God of War is a video game for the Playstation 2 console by SCE Santa Monica Studio. It follows Kratos, a Spartan warrior who pledged himself to Ares over 10 years ago, seeks to avenge his wife and daughter [who Ares tricked him into killing] by killing Ares at the behest of Athena, who promises to forgive his past if successful.
- The God of War. I haven't forgotten you. For what you did that night, this city will be your grave...
- By the gods, what have I become?
- Ares, destroy my enemies, and my life is yours!!
- Ares, you will die for what you did that night.
- [to Ares] I am not the same man you found that day. The monster you created has returned... to kill you!
- ZEUS! Do you see now what your son can do?! You cast your favour on Athena, but her city lies in ruins before me! And now, even Pandora's Box is mine! Would you have me use it against Olympus itself?! [sees Kratos standing behind him] Kratos. Returned even from the Underworld. Is this the best you can do, father?! You send a broken mortal to defeat me?! The God of War?!
- I have taught you many ways to kill a man, Kratos - flesh that burns, bones that break - but to break a man's spirit is to truly destroy him.
- So, little Spartan, you recovered Zeus' precious box. But you will not live long enough to see it opened. [picks up a pillar from the wreckage of Athens] I will see to that. [throws the pillar, as camera follows to Pandora's Temple and pierces Kratos' abdomen] Goodbye, Spartan. You will rot in the depths of Hades for all eternity.
- [after Kratos opens Pandora's Box and grows to his size] You are still just a mortal, every bit as weak as the day you begged me to save your life!
- You have no idea what a true monster is, Kratos!
- Kratos: [opening lines] The gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now there is no hope.
- Narrator: And Kratos cast himself from the highest mountain in all of Greece. After ten years of suffering, ten years of endless nightmares, it would finally come to an end. Death would be his escape from madness. But it had not always been this way. Kratos had once been a champion of the gods...
- Kratos: [Strides out of his ship] Ten years, Athena! I have faithfully served the gods for ten years! When will you relive me of these nightmares?
- Athena: We have one final task of you, Kratos. Your greatest challenge awaits in Athens; where even now, my brother, Ares, lays siege as we speak. Athens is on the verge of destruction. It is the will of Ares that my great city fall. Zeus has forbidden the gods from waging war on each other. That is why it must be you, Kratos. Only a mortal trained by a god has a chance at defeating Ares.
- Kratos: And if I am able to do this, to kill a god, then the visions... they will end?
- Athena: Complete this final task, and the past that consumes you will be forgiven. Have faith, Kratos; the gods do not forget those who come to their aid.
- Narrator: Leaving the rotting carcass of the Hydra behind, Kratos set sail once more. His greatest challenge, and freedom from his growing madness lay before him, in the ancient city, of Athens.
- Boat Captain: [Kratos saves the boat captain from falling down into the dead Hydra's stomach] Thank the gods you came back for me!
- Kratos: I didn't come back for you. [takes the key from the captain's necklace and lets him fall down the Hydra's throat]
- Ares: [looking up to the sky, holding Pandora's Box from a chain] Zeus!! Do you now see what your son can do?! You cast your favor on Athena, but her city lies in ruins before me! And now, even Pandora's Box is mine! Would you have me use it against Olympus itself?! [turns and surprisingly notices Kratos] Kratos. Returned even from the Underworld. [back to the sky] Is this the best you can do, father?! You send a broken mortal to defeat me?! The God of War?! [while speaking, Kratos uses Zeus' Fury to disconnect Pandora's Box from the chain]
- Narrator: After thousands of years, Pandora's Box was finally opened. The power of the gods unleashed. [Kratos grows to equally match Ares in strength]
- Ares: You are still just a mortal - every bit as weak as the day you begged me to save your life!
- Kratos: I am not the same man you found that day. The monster you created has returned... to kill you.
- Ares: You have no idea what a true monster is, Kratos!! [creates six blade-like protrusions in his back] Your final lesson is at hand!
- Ares: Remember, Kratos. It was I who saved you in your time of greatest need.
- Kratos: I haven't forgotten, Ares. I remember how you saved me.
- Ares: That night... I was trying to make you a great warrior!
- Kratos: ...You succeeded. [Drives the Blade of the Gods into Ares; the god lets out an agonized roar, then falls dead]
- Narrator: Kratos had done the impossible: A mortal defeating a god. Ares was no more. [Ares' lifeless body explodes] The city had been saved, and would thrive again. [Kratos is seen kneeling in a desert] The same could not be said for Kratos - for as he sought to rebuild his soul with the help of the gods, the truth was revealed to him. [scene changes to Kratos and Athena's statue on his ship]
- Kratos: Athena, rid me of the memories that haunt me still.
- Athena: You have done well, Kratos. Though we mourn the death of our brother, the gods are indebted to you. We promised your sins would be forgiven, and so they are. But we never promised to take away your nightmares. No man, no god could ever forget the terrible deeds you have done.
- Kratos: In the end, knowing that the visions of his past would never leave him, Kratos made his way to the bluffs overlooking the Aegean Sea.
- [Kratos stands hopelessly on the cliff, and the scene from the beginning occurs:]
- Kratos: The gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now there is no hope. [steps off the edge and lets himself fall towards the sea]
- Narrator: And Kratos cast himself from the highest mountain in all of Greece. After ten years of suffering, ten years of endless nightmares, it would finally come to an end. Death would be his escape from madness. [Kratos lands in the water, and is surprised to find himself still alive; he is then lifted out and back up to the cliff] The fate of Kratos was not as it seemed. The gods had other plans. Bourn aloft like a feather, Kratos found himself risen from the sea and placed on solid earth. [he is placed in front of a circular doorway; another statue of Athena stands beside it]
- Athena: You will not die this day, Kratos. The gods cannot allow one who has performed such service to perish by his own hand. Ares' tactics were brutal; his path of destruction had to be stopped. [the doorway opens] But now there is an empty throne in Olympus, and a new God of War is needed. Take these stairs, Kratos - they lead to your ultimate reward...
- [Kratos makes his way into Olympus and takes his throne as images of battles and wars from across time are seen]
- Narrator: And from that point forward, throughout the rest of time, whenever men road forth to battle - for good cause or for evil - they did so under the watchful eye of the man who had defeated a god. They were driven forward by Kratos: the mortal who had become the new God of War.
TC Carson - Kratos
Carrol Ruggiere - Athena, Aphrodite
Steve Blum - Ares
Fred Tatasciore - Poseidon
Paul Eiding - Zeus, The Grave Digger
Claudia Black - Artemis
Nolan North - Hades
Susan Blakeslee - Oracle of Athens, Village Oracle
Christopher Corey Smith - The Body Burner
Linda Hunt - Narrator