Sunday, January 28, 2007

My work here...is done.

Well maybe not "here" here...more like there...my work "there" is done...if the meaning of "there" is "God of War 2"...then that is what I mean. Anyway, today is Sunday January 28 and it is safe to say that all of the primary work for God of War 2 has been completed. There are still bugs to be worked out as the game goes through the final bit of Quality Assurance (QA), but for all intents and purposes I am done with everything I can do on the project. My break between projects begins on Monday, though I will probably go into the office to take care of a few last minute things. If definitely doesn’t feel done to me, most likely because it was so abrupt. I was on a very funky sleep schedule for the last week of the project working through the nights several days in a row…but its all gotten done. I have to give many thanks to the sound guys Phil, Todd, Paul, Mike, Paul for putting in some great work unders ome pretty tough conditions. I also need to thank the cinematics sound guys (Mike and Chris) who drove up on a moments notice from San Diego and stayed up all night working on the movie mixes. The game sounds freaking awesome!!

As far as the billion questions Mr. (or Mrs. Anonymous posted)…you wouldn’t happened to be a journalist would you? I will try to answer some of them, but forgive me if I miss a few I am still trying to recover and get back on a regular sleep cycle.

The weapons switching is a single button (R2) and it is fast and easy. There is no animation delay and you can switch from the Blades of Athena in mid move to The Barbarian Hammer, do a big hit, and then switch to any of the four magic’s to hit the creature some more, and if you like (and the creature is still alive) you can switch back tot he Blades of Athena to do the final kill move…all while keeping your combo going. While everyone on the internet loves to say “Hey that is such a (insert game here) rip-off” or “They stole that from (insert game here)”…what they don’t realize is when someone does something cool in a game…everyone notices it. When I play a game and they do something cool I look at how they did it and file that away to use later. That isn’t to say that everything about the games we make is just found or borrowed from some other game, but when something really works well there is no reason not to use it. Some call it stealing; I call it realizing when something works. I’m not sure how much you can compare our weapon switching to DMC, my guess is all the DMC purists will say that DMC’s is better…whatever. The whole point for us was to give the player the freedom to switch whenever they wanted while still maintaining the easy to use accessible controls. So when the game comes out you will have to let me know if we succeeded.

As for the usage of the original magic’s from God of War 1…we were not able to get the full “everything you had from the first game crosses over to the second” functionality we originally set out to do. There just was not enough memory for that, but we did add some cool stuff for the second play-through of the game in the form of Urns that you find that allow you to assign a power or fiunctionality to whatever model you choose. So if you want to use Poseidon's Rage again you can, you just have to find the Urn that gives you that power hidden somehwere in the world of God of War 2.

This is a nicer shot of that Gamestop post the other day. This is going to be the cover for the Hardcore gamer magazine that comes out at the end of the month. They are gonna be giving some info on Atlas, so check it out!

In regards to the demo, it has been out in QA for a while now and is on target to get finished and pressed in the beginning of February. I have the list of people that will be getting demos and they should be the first to go out! So keep an eye out for a posting about that.

The website should be up soon, I looked at the final comps of that on Friday and it looks sweet. I think it could be up in as little as a week or so.

All right I am going to go relax a little bit and maybe play the rest of Gears of War. I am finally got into it a little and am at the Berserker boss. Man…one hit kill boss…that cliffyb is hard to the core. And I am playing on casual mode too. Yeah I know…but I like to get through a game once before I have it kick my ass on difficulty. Anyway…I am going to take some time and post again tomorrow…maybe with some more pics.


cory

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Raziel said...

FINALLY!!!

Raziel is the first to comment!

I didn't even read the post! I just saw that there were ZERO comments!

FIRST WORDS (sort of):

CORY BARLOG, YOU ROCK!!!

AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!

O.K. I'm gonna go read the post now.

Peace.

Memo said...

God of war is not (DMC,POP,MK,ZELDA...)GOW IS THE BEST GAME!!!.

Marco said...

Thanks for showing us that artwork Cory. I'm into art myself and these pieces just blow me away. Kudos to all the great artists creating the GOW world.
Anyways the whole weapon switching method sounds pretty good and hey, if it's the better and more functional way, why try to make something up that will probably suck and feel like crap in gameplay? I like DMC myself although it ultimately lacks on gameplay diversity. Hacking, slashing, moving to new door, hacking slashing, moving to new door. Gets boring after a while. (Yeah I forgot to include the "shooting" part to the mix, but you get my drift)

One big question to end this comment:

What will the cover art for the Europe release be? 'Cause I have to say... wasn't that much into the art for the PAL version of GOW. Not that it matters or anything, just plain curiosity from a guy that loves having great looking covers for even better looking games. Back to the love for art thing... lol

Well enjoy your Gears of War Cory and have some greatly deserved rest! Portugal salutes you once again.

Anonymous said...

cory

many many thanks for that art picture i asked about :) you really think about us and thats fucking cool RESPECT homie

mike

Anonymous said...

Cory you are gamer me too,thanks for this game.


Miagi

Kittonwy said...

A break between projects? What is your next project, Cory Barlog?

Would you guys please release a version of the demo on PSN so we can play it on the PS3? It would get a ton of download (like the GTHD demo got massive attention). I can't wait to play God of War 2 on my PS3.

Do you have a PS3 yet?

Anyway, hopefully you can talk about your next project soon.

Anonymous said...

YEAH! GOW2 is finished! Can't wait to play it!

You did an awesome job Cory! Congrats. Rest a little now, so you can think about GOW3 ^^ (seriously though, take your time and rest)

Daniel

Anonymous said...

Oh, and thank the team for me. You guys are rock.

Daniel

Anonymous said...

The gow team.

Anonymous said...

Sup Cory? Hey, will PSM be getting copies of the GOW2 demo like they did for GOW1? I remember when my January or February issue of PSM came and there was a God of War demo attached to it. At that time, I wasn't interested in God of War at all (kind of jealous that it was stealing the spotlight from my beloved DMC3), but when I played the demo, it surprised the hell out of me. It was so fun! It was then that I found out, I must play God of War! I guess you can say it converted me. But anyways, will I get lucky again and see a GOW2 demo attached to the next issue of my PSM?

Eric said...

Hey Cory,
Thanks for the updates. I'm stoked about the demo and upcoming game.

I have one big question:

Did God of War 2 get playtested on a PS3? If so, how does it look? If not, do you think it'll look/play well on one?

Thanks for answering this if you can.

Have a good breather!

Cheers,
Eric

Zodiak said...

I think that is one of the best PS2 covers ever Cory. Excellent job!

With every little update, it just makes me want this game even more =D

hope everything is going well Cory, catch ya later!

thrazz said...

yay!

Can't wait to play this :D

Devin Greer said...

All good news, Cory, mostly. About the magic from the last game? So what, that means you find an Urn with a previous power in it and replace a new power with it? All in all, I agree with you aboutpeople saying you are ripping of other games. Awesome pictures too, I can't wait to play...

-Devin Greer

Dutch DeGay said...

SCHAWEET!!!

Cary, so glad to hear that the game is coming together, And with what seems to be no hiccups too.

And.......the demos are right around the corner!

Decided on doing anything on the East Coast for us GOW fans?

Dutch
www.thedigitalblast.com

DanielJr said...

Hi Cory!

This is my first time replying to your blog. Someone from the IGN Boards linked it and so I followed. Cool blog.

First of all, thanks for making the sequel to God of War! The first game was a blast and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, which looks even bigger than the first game. I've been following up on the updates from IGN (which wasn't until recently that we got a nice kick of them) and everytime I see those videos I just simply get mesmerized. It looks intense!

I like the idea of switching weapons and incorporating them into combos, too. I can't say I really care who did it first, but the point is that it's a very welcomed addition to action games and GoW2 looks to be using it the right way. From the looks of it, it looks like each weapon also hasa a story of its own. The big hammer is linked to the barbarian that almost killed Kratos, the Blades of Athena were Athena's gift to Kratos for helping her out (I refuse to believe she really betrayed Kratos!), and so forth.

Anyways, March can't come any sooner. I just gotta clear out FF12 and Okami before March comes so I can devote 100% to GoW2. I plan to play and replay this puppy.

Happy Break Time! You need it man.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for actually replying to my questions Cory! No, I’m not a journalist. Just a gamer. I’m also technically inclined to boot.

Weapon switching was possible in GoW1, but the weapon animations would lag and usually negate a switch command. For example, switch to Blade of Artemis and initiate a L1+X string, and as that animation is completing (and it is long) hit the switch to go back to Blades of Chaos. That switch was always ignored because the animation of the L1+X attack had consumed processor time and I suppose interrupts were ignored thus the L1+X animation took priority, and a weapon switch never happened.

Magic was the same as you could not interrupt a dedicated weapon animation with any command even if it were magic. That is, if you trigger a L1+X special attack that takes 2 seconds to expire, you were locked into that 2 seconds of weapon animation and there was no way to interrupt it with a new command. In fact, the only way to stop that animation was to take a hit from the enemy.

