The year was 2005 and a new game was about to make its impact on the world. What is this game you might ask? Well my fellow gamers I am speaking about God of War. We had one of the greatest protagonists, Kratos who would go around brutally killing his enemies. That ashy white skin, the imprinted red mark, and his death piercing eyes made him that much lovable. His death made it feel as if he was done. Now we are two days away from the newest game of GoW so only one way we can honor his comeback. I will be sharing my top 5 favorite battles.
Honorable mention: Mini game in Aphrodite’s Chamber.
This is more of a funny moment due to the whole time you see the expressions on her maidens faces as you battle her. Their commentary of Kratos getting down is great and hey he didn’t destroy any vases.
Ares- God of War (2005)
After playing this strategic game you encounter our final boss, Ares. The motive of this game was to find Ares and make him pay for what he had done to Kratos. During this time you retrieve Pandora’s box making yourself the same size as him to make the battle fair. As the battle goes on Ares begins to torment Kratos with the memories of him killing his beloved family. Ouch talk about pouring lemon juice over those wounds. Eventually this gives Kratos the fuel to use a gigantic sword and kill Ares once and for all taking the title (dun dun dunnnn!!) GOD OF WAR!
Thanatos- God of War/Ghost of Sparta (2010)
This game being created for PSP, you find out your estranged brother Deimos was held captive for years while being tortured due to Ares taking him from the mortal world. Of course you find him and then you fight him. After the two reconcile they team up and fight against Thanatos, death himself. You play as Kratos as you normally would but get to play as Deimos as well through a simple button. When human form of Death is defeated he becomes a creature and the fight begins again until you bring him back to human form until you end him in lots of blood. Unfortunately for Kratos, Deimos is also slain after being freed from all those years. Glad to see Kratos got some closure.
Zeus- God of War III (2010)
This is the game you just can't wait to get your hands on our most hated person in my opinion, Zeus. In the epic battle you kill you maker. Pandora makes her appearance and what would be a fight without other Zeus clones to kill. The best part of it, is when Gaia comes forward and fights against you. Leading to a fight with Zeus inside where Gaia’s heart stays. Her heart helps heal only until you pin Zeus to her heart resulting in death for the two. The details of it all is what just gives it the awe factor.
Hydra- God of War (2005)
This mythical beast at the beginning of this game requires strategy while making way through a boat. The detailing of the hydra as it strikes you randomly is beautiful, the rough skin and the blue diamond eyes of evil coming straight for you sure does challenge your reflexes and I say this from experience. The Hydra gives you a wicked taste on what to expect from this game and that great feeling you get once you win is something that remains with you for years and years.
Cronos- God of War III (2010)
One of the best boss battles that does not disappoint, would be your confrontation with Cronos. This battle consists of wave phases you must clear in order to move forward. Once you get cleared you cut through him ripping parts off of his body, beginning at his hands and working your way around. In the end he swallows you and you get to tear him apart from the inside. How great is that!
Hercules- God of War III (2010)
The power you feel when you beat the mighty Hercules down to nothing is a empowering one. The untouchable becomes a target in this sibling rivalry between Kratos and him. What makes this all bittersweet is the fact that it is in his arena. You dethroned him with the combos and brutal blows as always.
Kratos knows how to give just the right amount of gore and blood to win anybody over. This Friday as the game releases we will see Kratos in a different setting that we are use to, but it will be just as great if not more.
In honor of today being Friday the 13th (Looks around for Jason Voorhees), I will mention some gaming myths that have left their marks in the gaming community world. Some being spooky to others where we can smile at just from the memory of doing it ourselves. So now, without more ado let us jump into it.
Madden, a very popular football game that sport lovers enjoy. Of course having some of the greatest football players grace the covers made it eye catching. But, what makes it be consider a superstition? It seems that the player on the cover would begin to suffer injuries and their good season streak was falling into a downward spiral. Because we know that luck eventually will run out it just simply becomes a superstition that may or may not be tied to the infamous being on the cover.
The famous game that took Gameboy by storm had a little dark secret, this began by a simple town that you explored with music that is easy on the ears….but was it really? The towns music was not always calming and easy going. This myth claims that the music from before spiked suicidal counts in children from 7 to 12. It was stated that the music would cause illness and the outcome being suicide. That news of course traveled fast and before being shipped abroad the music was changed. Can we say spooky!
A strong female icon that runs through ruins and ancient artifacts that can be discovered gives this a good Indiana Jones-style feel to game “Tomb Raider.” Me being a female gamer, can say her alluring poses during cutscenes can make any one look twice. So there comes no surprise that this code of making Lara naked came to surface. There has been people who have said there was no such code. Yet, despite this non-existing code this myth will forever remain in the gaming universe.
