[Daily article] March 13: God of War II

God of War II is a third person action-adventure video game first
released on March 13, 2007, and was the last major release for the
PlayStation 2. The player controls Kratos, a Spartan warrior who became
the new God of War after killing the former, Ares. Kratos is betrayed by
Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods, who strips him of his godhood and
kills him. On his way to the Underworld, Kratos is saved by Gaia, who
instructs him to find the Sisters of Fate. Acquiring their power, he
travels back in time to avert his betrayal and take revenge on Zeus, who
is revealed to be his father. The gameplay focuses on combo-based combat
and features quick time events that require the player to complete game
controller actions in a timed sequence to defeat stronger enemies and
bosses. The game also features magical attacks, puzzles, and platforming
elements. The fourteenth best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time, it
sold more than 4.24 million copies worldwide. Regarded as one of the
best action-adventure games for the platform and noted for its graphics
and gameplay, it received several awards, including PlayStation Game of
the Year.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Nojpetén, capital of the Itza Maya kingdom, fell to Spanish
conquistadors, the final step in the Spanish conquest of Guatemala.


German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, one of the
most popular violin concertos of all time, was first played in Leipzig.


Viet Minh forces under Võ Nguyên Giáp opened fire with a
massive artillery barrage on the French military to begin the Battle of
Dien Bien Phu, the climactic battle in the First Indochina War.


A gunman killed sixteen children and a teacher at a primary
school in Dunblane, Scotland, before committing suicide.


Francis was elected pope, making him the first Jesuit, the
first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the
first non-European pope in over 1,000 years.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(Scientology) A soul, spirit or being.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Christianity is perhaps as much indebted to its enemies, as to its
friends, for this important service. In their indiscriminate attacks,
whatever has been found to be untenable has been gradually abandoned,
and I hope the attack will be continued till nothing of the wretched
outworks be left; and then, I doubt not, a safe and impregnable
fortress, will be sound in the center, a fortress built upon a rock,
against which the gates of death will not prevail.  
–Joseph Priestley

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