God of War 2 is everything as brilliant as GoW. Ive only started playing this today. But I can say for certain that it is dam exciting.
If anything its slightly more complicated then the first one and seemingly needs me to think about what I am doing more. But I like that. However, the combat is very similar if not the same. Still love to button mash and easily cleave my way though the game on normal.
There is heaps more back story now. Its almost as if the designers paid special attention to ensuring that as many of the myths and legends were incorporated into the game as possible.
Over all I'd very much recommend playing this game It should only be like $5 at some trade-in place, So you should definitely check it out.