Amph God of War novel by Matthew Stover

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  1. whateveritis12 Jedi Knight

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    Offering deeper insights into the critically acclaimed God of War® franchise, this novel returns us to the dark world of ancient Greek mythology explored in the heart-pounding action of God of War I, the bestselling video game.

    A brutal warrior, Kratos is a slave to the gods of Olympus. Plagued by the nightmares of his past and yearning for freedom, the Ghost of Sparta would do anything to be free of his debt to the gods. He is on the verge of losing all hope when the gods give him one last task to end his servitude.

    He must destroy Ares, the god of war.

    But what chance does a mere mortal have against a god? Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Chaos, guided by the goddess Athena, and driven by his own insatiable thirst for vengeance, Kratos seeks the only relic powerful enough to slay Ares . . . a quest that will take him deep into the mysterious temple borne by the Titan Cronos!

    From the black depths of Hades to the war-torn city of Athens to the lost desert beyond, God of War sheds a brutal new light on the bestselling video game and on the legend of Kratos.


    http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780345508676

    Just looking around God of War message boards today and ran into this little nugget. Matthew Stover has written a novel adaptation of the first God of War game. Definitely has me interested. It's coming out in May.
  2. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    This has the potential to make Traitor look like kiddy stuff.

    Stover writes violence very well so this has potential.
  3. whateveritis12 Jedi Knight

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    God of War is the combination of ultraviolent and thought provoking morality questions that's right up Stover's alley. Kratos isn't a good guy at all, but he follows orders from the gods so that he can get rid of his haunting memories. I wouldn't be surprised if some portions of the game are expanded on in the book (like some of the things Kratos did in service for Ares besides the time he killed his family, and then maybe some more on the things that he did in the service to the gods). Definitely want to pick this one up.
  4. JEDI-SOLO Jedi Master

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    Ah great if this is based of the game I think I will just get the book instead of buying the game. GoW3 has me very interested but I dont want to have to play 1 & 2 before hand.
  5. KiwiRogue Jedi Padawan

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    He also has Test of Metal, a Magic: the Gathering novel coming out later this year.
  6. rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master

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    You don't need to play the first two games, but they do have a special edition of the GOW 1&2 for ps3. Anyways the plots of those games can be easily found if you scan the net.

    I'm looking forward to this novel, it should be awesome.
  7. JEDI-SOLO Jedi Master

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    GoW 1&2 is on a Blu-Ray disc for the PS3 huh? I didn't know that. Is it supposed to have better graphics then the PS2 ver.?
  8. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Supposedly, yes.
  9. whateveritis12 Jedi Knight

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    It does have better graphics then the PS2 counterparts, but they only did the game play so some of the cut-scenes (especially the ones that use the PS2 game engine) look weird compared to the rest of the game. It's $30 now so if you're interested and didn't get the games when they came out on the PS2, then I'd recommend getting it (only if you're interested in the games).
  10. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    I'm somewhat interested in this. On the one hand, it's a video game novel for a video game series I've never played. On the other hand, it's Matt Stover.

    Hmm.
  11. Qui-Gon_Reborn Manager Emeritus

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    Oh cool! God of War is the video game franchise that almost makes me regret opting out of a PS3 in favor of a 360. I had the great fortune to play one of the games on my PSP, and then I felt like crap. :p So this is great news, perhaps I can kill vicariously through Stover. ;)
  12. NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus

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    perhaps I can kill vicariously through Stover. ;)

    That is the funniest thing I've heard this week :D
  13. whateveritis12 Jedi Knight

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    Eh you know what you're going to get with the God of War games, not too great of a story (but passable), some of the best gameplay around, and the best graphics for the time period. God of War III's scale is just absolutely spectacular, big things make you feel small, and there's a lot of moments that awed me with what they did.

    Of course the main character makes every attempt for you to not care about him in the slightest, but the first game makes you feel at least a little bad for him (not enough for you to forget just how bad a character he is, but at least sympathize).

    But that's not the point, it seems that whatever Stover touches turns into gold, and the God of War series has just enough moral ambiguity to it that it fits into Stover's main writing style (something that's carried his 4 Star Wars books).
  14. rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master

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    You didn't expect Kratos to be a nice guy did you?:p
  15. Qui-Gon_Reborn Manager Emeritus

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    Always happy to provide amusement. :D
  16. WormieSaber Jedi Master

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    I'm definitely going to have to get this book.
  17. JEDI-SOLO Jedi Master

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    I just broke down and got the games and have been hooked on them!
  18. King_of_Red_Lions Jedi Master

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    I planned on buying this book but instead of a $6.99 mass market paperback as I was expecting, it is a fifteen dollar trade. A few days ago I spent $14 on a book, so I wasn't keen on dropping 15 more on a book right now.

    Also, it is co-written by another author, who got the acknowledgment and dedication pages and I'm wondering if maybe Stover's role in writing the book turned out to be less than originally planned.

    Anybody read it yet? Is Stover's influence minimal? Is it worth $15?
  19. RedHanded_Jill Jedi Padawan

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    Does anybody read digital books? I got a nook for Mother's Day and fell in LOVE. Digital books are usually cheaper than physical. Once I got over the betrayal I felt at not turning the physical pages I downloaded all of the FOTJ books except the first one which i had. It takes a few moments to get the book and I don't even have to leave my house. I just wish i could turn all my star wars books into digital without repurchase.

    My sons play GOW. I just might have to download it.
  20. JEDI-SOLO Jedi Master

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    How much memory does a novel take up? I was seriously considering buy an ipad.
  21. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    My biggest Ebook is around 3 mb. So not very large for a thousand-page novel.
  22. RedHanded_Jill Jedi Padawan

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    i also put a microsd card in it. as a book addict, i am wondering if i can fill it up. i just got an ipad thru my school where i teach and i am in tech heaven.
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  24. NJOfan215 Jedi Master

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    Did anyone end up reading this? How was it?
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