The game was believed to have been created in 1989 by Karvina Corporation. This game follows Porto a young girl who awakens in a dark cold place and scratches on her arms. You also have a demon named Ghast who is not visible throughout the game. The old coal mine that is populated by demons seems like a simple horror game, so what is the catch? Drumroll please?....you can you play this once. If you die or complete the game it is said that it would delete itself. So only gameplays of porto can be seen. (By what I have looked for.) A fine example of a gaming myth for sure.
We all know Final Fantasy games are addicting and you become attached to the characters, or it could just be me who becomes one with the force. Wait wrong subject! Ok, back to what I was saying. These games just have fantastic stories. So no question that the two disc FFVIII would make this list. The games protagonist became a myth when players began to notice Squall may not be actually there. During his battle with Edea he is impaled which should kill someone right? Well as you start up disc two he is perfectly well and no one speaks about the prior events. It is discussed that he could be dying slowly and you continue playing as his fantasy or he was just dreaming. I suppose I should replay this and pay more attention to it.
When NES made it to the scene the directions clearly state DO NOT BLOW THE CARTRIDGE. Yeah, nope I am guilty of doing this for sure. What makes this a myth? The fact that we all think it will work better. I giggled while writing this last part only because to this day I continue to do it.
See, no bad juju from reading this and like always if you have any input or know something as well please do share!
These are only a few and certainly not all.
In all my years of being a gamer, I have never felt the need to go and mimic what I have just played. Take Spyro for example, I can easily dress up as a purple dinosaur (not talking about Barney) and run around jumping with a flame thrower….of course that is not going to happen. Now we jump to issues of people harming others with the fact that they play games erased from the media and this person is known as a terrible person and off with his or her head! But now we take the same case and put in the factor of this person being linked to playing video games. The case changes and now he was influenced and brainwashed into doing something he had been playing. They will mention mental illness and now we have something that we can focus our anger on and try to justify what happened by placing to the blame on something everyone knows. I have played GTA for years as well as hack and slash, FPS, or any killing games. Now I can only speak for myself as a person who deals with anxiety and I use video games to calm me and help relieve some stress. Will I let it influence me to harm others in the real world? *screaming from on top of a mountain* ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Now I do get that people have mental illnesses but shouldn’t we worry more on trying to help them instead of banning certain games or genres? Trump has stated he will ‘do something’ to stop danger of violent video games after the recent school shootings. After reading the article (found here) he continuously mentions what the young kid minds are absorbing and we need to ban this and that. But is this really the right movement for this? It seems as if we are pointing and blaming an object that needs force in-order to get a reaction. Had team Live in the Game in a group chat and asked the them the question and it quickly turned to a debate with valid points being stated.
Dave Brown our VP was first to respond to this with “He will find out real quick that games have nothing to do with school shootings. Only thing he can do is ban it. Which will censor games/art. Which then will cause people to lose their minds.”
By banning something that people use as a form of escape it can lead to more mental illness triggers, banning games/art you take their voices that some find easier to put in the form of pen and paper or just art all together. Of course having a debate you would need more than one voice.
This was followed by “So you're saying that there is no correlation between violent games? To a person that doesn't have any mental disorders, no but to a person that has any form of autism might not be able to distinguish reality from fantasy.
The Florida shooter had a history of mental issues and was diagnosed with autism.” Who was written by Karl Rocco; one of the Director of Operations for the company.
His statement has truth, but wouldn’t it be up to the person to know right from wrong with help of those around him? Again this is all just our opinions. But the last statement that I wish to share came from none other than our other Director of Operations Alex Thompson
“Then it really is up to the people around us, raising us, to make better decisions; though I can understand when certain types of mental disorders might be missed or overlooked. My wife has worked with and met people with all sorts of mental disorders over the last decade or so.
But I also feel it's like two sides of a coin. Aggression and frustration can build up, and sometimes, games can help to relieve that- simply because they allow you to do something aggressive in a virtual environment.”
Video games are meant to bring good times and a way of bonding with family and friends. If the companies are banning their employees from creating, that would cause the people who deal with mental issues and consider this a way to cope with it to fall deeper into it and it will go full circle.
In the end my opinion is a person has a reaction to what is going on around them at the moment, that has triggered all the built up frustrations that he or she has been dealing with. But the cries for help have failed and the next step is to act out big enough to gain attention. Video Games do not make a person violent.
I would love to hear the opinions everyone may have
But for now, keep on playing gamers.
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