There is really no easy way around it unless you allow interrupt commands to stop a weapon animation string and start a new one (which should be possible since an enemy attack CAN interrupt a weapon animation), but depending on your code, that could be a nightmare. Other games did their animations in short millisecond bursts and polled the interrupt routines before committing to the next weapon animation meaning a true on the fly switch could happen mid stroke, but in GoW, weapon strings are long drawn out animations that aren’t easily interrupted.

It’s NOT a bad thing, but I hear so many people on the net trying to compare DMC to GOW (which I think is wrong!) and some say that GoW2 will match DMC in this area, but I simply don’t see how based on the weapon animation mechanics seen in GoW1 and the vids released on the net for GoW2.

Again, not a bad thing, but it is a point that should be presented to those that wish to compare this game to a fighter like DMC3. But you know, I WOULD really like to see the ability to direct some of these dedicated attack animations. I mean, if you unleash a powerful L1+X attack that consists of many frames of animation, it would be nice to be able to DIRECT Kratos TOWARD the enemy since these attacks are multi-hit, and often he is slashing at mid-air and nothing else because he has moved past the enemy or the enemy moved to his left or right.

If you have a dedicated string of moves for an attack, it would be nice to at least POINT Kratos in the right direction. Otherwise, you just wasted a monster attack string on nothing more than thin air while also taking it the hard way in your back (since you can’t stop or interrupt these long weapon animation attack sequences)!

Oh, and you never did answer my question about the Ice Gauntlets. Were they dropped? I saw a few bits on them in early production, but nothing lately. No one is talking about the Ice Gauntlets anymore. Did the Ice Magic get canned?

Finally, in GoW1, the game was setup so that you got enough orbs to upgrade a few choice weapons, but not enough to upgrade everything. In GoW2, is it possible to upgrade everything in one pass, or is replayability based on requiring the player to replay and gain more orbs in subsequent passes so that they gain max upgrades on later playthroughs. That is, is a replay required to max weapon and magic stats?

You mentioned an Urn system? Will these items give you bonuses such as more orbs per kill or weapon attack strength? Can you find all urns on one pass, or does the game require multiple passes to find all orbs? Can you activate an Urn on a first playthrough if/when you find it or is that dedicated to a second playthrough?

I know my questions are probably close to NDA problematic, but I try to keep it vague in the hopes you’ll answer and stop some of the silly rumors on the net. I mean, I’m not asking story related questions that bug me such as, if the gods have turned against Kratos as all net sources say, then where does he possibly get his NEW powers from? I mean in Greek Mythology, all powers came from the gods. But before the gods you had the Primordials or the Titans. Well, Kratos has the gods against him, so no new power there right??

I can’t imagine Kratos getting powers from rubbing two sticks together or from another human hero that got HIS powers from the gods, so where does Kratos get his new powers? But as I said, nix that, I’m not trying to ask story related questions. Just game mechanics.

Anonymous said...

Hey.. great looking game.. i luved the 1st 1 more then anything...Can't wait 4 this game.. and the demo is 2 kill 4..so post how 2 get it real soon..n i hope this is betta den the 1st..or u must leave n let jaffe do the 3rd game ..don't disappoint

GodModeGOD said...

So we are getting the Titan treatment..excellent..perhaps we'll get to visit Tartarus at that..still a long shot since it isn't well known to the general public. Ladon may just end up in this game in some form afterall seeing as we meet Atlas..then again it could be arranged that they are no longer near each other.

Thank you for the pics Cory. Rest while you can..bask in your own greatness for a bit..you've more than earned that much.

More pictures you say? That would be delightful.

R2 to switch weapons..just as it said so long ago. I can't wait to see more weapons...Now that you've revealed spells like PR to be unlockable through urns..I wonder if there are any weapons that can also be unlocked this way. Such an interesting idea. Custom Kratos FTW.

~Though I'll still use Default Kratos for the Titan Mode NUR initially...I will simply love RAPING with my custom Kratos.

--Can't wait for the next HGM issue

Anonymous said...

Well I hope something has changed in GoW2 because an NUR on God Mode in GOW1 was NOTHING. It’s just a matter or patience, not skill. Kratos as an invincible block. God Mode NUR = Block, hit, block, hit, block , hit. If you have the patience for that, you win. No big deal at all.

Hopefully GoW2 took care of that and put in AT LEAST some unblockable attacks, and at best, blocks based on your LEVEL of upgrades. Otherwise, a Titan Mode NUR is nothing more than a test of time and patience and never, and I mean NEVER, skill.

littlest ninja said...

i'm such a girl, cory ... i'm a little sad it's all over.

YOU, i'm sure are not sad.

me ... well? i loved reading everything you had to say.

don't get me wrong ... i'm SUPER excited to play the game and get my ass kicked.

K I C K E D

but ... i loved reading about the process.

i really hope you keep blogging about all your other projects and bring the same passion for those here, that you did for gow2

*sigh*

makes me kinda miss modblog.

HHHHHA!

CONGRATS CORY!!!!!!!!!!

p to the s:
you have tons of comments coz you rock ... not coz you dole out the demos ... aight?

Jutah_f8 said...

SUp Cory, this is my first time posting on your blog. First, let me say congrats on completing GoW2, everything I've seen so far looks incredible!

Second, I was also wondering like Kittonwy, if you guys were gonna make the GoW2 demo available over the PSN. I think that would be AWESOME!

I'm sure i'll get a copy of the demo disc... but being able to download it straight to my PS3 hard drive would be GREAT!!

OSCAR
PSN = Grouch

woot said...

dude dont fret about the whole copy the move from the last game thing. there is no way currently any game character can surpass the psychopathy of kratos. which makes him so flippin awesome by the way. what about the whole jump on the enemy to kill them method (back to super mario)? just basic things; nowadays those moves have been redisigned. i dunno who would say "oh you copied so and so!" gimme a frickin break. sure you have other guys like snake, mario, dante, crash bandicoot, scorpion, etc. but what makes this game so amazing is that the imagination makes it life-like. like a movie. plus it deals with greek mythology. all you need is in n out, headphones, and a good game in front of you. and a hot babe and sleep. thanks also for the website update, now i wont have to check every 2 secs. keep it trill. paz.

Vitali said...

This is so weird... it's like the game isn't yours anymore.

Thanks for referring to my question, too.

Wasn't Atlas the statue guy who threw the "Earth" boulder in the first game? So now we're gonna se him LIVE? That's cool!!

That pic from gamestop seems to have Kronos in it. Is it him, really? With all the chains and the mountain Kratos climbing, it gives the feeling of Kronos.

Spencer Wasden said...

Well Cory...it’s good to hear everything is done for you at this point. It’s funny after 6 years I decided to get a PS2 and the reason is God of War 2. (I purchased the first GOW, but borrowed my friends PS2.) Anyways I got the PS2 all set up to my HDTV with the component cables ready to go. Man, I didn’t know it would look this good going back and playing GOW again. Hopefully all the visual setting from the first game will transfer over...? :)

Have a good vacation and I’m looking forward to hearing what your next adventure will be...but I have a feeling I know what it is! Then I’ll have to buy a PS3...

Max A said...

Cory Get some sleep... 8)

then we can team up and kick some ass at gears!

Raziel said...

STUPID HEAD!!!

To the sick, technically inclined bastard above (the one with the long-ass post ranting on about the fighting mechanics, weapon switching, etc.):

You friggin mop my poo off the floor with your bullshit!

I don't think I want to design games anymore. Honestly. If I have to deal with people like that... screw it, I'll just be a doctor.

Oh, and I'm sure anyone who's ever posted on this site (besides you) has finished the game with every weapon and magic fully upgraded with extra red orbs to spare! What do you think those muse keys were for?!!! (Actually, you can do it without them, they just makes it easier!)

YOU STUPID HEAD!


God I hate stupid heads...






...stupid head.

Vitali said...

Raziel is right...

You obviuosly didn't play the game enough. You know it has some platform elements in it, so DO take secret areas into account. They're not so hard to find. Combos give you red orbs too, consider that as well. Red orbs are infinate, they're not collectibles.

The combat was perfect, Artemis' Blade isn't as useless as some people think... GMG can elaborate. I can too, but I'm busy... plus, it was his findings.

Anonymous said...

nice!! and omg that artwork is AWSOME!!! really dude , gow 2 will be the best game EVER! cant wait to play the game :D

Anonymous said...

whahahahaha

STUPID HEAD!!!

To the sick, technically inclined bastard above (the one with the long-ass post ranting on about the fighting mechanics, weapon switching, etc.):

You friggin mop my poo off the floor with your bullshit!

whahahahahaha

man raziel is right what a dumb shit NOT ENOUGH RED ORBS man i played god of war and upgraded all my weapons and magics to the max and i even had about 8000 red orbs unused the only intresting thing in his long borring post was the ICE GAUNLETS

mike

Anonymous said...

LOL Spencer, u bougth a ps2 now?
Not that gow isnt worth it,...but he ps3???

Anonymous said...

