Monday, March 26, 2007
God of War II - PS2's Swan song
Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.
Hiro used to feel this way, too, but then he ran into Raven. In a way, this was liberating. He no longer has to worry about being the baddest motherfucker in the world. The position is taken.
This is a quote from Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash, it hits the nail on why most of our hero projections are ultra badasses. God of War's Kratos is a spartan anti-hero, remorseless, unbelieving, he smites the gods that gave him his powers. In GoW II he takes on Zeus, battling half the heroes of Greek mythology.
This game is even better than the sequel, with amazing production values and delightful boss battles.