I never played the original but there was such a hype about this game that I bought it, played it completed and felt really let down. The graphics and gore are brilliant, but gameplay gets boring with a typical circle of stab, slash, solve a puzzle, climb here, stab, slash, oh another puzzle... and it wore off. The plot is way too weak! At first it's brilliant, Zeus betrays you and you fight back with all your might and Godly ego, but it just goes on and on with Kratos pretty much almost saying, "This time I'm coming to get you Zeus" only to find out he has to get yet another item or kill something before he can progress up Mount Olympus. This of course means it drags very badly! He wants revenge from Zeus' betrayl, needs to go to sisters of fate, they don't help you, you kill them, and almost kill zeus, then you end up climbing up mount olympus only for the credits to role, rather then an ending where you obliterate zeus and the other gods and BECOME A GOD!. I really can't see GOW 3 being any good if it's a continuation of this plot, what will they have? You must climb mount olympus but, first you need to take it one baby step at a time and move this rock, now progress further and move up this rock... I felt befriended when the ending comes up with "The beginning of the End" and this came all too short seein as i completed this game first time with minimal effort. Its didnt seem challenging, where as other games such as MGS, Zelda, etc bring a wide variety of ideas to games, this was just pretty much straight forward and boring. I give it two stars because it is enjoyable at first and morbidly funny in places but as a sequel goes this was just a taster that costs over thirty quid and i felt cheated out of my money. It'll be better to buy this when it's under a tenner trust me, it's just a filler game nothing special at all. You can play through the game again with more powerups, but again, its the same old same old and i got bored of it after playing it for a few seconds as you already have half the items that you need to get already so you only end up playing half levels! Really was a let down, they should learn that sequels need to have big strong plots and a gameplay that lasts weeks or months rather then hours!