Hello,
A question : do we have a chance to see God Of War II for the Japan market ?
The firt God of War was a great game ! Thank you
A japanese fan.

Anonymous said...

finally its coming to its end :D , thats great :) cant wait to play this game! this game will own all other ps2 games! anyway , i have a question that i would like to know (and most people probably to) : you have 4 weapons , will you be able to do different kill moves with them? i give an example : if you use the barbarian hamer and you press "O" to grab them and then choose square or something will it do something with the hamer? or just the default kills with the swords of athena?

Neme said...

BEST GAME EVER, i need this game NOW

Grandma said...

You goddamn tease... :)

Congratulations!

Vitali said...

Anonymous has a great point!! Will every weapon have it's own finish grapples???? It'd be so cool!!

simsward007 said...

OMG!!!

I cant believe website comes in 1-2 weeks, demo in february, now we get PR back when we get urn in 2nd run of game and now i want update of magic and weapons.

simsward007 said...

OMG!!!

I cant believe website comes in 1-2 weeks, demo in february, now we get PR back when we get urn in 2nd run of game and now i want update of magic and weapons.

Anonymous said...

You are the efaistos of video games.

thank you!!!

Cory Barlog said...

Thanks for all the great comments guys (and gals)...I really can't wait until you all get a chance to play the game!

Cory

Fully said...

How on earth are we going to be able to get a magic power from Kronos? I thought for the people who beat God Mode found out that his flesh was ripped apart?!

And how are you going to release the soundtrack Cory?

Anonymous said...

march 13!


miagi

Anonymous said...

wow little kids like raziel, vitali, and mike really should not be allowed near a keyboard. you need to work on reading comprehension. the other poster had some valid points. only a fool would say that red orbs are infinite in gow1. they are not in a regular play. yes you can glitch the game and use exploits to get all the orbs you want such as the medusa room exploit or the many different harpy glitches but outside of exploits the red orbs are finite and a regular play will not give you all the orbs you need to upgrade the boc, the boa, and all four magics. so stop comparing cheats and exploits to legal game play.
and who the hell ever said the boa was useless? god would you learn to read. the question was will the you be able to change the direction of the new moves in gow2. what is the point of having kratos unleash a long string of hits with an l1+button attack if he is facing the wrong direction and not hitting an enemy. jesus isn’t the internet grand.
you kids need to step away from the keyboard and go take a nap.
and what about the ice gauntlets? are they still in the game?

Anonymous said...

WAHOO! Bring on the greatness that is God of War 2! You rock Cory!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this game! Keep up the awesome work!

simsward007 said...

I would like to answer some questions that i know the answers to:

Ice Gauntlets never existed, there IS an ICE SPELL but not in the for of a weapon.

You can only get urns in second playthrough.

Kronos is Zeus' father and thunder runs in their genes and the titans were the original gods.

He gets his magics, relics and weapons from boss battles and benefactors. For example they introduce Kratos to a boss like Aphrodite did with Medusa.

Its possible that Atlas gives a spell to Kratos as weapons come from boss battles, spells from titans and relics from quests and heroes.

memo said...

I think there are 4 titan kronos,atlas,prometheus and typon.

memo said...

In gow2.

GodModeGOD said...

Ad hominem seems to be a popular way to dismiss other people today.

~That's fine by me..as an ex-troll I find it amusing when a non-troll uses it..and if they were to be called on it..they would fiercely deny having done anything wrong

NOTE: I'm not sure how Cory feels about such things..odds are he's not a fan of it.

-An interesting assortment of posters this time..so grandma does stop by..lurking perhaps..

--When I look at 'anonymous' post I can't help recalling a certain GameFAQS member I've disliked in the past..It should be clear which one I'm referring to

Chris said...

'Ello there GMG or should I say Creeper? While it is flattering you have such strong emotions for me, a faceless user account on certain game boards, I’d think you’d have more interesting things to invest your heart in. As for the anonymous posts, while I do agree with bits of some and disagree with bits of others, I can assure you I’ve my own account and no need to hide behind the anonymity offered to those that are either afraid to use a valid account or haven’t the competence to actually acquire one. As you can see, I use my REAL name in my account (and my guides), but you also know me as Keltin_2002.

That being said, Cory, great job on the blog! I usually just lurk here and check for updates, but since GMG was kind enough to share his affection , I figured I’d surface for quick a post. I’m a long time fan of God of War 1. Having written many guides for God of War 1, I can scarcely contain my excitement for the forthcoming sequel! I look forward to getting 110% out of this game as well.

Concerning the Demos, will you be putting Demos in any gaming magazine, or will demos only be made available to those that emailed you a few months ago? I can’t help but wonder how many of these Demos will end up on E-Bay! :)

Game on Cory!

Anonymous said...

hi cory

im from iraq and am gow freak

thanx so lot 4 u .jaff and gow team and Congrats 4 complete the game

One question and plz don,t ignore me

how many weapons and magics in the gow2 ???
(really 4 weapons ??and can switch them in battle or what ???)

finaly iشam very happy to talk with the Director of the best game ever


You guys are rock ^_^
enjoy in your Break

hussine

Cory Barlog said...

Ok so I am going to try this again. I posted a response to the anonymous comment about the combat system but it didn’t go up. Sometimes computers act up against me. So here we go again.

A few clarifications on some God of War combat system points:

1.The L1+ (any face button) specials in both GOW1 and GOW2 are a risk vs reward design concept. They are big multi hitting or powerful moves that require only one button press. That is the reward. The risk is that when you fire them off, you have to commit to them. We did not add block or roll canceling to these moves in order to balance them with the other combat moves…otherwise you could just make it through the game pressing L1+square. Some of the moves do have an aiming window built in them, some larger than others…but when Kratos slams his blades down to the ground you can can’t aim him anymore since it would look weird if he was rotating around with his blades planted on the ground. So these aspects of the system are more deliberate design decisions as opposed to CPU limitations or animation system limitations.

2.All of the face button combos are block and roll cancelable, as well as weapon and magic swappable. So you can do square, square, square then hit R2 to swap to the hammer, then hit triangle to launch, then jump and switch to Eurayles Head (up D-pad) and flash freeze the enemy in mid air, then switch to Typhon’s Bane (Right d-pad) and shoot the frozen enemy to shatter them in the air. It is tricky to pull all of this off, but totally doable and pretty freaking fun. The point is that we really worked hard this time to make sure there are plenty of options with all the tools you are given.

3.The ice magic…we decided to drop this one after E3 because I was not feeling 100% confident it was the best choice. It turns out it was for the best since the new magic we replaced it with is freaking great! I use it a lot when I play and it offers a new type of tactics when fighting bosses and larger groups of enemies. Maybe this magic will appear in the next game, if we do one, but for now it was not 100% perfect for God of war 2.

Cory Barlog said...

hussine,
Sweet...great to hear God of War is getting played in so many differnt places!!

4 magics (+ you can switch to Rage of Posiedon on the seond playthrough if you find the Urn)

Blades of Athena

3 weapons

chanse said...

Nice new trailer for GoW2, just watched it on Gametrailers.com

Vitali said...

I was merely trying to help you get enough orbs to upgrade all your weapons but you obviously prefer to bash people instead... And yes they are infinate. By infinate I mean that they're not as hard to find as GEs or PFs.

The "Cheats" or "Exploit" was mentioned for the same reason.

Did I say you said Artemis' blade was useless?! Speaking of reading comprehension.

Lessons to be learned:

First- Do not call people you don't know Kids... cause most likely you'll end up as one.

Second- Do Not Argue with people who know GoW better than you, cause then you'll look stupid.

GMG and Chris, do you guys hate each other or something?

and just to set things straight: Anonymous is NOT Chris?? the anonymous who likes to bash people, that is.

Chris said...

Holy cow! Awesome post Cory! That freaking rocks! Personally, I thought the weapon switching in God of War 1 was just fine. I love the fact that the L1 moves were committed for precisely the reason you said; risk versus reward (awesome way to explain it)! I have seen a lot of people try to button mash or spam certain moves over and over again only to find they are getting into trouble in some fights. Like the L1 & O move in God of War 1 was extremely useful but it was a committed move which required a startup and a recovery that could often get you hit if you used it in the wrong situations. I am so glad you did not change that aspect of the game! That is so very good to hear!

So the Ice Gauntlets / Ice Magic has been dropped? I remember seeing vids of the E3 demo showing it off and it looked sweet. But as you say, maybe in God of War 3; but you say that you replaced it with something even more awesome?!?! Cannot wait to see that!

Uh........did you just let a magic slip in your post?!?! :)

You mention Euryale’s Head? From Greek mythology, that’s Medusa’s Sister.......so it appears that we get the stone magic back in God of War 2 and it is assigned to D-Pad Up? Hell yeah! Medusa’s Gaze was always one of my favorite magics. There are many people who simply do not realize how useful and powerful it truly is. I cannot wait to see it again in God of War 2! What is Typhon’s Bane? Is that the Air Bow that we have seen in the E3 vids?

