"God of War is a video game for the PlayStation 2 console released on March 22, 2005. It is an action adventure game loosly based on Greek mythology. God of War was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment's Santa Monica division. It is the first installment of the God of War series of games and the second chronologically.
The game begins with Kratos, committing suicide by jumping off a cliff into the Aegean Sea. As he plummets to the rocks below, the game's story is told through a series of flashbacks.
Kratos, a former captain in the Spartan army, has set out to kill Ares, the god of war. The goddess Athena tells Kratos the past that consumes him will be forgiven if he destroys Ares, who is attacking Athens. Kratos, however, is already motivated by revenge; as the game progresses, Kratos' backstory is gradually explained, revealing he had been a murderous servant of Ares and had received from him his weapons, the Blades of Chaos. Kratos eventually renounced his service to Ares after the god tricked him into killing his own family. He also has reccurring nightmares that continue to haunt him."
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