Released: 2005
Developer/Publisher: SCE Studios Santa Monica for Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s): PS3, PS2

In this classic third-person action-adventure, mere mortal Kratos goes on an epic journey to kill Ares, the god of war (and the sadistic fuck who tricked Kratos into slaying his own family while working as his servant). This title set the standard for modern hack-and-slash fun, so much so that "God of War-esque" has become a popular adjective to describe promising new titles in the genre. Unlike old Greek women's mustaches, this mythology is fun to brush up on.

A God of War movie is slated for 2010 release, and god of douche Brett Ratner is no longer on board to direct it! Rejoice!