where Kratos defeats it.
  • Remember the New Guy: When Kratos encounters Atlas, the two have obviously met before. Their first meeting occurred in the prequel Chains of Olympus, which was released the year after this game.
  • Retcon: The ending of the previous game indicated that Kratos remained the God of War for all time. In this game, it's still ancient Greece and he loses his divinity in the opening level.
  • Running Gag: Kratos develops quite a habit of yelling up at the gods (mainly Zeus) every time they effectively make his life hell. The result? They're not happy, and have him attacked by the Colossus of Rhodes or cause The Kraken show up to squeeze him to death.
  • Screw Destiny: Kratos is fated to die, but he refuses to follow the path the Sisters of Fate have set for him.
  • Shout-Out: To Clash of the Titans (1981) — Harry Hamlin as Perseus cameos, and one of the later bosses is a Kraken.
  • Tae Kwon Door: Kratos kills Theseus by slamming a heavy gate into his face, repeatedly, while keeping him pinned... after first impaling him on his own spear.
  • The Weird Sisters: The Fates appear as a six-foot tall warrior valkyrie with one breast visible, a giant, grotesquely fat woman with many arms and breasts and a stick-thin woman that seems to be partially made of darkness. The three are a dark representation of the Greek Moirai.

Alternative Title(s): God Of War 2