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    GOD OF WAR
    BLOODY BRUTALITY - Complete PS2 FAQ/Walkthrough
    Authored by VampireHorde
    
    
     
    
                                                                          
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    What it do, my babies? Welcome to my God Of War Walkthrough for PS2. 
    This guide will detail everything you need to know about the game from 
    the intricate puzzles to boss strategies. All strategies and tactics 
    here apply to ALL difficulties.
    
    Before you read this guide, I urge that you play the game first and 
    figure out the puzzles for yourself. If you still get stumped, then you 
    can come to me for help, my babies. 
    
    
    ENOUGH CHIT-CHAT, FIGHT!
    
    
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                       +++   THE GAMEPLAY ASPECTS   +++
    
    
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    Welcome to the world of Ancient Greece! War is a bitch and so are your 
    Enemies! Kill them with everything you got! 
    
    
    Circle Button:   GRAB/PUNCH (during Grab)
    Triangle Button: STRONG ATTACK/MUTILATE (during Grab)
    X Button:        JUMP/DOUBLE JUMP/KICK (while dragging item)
    Square Button:   REGULAR ATTACK/SWORD SWIPE (during Grab)
    
    L1 Button:  BLOCK
    L2 Button:  USE MAGIC POWER
    L3 Button:  RAGE OF THE GODS (press with R3 Button)
    R1 Button:  SHOULDER TACKLE/DASH
    R2 Button:  OPEN CRATES/DRAG & LIFT ITEMS
    R3 Button:  RAGE OF THE GODS (press with L3 Button)
    
    LEFT ANALOG STICK:  WALK/RUN
    RIGHT ANALOG STICK: EVASION
    
    D-Pad UP:    MAGIC POWERS SELECT
    D-Pad DOWN:  MAGIC POWERS SELECT
    D-Pad LEFT:  MAGIC POWERS SELECT
    D-Pad RIGHT: MAGIC POWERS SELECT
    
    START Button:  POWERUP MENU
    SELECT Button: OPTIONS MENU
    
    
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    +++   WEAPONS   +++
    
    
    To upgrade the weapons and magic bars, simply press the Start Button to 
    go to the Enhancement Screen. Choose your weapon or Magic of choice and 
    press the X Button to funnel Blood into the Meter per item.
    
    
    BLADES OF CHAOS
    WHERE OBTAINED: DEFAULT FOR KRATOS
    UPGRADE COSTS:
    --LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT  
    --LEVEL 2 - 2250 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 3 - 3750 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 4 - 9000 RED ORBS 
    --LEVEL 5 - MAXIMUM, CANNOT UPGRADE FURTHER
    
    
    BLADE OF ARTEMIS
    WHERE OBTAINED: RINGS OF PANDORA
    UPGRADE COSTS:
    --LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
    --LEVEL 2 - 3750 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 3 - 10000 RED ORBS
    
    
    BLADE OF THE GODS
    WHERE OBTAINED: DURING SECOND BATTLE WITH ARES
    UPGRADE COSTS:
    --LEVEL 5 - ALREADY AT MAXIMUM
    
    
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    ==   MAGIC POWER OF THE GODS   ==
    
    
    To upgrade the weapons and magic bars, simply press the Start Button to 
    go to the Enhancement Screen. Choose your weapon or Magic of choice and 
    press the X Button to funnel Blood into the Meter.
    
    
    RAGE OF POSEIDON   
    WHERE OBTAINED: BEFORE FINAL HYDRA BATTLE
    UPGRADE COST:
    --LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
    --LEVEL 2 - 1650 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 3 - 4500 RED ORBS
     
    
    MEDUSA'S GAZE
    WHERE OBTAINED: AFTER BATTLE WITH MEDUSA
    UPGRADE COSTS:
    --LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
    --LEVEL 2 - 3000 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 3 - 7500 RED ORBS
    
    
    ZEUS' FURY
    WHERE OBTAINED: ROOFTOPS OF ATHENS
    UPGRADE COSTS:
    --LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
    --LEVEL 2 - 750 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 3 - 3500 RED ORBS
     
    
    ARMY OF HADES   
    WHERE OBTAINED: AFTER OBTAINING ARCHITECT SON'S SKULL
    UPGRADE COSTS:
    --LEVEL 1 - DEFAULT
    --LEVEL 2 - 4500 RED ORBS
    --LEVEL 3 - 10000 RED ORBS
    
    
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    ==   RAGE OF THE GODS   ==
    
    
    Once Kratos upgrades the Blades of Chaos to Level 2, he can then use 
    the Rage of the Gods power. It's sort of like Devil Trigger from Devil 
    May Cry. When activated, Kratos enters God Mode and can decimate 
    enemies like flies. 
    
    To fill the Rage meter, you need to kill enemies. The more enemies 
    dead, the faster the bar fills. Press the L3 and R3 Button to activate 
    Rage. Once Rage is activated, you CANNOT deactivate it! It continues 
    until the meter empties so use it wisely!
    
    
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    ==   ENERGY ENHANCEMENT   ==
    
    
    --GORGON'S EYE
    Every six of these that you find increases Kratos' health bar. 
    
    --PHOENIX FEATHER
    Same as above but it increases Kratos' Magic meter.
    
    --MUSE KEYS
    You only need two Muse Keys to open the secret Chamber of the Gods room 
    inside the Rings Of Pandora. The game offers you FOUR different 
    opportunities to retrieve two keys, so don't worry if you missed some 
    of them.
    
    
    +++BIG NOTE: 
    The Prima Strategy guide lists 36 Gorgon Eyes and 36 Phoenix Feathers 
    available in the game. In actuality, Kratos only needs to find 18 of 
    each item to extend the meters (that's 3 meter extensions) and then the 
    last upgrades come from the Chamber of the Gods. STUPID PRIMA!!!
    
    
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    ==   ESSENCE   ==
    
    There are three types of Essence:
    
    --RED ESSENCE (BLOOD)
    This is used to Power-Up your Weapons and Magic in the Menu screen.
    
    --BLUE ESSENCE (MAGIC)
    Found only after obtaining Rage of Poseidon.
    
    --GREEN ESSENCE (HEALTH)
    Found by killing humans or opening specific Chests.
    
    
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    ==   THE COMBO METER   ==
    
    As you rack up your Combos with hard hits, the Combo meter adds up your 
    total hits each time and labels your brutality as follows:
    
    10 HITS:      VICIOUS
    10-20 HITS:   GORY
    30-40 HITS:   SAVAGE/INHUMAN
    40-100 HITS:  BLOODTHIRSTY/RELENTLESS/MERCILESS
    100-200 HITS: PITILESS/TYRANNICAL/IMMORTAL
    200-300 HITS: FEROCIOUS/GODLY
    300-400 HITS: OMNIPOTENT/OLYMPIC
    400-500 HITS: ALL POWERFUL/HERCULEAN
    500-1000 HITS: SUPREME/UNEARTHLY/IMPOSSIBLE
    
    
    When enemies are killed in specific conditions, new terms appear:
    
    --RUTHLESS KILL: Kill any enemy using a simple Grab (not when the 
    Circle Button appears)
    
    --BRUTAL KILL: Kill any enemy using the buttons that appear above their 
    heads when they are weakened
    
    --MUTILATION: Kill an enemy with the Blade of Artemis
    
    --RUINED: Kill an enemy that is airborne (like those Harpies for 
    example) with Medusa's Gaze and let them shatter as they drop
    
    --CRUSHED: Kill an enemy frozen during Medusa's Gaze
    
    
    
    +++END OF GAME NOTE: 
    Your upgraded items DO NOT carry over to another new game! When you 
    start a new game or difficulty, Kratos will begin with the usual weak 
    weapons. Yes, it SUCKS that it works that way! STUPID DAVID JAFFE!!!
    
    
    
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                        +++   THE MAIN WALKTHROUGH   +++
    
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    ++AREA: SHIP BOW
    
    First things first, test out all your combo skills and eliminate all 
    the enemies that appear until a cutscene occurs. After the baddies are 
    gone, walk up to the metal grate and mash the R2 Button to open it. 
    Jump down to the next area.
    
    Open the Chest to replenish Health and destroy the Barrels to fill up 
    the Blood Meter. Enter through the hallway on the right side and 
    destroy the barricade. Continue through the hallway to your first sub-
    boss battle.
    
    
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                   +++   SUB-BOSS BATTLE: HYDRA SPAWN   +++
    
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    This battle may look difficult but it actually ISN'T. The Hydra Spawn 
    only does a one or two-Chomp attack and can simply be evaded with 
    evasion rolls. 
    
    Here's what you do: Stand near the entrance doorway (you'll be safe 
    here) and wait for it to do a two-Chomp attack. Immediately roll in 
    twice and perform ONE combo on the Spawn and then IMMEDIATELY ROLL BACK 
    towards the doorway! Repeat this simple tactic until it keels over and 
    a series of Buttons will appear above its head.
    
