God of War

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God of War
God of War Front.jpg
NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: D (Violence)
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language)
PEGI rating: 18+ (Violence)
OFLC rating: MA (Strong violence, Sexual references)
GRB rating: 18
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
Progressive scan supported
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SCES-53133 & SCUS-97399 & SCUS-97467 & SCED-53431
Japanese: SLPM-67010 & SLPM-67011 & SLPM-67012 & SLPM-66167
German: SCES-53133 & SCED-53431
French: SCES-53133 & SCED-53431
Spanish: SCES-53133 & SCED-53431
Italian: SCES-53133 & SCED-53431
Korean: SCKA-30002 & SCKA-30003
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97399
SCUS-97467 (Demo, God of War: The Hydra Battle)
Release date: March 22, 2005
March 1, 2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: D6385328
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-53133
SCES-53133/P (Platinum)
SCED-53431 (Demo)
Release date: July 8, 2005
January 13, 2006 (Platinum)
March 23, 2006 (Platinum, Australia)
2005 (Australia)
CRCs: FB0E6D72
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SCKA-30002 (Korea)
SCKA-30003 (BigHit Series, Korea)
SLPM-67011 (CapKore)
SLPM-67012 (Best Price)
Release date: August 18, 2005 (Korea)
November 17, 2005
June 30, 2006 (BigHit Series, Korea)
September 28, 2006 (CapKore)
September 6, 2007 (Best Price)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): SCE Santa Monica
Publisher(s): SCEA (US), SCEE (EU), SCEI (KO), Capcom (JP), SCE Australia (AU)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN9.8/10, Metacritic94/100, GameSpot9.3/10, Eurogamer9/10
Game description: In God of War, the dark world of Greek mythology comes to life right before your eyes. As you take the role of Kratos, a story unfolds with various plot twists and multiple endings that take you through traps, stunts, and puzzles. With a deep combat system built around double chain blade weapons, the game places you in a variety of environments, in which you must fight challenging enemies, swing on ropes, scale mountain cliffs, swim through rivers, and slide down zip lines.
God of War is a single player game that features a third-person perspective view with a fixed camera. The player controls the character Kratos, a Spartan warrior in the service of the Olympian Gods in a mixture of combat, both normal and quick time, with platforming and puzzle game elements. The player guides the protagonist through a long series of tests, trials and mazes to achieve goals. The game is loosely based on Greek mythology, and is set in Ancient Greece.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ 3.10 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT @ 1 GB
0.9.7 (SVN r3113) GSdx SSE2 (r3068)
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0 (r3117)
  • ?
BIOS: USA v02.20, GSdx plugin settings : Try to enable Native tick and disable any others. Speed hacks settings : Try to enable everything. VU Cycle Stealing causes huge speed up, but Kratus blinks. Squall*
  • Intel Core2 Duo @ 3.20 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT @ 1 GB
0.9.8 (r4895) GSdx SSE4 (r4895)
  • SPU2-X 2.0 (r4872)
  • ?
BIOS: USA v02.00
  • ?
  • ?
0.9.9 (r5128) GSDX SSE4.1 (r5133)
  • SPU2-X 2.0 (r5112)
  • ?
With 5x resolution I get 50 FPS super stable! Recomended speedhacks on, Automatic Gamefixes on , MTVU on, GSdx: Direct3D11, Texture Filtering, hardware hacks: Half-pixel Offset. Change NTSC framerate to 50 FPS or lower, change in Pcsx2_vm.ini Heltonxl
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 @ 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5480) GSdx SSE41 (r5442)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs near full speed.
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • AMD FX-4100 Black Edition @ 3.60 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7750 1 GB GDDR5
1.2.1 (r5875)
GSdx SSE4 0.1.16 (r5875)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (r5830)
  • ?
The game is fully playable, and all the Bonus features you unlock after completing the game work.
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3330
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850
1.3 (svn r5932) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), No Bugs.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5-750 OC @ 3.00 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 @ 1 GB
1.3.0 (git 2014-08-30) GSdx SSE41 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
US v02.00(14/06/2004), Defaults + MTVU (Multi-Threaded microVU1). Run at max speed (60 FPS) with a few rare slowdowns (45-50 FPS) using also 1920x1080 resolution. In Hardware mode shadows from main character and creatures are not displayed. The same also happen with the fog effect. In Software mode both works fine.
NTSC Windows 8.1 Pro x64
  • Intel Core i5-4690k @ 3.50 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 @ 4 GB
1.3.1 (r530 g62beb3a)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (2015-06-14)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (2015-06-14)
BIOS: USA 2.2.0(10/02/2006), Completed the entire game with no crashing. INVALID_STRING_NAME
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Intel i7-3770 @ 3.40 GHz
  • Gigabyte Radeon R9 280x (rev2.0)
1.4.0 (2016-08-01)
  • SPU2-X (2016-08-01)
  • ?
BIOS: USA 2.2.0, Fully playable with solid performance 50-60 FPS.
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.70 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
1.5.0 (dev-2240)
GSdx AVX2 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA 1.60, Playable with full 60FPS.
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
1.5.0 (dev-2350)
GSdx AVX2 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA 2.30, Playable with full 60FPS, shadows working and no visual artifacts. silverkid

