Summary: Parents need to know that this extremely violent and gory fighting game with sex and nudity goes a few steps beyond many M-rated games. This game earns a high star rating as a well-made product, but it also earns our rare "Off" rating for 17+ for its adults-only content. Starring a bloodthirsty Greek god with incredible powers, it shows body dismemberment and lots of blood splatters.
Excerpt: God of War 2 is the sequel to 2005’s critically and financially successful PS2 title, […]
Pros: +Stellar production values, +Gorgeous graphics, +Satisfying, fun combat, +Ingenious, challenging puzzles
Cons: Puzzles occasionally more frustrating than necessary (puzzle elements sometimes introduced before they can be used, inconsistent cues for destructible objects and climbable walls), Sporadic framerate glitches, Some enemies recycled from God of War 1
Conclusion: It would have been one thing to simply add in Krato’s new powers, like grappling and flying with the Pegasus wings, and say, “Look, look, we have grappling and flying with the Pegasus wings!” These are more invaluable entrance points that sweep you in to the God of War world than mere mechanics to up the variety.
Summary: God of War II is absolutely incredible, and a must buy for every single PS2 owner.
Pros: Thrillingly violent and thoughtful puzzle solving., Graphics constantly astound. Fantastic soundtrack., Sweet unlockables, an improved Challenge of the Gods and an entire second DVD packed with making-ofs.
Cons: It can at points feel a little too familiar to players of Kratos' first epic.
Conclusion: Games like God of War II are so exceedingly rare. I’ve been playing games for about twenty years now, and for a game to come along and instantly become one of my favorites of all time is something truly special. God of War II manages to take everything great about the original blockbuster classic and improve upon it, making an even more powerful and memorable experience.
Excerpt: I won't mince words: God of War II is an incredibly well-executed game, from its absorbing gameplay and cohesive story to its gorgeous graphics and expert cinematic production. Forget newly released consoles with their superior technology -- the game is a modern accomplishment, even on dated hardware. In this sequel you play as Kratos for a second time as he seeks to restore balance in Olympus and resurrect himself after being killed by Zeus.
Excerpt: When the first God of War ended, we all knew right away a sequel was going to come, and that David Jaffe and his crew had their work cut out trying to top what was a perfect harmony of fluid, engrossing gameplay and balls-out attitude. And while PR sources for many games over the years have tossed that word around flippantly, trying and mostly failing to bring the world the next Sonic the Hedgehog or Grand Theft Auto, God of War actually earned it in spades, with every...