    Get up close to the head and press the following buttons when they 
    appear: CIRCLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE, TRIANGLE.
    
    When the sequence is performed correctly, you'll witness an INTENSE 
    display of brutality. Memorize the button layout of the controller! If 
    you can't figure which button is which, now is the time to do so! If 
    you screw up the sequence, the spawn's health will regenerate and you 
    DON'T want that! 
    
    Defeat the spawn to continue with the mission.
    
    
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    ++AREA: BACK OF THE SHIP
    
    After the battle, head forward and walk through a series of 
    scaffoldings Prince-Of-Persia style. Continue through the destroyed 
    hole on the left side and continue through. Ignore the stupid prisoner 
    (you can't help him anyway) and make your way upstairs. Destroy the 
    barricade and then open the door and exit.
    
    Eliminate all the winged foes with some grab moves and kill the 
    defenseless humans to replenish any Health. Continue through to another 
    Hydra spawn battle on the deck.
    
    
    Unfortunately, no button pressing Brutality can be found here. 
    Goddammit! Now that you are in a different area, the Hydra spawn will 
    have a few new moves for you.
    
    --HEAD POUND
    It'll pound it's head on the deck in a left, right, center pattern. 
    
    --SWALLOW
    It'll grab Kratos and try to swallow him alive. Mash the Circle Button 
    to open the jaws and counterattack.
    
    --SWIPE
    It'll do cheap swipes with its head to knock you off your feet. Use 
    timed double jumps (straight up) to avoid getting damaged.
    
    --WIND GUST
    Technically not an attack, but it uses this move if Kratos moves too 
    far away. SISSY!
    
    
    Whittle the boss's health down to ZERO with some hard combos to trigger 
    the next Checkpoint. Jump down to the water and swim to the other side. 
    Climb up the ropes.
    
    
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    ++AREA: SHIP TO SHIP
    
    
    Climb up the wall and eliminate the enemies here. Carefully cross the 
    scaffoldings to the other side. TAKE YOUR TIME AND BE CAREFUL! There's 
    a Chest on one side filled with Blood if you need it.
    
    Cross the bars and head for the ship to trigger a cutscene. Once the 
    cutscene finishes, open the Chest to replenish Health.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
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                   +++   PUZZLE: CRATE-PUSHING PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    Make your way down the ship and hide behind the large Crates to avoid 
    arrow damage (which you can block, BTW). See that small crate on the 
    right side of the ship? You need to push that thing all the way to the 
    other side to jump to the stern above where the archers are standing.
    
    If you try to push the crate manually, it will get destroyed halfway 
    though. Instead of all that drama, press the R2 Button to grab the 
    crate and then press and hold the X Button to do a charged kick. Doing 
    this will fling the crate a far distance. Keep using charged kicks 
    until you can safely position the Crate under the pillars. 
    
    Once you make it to the other end, jump on the Crate and then jump up 
    top to slay those sonofabitch archers. Open the nearby Chest to 
    replenish Health and continue through the hallways outside.
    
    
    Unfortunately, you cannot save the women and children locked in the 
    Captain's Quarters. Instead, climb the ladder and then scale the ropes 
    all the way to the top of the Ship. Eliminate enemies on the way up or 
    just keep pressing the Jump Button to quickly get to the top.
    
    
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    ++AREA: THE LORD POSEIDON
    
    
    Jump to the top of the Ship's sail and then grab onto the long rope and 
    slide down to the next area.
    
    There are three barricades to destroy: the left barricade contains a 
    Blood Chest, the right barricade has a Gorgon's Eye, and the middle 
    barricade leads to the next Checkpoint. Destroy the middle barricade 
    and head through to a cutscene.
    
    
    +++MAGIC POWER OBTAINED: RAGE OF POSEIDON
    
    After the cutscene, destroy all the enemies with your newly acquired 
    Magic. Once that's done, head through the halls outside to find the 
    next Save Point.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Replenish your Health and Magic Meters at the Chests and then climb up 
    the rafters to encounter your first boss!
    
    
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                     +++   BOSS BATTLE: HYDRA - PART ONE   +++
     
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    For this battle, Kratos needs to subdue both of the Hydra spawn so that 
    he can reach the main boss. Attack each Spawn (one at a time) until it 
    keels over. Next to each Spawn are stacks of Crates. When the Spawn is 
    down, jump on those Crates to the top and then jump on the nearby large 
    anchor-spear to pin it down. Do this for both Spawns.
    
    When fighting the two spawns, stand in the corner near the crates (on 
    the bottom of the TV screen) on either side. Kratos can stand here for 
    the entire fight and NOT GET DAMAGED! After each spawn does an attack, 
    counter with a 2-Hit Combo and pull back. Subdue both of the spawns to 
    trigger the second part of this battle
    
    
                  +++   BOSS BATTLE: HYDRA - PART TWO   +++
    
    
    Finally! Climb the ropes to trigger the epic battle.
    
    
    Hydra only has one attack (technically two): a painful Chomp bite and a 
    pretty useless Roar that sends you flying to the bottom of the ship. 
    After Kratos climbs the ropes, stand in the spot where he emerges (this 
    is what I call the Safe Spot). You can stand here for the entire battle 
    and not get hurt! WOW!
    
    DO NOT walk on the planks on the left or right side. STAY WHERE YOU 
    ARE! Lure the Hydra to chomping the plywood by standing in front of it. 
    When it starts moving its head back, IMMEDIATELY go back to the Safe 
    Spot to evade the attack. When it chomps the plywood, quickly do a 2 or 
    3-Hit Combo on his head. Repeat this tactic until you whittle its 
    health to 50%. See how simple that was?
    
    
    Once the boss keels over in pain, run up to his head and press the 
    Circle Button to trigger the kill sequence. Kratos will fling his 
    blades and pull the Hydra's head. Rapidly tap the Circle Button to 
    smash the Hydra's head against the pole! After doing that, the Hydra is 
    released. You need to do this tactic two more times to break the pole 
    and expose into a large stake.
    
    
    Once the stake is exposed, whittle the boss's health until it keels 
    over. Trigger the kill sequence and start tapping until Kratos 
    completes the fatality. OUCH!!!!
    
    
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    After the battle is over, walk inside the Hydra's mouth to obtain a Key 
    Item. Make your way out and climb up the crates to the top. Open the 
    left Crate for a Gorgon's Eye and then slide down to the other ship. 
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Ignore the enemies here and go back to the Captain's Quarters and open 
    the door. Head through to end the level.
    
    
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                         +++   THE GATES OF ATHENS   +++
    
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    Once all that M-Rate foreplay is finished, head out of the bedroom and 
    SAVE your game.
    
    
    +++POON-TANG CLAN:
    If you want some extra lollipop licking from the lovely ladies, jump on 
    the bed and press the Circle Button to get your freak on with the 
    honeys! Press the buttons shown onscreen for maximum satisfaction! You 
    get some extra Blood for scoring. Remember, you can come back here 
    anytime during the first half of the game.
    
    
    
    ++AREA: ATHENS DOCKS
    
    Exit the ship and you'll encounter stronger Demon soldiers. Use simple 
    Blocking and counters to kill them. Continue on towards the elevator. 
    Before using the first elevator, jump through the large crack on the 
    right side of the building. Swim towards the ledge and double jump to 
    the door. Kill the enemies here and continue through the hallway to a 
    Chest with a Phoenix Feather. 
    
    Jump on the Crates outside the hall back to the Dock. Now go and use 
    the Elevator and go up to encounter a new enemy.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: MINI-TAUR
    You'll encounter 3-4 Mini-taurs here. Use simple blocks and quick 
    Combos to whittle its health down. When the Circle Button appears above 
    its head, press the button to tackle it down. Mash the Circle Button to 
    do a fatality. Do it for all of them and continue to the other 
    elevator. Head up.
    
    
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    ++AREA: OUTSIDE ATHENS
    
    Exit the elevator to encounter another new enemy.
    
    
    --ENEMY: MACE-WIELDING FIENDS
    Use simple evasion and hard Combos to whittle its health down. When the 
    Circle Button appears above its head, press the button and a series of 
    Random buttons will appear. Press them quickly to perform a fatality.
    
    Kill all the Fiends to break the Red Seal. There's a Chest hidden in 
    the corner just near the open doorway. Enter the door and continue 
    through the hallway to a room with metal Crates. See the wooden Crates 
    holding the Metal ones? Break those apart! 
    
    There's two Wooden Crates to break. The Crate in the upper left 
    triggers a new doorway. Jump and shimmy your way to that door. There's 
    also a hidden Chest in this room with a Gorgon's Eye, so grab it!
    
    
    Enter the doorway and walk up to the Power-Up station to trigger a 
    cutscene. After that, its battle time!
    