Chris said...

Hey vitali, nah I do not hate GMG aka Creeper. He first appeared on the God of War 2 boards at GameFaqs bashing some people about a pic that was supposedly a possible design for the God of War 2 box art. I posted in that thread and said he might be right about the art work not being true (an apparently it was not) but he should not bash people sine it is rude and stole from the credibility of his post. He has been bent out of shape over that ever since. A true waste of time if you ask me. It is only the internet for Pete’s sake! :)

An no I am not any of the many anonymous posters here. I have a Google Account (Gmail account but not a Blogger account) as evidenced by my posts.

Anonymous said...

oké oké

to that poster of that very long story lets just drop calling eatsother names it's indeed childish your right ;) but let's clear this out even without cheating there are enough orbs to upgrade everything to the max you just have to know the secret chests and all that i have never cheated in no game i hate cheating :) and if you still don't believe me go ask cory himself oké?

mike

ps. i still think your post was long and borring and that you are a STUPIDHEAD whahahaha no i'm just fucking with you now ;) sorry oké homie?

Anonymous said...

oh and i wanna say vitali is right he didn't do anything but helping you it was i and raziel fucking with you

mike

Anonymous said...

http://www.gametrailers.com/player.php?id=16571&type=mov&pl=game

heres a new trailer can't wait to play it

John said...

Please tell SCEA to release the demo via PlayStation Network! =)

That would be awesome! PlayStation Network needs for downloadable demos anyways! Might as well stick a PlayStation 2 demo on there! Try hard for the God of War fans! ;)

Anonymous said...

SWEET MOTHER OF GOD CORY IS AN ANGEL

i mean DAMN what a trailer and DAMN wat a game and DAMN kratos sounds pist :) thanks for that link anonymous but now i'm getting really freaking borred of waiting i think it's best to drop my defence with boxing next time so that i get KNOCKT THE FUCK OUT then i can maybe sleep until the game comes out cause time is begining to kill me DAMN cory

mike

Anonymous said...

cory your next post should be caled: I'M A ANGEL CAUSE MIKE SAID SO oké???

Thomas said...

Hi Cory,

Since there is no time for you guys to put out an PAL demo, would it be possible to have one sent to us n Denmark? Not gonna throw our gamesite name out here for free advertising, but we've been anxious to see the game for some while. Needles to say, we were wuite disapointed that the PAL demo have been scratched. Although I'd rather have a game on time, than a demo that may delay ETA on release of the full game.

Theres a bit of red tape to cut through, if we have to go through our contacts at the official distributor, and tem having more that enough to do with the upcoming launch on 23. march. But a demo would be nice for a short preview, and to give the danish and Nordic users a bit of insight on the upcoming "game to end all games on PS2" wich is one of the titles Iøve stubled upon not so long go.

Best regards!

Thomas

I'll check up in here, if you have the time to answer.

Cory Barlog said...

Just a heads up...the PAL demo was not scrapped...I am just an idiot. We are doing a PAL demo that should be done shortly after the NTSC demo is complete...so all of you PAL players don't worry...we have not fogotten about you at all.

cory

Thomas said...

Well thats just damn great news!! thanks... and We are already telling our users about this.. any news on where it will featiure? on OPSM (the UK magazine?) or is it not determined? As I said.. We are very determined to get a look at it... And it being a pal, ntsc og whatever don't matter... the Debug machine eats it gladly :)

Best regards!

Thomas

Vitali said...

Cory,

If that's the case, then I'd like to have a NTSC demo... I can't wait any longer!

gone_in_3min said...

cory, trailer on gametrailers, looks wicked.

gotta go

memo said...

Send the NTSC demo i can't wait!!!

Elessar said...

That cover looks great for the game. Especially the "Two Disc Set" which is over the platinum fade. Very cool :)

Can't wait to get the demo! Now, after playing through the game as many times as you have, is it still a blast each time you play through? I would imagine finally seeing the game in its [near] complete form with sound and audio and graphics, that must be amazing.

Props on completely GoW2, can't wait to see your next project :)

Anonymous said...

Umm...what game does DMC stand for?? and what does NUR mean?

josiah said...

WOW. That trailer was AMAZING!! i stared at the screen for like 5 minutes after it was done... its AMAZING I CANT WAIT TO PLAY IT!!

cory a new post today?!?!?!

Josiah

josiah said...

DMC = devil may cry NUR = idk but i think it means that u play gow without leveling up your magics and swords.

Josiah

GodModeGOD said...

If you insist of formalities keltin...sorry, Chris..

Like I said..it meerly reminded me of you. Presuming I meant more is a bit silly in this case..though it would be quite true normally as I love to throw out hints that don't paint a full picture.

I, the-creeper/GodModeGOD/BigVEE/ Vioden, am Joshua Thomas Ventimiglia.

We never really reach any understanding in the past..and I think we both know we wouldn't now either..that is why I chose to simply drop the incidents of the past. And the user who posted that cover deserved the redicule he was given...though none of it was made from malice..if it had been I dare say it would have been flaming. Our differences are clear. We'll just leave it at that.
--end--next topic--

Typhon's Bane? Like a cannon or something? Typhon was associated with Volcanos and Typhoons..I'd love to hear more Cory..do tell

Euryales's Head? So you guys went with that spelling after all. (as oppossed to Uriel) I guess gaze is back with a vengeance. Excellent. I wonder what kind of changes/impovements have been made.

No ice magic huh..works for me if the replacement felt 'right' and is superior anyway. I would like to see it in the future anyway.

In the second playthrough we are able to choose our spells...but can we alter that arrangment after starting? *in the main menu for instance..changing the HUD* Just curious.

--Soul--
In the past...yes I did. We dropped that in a manner of speaking. I can't vouch for his feelings about me but I can say that we agreed to give the 'resolution' thing a try. Neither of us caring to much for New Years.

FINAL NOTE: F***ING AWESOME TRAILER
Later Barlog

Raziel said...

Alright, alright, alright...
I know we all love war, but let's not fight!

FACT: There is a FINITE number of red orbs in a regular game without using any cheats or glitches or wierd stuff pants face.

FACT: There are enough red orbs to complete the game with everything fully upgraded and still have red orbs to spare. No cheats necessary. MUSE KEYS! HIDDEN CHESTS!

FACT: I love everyone on this site because you all love God of War! Yay! Happiness! Harmony!

FACT: I am still the God of War...

OPINION: Personally I enjoyed the hell out of the Devil May Cry Games, but I still prefer God of War because of the atmosphere the game creates. DMC3's combat, however, had much more variety so it took much longer for it to get monotonous. I believe that God of War 2 will have learned all it can from its predecessors as well as its own experience and will provide us with another unforgettable experience.

FACT: Sony Santa Monica Studios is a fragment of God's creative brain that fell from the sky when he reached down to pick up a penny in Arizona.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this trailer... Level Design Power! Tell the guys who've done the level design they are awesome!


I'm interested in the boss battles...but I'll wait and see their gameplay mechancs for myself :)

I'll also write a preview about the game for my magazine once I get my hands on the demo :)

Firen said...
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Firen said...

Congratulation on completing the game. I can't wait to play it. It feels like eternity till the game comes out but im excited for the demo as well.

Marco said...

I saw Icarus...O_O Beautiful trailer. The level designs are just... wow. I'm overwhelmed right now and this game is taking forever to reach the bowls of my PS2. Portugal high-fives you all.

Marco said...

Ok... I've dissected the trailer a bit more and I noticed something. In all of the barbarian king scenes, Kratos still has armour on one of his arms. Hum... pretty cool. Or is it a new weapon? Hum... interesting. You guys at Sony are such teasers! Anyway awesome trailer. Portugal sits and waits for the game. lol

Devin Greer said...

To Mr. Anonymous with the TONS of questions towards Cory, the guy that I talked to before... You can upgrade all of the weapons all of the way, it just takes strategy and the smarts to find all of the experience chests! I beat the game with over 10 thousand experience left, so, dude, you just gotta find the chests.

Chris said...

To Devin Greer – not that I agree with the “less than savory” attitude of the anonymous poster, but I do have to say he/she had a point. I’ve written four guides on God of War 1 (found at www.gamefaqs.com), and one of them was the Chest Guide that shows all Chests in the game even the elusive hidden ones not to mention the Muse Keys.

One other guide was the Max Upgrade guide, and to the previous poster’s credit, on all of my non-“exploit” playthroughs, there was always an item (usually Blade of Artemis) left at a lower level and not fully upgraded after escaping Hades and getting ready to face Ares.

Now, Ares DOES release enough orbs to get those last upgrades, so YES you can upgrade everything in a single run w/orbs left over, but those last few orbs happened at the very end of the game on a boss fight when there is nothing left to test your upgrades on. So it is valid, in a sense, to say you can’t get all upgrades in a single run IF you qualify that statement by saying the last upgrades happen at the end boss fight when there is nothing else to use them on. And I feel that was done on purpose so that you had to wisely choose your upgrades in order to maximize your efforts against the end boss of Ares and the Clones.

