KRATOS, THE GOD OF
KICK ASS PROTAGONISTS
BY TARA BABCOCK
(Mild Spoiler Alert)
Kratos, strong and quick, throws
his chained arm blades in a fiery-hot fury at his opponent, a green-eyed Gorgon.
Drawing only half of its last breath, the Gorgon screeches as the invulnerable
metal shreds through its neck, leaving the lifeless corpse in a pool of blood.
But, unlike many other video game super-protagonists, Kratos was not looking
just to kill some monsters, obtain fame and fortune or save the Earth from
destruction, the ashen-skinned warrior is on a much bigger mission: ultimate
revenge of the creators of all, and the death of anyone (and I mean absolutely
anyone - women and innocent villagers included) who stands in his way, or stands
in his general vicinity, with any means necessary.
Once a strong, young, undefeated
Spartan Captain, Kratos nearly met his fate at the hands of an overwhelming
barrage of barbarian soldiers. Calling out to Ares, the current God of War, he
surrendered control of his life in return for victory, and to cheat death. The
god immediately descended from his palace atop Mount Olympus, striking down all
who stood in Kratos's way and inexorably attaching weapons more befitting of the
God of War's mortal apprentice: The Blades of Chaos. From then on Kratos was to
carry out the brutal will of Ares in the mortal realm, slaying soldiers and
innocent villagers alike, plundering and pillaging until one fateful night,
where Kratos would lose what he holds most dear, by his own blade, tricked by
Ares himself. From that day forward, Kratos vows gruesome revenge that spirals
out of control, desecrating anyone and everyone who happens to be in the
vicinity of Kratos... human, god, and beast alike. Even the monstrous titans are
no match for the blood hungry Kratos. Once captain of a Spartan army, turned
Ares's servant, then the "Ghost of Sparta", God of War and fallen God of War
respectively, this multi-status brute continues to avenge, be defied and climb
out of hell itself to avenge again until, literally, the world is at its end.
You'll never be able to fathom what happens next!
We all know he's fond of
plucking Harpy wings... but Icarus's wings!? How awesome is a flying Kratos!?
Based very loosely on the god
bearing the same name, the story of Kratos is set in Greek mythological times,
and although his story is not found within the mythology, you'll learn a ton
about it through the other characters that are strongly intertwined into the
story. Possibly one of the most successfully rated video game franchises in the
modern world, God of War takes action games to a whole new level. With a wide
range of ever-evolving moves, power ups and new weapons, it's hard to play the
game through just once and explore it in entirety. New weapons become available
for use at specific, relevant times during the plot, which wholly enriches the
story. Never before has a game been so lurid, yet so intricate and aesthetically
pleasing. Each game is more graphically gorgeous than the last, with the most
recent being mind-blowingly amazing and ahead of the curve. More impressive is
that each game outdoes the last with newer innovations and even more ridiculous,
captivating happenings. Not only is the game macabre and dark, it also offers a
very deep, appealing storyline with relatable-yet out there ideas. It's not your
everyday mindless and shallow slasher game! In addition, each game features a
sexy scene (my personal favorite) where you can choose to please one or more
beautiful women, as a side bar to the ruthlessness that adds just a twinge of
humor. Kratos really proves he's not only an accomplished warlord and, uh,
revenge-taker, he's also great with the chicks. What woman wouldn't want the
Ghost of Sparta in her bed!?
Whoa... that is one sexy God!
There are three major God of War
titles: God of War and God of War II on the Playstation 2 (also remastered in HD
on the Playstation 3), and God of War III on the Playstation 3. God of War:
Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta on the PSP add a bit of side story carnage
to your portable gaming devices. Although gaining little exposure, Sony also
released God of War: Betrayal in 2007 for mobile phones which featured vast 2D
side scrolling action-adventure goodness and an adorable story plot with the
goddess Hera and her beloved pet, Argos.
Kratos himself has become a staple
in the video game industry and among gaming fans everywhere. Hailed for his
unorthodox pseudo-humanity, bravery, savagery and all around badassery, Kratos
is now a protagonist for the history books. Not only do us fans adore him, he's
gotten so much publicity he has also had the pleasure of making appearances,
sometimes as a playable guest, in many other renowned video game titles.
ModNation Racers, Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds, LittleBigPlanet, and
Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny are a few examples. Kratos also makes an amusing
parody appearance in The Simpsons game as "The God of Wharf" on a background
billboard. Most recently, Kratos has appeared in the newest installment of
Mortal Kombat's PS3 edition, which further solidifies which system to purchase
the title for. Unlike many other Kratos sightings, this one has a bit of a
unique tie-in story. Shang Tsung, evil sorcerer to the king of Outworld, Shao
Kahn, devises a plan to use his powers to summon "the strongest warrior in all
of the realms" to fight for them as a possessed slave during the Mortal Kombat
tournament. After being summoned, Kratos, whose power is apparently
unimaginable, cannot be contained and immediately seeks -you guessed it- revenge
on whoever has summoned upon him. Fans of God of War will love how true-to-form
the Kratos model is in the game, with slow motion button command pop-ups during
combos and special abilities that are so reminiscent of the original you'll
forget you're playing a fighting game! We're not on Olympus anymore!
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As a petite girl with a small
frame, I have admired Kratos and his strength to conquer anything he desires
while using his raw power to make such huge world changes. He has always been
very appealing to me, both as a character and a big, sexy rendered dude that I
wish was real! Ever since I beat the very first God of War back in 2005, I've
been calling it my favorite video game line. I'm impressed by each installment's
improvements and I've yet to be disappointed in any aspect of the franchise! The
only improvement that I'd be yearning for in a future game is for Kratos's next
sexy girl toy to be modeled after me! I mean, how else could they top
Aphrodite!? I would have so much fun during production as a sexy mo-cap, rolling
around on some Greek princess's bed or in a steamy hot spring... oh oops, got a
little carried away! Anyway. I truly hope God of War III is not the last we will
be seeing of Kratos as the main muscle. It doesn't matter if he is slaying
gigantic icy scorpions, plucking (and stashing away for later, mind you!) the
eye of a Cyclops, re-killing a zombie barbarian, or using Poseidon's wife's
mutilated corpse to prop open a gate, we all have a soft spot in our hearts for
him. The world of gaming really is a better place with Kratos, the God of War!
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