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: GORGON 
    The Gorgon enemies are NOT a difficult to kill. Use continuous rolls to 
    avoid the Stone Gaze and simple Blocks to avoid its tail swipes. Pile 
    on the hurt until the Circle Button appears above her head. Get up 
    close and grab her. Rotate the Left Analog Stick in the directions you 
    see on the screen to perform a fatality.
    
    
    ++MAGIC OBTAINED: MEDUSA'S GAZE
    
    From here, use the newly acquired magic to kill the mini-taurs. Use the 
    Chest to replenish magic if you need to. After all the enemies are 
    dead, continue through the hallway and climb the ladder to the top.
    
    Do you see that dead soldier hanging there? If you can jump to his 
    beam, you'll find two hidden Chests with Blood.
    
    
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    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Pull the lever at the top to rotate the large Bow and Arrow contraption 
    and then activate it to break open the wooden door. Enter the next 
    hallway and take the path to the left. Slide down the ladder and kill 
    the enemies. Open the Chest here for a Gorgon's Eye. There's nothing 
    else here so go back up the ladder.
    
    See that other ladder on the right? Climb it up to head outside. Scale 
    the walls and jump from wall-to-wall while evading and killing enemies. 
    At the last wall, climb down and carefully tread on the ledge.
    
    Stand in between the pillar and the giant statue and rapidly tap the 
    R2 Button to topple it over to trigger a cutscene clue. Jump down and 
    climb the ladder on the other side while killing the baddies. Destroy 
    the weak pillars to reach the higher roof and climb up.
    
    Kill the enemies here and activate the Bow and Arrow set. Jump on the 
    rope to shimmy Sam-Fisher style to the other side. Rid the enemies in 
    your way and then slide down the ladder and open the metal door with 
    the Helmet logo.
    
    Use the Bow and Arrow contraption here to bust open to the wooden door. 
    Kill the Mini-Taurs and head for the ladder and go down. (Go up the 
    ladder for extra Chests with Essence.)
    
    
    Exit the area and head for the middle of the bridge to trigger a 
    cutscene.
    
    
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              / / / / / /  / /| | / / / /_/ / __/ /  |/ /\__ \ 
             / / / /_/ /  / ___ |/ / / __  / /___/ /|  /___/ / 
            /_/  \____/  /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/_____/_/ |_//____/  
                                                       
    
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    ++AREA: ENTRANCE TO ATHENS
    
    Walk up the stairs and head for the center of the bridge to trigger a 
    cutscene. Enter through the large curtains to trigger another cutscene.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    There are two paths to take. Take the one on the left side first. Head 
    down the stairs and an explosion will block the way. Make your way 
    through the gate for another battle.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: MINI-TAUR W/MALLET and SWORD
    To evade its Mallet Smashwave, roll to the left or right! Double 
    jumping will only get you hurt.
    
    
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                   +++   PUZZLE: STEP-BUTTON PUZZLE   +++
    
    There is a Step-Button on the other side of the floor. If you step on 
    it, the exit door will open but you will NOT have enough time to exit 
    before it closes. 
    
    To solve this puzzle, you need to use the Medusa's Gaze to freeze the 
    Mini-taur as it steps on the button. Lure the enemy onto the button and 
    then freeze him when he steps on it. From there, quickly roll to the 
    opened gate before the enemy un-freezes. This will take a few of 
    attempts but the Magic Chest here will always replenish your Magic just 
    in case you need it.
    
    Exit outside to the next area.
    
    
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    ++AREA: ATHENS VILLAGE ROAD
    
    As you battle through the town, you can destroy the doors for each 
    house to find some Chests. There are 2 Phoenix Feathers and 2 Gorgon's 
    Eye in this road alone, so start exploring!
    
    Kill all the enemies that appear and then approach the roadblock and 
    destroy it. Can't find a way to the other side? At the tip of the 
    roadblock is a piece of hanging rope above it. Do you see it? Use a 
    double-jump towards the rope to grab it and then swing your way to the 
    other side. Head outside to Athens Town square.
    
    
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    ++AREA: ATHENS TOWNSQUARE
    
    Continue on until you see another new enemy causing havoc.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: CYCLOPS
    Use simple evasion and hard Combos on this bitch. When the Circle 
    Button appears above its head, press the Button to fling the weapon to 
    its eye and pull it out. You have to do this 3-4 times before it dies, 
    so do it! Kill all the one-eyed freaks to continue on through the newly 
    opened doorway and through the hallways. 
    
    
    Inside the first room is a hidden Chest behind the Greek paintings. 
    Destroy them and open the Chest to find a Phoenix Feather.
    
    Follow the woman as she runs upstairs. Before you jump the small gap 
    (where the woman is waiting for you), bash open the large wooden door 
    near the gap to find a hidden room with a couple of Chests. Collect the 
    goodies and then continue. Jump the gap and continue up the stairs to a 
    cutscene.
    
    
    SAVE GAME 
    
    
    Open the Chest on the left side of the Save Point to find a Phoenix 
    Feather. Jump down to where the woman fell and grab the Key Item. With 
    the Key Item in your possession, you have to make your way all the way 
    BACK UPSTAIRS AGAIN! This time you'll encounter enemies on the way 
    back. Follow the onscreen directions to kill them and head back to the 
    Save Point upstairs. 
    
    Jump to the mini-bridge on the right side and use the Key Item. Open 
    the hatch and jump down.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Head through the hall and open the large gate at the other end.
    
    
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                       +++   ROOFTOPS OF ATHENS   +++
    
                ____  ____  ____  ________________  ____  _____
               / __ \/ __ \/ __ \/ ____/_  __/ __ \/ __ \/ ___/
              / /_/ / / / / / / / /_    / / / / / / /_/ /\__ \ 
             / _, _/ /_/ / /_/ / __/   / / / /_/ / ____/___/ / 
            /_/ |_|\____/\____/_/     /_/  \____/_/    /____/  
                                                       
    
             ____  ______   ___  ________  _________   _______
            / __ \/ ____/  /   |/_  __/ / / / ____/ | / / ___/
           / / / / /_     / /| | / / / /_/ / __/ /  |/ /\__ \ 
          / /_/ / __/    / ___ |/ / / __  / /___/ /|  /___/ / 
          \____/_/      /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/_____/_/ |_//____/  
                                                        
    
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    Make your way to the green shrubbery on the wall and climb to the top. 
    Enter the doorway to encounter a new enemy.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: SHADOW WRAITH
    You have to be creative with your evasion and BLOCK his attacks! 
    Counter with a Cyclone Of Chaos to whittle down their health. Another 
    way to stop them is to grab them. They rarely block so it's easier to 
    grab them. Press the Circle Button when prompted to perform a fatality.
    
    
    You need to kill ALL the enemies in this area in order to proceed. Kill 
    the enemies and then ascend the stairs to kill more enemies on the 
    rooftop. Once that's done, exit through the doorway and you'll come 
    across a platforming area with Archers. Jump and climb your way to the 
    other side and continue.
    
    
    You'll notice there's a Chest on a ledge. Jump to the first pillar and 
    crawl and jump your way to that ledge. You can also bash down the door 
    next to the Chest and kill the enemies AND those annoying Archers if 
    you want. Enter the building with the Save Point inside.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
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    DO NOT CLIMB THE LADDER NEAR THE SAVE POINT YET! I will explain why in 
    a second.
    
    
    ++AREA: ZEUS'S BUILDING
    
    Exit the Save Point room and head for the mini-bridge (you'll see 
    Archers on the roof). As you make your way up the bridge, turn left to 
    see a large Bow and Arrow contraption. You'll also see an open doorway 
    next to the Bow and Arrow and a sealed doorway across from it.
    
    Push that contraption into the open doorway and into a small room with 
    a large wooden door. You'll see a door on the left and one on the right 
    side of this room that can be opened. Open the door on the left side to 
    find a lever and some enemies. Kill the enemies that appear but DO NOT 
    PULL THE LEVER YET!
    
    
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                   +++   PUZZLE: ZEUS PUZZLE SOLUTION   +++
    
    
    Notice that the Bow and Arrow contraption is facing opposite the wooden 
    door. You need to rotate the contraption so that it faces the doorway. 
    To spin that thing around, look at the large circular tile in front of 
    the left door (it has a Helmet logo on it).
    
    --Place the Bow and Arrow set on top of that Helmet logo tile and then 
    pull the lever in the room to spin it 90 degrees.
    
    --Remove the Bow and Arrow from the tile and pull the lever to reset 
    the tile.
    
    --Place the Bow and Arrow set on the tile AGAIN and pull the lever to 
    rotate it 90 degrees more. When done correctly, the Bow and Arrow 
    should be facing directly at the doorway.
    
    
    Drag that thing across the doorway and shoot an arrow to bust open the 
    door. See how easy that was? Proceed through to trigger a cutscene.
    
