The ancient Greek myths were very violent and family unfriendly, full of twisted morals and backstabbing with humanity as the collateral damage. While to many, the ancient myths are little more than an academic subject regarding a bygone era, they actually make the perfect backdrop for a Rated M For Manly video game series. Kratos is angry. Kratos wants to kill the god of war. In so doing, he's going to kill the many things trying to kill him. And anyone who gets in his way. Kratos is, quite simply, the most unlikeable character I've ever seen. He randomly kills villagers who happen to be in his way, which is encouraged by the game, such as when he's climbing along a wall and the only way to get past a scared villager who's clinging on for dear life is to throw him to his death. And he's nasty in the plot, too. When he kills a hydra and goes inside its mouth, he finds a sea captain hanging onto the hydra's throat to avoid slipping down into its stomach. As the captain thanks Kratos for rescuing him, Kratos's response is, "I didn't come back for YOU!" as he takes something the captain was carrying on-hand, leaving him to fall back down into the hydra's stomach. This, of course, makes him Bad Ass, does it not? As do the dark colors, the Real Is Brown visuals, and the self-important orchestrated music. While I have to say that I hate the style of this series and hate Kratos himself, this probably is how the ancient Greeks and Romans saw their heroes - as tough, mean, clever men who did whatever they had to in order to get ahead. Their heroes and gods had many glaring character flaws, and heck, the gods fought amongst each other for supremacy all the time. Which is precisely what Kratos does once he becomes the god of war himself. The God Of War series' story might actually appeal to the ancient Greeks and Romans if they were transported to the present day and given a chance to experience it. So despite my personal dislike for the Rated M For Manly style of the series, I will give credit where credit is definitely due: This is the video game equivalent of the stories that ancient people themselves told and enjoyed. And for that, I have to say that it's very well-done. But it just ain't my thing.
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