God of War II

Alternative title(s)
Antiquity gameCAG
ReleaseMar 13, 2007
PublisherSony Computer Entertainment
DeveloperSCE Santa Monica Studio
GenreAction-adventure; role-playing game; hack and slash; hero-based
SettingMythological storyworld based on Ancient Greece
Notable charactersBZeus, Gaia, Theseus, Pegasus, Fates, Typhon, Euryale, Perseus, Icarus, Atlas, Athena

On Nov 17, 2009, remastered versions of God of War and God of War II were released together in God of War Collection (PS3 2009 [NA], 2010 [JP, AUS, UK]; PS Vita 2014).

On Aug 28, 2012, remastered versions of God of War, God of War II, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta and God of War III were released together in God of War Saga (PS3).


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Additional keywords

mythology, Olympus, gods, monsters

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