Review by man_of_power05

"God of War arrives on the PSP, but is it still good?"

God of War and God of War 2 for the PS2 were among the best games for the PS2, excelling at both gameplay and action, but now it's time to move on to another platform. The result is God of War: Chains of Olympus for the PSP; is the game as good at its PS2 predecessors or is it a flop? Let's find out.

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics capabilities of the PSP isn't as high as the PS2, but it's close. This game proves that fact; the graphics of this game are very close to its PS2 predecessors. The backgrounds are very detailed and are fully animated, like on the first level in which the ships in the background are moving and fighting while you fight on the ground. The blood and gore are plenty and looks so good. The cutscenes are animated as best as the cutscenes of the PS2 games including the facial expressions. Remarkable.

Gameplay: 8/10
Despite the fact that the PSP only has one analog stick and two shoulder buttons, the gameplay is close the the other games. You evade with the analog stick while pressing R and L. You use magic by holding R and pressing either triangle, square, or circle. These control changes work very well. Also, action commands are still in the game but some are a little tricky to do like the ones where you have the rotate the analog stick (for obvious reasons). Another action command that's tricky is the one where you have to alternately press R and L, which sometimes requires you to turn the PSP so you can do it faster and that's annoying. Another annoying fact is that you get so many red ors in the game, you can power up everything the the max and still have over 50000 red orbs at the end of the game. You'll also notice that you don't encounter as many enemies at once as in the other games. The length of the game is the major flaw though. Although God of War has never been a lengthy series of games, being only about 10 hours, this game is even shorter than that, being about 5-6 hours.

Story: 10/10
This game takes places before Gof of War but after Kratos becomes the Ghost of Sparta. Kratos is a servant of the gods. After Helios the god of the sun has been god-napped by the titian Atlas, the world is plunged into darkness. Without Helios, the world of man and of the gods will be destroyed. Kratos must save the sun god before this happens. The story is ties very good into the series as it explains Atlas's character and you see that Kratos is starting to hate the gods.

Overall you should buy this game if you are are fan of God of War. Hell even if you aren't, you'll enjoy this game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 03/07/08, Updated 03/10/08

Game Release: God of War: Chains of Olympus (US, 03/04/08)

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