God of War is a third person action-adventure video game for the
PlayStation 2, first released on March 22, 2005. Loosely based on Greek
mythology, it is the first installment in the series of the same name
and the third chronologically. The player controls Kratos, a Spartan
warrior who serves the Olympian Gods. The goddess Athena tasks him with
killing Ares, the God of War, who tricked Kratos into killing his own
wife and child. As Ares besieges Athens out of hatred for Athena, Kratos
embarks on a quest to find the one object capable of stopping the god:
the legendary Pandora's Box. The gameplay focuses on combo-based combat
and features quick time events that require the player to complete game
controller actions in a timed sequence to defeat stronger enemies and
bosses. The player can use magical attacks, and the game also features
puzzles and platforming elements. The eleventh best-selling PlayStation
2 game of all time, it sold more than 4.6 million copies worldwide.
Regarded as one of the best action-adventure games for the platform and
noted for its graphics, sound, presentation, and story, it won several
"Game of the Year" awards.
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The Holocaust: The construction of the first Nazi concentration
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