Video Game / God of War III

"My vengeance... ends now."

God of War III is the third (chronologically final until the PS4 game) installment of the God of War Series, released for the PlayStation 3 in 2010.

Picking up right where the previous game left off, it details Kratos and the Titans' assault on Olympus. After killing Poseidon, Kratos is betrayed by Gaia and tossed into the underworld, but escapes and begins to climb Mount Olympus, killing all who stand in his path — Hades, Perses [sic], Helios, Hercules, Cronos, Hephaestus, Hera — and learning that Pandora's Box still exists, now deep in the Labyrinth and guarded by an eternal fire which can only be snuffed out if Pandora herself immolates herself on it. This proves troubling, because as Kratos escorts Pandora through the dungeon, he begins to think of her as a daughter. Kratos wants to kill Zeus, but he also wants his family back. Which one will he choose?

The game got an enhanced rerelease in Summer of 2015 for the PlayStation 4.

God of War III contains examples of the following tropes (Beware of unmarked spoilers):

  • Adaptational Villainy: In this game, Hercules, rather than the legendary hero most fiction depicts him as, is shown as arrogant and jealous of Kratos' accomplishments, as well as Zeus' apparent Parental Favoritism for the Spartan. Though it was implied that he might still be the legendary hero... if it wasn't for Envy from Pandora's Box cursing him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Zeus. It's revealed in the ending that he wasn't actually evil, he was just consumed by the evils of Pandora's Box, which came out when Kratos opened it. Though going by Greek Mythology, he was a Jerkass God before that and the box only made him worse.
  • All for Nothing:
    • The previous game ended with Kratos freeing the Titans, with them storming Olympus. And then they get their asses kicked easily by the gods, to the extent that by the time Kratos catches up with them, all but two of them have died.
    • Kratos goes searching for Pandora, to undo the Olympus Flame, and in the process lays waste to all Olympus. And then it turns out what he was looking for was inside him all along.
  • And I Must Scream: The Head of Helios is implied to still be alive - and yes, it does scream when you activate it.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • A Bolt of Divine Retribution from Zeus blasts Gaia's left hand almost clean off, leaving it hanging by a mass of root-like tendons. Kratos later severs the hand completely.
    • Kratos kills Hermes by chopping both of his legs off.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Athena's Heroic Sacrifice to save Zeus has brought her to one, she has become an angel creature. She's also fully transparent.
  • Art Shift: The flashbacks in-game are done in a heavily stylized and trippy art style.
  • Badass Boast: Kratos gets a heck of an impressive one to Zeus at the beginning;
    The hands of death could not defeat me. The sisters of Fate could not hold me. And you will not see the end of this day. I will have my revenge!
  • Bad Black Barf: A big thick black cloud of something escapes from Zeus' mouth before Kratos begins his Extreme Melee Revenge. It seems to have been the Fear inside of Pandora's Box, as he seems to come to his senses in that brief moment.
  • Bag of Spilling: Kratos loses much of his magic and powers, along with the Blades of Athena, after falling into the River Styx and being attacked by the souls within.
  • Bait and Switch: At the game's end, it appears that Kratos is about to strike Athena down with the Blade of Olympus. Instead, he turns the blade on himself to give the godless world the hope inside him.
  • Bi the Way: Kratos walks in on Aphrodite having her way with two slave girls. She then invites him for sex.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Heavy emphasis on bitter to the point of being a downer; Kratos' need for vengeance has slain all of the gods, and the world lays in ruins and total chaos as a result. However, Kratos has also released the power of hope for mankind's use, and as shown in The Stinger, the sun, which has been blocked out since Helios' death, is finally beginning to peek through the clouds again, assuming anyone has survived the flood, disease, loss of vegetation and monsters to enjoy it.
  • Blade Brake: After being blasted off of Olympus by Zeus, Kratos tries to stop his fall by sinking the Blade of Olympus into Gaia's back. It works for a moment or two, but he still ends up falling into the River Styx.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The series was already plenty bloody and gory, but this game ramps it Up to Eleven. The studio actually said some screenshots are so violent, they cannot be released on gaming news websites without being censored. They have an independent engine in place to animate enemies being ripped to pieces and having their organs fall out. Some highlights include Kratos gutting centaurs and Cronos, causing their guts to spill out, and brutally tearing a cyclops' eye out of its head with his bare hands.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: The centaurs. They almost never flinch, love interrupting your combos while you fight smaller mooks (because they always come with smaller mooks), have a crapton of health, and the QTE when they grab you requires super-human reflexes to win. The finishing move on them is one of the squickiest of the game, but you won't mind. Chimeras are a similar case, although they are arguably easier to deal with.
