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Video Game: God of War III
"My vengeance... ends God of War III
is the third (chronologically final
) installment of the God of War
series, released for the PlayStation 3
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?
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.
- 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.
- And I Must Scream: The Head of Helios is implied to still be alive - and yes, it does scream when you activate it.
- 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 that lives along the River Styx. She's also fully transparent.
- Art Shift: The flashbacks in-game are done in a heavily stylized and trippy art style.
- Bad Black Barf: A big thick black cloud of something escapes from Zeus' mouth before Kratos begins his Extreme Melee Revenge.
- 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.
- Bi the Way: Kratos walks in on Aphrodite having her way with two slave girls. She then invites him for sex.
- Downer 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 peak 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 arguable 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.
- Chain Lightning: The Nemesis Whip is a visual pun on this; it's yet another chain-weapon for Kratos, and it produces chain lightning.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: The gods address Pandora, an Artificial Human, as "it" or "thing."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tornado Move: The Blades of Athena's magic spell, Divine Reckoning, creates a tornado around Kratos.
- 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.
- 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.