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Core2Duo @ 3.33 GHz
  • ?
pre-0.9.7 beta (r1736) ZZogl 182
  • ?
  • ?
16-bit textures
NTSC-U Debian 8 Testing (Linux 4.1.6-amd64)
  • Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST @ 2 GB
1.3.1 (git r1094 gf062b0f) GSdx SSE2 1.0.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • OnePAD 0-Dev 1.1.0
BIOS: Europe v02.00, Preset: Safest. Runs full speed. Beta Version BY


  • Original names: ゴッド・オブ・ウォー (SLPM-67010) & (SLPM-67011) & (SLPM-67012), 갓 오브 워: 영혼의 반역자 (SCKA-30002)
  • Widescreen crops the top and bottom of the 4:3 image, meaning less visible viewing area than when played in 4:3.

Known Issues

Multiple evenly spaced black vertical lines across screen

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Multiple black vertical lines span across the screen image.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video(GS) > Plugin Settings. Enable HW Hacks and in advanced settings set trilinear filtering to trilinear then half pixel offset to special (credit.

Kratos's shadow is missing

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In Hardware mode Kratos's shadow is missing.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video(GS) > Plugin Settings, make sure the Renderer is set to "OpenGL (Hardware), then click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks and use Round Sprite or use TC Offset to correct the effects. Or switch to Software mode by setting Renderer to one of the "(Software)" options.

Horizontal lines underwater

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In underwater sections horizontal lines appear over the screen.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video(GS) > Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks and enable the Align Sprite hack. This reduces the number of the horizontal lines underwater. Or go to Config > Video(GS) > Plugin Settings, and set the Internal Resolution to "Native", or set the Renderer to Software mode by selecting one of the (Software) options.

Misaligned black rectangle at bottom of FMV scenes

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: During FMV scenes, a black rectangle obscures part of the bottom of the image, usually in one of the corners
  • Workaround: In the in-game main menu, select Options and ensure "Progressive Scan" is set to "Off". Note that only the NTSC version of the game has this menu option - there is no known fix for the PAL version. Also using an older 1.4.0 GSdx DLL in 1.6.0 PCSX2 version will fix this issue. No fix for 1.7.0 since it does not use plugins. enable memory wrapping hack

Fixed Issues

Kratos blinking

  • Type: Note (not an issue)
  • Description: When the "VU Cycle Stealing" speedhack is enabled, Kratos starts blinking.
  • Workaround: Has been fixed since at least PCSX2 v1.0.0. For older versions go to Config > Emulation Settings > Speedhacks tab, and set the "VU Cycle Stealing" speedhack back to 0.

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