Mythology is such a rich source for any day modern story teller. After all, tales from the likes of the Greeks and the Romans contain so many spectacular people, beasts and gods that it is simply unthinkable that some of them wouldn't wind up becoming a part of gaming lore as well.
Unsurprisingly, this has ended up being the case, with all sorts of creatures from ancient tales winding up as enemies or allies in a variety of great titles over the years. Couple that with the added level of creativity that a game designer can bring to the table and you have some rather unique uses of famous mythological figures, all offering a different perspective on the characters that originally made up the stories of old.
Whether they're the star of their very own game, aiding the player character in achieving whatever it is that they've been tasked with, or fighting against them in an effort to prove their own superiority, mythological characters have become as much a part of gaming folklore as they are in real life.
Overall, some of the most interesting uses of such characters are in the context of gaming, although for the sake of fairness and variety, that'll mean looking a little deeper than simply listing every encounter in God of War.
Lee Price is a writer for 411mania.com and Starburst Magazine, which is published in the UK. He is currently working as a freelance writer. He hopes to one day fund his addiction to video games by writing about video games, and he maintains a sporadically updated blog at leesrandombulls*it.wordpress.com