I had totally forgotten about the console games from Creative Assembly. I never played Spartan but have Viking and I actually really liked it. It couldve used a bit of polish but the scale of the battles is pretty amazing for a hack n slash game.
I rented Spartan once and it was total garbage and the annoying techno soundtrack didn't help. Something like the God of War series is way better for a similar type of game. --- things that work interest us less than things that don't. --Adam Gopnik