A character is only as good as the actor behind them. God of War has featured some amazing characters from the world of ancient Greece and were performed beautifully by the voice actors. Terrance C. Carson, known for his role as Kyle Parsons on the 90’s sitcom “Living Single”, has provided the voice of Kratos throughout the God of War series and his guest appearances as well except in Little Big Planet, ModNation Racers and Shovel Knight where the character was featured as a costume and had text dialogue. Carol Ruggier voiced Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom for the first two games and Aphrodite. She truly brought out the calm, wise tones befitting a goddess such as Athena. The role went to Erin Torpey in God of War 3 who also does a fine job conveying the tone for Athena set by Ruggier. Steven Blum provided the gravelly voice of Ares, the God of War and main antagonist in the first game. Fred Tatasciore portrayed the sea god Poseidon in GoW I and the Titan Typhon in GoW II. Zeus, the King of the Gods has been portrayed by Paul Eiding in the first and taken over by Corey Burton for the remaining two games. Corey Burton voice the character in Disney’s 1998 film “Hercules: Zero to Hero” as well as in that film’s subsequent cartoon series. Veteran actors were even called upon to portray familiar characters of Greek myth. Clancy Brown (Sheriff Corbin of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) plays Hades in GoW III, the role was previously held by veteran voice actor Nolan North. Linda Hunt, who serves as narrator, has voiced the Titan Gaia for GoW II. Susan Blakeslee took over the role in GoW III. The late Michael Clarke Duncan (known for several movie roles including Green Mile, Daredevil and Armageddon) lends his baritone vocals to the massive Titan Atlas. Since the series was inspired by “Clash of the Titans”, it was only fitting that Harry Hamlin reprised his role as Perseus for God of War II. The character’s appearance nearly mirrors how Harry looked when he portrayed the Greek hero on film. Who better to play him in the game other than the guy who made him famous? Keeping with Greek myth in pop culture, Kevin Sorbo reprises his role as Hercules for the third main series game, having portrayed the character in the TV series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”. Also in GoW III, Rip Torn and Malcolm McDowell were cast as the Smith God Hephaestus and Daedalus respectively. These roles were handled wonderfully.
Other characters included Artemis (Claudia Black), the Goddess of the Hunt; the Oracle of Athens (Susan Blakeslee), the gravedigger and Theseus (Paul Eiding), the body burner (Christopher Corey Smith), the boat captain (Keith Ferguson). Other characters appear in flashbacks, including Kratos’ wife Lysandra (Gwendoline Yeo), his child Calliope, the Barbarian King, and a Village Oracle (Susan Blakeslee), Prometheus (Alan Oppenheimer), Cronos (Lloyd Sherr); the insane Icarus and an undead version of the Barbarian King (Bob Joles); the Gorgon Euryale (Jennifer Martin); and the Sisters of Fate—Lakhesis, Atropos, and Clotho (Leigh-Allyn Baker, Debi Mae West, and Susan Silo respectively). Poseidon (Gideon Emery), the God of the Sea; Hermes (Greg Ellis), the Messenger of the Gods and the God of Speed and Commerce; Helios (Crispin Freeman), the Sun God; Hera (Adrienne Barbeau), the Queen of the Gods; and Aphrodite (April Stewart), the Goddess of Love and Sexuality in God of War III. Several Titans are featured, Cronos (George Ball), Epimetheus, Oceanus, and Perses and Pandora (Natalie Lander), the created daughter of Hephaestus.
During his reign, Kratos has grown in popularity and has become one of the most recognizable characters in gaming, ranking amongst the likes of Mario, Sonic, and Lara Croft. He has made guest appearances in other games. Kratos was released as a DLC for Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds along with his Clubs of Chaos, as a costume for Sackboy in Little Big Planet, featured in fighting the games Soul Caliber: Broken Destiny, 2011’s Mortal Kombat, and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale along with Zeus. He was featured as a secret boss in Shovel Knight. Kratos has been parodied in the TV shows The Simpsons and Robot Chicken. A film adaption has been in development since 2005. Kratos has been featured on several top video game character lists and was nominated for “Character of the Year” and awarded the “Biggest Badass” award at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards. He received positive response from game reviewers. IGN referred to him as “ruthless and savage” but overtime the player will learn to “love and loathe Kratos.” He has been regarded as a “sympathetic antihero.” However, Kratos has also been criticized, being sighted by Prince of Persia producer Ben Mattes as “a supercool character, but it’s black and white; his personality is rage, his dialogue is rage, his character design is pure rage—it’s kind of easy”. Overall, God of War and Kratos have endured for the last decade and will continue to so for the next decade. Love or hate him, Kratos will always be one of those characters who will go down in gaming history as unforgettable.
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