    
    ++MAGIC OBTAINED: ZEUS'S FURY
    
    
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    Head outside and kill the Archer's with your Magic to continue. Head 
    into the newly unsealed door and break open the crack in the wall to 
    find Chests that contain a Phoenix Feather and a Gorgon's Eye. Make 
    your way back to the Save Point room.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    NOW CLIMB THAT LADDER UP TO THE ROOF! Kill the enemies that appear on 
    each roof top. Use Zeus's Fury on the Archers when trying to cross the 
    ropes to a set of Chests.
    
    
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                  +++   PUZZLE: THE COWARDLY BITCH PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    Continue up the roofs until you meet a cowardly bitch who won't open 
    the Drawbridge. To get him to raise the bridge, shoot a lightning bolt 
    with your new Magic power up his ass and the bridge will rise. 
    
    Continue past the bridge into a small room with Chests that contain a 
    Phoenix Feather and Gorgon's Eye. Head down the hallway and kill the 
    Wraiths on the way to the elevator on the other end. Enter the elevator 
    and go down.
    
    
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                        +++   PATH TO THE ORACLE   +++
    
                     ____  ___  ________  __   __________ 
                    / __ \/   |/_  __/ / / /  /_  __/ __ \
                   / /_/ / /| | / / / /_/ /    / / / / / /
                  / ____/ ___ |/ / / __  /    / / / /_/ / 
                 /_/   /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/    /_/  \____/  
                                             
         ________  ________   ____  ____  ___   ________    ______
        /_  __/ / / / ____/  / __ \/ __ \/   | / ____/ /   / ____/
         / / / /_/ / __/    / / / / /_/ / /| |/ /   / /   / __/   
        / / / __  / /___   / /_/ / _, _/ ___ / /___/ /___/ /___   
       /_/ /_/ /_/_____/   \____/_/ |_/_/  |_\____/_____/_____/   
                                                              
    
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    Cross the scaffoldings to the other side. 
    
    
          +++   PUZZLE: THE THREE HARD-TO-REACH CHESTS PUZZLE   ++
    
    
    Before you go up the mountain stairs to save the Oracle, you'll notice 
    that there's a ledge in Athens Town Square with three Chests across 
    from the Save Point on the broken bridge. Do you see them?
    
    To obtain their contents, have Kratos shimmy on the broken bridge 
    towards that ledge and then double-jump onto that ledge with the 
    chests. You'll have to time your jumps so that Kratos hangs on the 
    ledge with his hands so you can shimmy over.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: HEAD TO THE ORACLE GARDEN
    
    Continue up the stairs and eliminate enemies on the way up. Watch for a 
    hidden Chest in one of the mountain walls! Make your way to the Oracle 
    Garden to trigger a cutscene. After the cutscene, eliminate all the 
    enemies here to trigger ANOTHER cutscene.
    
    After that cutscene, head up the stairs and collect the Gorgon's Eye 
    and Phoenix Feather in the Chests on both sides of the temple.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
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                     +++   PUZZLE: THE HARPY PUZZLE   +++
    
    Enter into the temple and take the stairs to a large room. Before 
    opening the door on the left side, you'll notice a bunch of Harpies 
    entering the room via the cracks on the wall. To cover up those cracks, 
    Kratos will need to use something to block the crack.
    
    Make your way to the front of the room and grab the golden statues with 
    shields. Line up the statues to cover each of the cracks to stop 
    spawning the winged demons. Now open the door and head upstairs and 
    then carefully cross the bars to the other side without any Harpy 
    interference.
    
    ++NOTE:
    There's a large piece of glass on the other end of the scaffolding that 
    you can smash that has a Chest with a Gorgon's Eye!
    
    
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    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Continue up the halls while killing fools on the way out.
    
    
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                +++   PUZZLE: THE HANGING ORACLE PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    AAHH!! SHUT UP ALREADY!!! To solve this puzzle, Kratos will need to use 
    an elevated stand in order to reach the top of the area.
    
    
    Here's how to solve this puzzle: 
    
    --Grab and drag one statue that's near the entrance and place it on the 
    elevator. (The elevator goes up and down every 10-20 seconds.)
    
    --Grab the other statue and then wait near the elevator.
    
    --When the elevator goes down again, drop the statue ON TOP of the 
    first statue.
    
    --Jump down and drag the two-tiered statue near the water fountain. 
    Climb up to the top of the gazebo and use the two-tiered statue as a 
    platform to reach the hanging vines.
    
    
    From there, you have 66-Seconds to make your way to the other side and 
    save the Oracle. GOOD LUCK!
    
    The solution is tedious but quite simple: you just need to place one 
    statue on top of the other! Before you leave the area, find all the 
    hidden Chests and a Gorgon's Eye.
    
    
    
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                       +++   THE SEWERS OF ATHENS   +++
                             
            _____ _______       ____________  _____    ____  ______
           / ___// ____/ |     / / ____/ __ \/ ___/   / __ \/ ____/
           \__ \/ __/  | | /| / / __/ / /_/ /\__ \   / / / / /_    
          ___/ / /___  | |/ |/ / /___/ _, _/___/ /  / /_/ / __/    
         /____/_____/  |__/|__/_____/_/ |_|/____/   \____/_/       
                                                              
                     ___  ________  _________   _______
                    /   |/_  __/ / / / ____/ | / / ___/
                   / /| | / / / /_/ / __/ /  |/ /\__ \ 
                  / ___ |/ / / __  / /___/ /|  /___/ / 
                 /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/_____/_/ |_//____/  
                                          
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    There are two paths to take: the Sword path and the path going up the 
    mountain. There's a Phoenix Feather on top of the mountain, so take it 
    if you want it. Otherwise, take the pathway with the big-ass Sword 
    Bridge and continue down a circular flight of stairs to the sewers.
    
    
    You'll encounter Archers, Demon soldiers, Mini-Taurs, and Cyclops on 
    the way past the Sewers. Equip your best Combos and bring on the hurt. 
    Fight your way out of the sewers and then take the ladder on the other 
    side to a Spiral stairway. Head up the stairway and pull the lever to 
    end up in Athens (again).
    
    
    ++AREA: ROAD TO ATHENS
    
    Remember this place? Take the path on the right side and then enter the 
    doorway to the Desert Of Lost Souls. SAVE your game before doing 
    anything else in the desert!
    
    
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                      +++   DESERT OF LOST SOULS   +++
                             
             ____  ___________ __________  ______   ____  ______
            / __ \/ ____/ ___// ____/ __ \/_  __/  / __ \/ ____/
           / / / / __/  \__ \/ __/ / /_/ / / /    / / / / /_    
          / /_/ / /___ ___/ / /___/ _, _/ / /    / /_/ / __/    
         /_____/_____//____/_____/_/ |_| /_/     \____/_/       
                                                           
           __    ____  ___________   _____ ____  __  ____   _____
          / /   / __ \/ ___/_  __/  / ___// __ \/ / / / /  / ___/
         / /   / / / /\__ \ / /     \__ \/ / / / / / / /   \__ \ 
        / /___/ /_/ /___/ // /     ___/ / /_/ / /_/ / /______/ / 
       /_____/\____//____//_/     /____/\____/\____/_____/____/  
                                                              
    
    
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    --NEW ENEMY: SIREN
    When you enter the desert, Kratos is in the Western side of the desert. 
    The first Siren is all the way to the East near the temple. Use evasion 
    rolls to evade their attacks and use Zeus's Fury to stop her. Grab her 
    when the Circle Button appears to perform a fatality. 
    
    The other two Sirens are in the northern and southern area. Listen for 
    faint singing to find where they are. Be careful though! The remaining 
    two Sirens have Mini-taurs as bodyguards. Kill all three Sirens to 
    continue the mission.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Make your way downstairs to a mini-puzzle.
    
    
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                     +++   PUZZLE: CONVEYOR BELT PUZZLE   +++
    
    Open the door with the Spartan logo to reveal a large block and a 
    Chest. You need to kick the block to the wall all the way to the left. 
    Watch out for soldiers!
    
    Jump up to the top and open the door and continue through. Enter 
    through the doorway and use the large horn to part the sands "Ten 
    Commandments" style. Head through to trigger a cutscene at the other 
    end.
    
    Kill all the Sirens to trigger ANOTHER cutscene and then use the horn 
    to enter Pandora's Temple.
    
    
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                          +++   PANDORA'S TEMPLE   +++
                                
              ____  ___    _   ______  ____  ____  ___   _____
             / __ \/   |  / | / / __ \/ __ \/ __ \/   | / ___/
            / /_/ / /| | /  |/ / / / / / / / /_/ / /| | \__ \ 
           / ____/ ___ |/ /|  / /_/ / /_/ / _, _/ ___ |___/ / 
          /_/   /_/  |_/_/ |_/_____/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_/____/  
                                                        
                    ______________  _______  __    ______
                   /_  __/ ____/  |/  / __ \/ /   / ____/
                    / / / __/ / /|_/ / /_/ / /   / __/   
                   / / / /___/ /  / / ____/ /___/ /___   
                  /_/ /_____/_/  /_/_/   /_____/_____/   
                                           
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Cross the bridge all the way to the temple entrance. See that douchebag 
    burning stuff? You can't jump to him, so go the other way around and 
    make your way towards the lower area. See that lever? Pull it to reveal 
    a set of steps. Quickly jump up to the top to trigger a cutscene.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: MEGA CYCLOPS
    These guys are a mixture of the Mace-Wielding fiends and the regular 
    Cyclops. The strategies are the same: Evade and counter. When the 
    Circle Button appears, grab it and press the buttons that appear to 
    perform a fatality. There are four total to kill, so get to killing!
    