Then again, I’ve been using the Max Upgrade techniques for so long, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to struggle for orbs so go figure. There simply is no reason to struggle for orbs in God of War 1 if you use the right techniques.

Devin Greer said...

That's weird, the place where I got to upgrade all of my weapons with so many left over was the place where you place the necklaces on the statue, you jump around the right side of there, and at the end are 3 chests packed with quite a few orbs... I swear, I had them all upgraded at that time, if you don't believe me, then... sorry, but I did. It was awesome, my first play though having all of the weapons upgraded, Hades was a breeze.

Devin Greer said...

And I didn't mean to offend Mr. Anonymous, I liked his questions, I was just exaggerating a bit.

GodModeGOD said...

I've been thinking..is that guy coverd in ice Typhon? Is "Typhon's Bane" the windbow?

~It all makes sense in my head.. I'm not good at conveying every reason I think things..At couldn't hurt to clarify with a Yes or No could it Cory?..

elmojenkins said...

Thank you so much for giving us this grand peice of gaming history!!

Anonymous said...

OK, the first time i played i dint upgrade all to full either, not until killing ares, first encounter. i played a PAL, maybe there is some difference...
PS. dont use Mr. Barlogs blog to call eachother names...

Anonymous said...

WOW, the trailer was god, the sceanery ect, but the trailer for the first game sold itself better.
This game looks better in the trailer though, and im gonna buy it anyway, because i know that its gonna be better...

Gz cory!

Anonymous said...

I think i saw one new magic attack in the trailer, when he figths the cyclops, maybe its typhons bane...?

Anonymous said...

Check your photobucket account Cory. I left you a little surprise.

simsward007 said...

Question: Combat system:

According to fan-legend Creeper,

"In the second playthrough we are able to choose our spells...but can we alter that arrangment after starting? *in the main menu for instance..changing the HUD* Just curious".

1) Can we give a spell during second playthru to a model like say return of ice spell?

2) Even though, you dropped ice spell from game, is it going to be an URN SPELL or for gow3?

3) When will the website be up, when next week and what will it feature?

4) How many spells are there including urn spells like PR?

5) Lastly, we know weapons are:
BK hammer, blade of Olympus but what or give us a hint to the third and last weapon?

6) Give us a link to the EARTH SPELL being covered in HARD CORE GAMING MAGAZINE?

Anonymous said...

i heard somthing about a water trident...

Yinshan said...

many many thx for you and your team's wonderful job, we can play GOW2 next month, GOW have given me so much fun. it's the best game in my opinion.

i can't wait to play it.

Devin Greer said...

Yes, best game of all time.

Anonymous said...

i agree , best game of the ps2 EVER made.

Anonymous said...

After the gods of war you can make Castlevania.



Miagi

Cory Barlog said...

To the annoymous person who broke into my photobucket account...very nice.

I got an email last night confirming my request for my password info so I suspected something was awry.

I hope this doesn't mean you are going to be breaking into anything else.

good pics though.

cory

Cory Barlog said...

Looks like all my images were deleted when the "anonymous" person broke into my phtobucket account.

That is ass.

Oh well doesn't look like there will be God of War 2 updates for awhile thanks to my hacker friend.

Jeano said...

Yo Cory!!
what up man? who in the world broke into your personal stuffs man? is there a way for you to track'em down and take those mother fvckers to court or something? Come on!! you guys (Hackers) outhere are doing this to the greatest game director who ever lives. SHAME ON YOU!!!
YEAH!!! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT BABY!!! The new trailer of GOW2 got me a HARD ON, that trailer is SSOOO GGOOOOOOODDDDD it got me an ORGASM and to all of you little guys outhere who are not MAN enough should not play GOW2 at all because it will get you laid. GOW2 is FVCKING RAD.

Cory Barlog said...

no worries. I am sure it was a harmless thing, but now my images on the site are acting dumb, and when I log into photobucket I can't see all of them.

The person left a bunch of images to check out...a few of them were ones that guy on here was telling me to check out. I think he is telling me who he is.

anyway..hopefully all is ok with the site and the photo links, I am too lazy too look any further into it now, I will check it out later and see if all is well.

and the clue...

watch dexter? what the fuck does that mean? Is that "The ice truck killer" or something? Or maybe the producer for the show dexter is trying to boost ratings by breaking into photobucket accounts and leaving clues like "Watch dexter".

which one? all of them? hmmmm...maybe it is the producer of the show. I didnt realize the ratings were that bad.

anyway I fully expect the blog to be the next thing hacked so don't be surprised if crazy shit starts getting posted. Unfortunatly if that happens I gotta take it down. boo. the party is over.

cory

Anonymous said...

You didn't realize what my hints were pointing at? Aw Cory, I'm truly ashamed. I mean, you're someone who's working on such a puzzling franchise. Surely you should brighten up in a second about my little puzzles. I even gave you a fair share of pieces to put together. Oh well... guess you shouldn't really take all the credit for this piece of art. Those people behind the scenes (aka Animators, writers, artists) deserve a little bit more.

And for the people wondering what was on his photobucket account, almost nothing of importantance. I was hoping to see a few pictures that he didn't want others to see, but I suppose he was playing it smart... quite the shocker Cory!

Hah. I'm surprised you actually knew what Dexter was. I mean, most people guess Dexter's Labratory first and foremost. You should get a few red orbs for your outstanding thinking!

And no, I won't hack into anything else. It was a harmless message. I guess maybe now you'll think twice before you ignore a few of my questions.

Sincerely,
Your hacker friend.

Anonymous said...

that bastard... i hate hackers , fucking idiots.

Chris said...

Holy Crap Cory, that sucks! Does your blog account come with any tools such as an IP or MAC Address tracker? My friend has a web-site and he can track the IP addresses of all visitors. If you have those tools, then you should have the IP address of everyone that posts here, including Mr. Anonymous!

If you have the IP address, you can go to http://www.arin.net/whois/ to find out who his ISP is. From there you can query the ISP and ask for an investigation.

Hackers suck. I just had my CC info hacked the other day. If I could get my hands on that jerk....let’s just say I’d make Kratos proud!

Jeano said...

Hey there Cory,
I feel you on the situation man, can you track'em down or someting? that's invading privacy man and there are laws for that, they violated you Cory and you should take actions against'em for SH!T like this to never happen again. See, after all of your and the GOW2 team hard work, is this how they can pay you back? I felt like they've it to me too Cory and I'm FVCKING PISSED OFF, does it have something to do withthe GOW2 project? Is it going to affect it? Is it going to cause any delays? Should we be worry about the release of GOW2? Please let us know Cory and don't sit down on it, call the police, make some reports take legal actions to the full extent of the law Cory or something man and let us know how thing are, ok.

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memo said...

RESPECT THE WORK!!!!!!!!!!
you are the best GOW TEAM!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello their cory i'm HUGE fan of GOD OF WAR love kratos
i'm from iraq and since we r in war so kratos is our idol we need his blades of chaos
anyways i have one question
in GOW the story was about how the gods help kratos 2 get rid of the nightmares and forgive all his sins thats if he helpe them defeat
the GOD OF WAR
so whats the story in GOW II thats my guestion i would like 2 hear your reply thanx dude u r the man


ALI

Anonymous said...

wow, buncha newb hackers. me and my girlfriend have a personal photobucket, it would kill me if someone got into somthing like that and saw all the... stuff. lol. from the sounds of it, you're lucky you don't have anything quite that personal in there. which is a great thing, but then again your lifes work - GoW2 photos and whatnot have been compromised, not cool at all. *sigh* freakin jerks, sorry to hear it man. anyways this is my first time posting, and you get showered with enough praise... but holy shit dude great job -_- lol i've only got one concern, and it's a doozey. i'm kinda sad, you see, because you have informed us that the medusa's head is making a return after you kill her sister... everything in the game has been new, and fresh, and badass, and taken my breath away, and i just don't like the idea of having only 4 new magics to begin with, let alone having one of them taken up by the exact same thing as last time :-( it's gonna be a great game regardless, but for every individual replica type thing like the medusa's gaze i won't be able to help but feel a little ripped off from the experience, so i was just wondering - no need for details, i just want some reassurance here - is there going to at least be *SOME* kind of difference between medusa's head and her sisters? different attacks? more upgrade levels or whatever? cause i mean, i loved it in the first game - but they've done just about everything they can with it, and i like how they returned the stone thing with that golden fleece, made it nice that the stone effect was still in the game and could be used at choice situations if you reflected it - as a gentle reminder to how badass it was, but it never got to the point where it was taking up an entire new magic slot with somthing old and that's what bothers me lol aaanyways i realize you're a busy man and you've got the hacker issues and all, but if you could just reassure me on that one thing i'd feel much better. i dont't even need some super huge response, just a "hey to that anonymous kid fearing the medusa's gaze repetitiveness, have a lil more faith" or somthing. lol. great job on the game so far, OMFG@COLLOSSUS+BARBARIAN boss battles, just amazing. yup yup. cya buddy i'll keep reading like every day. lol

Glenda said...

