“Kratos is a slave to the Gods of Olympus. Plagued by the nightmares of his past, the brutal warrior would do anything to be free of his debt. He is on the verge of losing all hope when the Gods give him one last task to end his servitude……….He must destroy Ares, the God of War”
I’ve only recently got into the God of War games but I feel ashamed as I’ve been missing out on some cracking games, so I’m making up for lost time. The series is a massive success, so much so that a novel of the first game has been written and I was expecting it to be on the cheesy side, and not to have that many pages within it, but I was surprised at just how good the God of War book is.
The story is based on the first game, which sees Kratos being asked by the Gods once more for another favour, this time to save Athens from Ares the God of War who is hell-bent on destroying the city. Kratos is continually tortured by the nightmares that he has of his past and wants them to stop and the Gods have told him that if he helps them all, all will be forgiven.
Obviously, with a book, you can go into more depth with the detail and reading about Kratos ripping about undead legionnaires, how the chains from the Blades of Chaos rip at his skin and the sharpness of them as he slices through rotting flesh, is just as much fun as playing the game.
Of course, there are the token naked women that Kratos just has to help out in their time of need, even if he does have a job to do. Wouldn’t be God of War if he didn’t. But to be fair to Kratos, he’s on a ship sailing to Athens with nothing else to do, so he has to find something to pass the time.
When Kratos does finally reach Athens, it’s straight back into the fight and he helps the soldiers of Athens fight off the hordes of undead, and the way he kills off a couple of Cyclops is brilliant. The book just keeps giving and giving and it’s great to go through the story in a different way and even though I knew what was coming, it was still great fun to read. Parts of the story have been filled out with extras to bulk out the story which a nice addition to an already great story. I won’t go into the whole story, but it’s obvious that Kratos defeats Ares and saves Athens, seeing as though there are three games.
The story is written by Matthew Stover (who is the author who has passed his time writing quite a few books about a little franchise called Star Wars) and science fiction writer Robert E. Vardeman who has written several Star Trek novels. They’ve really done their research and have had quite a few chats with the makers of God of War over at Santa Monica Studios and it’s the attention to detail to really help makes this book so enjoyable.
Just like the other game-based novel we looked at, Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance, if you’re a fan of the games then I would definitely recommend buying the God of War book as you won’t be disappointed, and for only £6.99 it’s well worth it. No doubt there’ll be a few more God of War books and I’m already looking forward to the next instalment.
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.