    
    After the mass slaughter, continue up the stairs. Open the Chests at 
    the top for Essence and a Gorgon's Eye and Phoenix Feather. Rotate the 
    turnstile to open the doors and enter through. Kill the enemies and 
    then read the Book to open the Rings of Pandora.
    
    
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                        +++   THE RINGS OF PANDORA   +++
    
                  ____  _____   _____________    ____  ______
                 / __ \/  _/ | / / ____/ ___/   / __ \/ ____/
                / /_/ // //  |/ / / __ \__ \   / / / / /_    
               / _, _// // /|  / /_/ /___/ /  / /_/ / __/    
              /_/ |_/___/_/ |_/\____//____/   \____/_/       
                                                   
                    ____  ___    _   ______  ____  ____  ___ 
                   / __ \/   |  / | / / __ \/ __ \/ __ \/   |
                  / /_/ / /| | /  |/ / / / / / / / /_/ / /| |
                 / ____/ ___ |/ /|  / /_/ / /_/ / _, _/ ___ |
                /_/   /_/  |_/_/ |_/_____/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_|
                                                 
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Go down the ring until you see a door with a skull. Across that door is 
    an open hall with spiked smashers. Cautiously make your way through the 
    spikes and proceed to the next area to the Save Room.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: SAVE ROOM
    
    Approach the lever across the Save Point and pull it to reveal another 
    turnstile outside the room. Make your way for the turnstile and rotate 
    the lever until you see a Red Power-Up room. Enter through it to 
    trigger a cutscene.
    
    
    ++WEAPON OBTAINED: BLADE OF ARTEMIS
    
    After the cutscene, head through to the Challenge of Atlas.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN SHIELD OF ZEUS
    
    Continue thru and kill all the enemies in this area but DO NOT go up 
    the stairs just yet! Enter the doorway and kill the remaining enemies. 
    Across from the doorway is a large stack of wood. Do you see it? Drag 
    the stack towards the door at the other end of the room. 
    
    When you've gotten far enough, use a charged kick to push it towards 
    the button and then quickly head for the door before it spins around 
    (so you can spin with it). Make your way up the stairs and cross the 
    poles and obtain the Shield Of Zeus. Attach the shield on the bottom 
    doorway.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN THE SHIELD OF HADES
    
    Now head outside and go up the stairs. Kill everyone up here and cross 
    the scaffoldings to the lever at the other end. Pull the lever to lower 
    a large piece of metal.
    
    **There's a Gorgon's Eye across from the lever.
    
    Grab the rope holding the metal and slide down to the pit. At the 
    bottom of the pit, shimmy across the ropes while defeating enemies to 
    the other side. Head up the stairs and grab the Shield of Hades.
    
    After grabbing the item, kill the enemies that appear to stop from 
    being crushed by the spiked crusher. After that's done, cross the ropes 
    and head back up. Go back to the room and place the shield on the 
    doorway to open it up.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: CHAINSAW MILL
    
    Ignore the levers in this area and make your way to the doorway across 
    the chainsaw mill. Destroy the barricade (and the enemies) and go to 
    the conveyor belt. Dodge the spike traps and head to the other side. 
    
    Climb the ladder and make your way up the mountain while killing fools 
    on the way. Make your way to the top ledge and jump down. Pull the 
    lever at the doorway but don't go down yet! Enter the room to trigger a 
    big enemy battle.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN HANDLE OF ATLAS
    
    Kill all the Sirens and Soldiers to obtain the Handle Of Atlas. Once 
    that's all done and over with, make your way back to the chainsaw mill.
    Now you have to pull the levers inside the chainsaw mill to open the 
    gate. Pull both levers in the room quickly before the other lever 
    closes. When the door opens, head for the entrance and shimmy to the 
    other side.
    
    Open the door and be ready for an onslaught of enemies. Kill them all 
    and use the Handle of Atlas at the crank near his statue. Head up the 
    stairs on the right side (while killing fools) and pull the lever to 
    get the "ball rolling"
    
    **There's Chests that contain a Gorgon Eye and Phoenix Feather up here.
    
    
    Go outside and approach the large golden Coffin. Open the Coffin, jump 
    towards the dead body and then rip off the head to obtain a Key Item. 
    Now head down the newly opened hole and make your way up the dark and 
    empty hallway until a cutscene occurs. After the cutscene, continue 
    through and open the door. Welcome back to the Save Room.
    
    
    ++AREA: SAVE ROOM
    
    Head back out to the Rings of Pandora. Kill the enemies that block the 
    way and use the Architect Son's Skull on the other door.
    
    
    ++AREA: STEAMROLLER RING
    
    Don't enter the room yet or you'll get flattened! Let the steamroller 
    make its way past Kratos first! After the roller is gone, continue down 
    the ring to find a set of stairs. After the clue scene is revealed 
    (with the ladder), wait for the steamroller to pass by. Jump on top of 
    it and keep up with it as it rolls towards the ladder. Jump on the 
    ladder to trigger a cutscene. Climb the ladder to the top.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
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                     +++   THE CHALLENGE OF POSEIDON   +++
                            
            ________  _____    __    __    _______   ______________
           / ____/ / / /   |  / /   / /   / ____/ | / / ____/ ____/
          / /   / /_/ / /| | / /   / /   / __/ /  |/ / / __/ __/   
         / /___/ __  / ___ |/ /___/ /___/ /___/ /|  / /_/ / /___   
         \____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____/_____/_/ |_/\____/_____/   
                                                              
    
          ____  ______   ____  ____  _____ ______________  ____  _   __
         / __ \/ ____/  / __ \/ __ \/ ___// ____/  _/ __ \/ __ \/ | / /
        / / / / /_     / /_/ / / / /\__ \/ __/  / // / / / / / /  |/ / 
       / /_/ / __/    / ____/ /_/ /___/ / /____/ // /_/ / /_/ / /|  /  
       \____/_/      /_/    \____//____/_____/___/_____/\____/_/ |_/   
                                                                    
    
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    Head up the stairs outside towards the arena to a new enemy.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: CERBERUS
    For this battle, I suggest activating Rage and unleashing your Fury on 
    the three-headed bitch. Kill Cerberus with some hard combos to unseal 
    the red door.
    
    
    Continue through the mountain and kill all the enemies that emerge 
    (Mega Cyclops, Archers, mini-hounds). Kill them all to unseal the door 
    to the building at the other end. Enter the room and pull the lever. As 
    the room rotates, it reveals Blood Chests. If you try to open 
    them...you'll see. DON'T OPEN THEM! Wait for the room to rotate 180 
    degrees and it'll open a new doorway.
    
    
    Head outside to encounter a new enemy.
    
    --NEW ENEMY: MEGA SOLDIER
    These guys are practically taller versions and wield a large sword. Use 
    blocks and hard Combos to whittle their health down. Use the Circle 
    Button when it appears to perform a fatality.
    
    
    Head near the ledge and jump towards the mountain. Jump your way to the 
    top and shimmy to the right. Open the Chest at the end to obtain the 
    MUSE'S KEY. DO NOT JUMP DOWN the mountain! Instead, shimmy all the way 
    to the left side of the mountain and jump down. Kill the Mini-taurs and 
    continue on.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
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                +++   PUZZLE: SACRIFICE TO THE GODS PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    The turnstile is missing its handle. Head for the room at the other end 
    and find it there. Go back to the turnstile and use it.
    
    After the cutscene, push the cage down. Destroy all enemies that appear 
    first before pushing the cage up the slope. Once that's done, push the 
    cage into the other room and onto the button. Turn the lever to fry the 
    victim inside and open a new pathway.
    
    
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    ++AREA: TRIDENT ROOM
    
    Head down the path towards the walkway to Poseidon's Trident. Remove 
    the Trident from the pedestal to obtain the ability to breath 
    indefinitely underwater.
    
    **There's a Chest with a Phoenix Feather in this room.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: UNDERWATER PUZZLE
    
    Jump in the water on the right side and dive into the large hole. Swim 
    all the way to the other side and jump out. Kill the mini-hounds and 
    then open the door at the other end and pull the lever. Dive back in 
    the water and swim back to the Trident Room. Emerge from the water and 
    destroy all the enemies that appear here.
    
    Jump up the newly revealed pedestal to a circular pathway. Head down 
    the pathway to a watery area. Dive down and swim to the other end.
    