I'm sure it was quite funny for this hacking person to play his little games, but it's one thing to play Uplink and quite another to break into someone's personal space. This is an abuse. Cory has been so kind to inform us on the progress of the game from such a close perspective, and I was fearing someone might be too grateful...Do you know that some blogs are made only for advertising a game? Readers do not actually get responded and they feel there is a great distance between them and the game maker. In most cases, there isn't even a blog and people learn something about the game from advertising trailers and screens... Aren't you a little insolent when you demand answers to your questions, Dexter fan (I love the show too)? You should know no one is obliged to answer you. But let's not ruin this blog with spam anymore...

Anonymous said...

hey hacker

cory gets a lot of questions and he can't answer them all so believe me that he is not doing that to ignore you ;) so do not go further with hacking oké? or else cory stops with this blog :( and tracking the hacker down takes a lot of time NOT WORTH THE TROUBLE FOR SOMETHING THIS LITTLE and indeed cory is not the only one putting in work for god of war 2 so BIG THANKS to the intire god of war team

greetings mike

Chris said...

Actually, it’s not that hard to track down a hacker, especially if they’re sloppy. I found the name, address, and phone number of the guy that hacked me and turned him into the authorities. Just a few hours of work. It took longer to fix what he broke than it did to nail him to the wall.

Elessar said...

Out of curiosity, i wonder if Mr. hacker friend was smart enough to cover up his IP which I'm sure was logged by Blogger/Google...

Or to that extent, if was smart enough to cover his IP while looking around Cory's photobucket account...

Anyway, Cory, be sure to have both Blogger/Google and Photobucket check the logs on your accounts and when they were accessed and by whom.

GodModeGOD said...

Hackers are generally hilarious. Not quite as funny as trolls but still quite amusing. Though I have enough respect for Barlog to not do anything to his stuff.. he would have to have done something to greatly offend me to warrant such a thing..my curiousity alone wouldn't be enough for me to wave off guilt. No damage done in the end I suppose.

~I'll make the article from HardcoreGamer magazine into jpg files simsward..no worries..If you see the update before me just give me a head's up

--Dexter is great..my cousin says the book is better though..I'll know the difference for myself when he gets back from college next month

---Feel free to excercise internet leet skills using keltin's suggestion FGJ..also lulz

Anonymous said...

oh and i'm glad that he did not have picture's of the final boss and all that on his space :) cause then they would have ended up on the internet oh and a little question for you cory? if you have the cover art for europe please show it? and i would be very happy if you can tell me the release date for europe? i hope you can answer that for me

best regards mike

Anonymous said...

gmg;
The first book is not as good as the show. Not by a long shot. It's completely different, and you question how it's done. ESPECIALLY the ending.

The second book however, which I'm getting into as we speak, is MUCH better. A million times better. I'd get into it if I were you.

Sincerely,
Cory's depressed and sorry hacker.

Anonymous said...

CHRIS

and wat did the authorities do to that son of a bitch? maybe in america they are hard on hackers but here in holland it's a laugh cause the jails here are like hotels :) and everything is legal here like weed and prostitutes but i hope they punished your hacker very hard in your country

greetings mike

Anonymous said...

but by the looks of it where not dealing with a bad hacker and he promised to leave it so then it's cool i think :)

mike

memo said...

God of war intro
http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?id=2567

Anonymous said...

memo yes indeed i was about to say the same thing new video haha

mike

Anonymous said...

That intro is AMAZING.

Anonymous said...

The voice acting just gets better and better.

Anonymous said...

really beautiful movie but this was a ingame movie i hope you also got those fmv scenes in god of war 2??? cause up until now i'v seen none

mike

Jack Vykios said...

Corey,
been reading this blog for a while, and eagerly anticipating GoWII ever since I saw the words "Kratos Will Return" on my TV in 2005.

Just watched the intro. It's very nice, lots of stuff happening and stuff. But...too much is going on. I mean, it feels like you're spoon-feeding all this plot. I mean, I'm not gonna compare this to the first game, because if I want to do that, I might as well play that again.
BUT, some criticism, Kratos descends from Olympus. and THEN he loses his powers. and THEN the colossus awakes. No gameplay, no nothing separating them out. I mean, gimme some time to breathe, would you?!

I'm still buying the game. I'd be a complete tard not to buy it based on an intro which is probably so because of time/budget restrictions and the such.
It still rocks, it's just that when you put so much epic stuff into two and a half minutes, things start to feel rushed, is all.

If you're going to reply, please do so through my MySpace, which I hope is provided. If not: http://www.myspace.com/exploding_electric_banana
I'll still check here, but it's not the most conveniant if I want to reply to THAT.

...but there you go.
Nice work. The direction is great, and the soundtrack. I'd smell an oscar if this was a movie.

Cory Barlog said...

Jack...how did you see the intro to the game? That hasn't been released yet.

thanks for the feedback though..always good to hear from people. Would love to hear more when you play the whole game as well.

cory

Marco said...

Cory the intro is up on gametrailers.com. Sure looks like it. lol And by the way... me likey. Portugal watches the intro and aplauds.

Cory Barlog said...

No worried everyone. Everything seems to check out just fine...so no harm done. I am still puzzling over the Dexter fans clues. The whole "brighten" thing he left in he post seems like an obvious clue...gonna have to look some more into it...now I am intrigued.

Though I must say that this:
"Oh well... guess you shouldn't really take all the credit for this piece of art. Those people behind the scenes (aka Animators, writers, artists) deserve a little bit more."

this has me baffled..I don't think I have ever taken sole credsit for this game. This is a team making this game jsut as it was a team making the first game. So that comment seems a little off base to me, but whatever.

Otherwise all is good everyone. No worries. The daily bandwidth limit I have on photobucket was hit, whih is why all my images are fucked up.

In my next post I will throw up the images that "dexter", for lack of a better name, put on the photo bucket site.

Cory

Cory Barlog said...

I am a dumbass...it is on gametrailers. Though I thought that wasn't coming out for another week or so. It sucks that the sound sync is off too...the playback on GT is never all that reliable.

cory

Cory Barlog said...

jack,

tried to reply to your myspace but it said it was deleted. I could see the main page...like the kidney thieves song by the way...but when I sent a message it was no go.

cory

Marco said...

Yeah I noticed the sound sync was a bit off but that's not that important. I really enjoyed the "God" version of Athena, as opposed to the statue counterpart and it's kinda cool that she's not exactly the same as the statue. Oh and the whole "Colossus coming to life" bit... beautifully done, greatly directed. The score is looking (sounding) fantastic and just have to say one thing that came to mind when watching the intro: When the Colossus awakes, the piece of music used reminds me a lot of the piece of music used in "Matrix" at the beginning of the lobby shootout. You know... the "BAM BAM". lol Matrix flashbacks rule. Portugal recognizes the glory of Sparta.

elmojenkins said...

I just watched the game intro and everything looks great. I also very much enjoyed the colossus battle. Can't wait for March 13!!! Although my head may explode before I ever get to play it. At least I'll have the demo to relieve some pressure.

memo said...

http://www.gamevideos.com/
best sound on game videos.

Anonymous said...

ah well i just have to wait and see cause i'm asking way too much questions haha but i really hope you did not take out those high quality ps3 looking movies from the first god of war and cory it doesn't matter it's only the intro and it looks beautiful

mike

ps. i sence that you are fucking scared that you fucked up well believe me you did not and there are always things not good in a game it can't be perfect oh and check out crysis damn

Cory Barlog said...

no defintely not scared that I fucked up...but as a creator I can't curb the urges to want to keep fucking with it. I am happy with the intro part, but everytime I play the game I think of something else we could have added. But that is the nature of the beast...I gotta learn to let go and let god...of war.

cory

Cory Barlog said...

Oh and we still have the hi-resolution movies like in god of war 1...but I think they are like a billion times better int his one. Seriously...I know I am biased...but I think when you see them you will be amazed. semologic (the guys who did them) did a freaking fantastic job.

cory

Anonymous said...

oké thanks cory

and i really believe those movies will be better cause the ingame graphics are also way better you can see by looking at the abs of kratos and way more oh and by the way they placed 3 more gameplay movies of god of war 2 on gametrailers

thanks again mike

Anonymous said...

Yuhanna said...

Hey Cory just saw the trailer for the game and man now I seriously wished this game was out earlier makes me forget about the next-gen consoles a little. Anyways I think this game is perfect the way it is right now maybe their is something but don't let it bother you too much. If you, Dave, and the Sana Monica team decide to make one last God of War game for the PS3, not even Ninja Gaiden or Devil May cry wouldn't peak my interests.

Oh that project that's not based on
God of War has been on my mind lately after your break can you give us an hint on what kind of game you would like to make.

Anonymous said...

With these graphics, and the supposedly AMAZING cutscenes, and the significantly longer game play (you said the average was 17 hours, while the other game was 6 to 8 hours), how is this game going to fit on a 4GB disc?

Cory Barlog said...

