God of War II had cool weapons, but they weren't as versatile as the Blades of Athena. Then during the lead up to God of War III's release, Santa Monica Games revealed that there would be more weapons in God of War III and that the weapons would be much more user friendly and versatile. All we knew about God of War III at the time was that it would be the final chapter, that it would have much better graphics and that Kratos would be able to use a pair of lion shaped boxing glove things. This is all true, and so was Santa Monica Games' claim about more versatile weapons. However, what they had failed to mention was that 3 out of the 4 new weapons would be pretty much identical to Kratos' trademark Blades of Chaos / Athena / Exile. I for one feel like they ripped us off. Whatever happened to the Spear of Destiny and the Barbarian Hammer? Kratos managed to keep the Golden Fleece and Icarus' Wings from his last adventure, so why was he not able to keep the weapons from his last adventure too? Sure, he lost all the experience he had earned in God of War II, but not his weapons... This is especially weird because God of War III is direct continuation of God of War II. So, again I ask, where did the Spear and Hammer go? Any idea as to why they just magically disappered? What's your favorite weapon from the God of War series?
Wow. You really don't like this game do you?
Anyway, I'd have to go with the weapons Hephaustus gave him.
the idea behind the weapons was that they focused on an aspect of the combat while the blades of athena were balanced
nemean cestus:heavy damage
claws of hades:long range and magic(ironically its magic was the least usefull)
nemesis whip:combo building and hold attacks
i needed to use all of the weapons at least once(in fact i needed the claws of hades only in the cerberus breeder battle)so i dont think they are completely useless.unlike other entries they worked and they were fun to play with
my favorite is the cestus,i could easilly have this instead of the blades.also the spear and shield from gos were great as well
They should have made the weapns vary among each other, and be unique. JUST LIKE IN GOW2. From the barbarian hammer, to the spear of destiny, then theres the blade of olympus, that was EPIC. In GOW3 it's pretty much the same double handed chain weapon 4 times!
Most of the "weapon questions" have been answered, so I'll develop on the other questions.
The previous weapons did "Magically Disappear", and I don't mind how this worsens the already jagged consitency throughout all six games, but we've got to remember that this is just a game, and it is very complicated for the Dev team to go into too much realism. For example, if the GoWII weapons disappearing irritates you, shouldn't the fact that Kratos' current weapons aren't stocked onto himself, but just disappear/reappear at will bother you?
As for your last question, my favorite weapon throughout the epic franchise would have to be the Nemean Cestus.
Beating my step-brother's face into mush, disposing of every grunt, beheading every Chimera, degutting every Centaur, pulling the eyes out every Cyclopse, detesting every Satyr, stepping on every Skorpius spawn to mama Skorpius herself, decapiting every Gorgon, incapacitating every Minotaur, trifecting every Cerberus, crushing every last Talos, and up to besting Zeus himself, these glorified boxing gloves are my best bet.