  • Breaking Speech: Hermes deconstructs Kratos in the path of the Caverns and he can only listen. Before his death, Hermes gives another one to Kratos, and later on, it's revealed that it registered on Kratos; something Zeus had use of during his mind attack on the K-man.
  • Bullying a Dragon/I Shall Taunt You: Hermes decides to take the time to taunt Kratos about how he killed his family, knowing full well that Kratos is known to kill out of spite and is on the warpath against the Olympians. It ends badly for him, to say the least.
  • Call Back: Helios remembers Kratos saving him in God of War: Chains of Olympus.
  • Chain Lightning: The Nemesis Whip is a visual pun on this; it's yet another chain-weapon for Kratos, and it produces chain lightning.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Great Chain appears at the beginning, when Kratos is thrown off of Gaia. It takes a while longer before it becomes important.
    • The Three Judges, and more specifically the odd blue crystal on their end of the chain.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hercules appears in the opening fight, commanding the legions of Olympus.
  • Combat Commentator: A drunken Hera provides a commentary to Kratos's fight with Hercules, starting with an almost-motherly "Now you boys play nice!"
  • Cross Counter: Kratos and Hercules have one of these when Kratos steals the right Nemean Cestus. If Kratos wins the duel, he will steal the left Nemean Cestus. Zeus and Kratos has one of these in the end.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The second Titanomachy was shaping up to be this as the modern Olympians proved more than a match for the Titans: Poseidon took out Epimetheus and at least one more titan single-handed, Hades swiftly killed Oceanus, Helios had Perses well in hand, and Zeus easily blasted Gaia apart with one lightning bolt... in fact, the gods would have likely won the battle without a single casualty if not for the intervention of Kratos.
  • Death of the Old Gods: By the end of the game, Kratos has slain all of the Olympians (except Aphrodite).
  • Depth Perplexion: An entire puzzle is made out of this in Hera's Garden. Basically, when you activate a switch, a green filter appears on the screen, the camera zooms away and stairways that are only adjacent by perspective become connected for real. You will thus get at the top of the garden through completely disconnected platforms, without having to perform a single jump.
  • Evil All Along: The post-Final Boss reveals that Athena was playing Kratos throughout the game with the intent to take over Olympus when Zeus is gone.
  • Eye Scream:
    • After defeating Poseidon, Kratos gouges out his eyes with his thumbs.
    • The QTE to finish off a cyclops is Kratos tearing said cyclops' eye clean out of its socket with his bare hands.
    • One of the Titans tries attacking Kratos. In response he jams the Olympus Blade into their eye.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In their final battle, Zeus and Kratos are so busy fighting each other they don't notice a very pissed off Gaia showing up until she's right on top of them.
  • Gaia's Lament: Quite literally. Because of Kratos' actions, the world is flooded and all plant life is dying out. Once she returns, at the climax, Gaia is kind of pissed about that.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: The majority of Kratos' encounter with Hermes is simply chasing him down; since he's the speedy messenger of the gods, he delights in dashing about making fun of him. Once Kratos manages to knock the wind out of him he barely puts up a fight to speak of—chasing him down was the real contest.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In this game, Kratos can use the small mooks as battering rams.
  • Hate Plague: The Reveal is that this's whats made the Olympians Took a Level in Jerkass after the first game, as when Kratos opened the Pandora's box, he released the evils inside it. The evils then infected the Olympians, consuming them and turning them into a bunch of hateful and paranoid tyrants.
  • Immediate Sequel: The game picks up exactly where God of War II left off.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The gods address Pandora, an Artificial Human, as "it" or "thing."
  • It's Personal: Hades has a vendetta against Kratos for killing his wife a while back. And his niece, and his brother...
  • Kick the Dog:
    • While on his way through Olympus, Kratos winds up in Poseidon's personal quarters, and in order to progress kidnaps his mistress, forcing her to prop a door open, which crushes her to chunky giblets afterward.
    • Zeus forced Daedalus to build the new labyrinth for him, with the promise that he'd bring back Icarus if he did. Once Daedalus was finished, Zeus tied him up in such a way that if the labyrinth was ever finished, Daedalus would be ripped to pieces. And as Kratos, you the player have to do this.
  • Mind Rape: The evils of Pandora's Box inflict this on Kratos, hoping to try and kill him once and for all.
  • Mook Maker: During the fight with Cronos, various skeletons pop out of his flesh to attack Kratos, along with an undead Cyclops that was apparently lurking inside his left shoulder.
  • Mundane Utility: See Refuge in Audacity, below.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The end of the game has Kratos, after having taken his revenge on Olympus, see how the world has been devastated by his actions, and how much of his grief was his own fault.
  • Neck Snap: Kratos finishes Poseidon off by snapping his neck. He later does the same to Hera when she insultingly calls Pandora a "little whore" in front of him.
  • Not Worth Killing: Kratos initially views Hermes and Hera as such, dismissing Hermes as "a fly from the ass of Zeus" and simply pushing Hera aside when she tries to pick a fight with them. Unfortunately for them, they end up pushing Kratos' Berserk Button and getting themselves killed anyway.
  • Off with His Head!: Kratos kills Helios by ripping his head off with his bare hands. It's still alive.
  • Out of Focus: The Blade of Olympus. According to the previous game, it's an incredible weapon containing unimaginable godly power, and recovering it was a large part of the plot. Here, it only appears when using the Rage of Sparta, and as a finishing move.
  • Prophecy Twist: Just as Chronos had killed his father Uranos, and as Zeus had killed his father Chronos, it was prophecized that Zeus would be killed by his own child (and presumedly succeeded as the ruler of gods). Zeus' actions throughout the second and third game are all meant to prevent Kratos from fulfilling that prophecy. There is however an additional Genius Bonus that is easy to miss. In some versions of the myth of the birth of Athena, Zeus devours her pregnant mother because she was prophecized to give birth to a child more powerful than its father and he remembered the prophecy about his own end. When Athena later sprang from a hole in his head, the issue was apparently forgotten and she joined the pantheon of gods. By the end of the game it turns out that Athena had been planning everything from the very start (as befits a goddess of knowledge and strategy) to get Zeus killed and become the new ruler of the gods instead. Which would make her also qualify for the prophecy, except that Kratos prevented her from ursuping Zeus power.
  • Refuge in Audacity: After defeating Helios, Kratos tears off his still-living head and uses it for a flashlight. It even screams every time you take it out.
  • Regret Eating Me: Near the end of the fight with him, Cronos attempts to finish Kratos off by eating him whole. Kratos just cuts his way out of Cronos' gut with the Blade of Olympus. Ironically, before doing so, Cronos tells Kratos that "eating you will be more unpleasant for me"; he had no idea how right he was.
  • Sequel Hook: When Gaia rails against Kratos and Zeus, the latter muses that maybe she should have chosen "the other one". And while in Kratos' mind, a character never heard before can be heard addressing him as "brother". Played with, as it is actually a prequel hook for God of War: Ghost of Sparta.
  • So Last Season: On meeting Athena, she replaces Kratos' old blades with all new ones, given the old ones were tainted by the River Styx when he fell in.
  • Tornado Move: The Blades of Athena's magic spell, Divine Reckoning, creates a tornado around Kratos.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the cutscene where Pandora talks to Kratos about hope, she seems unfazed by the fact that Kratos is using a severed head as a lantern.
  • Uriah Gambit: Hephaestus pulls one on Kratos in the midgame; fearing for Pandora's life, he sends Kratos to Tartarus to get the Omphalos Stone. What he doesn't tell him is it's inside Cronos' gut, and that Cronos is not happy that Kratos killed Gaia.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: At the end, Kratos finally gets his revenge having killed everyone who ever wronged him...but by that point he realizes just how much of his misery was his own fault. He also finally notices the devastation he wrought upon the world during his campaign for vengeance and he's been changed enough to actually give a damn about it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: By the end of the game, all the Gods are dead... except Aphrodite, who last seen is still fooling about with her handmaidens. There was originally going to be a scene where she tried killing Kratos herself, but that was removed.

Alternative Title(s): God Of War 3