The game is on a dual layer DVD...and with this one we are filling up the entire thing with game content, all of the bonus documentary movies are on the second disc.

cory

Oh and as for the soundtrack release...I think it is getting a CD release as well as availability on iTunes...so that should be pretty sweet.

cory

Anonymous said...

Ah, nice to know. I hoped it would come to that.

And nice to know you remembered my question. So you're not going to get Gamespot to host the soundtrack for you like you guys were originally contemplating a couple months ago?

No loss to me really... I wanted a physical CD. It was also very difficult to get the soundtrack for the first game as I am from Canada, so this is a relief. Hope it isn't TOO expensive though.

Anonymous said...

That song on the trailer that released a day ago is so fucking sick. I keep watching the trailer so loud, and keep getting goosebumps from it. I can tell just from the two songs that were sampled on it that the soundtrack is already ten times more epic than the first!

Devin Greer said...

Dude, that's fucking bullshit, that guy hacking your account, but whatever. Interesting stuff happening, I have faith that the game will turn out great. I was watching this video about Napoleon Bonaparte in World Culture today, and they called him the God Of War! I was like, "No, that's not fucking right, dude..." Cory, love the game, love what you're doing with it, keep it up.

-Devin Greer

Anonymous said...

Cory, the intro is incredible. I was wondering if maybe you could give us, your loyal blog fans, any insight into Krato's fraked up mind. What I want to know is, did Kratos instruct the Spartans to avoid cities where Athena and certain other gods were patrons to, or did he just not give a damn? Rhodes patron God was Helios, who is often not considered an Olympian. If Kratos was reckless enough to attack Athens I don't think Athena would have even bothered giving him a warning.

Devin Greer said...

HOLY FUCK!!!!!!!!!! I just watched those videos!!!!!!! Cory, I love you, and the team with all my heart, ion a totally non-gay way... Seriously, it looks amazing! IF that's the first level, then I can't even begin to fathom the possibilities for the rest of the game, the sound is off? Who cares!!!!!!!

-Devin Greer, who's going to skip school to play God Of War II the day it is released in stores.

Marco said...

Just watched the three part demo at gamevideos.com and I have a couple of questions. They both relate to the same segment so:

1. What exactly does the Colossus do to toss Kratos to those two other areas? It seems really unclear and it kinda likes look Kratos flies off the face of the Colossus, in one case, and the hand in the other case. I don't know... just seemed weird.

2. In the cutscene whit Kratos being tossed to the second area, why doesn't he have the Blades of Athena? When the game resumes the Blades are there. Seemed a bit weird too.

Don't want to be picky and shit... but these things popped up. Other than that the first level is brilliant. Great job Cory. Portugal shouts "Athenaaaaa! You conspire against ME!?" along with Kratos.

Anonymous said...

There's no need to skip school to play God Of War II for the youngsters. I double checked, and they set the release date on Tuesday. The week March Break begins.

littlest ninja said...

goodness me, the drama on the page.

a hacker???!!!!!

it's like the oc if they were nerds.

i'd watch it then.

hey cory ... ummm ...

HOW DOES LISA DIE???!!!!!
(oh god!)

Anonymous said...

Hey Cory,

March cannot come sooner. It's kinda funny because I turn 21 this March and I think it's safe to say that I'm more excited about playing this game than I am about going and getting totally shit canned with my buddies. Haha.

I was curious about the voice acting, sorry if it had been brought up before, but will all the original actors be returning to their respective roles? I've been avoiding all the trailers and everything in fear of spoilers so I don't know.

Can't wait to play it. Later.

Vitali said...

Hey, Cory...

What's wrong with Athena's eyes? She can't stop blinking...

THE INTRO IS FUCKING SWEET! But what's that black thing on the Colossus' back?

Vitali said...

Cory,

The ending of the Developer Diary is the one that's Low budget!! I wanted more..

But I guess, like you said, it's just the nature of the Beast.

"You fucking suck!" ROFL!

chanse said...

Cory,
Since I noticed quite a few game media sites has their own version of the play-thru of the demo disc they received on Tuesday, January 30th. It appears that QA has signed off on the demo disc. If so, does this mean you will be receiving the discs to sign shortly (like sometime this week, if not already sitting on your desk at work) before sending them out to those of us that sent in our information.

Thanks to the God of War and God of War II teams, and hopefully to the God of War III team in about 2 to 3 years.

A penitent man before Kratos, the God of War (if he reclaims his throne at the end of II).

Anonymous said...

voice actors are the same.
the black thing on the back of the colossus, i think it is one of those things that make it easier to work on buildings and statues, dunno what its called.
...And marco, to answer the first qestion, take a look at gamespots new hands-on video...

Anonymous said...

...about 3 minutes into the video at gamespot.

Marco said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for the help.=) Anyway I'd already seen that on gamevideos.com and what I do fail to see, even in the gamespot video, is what exactly (like in physical movement), does the Colossus do to hurl Kratos to that other section. It just seems that Kratos is propelled by some sort of blast resulting from stabbing the eye. But hey... it's all good in the end. Thanks again for the heads up. Portugal salutes you.

simsward007 said...

Hiya Cory,

I h8 that haker too, hes asshole.

I was watching the new videos at gametrailer at college which now ive arrived back.

What we now need in some info on new weapon and earth magic which ive seen, shooting boulders.

BTW, ive spotted the 3rd weapon...

During the hammer teaser trailer at game trailers it shows kratos on the back of a griffon and there is a PINK SPEAR thru its back.

Ive spotted EARTH MAGIC, shooting boulders, very classic and ok, fine.

I suppose its a replacement for the ice magic and it works.

Euphirel head is a good magic too and its more or less a diff vers of the ice magic.

***BTW, what WAS the name of the ice magic???

When will the webiste be up and running???

Anonymous said...

Np marco, i see what u mean by what really does hurl kratos...

Anonymous said...

U can watch the whole deo on 1up.com.
..and i cant see it any other way then that kratos gets hurled because that he cuts the colossus, an it expoldes or something..?
I think its cooler when kratos hurls the colossus..

Vitali said...

Throwing boulders, what are you talking about? Where'd you see that?

Anonymous said...

not really boulders , i think he means those he see in the official trailer. around 1 min 7 seconds you see that attack (i think he means that) , and you can see the demo @ 1up or gametrailers (it looks absolutely amazing!) cant wait to play this game guys :D

Anonymous said...

hey cory , you know what the official release dates are? for us and europe?

simsward007 said...

Vitali didnt u see the new earth magic?

Ill elaborate:

During the footage on www.1up.com, god of war 2 and look for a trailer that says

"Hammer teaser trailer" and watch it.

It will show sub-titles and one of them is "Avenge his demons" and afterwards it shows kratos shooting 5 boulders at cyclops.

Cory, care to explain?

Cory Barlog said...

Chanse,

The demo discs are in manufacturing right now and should be out and in my office in 7-10 days. I will be going in and doing the signatures and then sending them out right when they arrive so your discs should arrive soon.

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as for the Black thing on the colossus back...it is the scaffolding the Rhodians used to construct the massive statue.

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I don't know the exact release date for the eurpoean disc yet. We are shooting for as close as possible to the US release date though...first we have to Get an NTSC disc through QA, once that is complete we will then go through the whole process with the PAL disc.

--------

website should be up soon. I have seen the final comps of it and it is ready to go, they just need to do the last minute tweaks and fixes and then it is good to go.

cory

Eric said...

Cory,
Please let me know if GOW2 was playtested on a PS3...I going to basing my decision to buy one or not on the fact if God of War 2 looks and plays the same on it as it would a PS2. Thanks for any info.

Vitali said...

Actually, Cory, I did a little freeze-framing and found out it was a chain, or a shadow of one *It was black, so you can't really tell*

The reason this intrigued me so much because it seemed to suddenly appear... as if it was a writing, like an easter egg or something. That's why I decided to investigate... with quicktime... and found nothing special.

I think it's sort of a glitch, though... the fact that it suddenly just THERE... I mean, it's not like the camera rotates and reveals it slowly, but the camera gets to that position, and POOF it's there. I hope you understand... I'll try and get a picture of it...

Vitali said...

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p16/soul989/colossusglitch.jpg

See? I think it's a glitch...

Anyways, the intro still fucking rocks and this game will RULE all games! And you RULE!

"This isn't a dig on you, so don't think I'm attacking you, but YOU FUCKING SUCK!"

YOU KILLED ME!!

Vitali said...

Just to fix the link cause this shit is causing some trouble.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/
p16/soul989/colossusglitch.jpg

Anonymous said...

as for the Black thing on the colossus back...it is the scaffolding the Rhodians used to construct the massive statue.


... i knew it..

Marco said...

Vitali,

Wow... that is some clinical eye. lol It really goes by fast so yeah, it appears to be a "blink and you'll miss me" kinda glitch. The intro really achieves to build up quite some tension to start the game with and that alone makes it great.

The missing blades of athena on the cutscene where kratos is plunged to the other side of the city for the second time strikes me as something odd. (I know I've mentioned it earlier but it's itching lol) Any thoughts about this?

