They are absolutely worth playing. Yes, go in order, start with 1 and stop with 3. Ascension is a let down. Part three is just so amazingly epic. The only problem with it is part 1 suffers from a lack of bosses (the last one is amazing though), but rest assured that is the first thing they fixed in part 2.
His red marks are because he is a Spartan warrior. His skin is pale white because they are the ashes of his wife and daughter he is cursed after killing - hence the name "Ghost of Sparta". Kind of a spoiler, but you learn that almost right away in the first game so not really. The why is the important part - also learned fairly early. You don't really play God of War for the storyline, but just be glad you don't have to wait between part 2 and 3 like those of us that played them when they came out - it has a pretty big cliffhanger.
Nope. You'd have learned the true nature of the red mark if you played Ghost of Sparta.
Each game is worth playing and the release order is the best path to playing them, as the story is written with that in mind. The first is the roughest of them all with ideas that aren't revisited again (special meters, long rope/wall fight sequences). The thing that truly makes the series special is the spectacle of the action and the story.
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