First of all, do not let your children play this video game. If your child is under the age of, say, 35, and you find him playing this game, beat him senseless. With a broadsword. That’ll learn em.
No, but seriously, amidst all the bloodshed and gore – and there are some brutal scenes here – there is also a playable sex scene in this thing that’s as graphic as anything I’ve seen in a video game. And even that was nowhere near as disturbing as the scene where Kratos sticks a bare-breasted girl under a winch in order to hold a door open even though it crushes her to death while she pleads for mercy. And Kratos is, like, the hero. So if your grandchild looks up at you with those big eyes of his and says, “Oh, please, can’t I have it?” thrash him with your fire chains until he explodes.
Well, it’s all very deplorable and our society is going to hell in a handbasket… but boy, what a lot of fun! Unbelievable graphics, silly but compelling story, excellent controls. I suppose I should be thoroughly ashamed of myself for having such a good time with this, but no, not really. In point of fact, I think for those of us slightly over the age of 35, stuff like this is a more or less harmless way to take our cruel, slavering, sadistic inner natures out for a stroll before putting them back in the cage.
Plus the darkly imagined underworld and the battles with mythological creatures and the final journey through the darkness of the imagination and the truly clever and challenging boss battles all add up to a very cool gaming experience.
All the same, I confess, it’s something of a relief to move on to Super Mario Galaxy 2. Woo-hoo!