    
    --SUB-OBJECTIVE: KISS POSEIDON'S DAUGHTERS
    
    You'll encounter Nyad, a child of Poseidon. Swim towards her and press 
    the Circle Button to give her a kiss. You'll obtain some goodies every 
    time you kiss her. There are four of these girls in the area, three of 
    them are hidden behind cracked walls in the water. Find them all!
    
    Dive further down underneath Nyad. Turn right and swim down a corridor 
    with tons of spikes and chainsaws. If you don't get to the other side 
    before the gaps close, you're dead. Use the R1 Button Dash to quickly 
    swim faster towards the other side.
    
    Emerge out of the water on the other side and kill all the enemies that 
    appear in the area. Once that's done, pull the lever. Now swim back to 
    the spikes and chainsaw corridor (use the R1 Dash!). Before heading to 
    the opened Poseidon doorway, swim further and you'll emerge to a 
    hallway with Mega Soldiers.  
    
    Kill the soldiers to clear the room. See that row of pots? Smash them 
    all to reveal a Chest with a Muse Key. Now head back to the Poseidon 
    door and swim further down.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: FLOODED PASSAGE
    
    There are a couple of breakable walls near the Save Point with hidden 
    Chests (if you want to find them). See Poseidon's Statue? Dive 
    underneath it to find a frustrating mini-game. You have to swim really 
    fast to avoid being shoved by the barricades. 
    
    There are two safe spots under the water. Use them and use a fully 
    charged R1 Dash to quickly make the most of this situation. You need to 
    dive under the cage at the end of the passage to exit. This will take 
    an ASS-LOAD of tries to get right, so DO IT. Once you make it, emerge 
    out of the water and onto dry area.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: AMPHITRITE ROOM
    
    
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                     +++   PUZZLE: AMPHITRITE PUZZLE   +++
    
    There's a puzzle to be solved here, but how? When Kratos pulls the 
    lever, a series of platforms will rise out of the water. When you jump 
    to the top of the room, there's literally nothing there for you. So how 
    do you find your way out of the room then?
    
    Simple! After pulling the lever to raise the platforms, jump into the 
    water and dive to the bottom platform to see an entrance under one of 
    the platforms. Swim into that room to exit this area. Swim out to 
    return to the Rings Of Pandora Save Room.
    
    
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    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: USE THE MUSE KEYS
    
    If you've obtained both of the Muse Keys, go back to the turnstile at 
    the Rings of Pandora and turn it until you see a special doorway. Enter 
    that doorway and insert both Muse Keys to open a special "Chamber of 
    the Gods". Obtain the goodies in here and then go back outside.
    
    Exit back to the Steamroller Room (while killing fools) and jump into 
    the large pool of water. Look for a hole to dive into and swim all the 
    way to the other end. Emerge out and head down the hallway.
    
    
    ++AREA: MINOTAUR ROOM
    
    Ignore the lever at the top for now. Look for a crack on the wall near 
    the stairs and break it open.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
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                       +++   THE CHALLENGE OF HADES   +++
    
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           / ____/ / / /   |  / /   / /   / ____/ | / / ____/ ____/
          / /   / /_/ / /| | / /   / /   / __/ /  |/ / / __/ __/   
         / /___/ __  / ___ |/ /___/ /___/ /___/ /|  / /_/ / /___   
         \____/_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____/_____/_/ |_/\____/_____/   
    
    
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              / __ \/ ____/  / / / /   |  / __ \/ ____/ ___/
             / / / / /_     / /_/ / /| | / / / / __/  \__ \ 
            / /_/ / __/    / __  / ___ |/ /_/ / /___ ___/ / 
            \____/_/      /_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____//____/  
                                                    
    
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    ++AREA: THE CHALLENGE OF HADES
    
    To start the challenge, climb the ledge on the left side to the door. 
    ACCEPT the challenge (in order to open to the door).
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: DEMON-TAUR
    Use simple blocks and hard Combos on these guys. Press the Circle 
    Button to perform a fatality on them.
    
    
    In order to open the door, you need to stand on the black circle on the 
    floor and kill an enemy on it until four of the rings start glowing. Do 
    this for the second Black Circle to open the whole door. This may take 
    a lot of tries but you can do it! Enter through the opened doorway and 
    head outside. Open the Chests here for Essence and a Phoenix Feather.
    
    
    ++AREA: MAZE OF HADES
    
    You absolutely MUST kill every enemy in the Maze. There are a lot of 
    halls here but the main thing you're looking for is enemies. Once all 
    the enemies in the first floor are gone, head for the turnstile and 
    turn it to go to the second floor. 
    
    Again, kill everyone here. After that, enter the room with the smashing 
    pillar and jump on top of it. The last set of enemies will spawn here. 
    Kill the enemies here to solve the puzzle and open the doorway.
    
    
    Once outside, press the button to raise the Hades monolith out of the 
    water. Jump down to the bottom of the monolith and dive down into the 
    water under the statue to find a lever. Pull the lever to activate the 
    Hades head. Swim back up and climb up to the statue head and rotate it 
    using the turnstile and jump down.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: INDIANA JONES ROOM
    
    
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                   +++   PUZZLE: INDIANA JONES PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    Head into the room for some Indiana Jones hi-larity! DO NOT ENTER THE 
    ROOM AT THE OTHER END OF THIS PUZZLE! There's nothing useful for you in 
    that room! There are four doors on the left side and four on the right 
    of this massive corridor. 
    
    The door to exit this room is the third one on the left. Time your 
    evasion and open that door as quickly as possible and enter! Make your 
    way thru the halls to find a new enemy waiting.
    
    
    --NEW ENEMY: MEGA-TAUR
    These are tougher versions of the Mini-Taurs which means you have the 
    rapidly mash the Circle Button in order to do the fatality.
    
    Kill the enemies here to unlock the red sealed door. Head up the stairs 
    on the right side and kill the enemies. Make your way back and head for 
    the stairs on the left. Shimmy on the rope while killing fools on the 
    way. Head to the other end and jump down the arena.
    
    
    Kill all the enemies here in order to proceed. GOOD LUCK! Once that's 
    done, climb up the ladder and up to the doorway. Traverse the hallways 
    to the other end.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: UPPER ROOM
    
    Carefully cross the scaffoldings as you double jump the sharp blades. 
    Make your way to the upper area and climb the ladder. Find the rope and 
    slide down to the next area.
    
    See that Minotaur Door? Walk up to it and press the R2 Button to rotate 
    the handle. Make your way downstairs and back to the Minotaur Room.
    
    
    SAVE GAME!!!
    
    
    Enter the middle of the room to trigger the SECOND boss fight of the 
    entire game!
    
    
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                      +++   BOSS BATTLE: MECHA-TAUR   +++
    
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              /  |/  / __/ ___/ // / _ |___/_  __/ _ |/ / / / _ \
             / /|_/ / _// /__/ _  / __ /___// / / __ / /_/ / , _/
            /_/  /_/___/\___/_//_/_/ |_|   /_/ /_/ |_\____/_/|_| 
                                                                
    
    
                +++   BOSS BATTLE: MECHA-TAUR - PART ONE   +++
    
    
    This boss has four attacks:
    
    --BULL SWIPE
    Simple left and right jabs to knock you off your feet. EVASION, people!
    
    --BULLHORN SMASH
    It pounds its fist on the ground and then slams its head down (then 
    up). Roll back to avoid damage.
    
    --BULL GRAB
    It's...a grab. Yeah.
    
    --BULL BREATH
    It only does this move after you smash open pieces of its armor. Use a 
    double jump to avoid being burnt by this attack.
    
    
    Use simple evasion and rolls to evade its attacks. Pile on the pain on 
    this boss with VERY HARD Combos to whittle down its armor. When one 
    part of his armor starts smoking steam, you've weakened him slightly. 
    You need to get FIVE parts of his armor smoking in order to fully 
    weaken him. Once all five parts of its armor is blasting steam, it'll 
    keel over and the Circle Button will appear above his head. Run up to 
    the head and trigger the first kill sequence! 
    
    Kratos will wrangle up the big bull, so move the Left Analog Stick in 
    the directions indicated onscreen to wrangle it up. When done 
    successfully, the bull will stand up dazed and confused. Quickly run up 
    the stairs at bottom of the room and pull the lever to shoot a large 
    log arrow at it. After this, the boss will recover. Immediately jump 
    down to avoid being smashed as he tramples down towards you. 
    
    Repeat the tactics above to shoot another log at him. You need to shoot 
    TWO wooden logs at the boss to expose his body. 
    
    
    
                +++   BOSS BATTLE: MECHA-TAUR - PART TWO   +++
    
    
    The exposed boss has a new ground attack so be evasive! Continue the 
    same tactics above and then shoot a log arrow at it to finally impale 
    this big piece of BULL-SHIT to the door! HAH! See what I did there?
    
    Exit through the open door and head up the stairs.
    
