God of War III is a third-person action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). Released for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console on March 16, 2010, the game is the fifth installment in the God of War series and the seventh, and last, chronologically. Loosely based on Greek mythology, the game is set in ancient Greece with vengeance as its central motif. The player controls the protagonist and former God of War, Kratos, after his betrayal at the hands of his father Zeus, King of the Olympian Gods. Reigniting the Great War, Kratos ascends Mount Olympus until he is abandoned by the Titan Gaia. Guided by the spirit of Athena, Kratos battles monsters, gods, and Titans in a search for Pandora, without whom he cannot open Pandora's Box, defeat Zeus, and end the reign of the Olympian Gods.
God of War III was critically acclaimed upon release, with a reviewer from IGN stating that it redefines the word "scale" in video games. It has been praised for its graphics, particularly of Kratos, which IGN called "perhaps the single most impressive-looking character ever in video games". The game received several awards, including "Most Anticipated Game of 2010" and "Best PS3 Game" at the 2009 and 2010 Spike Video Game Awards, respectively, and the "Artistic Achievement" award at the 2011 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Video Game Awards. The best-selling game in the God of War series, it sold nearly 5.2 million copies worldwide by June 2012 and was included in the God of War Saga released for PlayStation 3 on August 28, 2012. In celebration of the God of War franchise's tenth anniversary, a remastered version of God of War III, titled God of War III Remastered, was released on the PlayStation 4 on July 14, 2015.
Continuing from the end of God of War II, Kratos, Gaia, and the other Titans ascend Mount Olympus to destroy the Olympian Gods. Poseidon launches a counter-assault against the Titans but is killed by Kratos and Gaia; his death causes the oceans to flood the world. Reaching the peak of Olympus, they try to attack Zeus, but he drives them back and knocks them off the mountain. Gaia clings to the mountainside and refuses to save Kratos, calling him nothing more than a pawn for the Titans' revenge...
Kratos (voiced by Terrence C. Carson), a Spartan warrior and demigod who became God of War after killing Ares and seeks revenge on Zeus for his betrayal, is the game's protagonist.
Other characters include Greek gods such as:
- Athena (Erin Torpey), the Goddess of Wisdom and Kratos' mentor and ally
- Zeus (Corey Burton), King of the Gods and the primary antagonist
- Poseidon (Gideon Emery), God of the Sea
- Hades (Clancy Brown), God of the Underworld
- Hephaestus (Rip Torn), the Smith God
- Hermes (Greg Ellis), Messenger of the Gods and the God of Speed and Commerce
- Helios (Crispin Freeman), the Sun God
- Hera (Adrienne Barbeau), Queen of the Gods who controls all plant life
- and Aphrodite (April Stewart), Goddess of Love and Sexuality
Several Titans are featured, including Gaia (Susan Blakeslee), Cronos (George Ball), Epimetheus, Oceanus, and Perses.
Other characters include:
- Hercules (Kevin Sorbo), a demigod and Kratos' half-brother
- the architect Daedalus (Malcolm McDowell), father of Icarus
- and Pandora (Natalie Lander), the created daughter of Hephaestus
- a loyal Spartan soldier (Gideon Emery)
- and Poseidon (Gideon Emery), the God of the Sea
Minor characters include:
- the three Judges of the Underworld: King Minos (Mark Moseley), King Rhadamanthus, and King Aeacus
- Peirithous (Simon Templeman), an Underworld prisoner in love with Persephone
- and Kratos' wife and child: Lysandra (Gwendoline Yeo) and Calliope (Debi Derryberry), who appear in a plot sequence in which Kratos journeys through his own psyche
God of War III is a third-person, single-player video game. As with previous installments, the player controls the character Kratos from a fixed-camera perspective in combo-based combat, platforming, and puzzle games. The enemies are an assortment of creatures drawn from Greek mythology, including centaurs, harpies, chimeras, cyclopes, satyrs, minotaurs, Sirens, cerberuses, and Gorgons. The player must also climb walls and ladders, jump across chasms, and swing on ropes to proceed through the game. The puzzles included vary in difficulty: some self-contained puzzles only require objects to be placed in a specific position, while some require timing and precision, such as a puzzle with mechanics similar to Guitar Hero. In addition to finding Gorgon Eyes and Phoenix Feathers of the previous games, Minotaur Horns are a new item to be found. Where the eyes and feathers increase the player's heath and magic meters, the horns increase the items meter, which allows further use of secondary weapons, called "Items".