Making a list of games that are most similar to God of War depends entirely on which God of War is being referenced. When the original God of War hit gaming markets in 2005, much like Poseidon in the third installment, it made quite the splash. It’s fast-paced, high octane gameplay was an instant hit, and the character that would become the titular God of War quickly endeared himself to players.
The game was such a blockbuster hit, it spun off several sequels, each one more epic and cartoonishly outlandish than the ones that came before. The God of War games that cemented the franchise’s legacy were pure id and the developers had no qualms about that.
Then something strange happened. The kids who grew up reveling in Kratos’ senseless violence got a little bit older, switched out school for jobs, and started having kids. The developers of 2018’s excellent God of War remake understood this and overhauled the main character. Instead of an uber-violent demigod, the God of War remake turned Kratos into something more believable, a grieving husband concerned for his young son’s well-being. The game’s initial moments start with Kratos quite literally hugging a tree, signifying that this isn’t the God of War players grew up with.
Despite this, the key elements that made God of War a household name are still present. The action is still as frantic as ever, as is the visceral nature of the violence. While God of War and God of War might be two very different games, there are a number of titles that embody the shared commonalities of both.