We’re not talking about Ares or the God of War from some other now mythological religion. We’re talking about the video game franchise that was first released in 2005. God of War focuses around the character of Kratos, a Spartan solider who was saved from certain death in battle by Ares and then tricked into killing his family by the same God before being turned into the “Ghost of Sparta”. Kratos proceeds to go after vengeance and the rest of the story goes on from there.
As you’ve probably noticed from the title, the series is quite violent. It’s very different from the franchises we’ve covered previously. It’s an action role-playing hack-and-slash game series historically rated M for “mature” that features a lot of blood, a bit of gore and various visages of naked women.
Since the sequel, titled simply God of War II, was released in 2007, a new game (or remastered version of a previous title) has been released. The series was supposedly meant to end after God of War III, which was released in 2010, but now a 4th game in the main installment has been announced and is seemingly set for release in 2017.
Being a Playstation exclusive franchise, Kratos is one of primary Playstation mascots. It’s not uncommon to see him being featured in the promotional material of new Playstation systems or Sony Interactive Entertainment features. There have been God of War games on every Playstation system since the PS2, including handheld devices.
We did find it a bit odd that most of the God of War tattoos solely featured Kratos or a piece of him. With a lore that spans the entirety of the Greek pantheon, it’s odd that not many people choose to depict any of the gods. But then again, we do understand if it’s a tad difficult to do so after eviscerating each one in-game.
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