Kratos' most recent adventure wasn't his greatest. God of War: Ascension is still a very good time, but it just felt like more of the same. Even the addition of multiplayer didn't make this feel like a fresh entry to the series. Here's to hoping that the next game changes things up in a bigger way.
While it certainly wowed in 2005, the same can't be said today. Since it's the first game in the series, it makes sense that God of War is rough around the edges, and has aged more poorly than more recent entries. Some of the puzzles are more of a hassle than clever, and the level design can be tedious at times. While it's by far the most important game, it's simply not the best.
God of War: Chains of Olympus was a revelation on the PlayStation Portable. Players got to experience a full-blown console like experience on the go, and not a watered down version. Ready at Dawn did a fantastic job with each of the two portable games, but Chains of Olympus is the weaker of the two.
Ready at Dawn was one of the PlayStation Portable's top developers, and God of War: Ghost of Sparta is their crowning achievement. The portable adventure told a more personal tale about Kratos than other entries have, and it was fascinating learning more about the enigmatic hero. It also featured some of the most fun skills in a God of War game which manages to get it into the top 3.
Kratos' first HD adventure was a great one. God of War III is graphically stunning, especially in the PlayStation 4 remastered version, and features some of the most epic moments in the series. Memorable boss fights, and a great ending scene brings this to number two on our list.
The last God of War game that David Jaffe worked on is also the best in the series. God of War II featured a much better story than the original game, and managed to build upon it mechanically. Everything that was good about God of War was great in God of War II.