THE STORY SO FAR
a quick recap of kratos past for newcomers
gow: Ascension (Ps3, 2013)
A prequel to the events of the main trilogy, set a few months after Kratos was tricked by Ares into killing his own family and breaking his blood oath to serve the god of war in retaliation. It chronicles his escape from the Furies, who were holding him as punishment for betraying Ares and realisation he must serve the gods to find redemption.
gow: chains of olympus (PSP, 2008)
During his ten years of service to the gods as a means of finding redemption,
Kratos is sent on a mission by Athena to find the missing sun god Helios. This puts him on a collision course with the Underworld, a last chance to be reunited with his daughter and a final decision to return to the world in order to save it from Atlas’ attempts to topple Olympus.
god of war (Ps2, 2005)
Having served the gods for ten years, Kratos seeks a way out, and is given one by Athena: kill Ares and be freed of his guilt. The only thing that can kill a god, however, is Pandora’s Box, so that’s what he seeks, eventually managing to open the box and be granted the power of a god to take Ares down. The gods refuse to free him of his nightmares of killing his family, but when he attempts to commit suicide Athena saves him and offers him the now-vacant position of god of war left by Ares.
gow: ghost of sparta (PSP, 2010)
Now the god of war, Kratos travels to the city of Atlantis and reveals a new plot from his past surrounding Ares and his dead brother Deimos. The tale takes him to his mother Callisto, to the destruction of Atlantis, a return to Sparta and eventually to the Domain of Death, where he finds his long-lost brother, only to lose him in a final battle with Thanatos. In the aftermath it is revealed (but not to Kratos) that Athena may be Kratos’ sister. gow: Betrayal (mobile, 2007) At the leader of the Spartan army, Kratos is leaving a path of death and destruction in his wake as his native people wage war all over Greece, much to the frustration of the gods. He is constantly being attacked by monsters and beset by an assassin of unknown origin. Despite a warning from Zeus that the pursuit of the assassin must stop, Kratos persists, creating further tension between the Spartan and Olympians.
god of war ii (Ps2, 2007)
Having angered the gods for too long, Zeus conceives a plot to kill Kratos, tricking him into spending his godly power to defeat the Colossus of Rhodes and sending him to the Underworld as a result. On his journey, Kratos meets the Titan Gaia, who offers a plan to reverse time and collectively get their revenge. Before Kratos can kill Zeus, Athena sacrifices herself to allow his escape and reveals that Zeus is Kratos’ father. Kratos travels back in time to bring the defeated Titans to the present world.
god of war iii (Ps3, 2010)
Kratos and the Titans storm Mount Olympus, but Gaia betrays him. Falling into the River Styx, the spirit of Athena tells him how he can defeat Zeus, which she now sees is necessary for humanity to find hope. Kratos finds Pandora to quench the flame of Olympus, defeats Zeus and Gaia, and discovers that the power of hope has been inside him since he opened Pandora’s box. Kratos impales himself on the Blade of Olympus to release hope into the world.