Cory? C'mon man... enlighten us. Portugal would rejoice and salutes as usual.

Anonymous said...

I really like Kratos more than any Character in any action game, Link Dante, the Prince, and Ryu Hayshiba have no personality and I feel that their really bland. No offense to anyone who's a fan's of those games but this is just based on my opinion it's not a big deal.

I mean Kratos is more of a tortured, broken, bitter and angry Soul who's not trying to save the world like your average game character but trying to undue his past mistakes and I can't really blame the guy he killed his own family.

Anyhow Cory Congragulations on your hard work on the game I watched the trailers and the game looks more Epic than the first game.

I would seriously like to see an big name title based on Pirates I mean no one really went into the depth of piracy.

Eric said...

um, what about Sid Meier's Pirates!?

Adam said...

hy all,

first, Cory you and the god of war team have done an amazing job so far and I(and many other god of war fans:D) thank you making the second sequel!!!Great job,Cory!

second, can you say anything about the European launch date??If yes, what is the date???
thanx
Adam

Vitali said...

The game ships on March 13th in the US, European date is unknown yet. Honestly, Cory answered this question like 10 times already... just search for it a bit.






Off Topic:
I know the PS3 will reach Israel
on March 23rd... With the european release... FUN!! And it's gonna cost way less than we expected. I SO WANT TO GET IT!!! AHHH!!!

Anonymous said...

European date is April 18.

Fully said...

I just heard from my girlfriend that Canada gets this game on March 14th. Is this true? I can't wait an extra fucking day!

Anonymous said...

i hearth the european release will be 27 march , that could be right.
anyways , still cant wait for the game! GOW2 RULEZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Anonymous said...

does anybody know what cory's email?

Anonymous said...

vitali & marco

you guys are fucking right 2 things are wrong: 1 there is a black chain looking thing on the back of the colossus when it comes to life: 2 he is missing his blades when he gets plunged trough the air the second time :( i hope it's not in the final game??? CORY?

greetings mike

Anonymous said...

i hope you can answer that to us cory? but most of the time a demo does not represent the final looks of the game if i'm right? a lot of times a demo begins and says this is not the final look of the game and that things can still change right cory?

mike

Anonymous said...

Sorry Cory
You can make Lego god of war, my child want play gow but it is for mature and he love lego star wars.

This is crazy but I wanted to say it.

Anonymous said...

cory has explained that black thing on the back of the colossus!

Anonymous said...

hey anonymous

vitali and i spotted something else then that big scaffold i mean man i don't have to ask cory to see that it's a scaffold jeez i'm not that dumb

mike

Anonymous said...

sry then.. I dint see any black thing, where did u see that?

Anonymous said...

anonymous

when the eagle sits on the shoulder of the colossus giving him power and after that the camera starts to rotate around the colossus right in the beginning of that you wil see a really tiny glitch it looks like a piece of black chain just popping up in the screen to me it does not really matter but it's indeed there ;) and in the second time kratos gets hurled trough the air his blades are gone and after that they are back but every movie and game has those things and i just hope that cory sees this in time so that he can fix it if thats still possible?

greets mike

Anonymous said...

but sinds the game is still in qa ( quality assurance ) they can fix that i think :) cause they are working out the last bugs and stuff

mike

Anonymous said...

yh and this is not eaven the game, its a demo..

Marco said...

Vitali posted a link to a screenshot of that glitch a few comments above.

And Mike,

I do think that these are things that will be checked (and therefore corrected) on QA and hey, this is just a demo, no word or mention on being the final release stuff but like you, I sure would like some Cory confirmation about that. I guess that demos are just as useful to find things that need fixing as they are to blow people away in antecipation. Portugal wonders about the absence of updates on the blog and salutes you.

simsward007 said...

Hey Cory,

2 questions:

When will get our next preview/ review update?

A question about the controls for the alt weapons?

I have the BOA and lets say i want to use the hammer, i have got to press R2.

But if i want to use the Sword of Olympus or the Pink spear, what button do i press?

Do i press R1 once for hammer, R2 twice for sword and R2 3 times for pink spear?

When in the second playthru we get rage of Poseidon, when we assign the PR spell to our character, what are the controls to use PR?

Anonymous said...

i think you have to press r2 a couple of times. like if have boa and then change want the sword you have to press r2 2 times because if you press 1 time the barbarian hammer comes. i think thats how its done... OR if you press start maybe you can somewhere adjust of what weapons you want to keep ftm. as for the pr attack , i think if you select it you will have to remove 1 attack. or press a button twice...

Anonymous said...

i dont think that is athena in who sends the colossus after kratos, because athena's bird is an owl, but the bird that lands on the colossus is not an owl

Jeano said...

HEY THERE PEOPLES,
I FOUND OUT WHY ATHENA DID THAT SH!T TO OUR BOY KRATOS.
WE ALL KNOW THAT KRATOS BEAT THE SH!T OUT OF ARES, RIGHT? WHEN THE GAME INTRO STARTED, KRATOS IS SITTING DOWN ON HIS THRONE WITH THOSE 2 B!TCHES THAT HE TOOK WITH HIM TO OLYMPUS AND HE WAS PARTYING AND HAVING 3SOME DAYS AND NIGHTS, ATHENA WAS HORNY ALL THE TIME, SO SHE COULDN'T TAKE IT. OF COURSE KRATOS IS ATHENA'S HALF BROTHER TOO, BUT THAT GODESS B!TCH OF A WHORE WOULDN'T CARE TO GET LAID WITH HIM AT ALL. SO, JUST BECAUSE KRATOS WOULDN'T FVCK HER UGLY A$$, SHE FVCKED HIM UP FOR THAT ANYWAY. THAT DUMB B!TCH ATHENA SHOULD HAVE JOIN KRATOS WHILE HE WAS HAVING SEX WITH THOSE OTHER 2 B!TCHES THAT HE BROUGHT WITH HIM TO OLYMPUS OR ATHENA SHOULD LET THEM 2 B!TCHES LICKED HER COOCHIE REAL GOOD AND SHE WOULDN'T DO THAT SH!T TO KRATOS AT ALL. JUST TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE GAME INTRO AND TRY TO SEE BETWEEN THE LINES TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, THAT JALEOUS HORNY WHORE OF ATHENA IS SOMETHING ELSE MAN.

SPARTAN SOLDIER- "MY LORD KRATOS!! ANOTHER CITY IS READY TO FALL. SOON I'LL SHOW'EM THE GLORY OF SPARTA".

ATHENA- "ENOUGH KRATOS!! WITH EVERY CITY YOU DESTROY, THE WRATH OF OLYMPUS GROWS. SOON I WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROTECT YOU".

KRATOS- "I NEED NO PROTECTION!!".

ATHENA- "DO NOT FORGET THAT IT WAS I WHO MADE YOU A GOD; GHOST OF SPARTA, DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK ON ME!!".

KRATOS- "I OWE YOU NOTHING!!".

ATHENA- "THEN YOU LEAVE ME NO CHOICE".

KRATOS- "ATHENA!! YOU CONSPIRE AGAINST ME".

KRATOS- "ATHENA!! YOU WILL SUFFER FOR THIS".

ATHENA- "YOUR SOUL WILL NEVER FIND PEACE FOR WHAT YOU'VE BECOME".

KRATOS- "I AM WHAT THE GODS HAVE MADE ME!!".

GOW2 IS WICKED PEOPLES AND YOU SHOULD PLAY GOW2 CAUSE IT'LL GET YOU LAID. GOW2 IS FVCKING RAD.

Adam said...

hy Cory

can you tell me that the bird in the intro movie is an owl or an eagle or what kind of bird is it???
thanks
Adam

Anonymous said...

marco

indeed i'm not afraid about that but like you said a little cory confirmation would be great

mike

GodModeGOD said...

It most certainly isn't any owl I've ever seen..if it is an eagle..I'd have to guess it was Ethon but that's just going out on a limb.

~Like simsward, I too wonder about the weapon switching overall

Anonymous said...

jeano

ATHENA- "YOUR SOUL WILL NEVER FIND PEACE FOR WHAT YOU'VE BECOME".

i think thats a speech of the sisters cause if you listen good you will hear 3 voices speaking at the same time but hey i'm not sure just a thought

mike

Anonymous said...

athena will play an eaven bigger role in gow 2, i remember someone say this a while ago

Fellipe said...
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mike said...

yo cory

the word verification is really fucked up when i come as anonymous to this blog that fucking hacker really made a mess here :( and maybe you will reach 200 comments damn

greetings mike

Anonymous said...

please tell us you're not responding because you're busy signing and mailing out demos...

Marco said...

Hum... something is amiss. I find this lack of updates disturbing. Portugal salutes you.

Anonymous said...

Take a vacation Cory the next month will be very tiring,maybe gow3?


miagi

Anonymous said...

In gow1 I love the Zidane head versus minautor!.

Anonymous said...

In gow1 I like the Zidane head versus minautor!.

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