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God of War
The logo for God of War.
Developer(s)SCE Santa Monica Studio, Ready at Dawn
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
Year introduced2005

God of War is an Action-adventure series from Sony. It portrays the adventures of Kratos, a Spartan warrior in a world inhabited by the gods and creatures of Greek mythology.

The series takes its name from Ares, the titular God of War that is the protagonist of the original game. Ascension and Chains of Olympus take place before the original game, while Ghost of Sparta, Betrayal, and God of War II and III take place after the events of the first game.

Most iterations of the series feature similar gameplay. As Kratos, players must navigate environments as seen through fixed camera angles. They must fight a variety of enemies, perform some platforming, and solve puzzles along the way. The combat, which is the bulk of the game, is a modernized version of the traditional arcade brawler. Kratos's signature weapons are a pair of blades bound to his arms by chains, allowing him the ability to deal damage from both short and long ranges. Kratos also uses a variety of magic spells and occasionally other weapons.

Other notable aspects of the God of War series include the use of Quick-Time Events, the regular sex-based minigame, colossal boss fights, collecting items to increase stats, and getting experience points for upgrades.

Since its debut in 2005, God of War has become one of the defining franchises of the PlayStation brand, along with the likes of Uncharted and Gran Turismo. Kratos has been popular enough to appear in a variety of non-God of War games, including Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny and Mortal Kombat (2011).