    
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    SAVE POINT
    
    
    Enter the room and open the Golden Coffin. Grab the OTHER Architect 
    Son's Head and exit the area. Head back to the Minotaur Room to acquire 
    the final piece of Magic for Kratos.
    
    
    ++MAGIC OBTAINED: ARMY OF HADES
    
    Kill all the enemies that appear in order to proceed. Head back out the 
    doorway and into the water. Swim back to the Steamroller Room and use 
    the Skull on the underwater Skull Doorway to drain the entire area.
    
    
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                 +++   PUZZLE: RINGS OF PANDORA PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    Rotate both of the turnstiles until the Center room aligns with the 
    Save Point Room. When they're aligned, run back to the Save Room and 
    align the statues to enlighten the Crystal Eye in the Center room.
    
    Once the cutscene ends, head back to the Center Room and pull the lever 
    and make your way to the top. Head out and towards the mountains to 
    trigger a battle with a new enemy.
    
    
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    --ENEMY: SATYR
    These guys aren't so hard to kill. Dodge and use Hard Combos and 
    they'll fall quickly. Kill all of them and proceed forward.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    To the right side of the Save Point is a cracked wall. Break it open to 
    acquire more Blood.
    
    
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                        +++   THE CLIFFS OF MADNESS   +++
                            
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                / ____/ /   /  _/ ____/ ____/ ___/   / __ \/ ____/
               / /   / /    / // /_  / /_   \__ \   / / / / /_    
              / /___/ /____/ // __/ / __/  ___/ /  / /_/ / __/    
              \____/_____/___/_/   /_/    /____/   \____/_/       
                                                        
                    __  ______    ____  _   __________________
                   /  |/  /   |  / __ \/ | / / ____/ ___/ ___/
                  / /|_/ / /| | / / / /  |/ / __/  \__ \\__ \ 
                 / /  / / ___ |/ /_/ / /|  / /___ ___/ /__/ / 
                /_/  /_/_/  |_/_____/_/ |_/_____//____/____/  
                                                  
    
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    Head up the cliff and kill all the enemies in the way. Head for the 
    elevator and go up.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    There are two paths near the Save Point: the ladder path going up and 
    path to the right side of the ladder. Take the ladder path first.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE NECKLACE OF HERA
    
    Climb the ladders up to the top to a cave entrance with a Minotaur 
    head. Work your way up the caves and up the Cliff. Continue up the 
    cliff until you see a large monument. This is where you'll place the 
    Necklaces. 
    
    Just further down from this monument is a ladder. Climb down the ladder 
    and continue traversing the cliff until you reach an area with a long 
    piece of rope to slide down. Enter the cave and kill all the enemies 
    that appear. Once that's done, proceed further into the cave to a room 
    with a large Block Puzzle.
    
    
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                   +++   PUZZLE: NECKLACE OF HERA PUZZLE   +++
    
    
    In this room, you'll see five large alphabet-like blocks and a 
    turnstile that can rotate the blocks. Here's how to solve this puzzle:
    
    
    --Remove the small block that's in front of the gate. It's useless.
    
    --Grab the block that looks like half of the number "5". Drag it to the 
    turnstile and rotate it until it looks like half of the number 
    "2". Drag the block and place it in the middle of the gate.
    
    --Grab the block that looks like the letter "T". Drag it to the 
    turnstile and make it face forward. Now drag the block and place it to 
    the left side of the number "2" block.
    
    --Grab the block piece that looks like the number "7". Drag it to the 
    turnstile and rotate it in the opposite direction. Now drag this piece 
    on the far left of the gate.
    
    
    And the last two pieces are super simple to figure out. Drag both of 
    them into their places and the gate will open. Grab that Necklace and 
    head back out to the Save Point. 
    
    
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    SAVE GAME
    
    
    As you exit the cave, head to the ladder next to the Save Point and go 
    up. Climb the cliffs up here to the other side. You'll find a lever on 
    a ledge that you can pull to make the next objective much easier.
    Once you pull that lever, a cutscene clue will show. 
    
    Continue scaling the cliffs back to the other side of the large 
    monument. Place the Necklace Of Hera on the monument.
    
    
    Make your way back to the entranceway with the Minotaur head on top of 
    the doorway. Go left of this doorway to where the large block in the 
    cutscene clue fell. Climb the rope to a cave entrance and Save Point.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: FIND THE NECKLACE OF APHRODITE
    
    Enter the cave and pull the lever. Once the gate opens grab the stone 
    block and quickly drag and kick it to the other side. Jump on top of it 
    and jump up to the ledge before the spikes on the ground come up.
    If done incorrectly, you die, so be quick!
    
    Open the Chest to find a Phoenix Feather. Jump across the gap and grab 
    the Necklace of Aphrodite and head back outside.
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN PANDORA'S BOX
    
    Go back to the monument where you placed the Necklace of Hera and use 
    the Necklace of Aphrodite on the other side of it. The ledges near the 
    monument will start moving.
    
    
    ++SECRET AREA: 
    Before you jump on the moving ledges, there is a secret cave behind the 
    large monument. Head around the back of the monument to find the cave 
    and enter. Kill the Archers and swim into the large pool of water to 
    the other end. You'll emerge on a humongous water fountain. Break the 
    cracks on the wall in this area to find lots of Chests with Blood. Swim 
    back and continue the objective.
    
    
    Jump across the moving ledges to the top and continue through until a 
    cutscene occurs. Once that's done, continue through while killing 
    enemies on the way. Head forward and look for the ropes to swing on. 
    Swing to the other side and climb the wall to the elevator and head up.
    
    
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                       +++   THE ARCHITECT'S TOMB   +++
    
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         /   |  / __ \/ ____/ / / /  _/_  __/ ____/ ____/_  __/ ___/
        / /| | / /_/ / /   / /_/ // /  / / / __/ / /     / /  \__ \ 
       / ___ |/ _, _/ /___/ __  // /  / / / /___/ /___  / /  ___/ / 
      /_/  |_/_/ |_|\____/_/ /_/___/ /_/ /_____/\____/ /_/  /____/  
                                                                  
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                        /_  __/ __ \/  |/  / __ )
                         / / / / / / /|_/ / __  |
                        / / / /_/ / /  / / /_/ / 
                       /_/  \____/_/  /_/_____/  
                              
    
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    Continue up the cave until you see the new area.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    --OBJECTIVE: OPEN THE DOORS TO THE ARCHITECT'S ROOM
    
    This is a long but simple process. Follow it in this order:
    
    
    --SWITCH #1
    Jump across the chasm to the other side. Once over there, open the 
    doorway on the right side and proceed through. Kill the enemies as you 
    make your way up. After that's done climb up to the large balcony and 
    climb the ladder to a large crane.
    
    Turn the turnstile to move the crane until you see the shadow of the 
    stone above the crack on the ground. Head towards the stone and pull 
    the lever to drop the stone and break the crack.
    
    Head back to the Crane and turn it again until the shadow of the stone 
    is above the other switch. Head towards the lever again and pull it to 
    drop the stone on the switch to open the first set of bars. Leave the 
    crane alone for now and head back down.
    
    
    --SWITCH #2
    On the left side of the building is a statue. Drag that thing towards 
    the newly opened crack on the other side and drop into the opened 
    crack. Drag the statue to the switch inside and place it on top of it 
    to open the second set of bars.
    
    
    --SWITCH #3
    Jump back across the Chasm (where the Save Point is) and step on the 
    last button to open the doors completely. Make your way across the 
    Chasm again and enter the doors.
    
    
    Enter the room to see two dead bodies. Get behind the dead body on the 
    chair and rip the head off. Enter the opened door and head outside.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: PATH TO PANDORA'S ROOM
    
    Head up the stairs and make your way down to Pandora's Room.
    You HAVE to kill every enemy here in order to proceed, so DO IT! 
    Once that's done, enter Pandora's Room. Pull the lever at the globe to 
    trigger a series of cutscenes.
    
    Once that's done, drag the big box outside to trigger a cutscene.
    
    
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                           +++   PATH TO HADES   +++
    
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                    / __ \/   |/_  __/ / / /  /_  __/ __ \
                   / /_/ / /| | / / / /_/ /    / / / / / /
                  / ____/ ___ |/ / / __  /    / / / /_/ / 
                 /_/   /_/  |_/_/ /_/ /_/    /_/  \____/  
                                             
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                    / / / /   |  / __ \/ ____/ ___/
                   / /_/ / /| | / / / / __/  \__ \ 
                  / __  / ___ |/ /_/ / /___ ___/ / 
                 /_/ /_/_/  |_/_____/_____//____/  
                                      
    
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    Welcome to Hell!
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    Time to put your platforming skills to the test! Jump and kill your way 
    to the other side. Cross the bars carefully and don't die! I don't know 
    how else to help you out here, sorry.
    
