@ntm: I actually have no idea how Kratos' story will turn out mostly because I'm not very invested in it. I do appreciate the spoiler tags though because I enjoy being surprised.
I think that my blog reads as more negative than I intended. As I said, I did enjoy the game and I thought that the combat held up decently well, so I don't think we disagree there (even though I'm playing on Normal because I want to get through these things relatively quickly.) The thing that annoyed me with the combat was more the repetitiveness. Fighting a big enemy with lots of health...and then fighting two of that enemy immediately after...and then two more. It's just kind of annoying, especially when there's no way to heal between them (though God of War 2 is better about that than 1.)
I like the Greek setting too, though mostly for the environment design and cool mechanical elements as opposed to the direct call outs to specific myths. And those big spectacle moments that you describe hit for me too. Watching the horses pull the temple together is impressive even now, though the poor quality of the video compression does put a damper on things.
If I didn't like the games I wouldn't play them. The fact that I've completed 3 of them says something.
I've started Ghost of Sparta on PS3 tonight, just because it's short and I feel like I can blaze through it and then go through 3 and then Ascension, which I am not looking forward to because everyone seems to dislike it. I'm going to have to take a break to play Days Gone because something about that game really seems appealing to me for reasons I can't articulate, but I hope to wrap up the God of War series before the end of the summer and finally have dug it out of my long term backlog pile o' shame.