God of War II is an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is the sequel to the original God of War game, and continues the story of the Spartan warrior Kratos as he seeks to exact revenge against the gods of Olympus. The game features similar gameplay to the original, with a focus on fast-paced combat and puzzle-solving. The game also introduces new abilities and weapons for Kratos, and features larger and more ambitious levels. God of War II was released in 2007 for the PlayStation 2 and was well-received by critics, who praised the improved graphics and more epic story.