    
    ++NOTE: Most of the Chests on all the ledges contain Blood. Some Chests 
    will contain Phoenix Feathers.
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    ++AREA: STYX BELOW
    
    You'll have to use Zeus's Fury in order to get past the floating ledges 
    to the other side. Once there, you HAVE to kill every enemy that 
    appears in order to proceed.
    
    Once that's done, you'll have to climb two (count it TWO) REALLY long 
    sets of rotating spiked walls. GOOD LUCK! 
    
    
    SAVE GAME
    
    
    In order to reach the last area, you HAVE to kill all the enemies that 
    appear. Each enemy killed brings up a new pedestal until it reaches 
    your area. Once that's done, continue through and climb up the rope at 
    the other end AND GET THE HELL OUT OF HELL!
    
    
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                        +++   TEMPLE OF THE ORACLE   +++
                            
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            /_  __/ ____/  |/  / __ \/ /   / ____/  / __ \/ ____/
             / / / __/ / /|_/ / /_/ / /   / __/    / / / / /_    
            / / / /___/ /  / / ____/ /___/ /___   / /_/ / __/    
           /_/ /_____/_/  /_/_/   /_____/_____/   \____/_/       
                                                          
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         /_  __/ / / / ____/  / __ \/ __ \/   | / ____/ /   / ____/
          / / / /_/ / __/    / / / / /_/ / /| |/ /   / /   / __/   
         / / / __  / /___   / /_/ / _, _/ ___ / /___/ /___/ /___   
        /_/ /_/ /_/_____/   \____/_/ |_/_/  |_\____/_____/_____/   
                                                               
    
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    SAVE GAME
    
    
    This is it! The final area before the BIG BATTLE! Kill all the enemies 
    in your way as you head back to the Oracle's Garden.
    
    
    FINAL SAVE GAME
    
    
    Exit the Oracle's Garden and head down the stairs until a cutscene 
    occurs.
    
    
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                          +++   BOSS BATTLE: ARES   +++
     
                              ___   ___  ________
                             / _ | / _ \/ __/ __/
                            / __ |/ , _/ _/_\ \  
                           /_/ |_/_/|_/___/___/  
                                                
    
    Let me be the first to say this: PANDORA'S BOX IS PURE HORSESHIT! IS 
    THAT ALL IT CAN DO?!?
    
    
    Anyway, get ready for the first of a three-part Epic Battle! I'm 
    recommending that you have the Blades Of Chaos upgraded to Level 5 just 
    to be safe. The first battle is tough but there is a flaw in fighting 
    Ares: You can block all but ONE of his attacks.
    
    Ares uses three regular attacks: Strong attacks, his tentacles, and 
    Magic. He tends to mix and combine his attacks but it's super easy to 
    just block them all.
    
    
                        +++   ARES BATTLE - PART 1   +++
    
    
    Ares has two special moves:
    
    --FLAMING HAMMER
    He spins the Hammer around and flames spit forth like a flamethrower. 
    This attack is long range and is hard to evade or block
    
    --METEOR ATTACK
    He floats in the air and begins flinging numerous fireballs at you. 
    Simply run and roll your way to safety.
    
    
    Simply block his melee attacks and pile on your heaviest Combos. His 
    Health Meter slowly replenishes but as long as you keep piling on the 
    hurt and the effect will stop. Once a lot of damage is dealt, green and 
    blue Essence will start coming out of Ares' body and replenishing your 
    Health and Magic. 
    
    When Ares has nearly no Health left, the Circle Button will appear 
    above his head. Get in close and press the Circle Button and mash it. 
    When Kratos climbs above Ares' head, press the buttons indicated 
    onscreen to end this battle and trigger the next sequence.
    
    
               +++   ARES BATTLE PART 2 - NIGHTMARE SEQUENCE   +++
    
    
    Now is a good time to activate Rage of the Gods. If you upgraded the 
    Blades of Chaos to Level 5, you can activate Rage and your magic Meter 
    will be infinite as long as Rage is active.
    
    Keep close to your family and protect them at all costs. If their 
    Health decreases, quickly go up to them and Press the Circle Button to 
    replenish their Health.
    
    Pile on the hard Combos on your "clones" and use Poseidon's Rage while 
    Rage of the Gods is active to rack up an assload of Combos. Keep the 
    pain coming until a cutscene occurs.
    
    
                        +++   ARES BATTLE - PART 3   +++
    
    
    Now for the final Epic Battle! You no longer have Magic or Rage so 
    you'll need to be careful. Just like in the first battle with Ares, 
    there is a SUPER big flaw here: You can block EVERY attack except one.
    
    
    Ares uses a new move for this battle:
    
    --VALLEYS OF OLYMPUS
    Ares summons four large mountains that surround Kratos and slam in on 
    him. You cannot block this attack but you can avoid damage by rolling 
    out of the way. Very rarely does he use this move but be on watch when 
    he does use it.
    
    
    To beat Ares flawlessly, hold the L1 Button (Block button) for the 
    duration of the fight. Every melee and magic attack he does WILL NOT 
    hurt Kratos (unless you tried to counter at the wrong time).
    
    All of your weapon's attacks revolve around the L1 Button. The best 
    time to counter Ares is when he performs his 3-Hit Combo (where he does 
    an uppercut slash). When he misses the uppercut slash, KEEP HOLDING THE 
    BLOCK BUTTON and counter by pressing the Square Button. 
    
    This attack is faster and won't slow down Kratos as he recovers. Do 
    this tactic for the entire fight and you WON'T take any damage! Now my 
    last tip: KICK HIS ORANGE-FACED ASS!
    
    
    ++GOD MODE NOTE:
    The strategy above DOES NOT apply to God Mode. God Mode can blow me!
    
    
    
    
                Mon Congrats, my friend, you just beat God Of War!
    
    
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    If you need visual help with this game, copy and paste the URL below 
    and visit the following website:
    
    http://www.stuckgamer.com
    
    
    You will find strategy videos for various games including God Of War 
    and God Of War II. Go there now!
    
    
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    / /_/ / /|  / /___/ /_/ / /___/ /| |/ ___ |/ /_/ / /___/ /___ ___/ / 
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    The following freebies are already unlocked:
    
    
    --THE MAKING OF GOD OF WAR
    This is basic behind the scenes stuff that was featured in the Demo.
    
    --GOD OF WAR TRAILERS
    Internet trailers used to promote GoW.
    
    
    Beat the game to unlock these extras:
    
    --CREDITS
    Exactly what it means
    
    --DELETED LEVELS
    A scene-by-scene breakdown of some pretty boring-looking levels that 
    never made the game
    
    --HEROIC POSSIBILITIES
    Behind the scenes stuff for Kratos' original design
    
    --VISIONS OF ANCIENT GREECE
    Behind the scenes stuff of the developer's version of Ancient Greece
    
    --MONSTERS OF MYTH
    Behind the scenes stuff of different enemy designs
    
    --THE BIRTH OF THE BEAST
    A cutscene that showcases what may be God Of War 2. MAYBE.
    
    --GOD MODE
    Why was this included here?
    
    --CHARACTER GRAVEYARD
    I can't even explain this. You'll have to see it for yourself.
    
    --CHALLENGE OF THE GODS 
    Beat all 10 Challenges to unlock all 5 secret costumes for a new game 
    (except God Mode). 
    
    --IN-GAME MOVIES
    Cycle through all the CG Movies with the X Button
    
    
    
    Beat God Mode to unlock the following extras:
    
    --A SECRET REVEALED
    Watch this cinematic to discover who Kratos' father really is. Could 
    this be a subplot to the sequel?
    
    --THE FATE OF THE TITAN
    What happened to the Titan carrying Pandora's Temple? I'm not gonna 
    tell you!
    
    --ADDITIONAL COSTUMES
    Beat Challenge of the Gods to unlock the costumes.
    
    --SECRET MESSAGE 1
    You'll be shown a toll-free 1-800 number. Call it to hear a hi-larious 
    message. Don't ask me for the number!
    
    --SECRET MESSAGE 2
    Unlike the first 1-800 number, when you call this number, you'll hear 
    the cheesiest, most goddamn boring message EVER! If you called this 
    number and found the message to be funny, I CHASTISE you in public!
    
    
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    --IGN for their support
    --The Victoria's Secret Angels
    --Kevin Walter @ Stuck Gamer
    --All the generous e-mailers that corrected me from the beginning
    
    
    
    Usually, lots of FAQ authors will give a short biography about 
    themselves at the bottom of their guides because they somehow think 
    that people reading their guides want to know about them. I have one 
    piece of advice for ALL of you authors that like to do this: STOP IT.
    
    SERIOUSLY! No one cares about YOU, where you live, how old you are, 
    what other guides you wrote, or what school you go to. I don't mind if 
    you promote your own websites or blogs, but I really don't need to know 
    anything else beyond that! STOP IT!
    
    
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    If you want to use this FAQ, please e-mail me at kroqjock@gmail.com.   
    I have no problems with anyone who asks. March 2005.