God Of War Ascension Prequel, Sequel, or Modern?
by Antwand Pearman on April 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST


*Warning this article contents Spoilers from the GOD War Series*

So, where does this Ascension take us as far as story? I ask this because I feel that I’m not the only one who was initially confused by what the new trailer presented. At first glance you think “o.k looks like Kratos is in tartarus now since his death in GOW3″, but then you here Gaia the sprint of the earth/titan  say “Before he was a God he was a man.” This kind of suggested that the story will possibility be a prequel. Lets take a second to explore the possibilities of a sequel and prequel. As well as ask the question about whatever happen to the lost Modern God of War story arc?

So it is a Prequel?

If it was a Sequel:

Honestly, I maybe the only fan of the series who feel’s this way but I’m kind of against  a God of War Sequel. Why? because I feel like his story is complete. In my opinion, for the creators to try and push it further will only gain us a story that’s forced, and shallow. One thing that remain constant in the GOW series is that the story fell in line with Kratos’s desires. The only thing that fueled him was his shame, regret, rage, and vengeful heart.

Kratos was not a hero at all in fact he killed people just for getting in his way. Not to say he was a villain either since his only purpose was to accomplish his own selfish goals. Remember one thing at the end of God Of War 3 the world was going to hell in a hand basket thanks to Kratos killing the Gods of Olympus. Still he showed a flicker of light by saving the young girl in the story and giving the world he destroyed hope to live on. He accomplish his goal which was “Vengeance” and freedom from his sins, but showed that at the end a hope of redemption. To me for a sequel to work the new theme has to be about just that; “Redemption”. Allowing Kratos to atone for all the carnage he created. Finally, allowing him to be the good man his wife and son suggest he is. Still, I doubt that will happen due to the fact that we, as the player, feed off his blood lust.

Before The Ash & Blood

Since it is a Prequel:

Since this seems more on the lines of a prequel my only question is: will the story of Kratos happen before he was given the chains of Chaos? or Will Sword and Spear be the tools that Kartos uses to accomplish his goals? I ask this because for the most part we all love playing with the chains. The combinations performed with them were spectacular.

Also, what kind of man will Kratos be? Since if you look at the first GOW story arch it suggests that he was a tyrant before the ash? Since he at the time pledge his allegiance to Aries the former God Of War. Still there is that pocket of time before Aries got to him when he may have been a good man. The relationship between himself and his countrymen can be looked into a bit more. In GOW2 it seems that he cared for the country and men of Sparta even though he had them raiding cities. Better yet here’s the biggest question of all…ARE WE GOING FINALLY SEE KRATOS SMILE? Wow, that would be a sight to see.

Can he have Redemption?

Modern God Of War:

Whatever happen to the possibility of a modern God Of War game? If you remember in GOW1 there was a secret ending that showed Helicopters flying over the bones of  the titan Kronos. This trailer suggested the possibility of a new hero in the series. I honestly believe that this story arc should be explored more since it lead to the idea of a unique change of pace to the series. My hope is that they don’t abandon it, since they didn’t abandon the other secret video about Kratos’s Demi-god brother who in GOW 3 was finally revealed as Hercules voiced by the awesome Kevin Sorbo. It would be awesome to see a solider or archaeologist infused with the power of Kratos, and bind with his chains of chaos. Or another lost descendant of Zeus who Kratos must destroy.

Here’s the orignal video to refresh your minds. 

Over all upon writing this I was told that the new game was confirmed as a prequel but still felt that my points was still valid since the possibilities of a Sequel still exist as well as a Modern GOW title. Let me make this clear I want a new God Of War, but not if it sacrifices story for a aimless action sequel. Tell me your thought on this subject  I’d like to know how you feel about this.

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  • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com Xino

    good point man!

    I want to see : Apollo, The Forgotten Warrior and the third guy in this game.
    They need to give a reason how Kratos got the red marking on his body.
    How he became a king of Sparta.

    Also I like your point how you said he was rewarded with a wife. It would make sense.

    And yes we need to see the “good” side of Kratos. And how all the chaos, war and battle tainted his soul to become a ruthless General.

    • Piccolo Daimaô

      The red marking on his body is kind of explained in Ghost of Sparta.

      • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

        I thought the red markings were the blood of his family 

        • redrum0171

          In the Ghost of Sparta his brother had a birthmark that I think Kratos eventually makes as a tattoo in honor of his brother.  remember the Gods took Deimos thinking he was the marked one.

          • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

            I never played through GOW: GOS  mostly stuck with the man 3 campaigns. 

          • redrum0171

            You really need to play Ghost of Sparta…fantastic game!!!!

          • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

            I started to play it but never finished. I saw it on the PSN. I just might DL it today.

  • Piccolo Daimaô

    The brother mentionned in the bonus video was Deimos, not Hercules.

    It may be interesting if the blades don’t return in that one (or at least not available from start), that’ll force the developpers to bring something new in combat-gameplay department.

    • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

      “The brother mentionned in the bonus video was Deimos, not Hercules.” Actually it is but they changed it to Hercules. to stick with new story arch

  • http://www.facebook.com/SammiiDoogles Sam Green

    It’s so clear the author of this post doesn’t know a thing about God of War – just look at his comments.

    “I thought the red markings were the blood of his family”
    WHAT? The ASH on his body is from the burned bodies of his family, he had the red tatto prior to his families death and are symbolic of the birthmarks of his brother Deimos – which brings me to my next point.

    “”The brother mentionned in the bonus video was Deimos, not Hercules.”
    Actually it is but they changed it to Hercules. to stick with new story

    No, that’s about Deimos – Hercules is Kratos’ half brother. They didn’t change it.
    Also, it’s STORY ARC, not ARCH.

    • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

      1st off you need to relax, I never claim to be an expert. 2nd Your talking about the Ghost of Sparta Story arc which I didn’t mention in the article because I haven’t played it. 2nd it’s been a while since I played GOW 1 so forgive me if I thought for a sec that his tattoo was his families blood. Even though I did present it as question. Lastly thank you for the “Arc” correction wrote this at 4am  out of the blue.   

      Lastly thanks for the fight ;-) Next time I’m in the UK I’ll buy yeah a Pint.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SammiiDoogles Sam Green

        Well really if you’re talking about a games overall narrative you should have played all of the games if you’re going to pose questions and theories.

        I’m not saying you have to be an expert, but if you’re going to do an entire article you may want to do some research – saying you haven’t played one of the games isn’t really an excuse. You don’t need to be an expert but you need some knowledge of the entire story.

        • http://gamerfitnation.com BlackBible

          o_0 Smh… Ok buddy have a nice one.

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