Review by MetalIceWolf
Short but VERY sweet.
God of War: Chains of Olympus takes place before the original God of War game that was released back in 2005 for the PS2. Kratos, the main character, has some of the past revealed to gamers as they learn of the events that happened right up until the first scene in the original game. He must decide to selfishly save himself and what he cares for, or save the entire world and all humanity. Since the story itself is short but interesting, I will not spoil any of it.
The gameplay is just like the other God of War games - action, slashing, with a few puzzles now and then. The puzzles are really easy and shouldn't require much thought. The slashing and brutalizing of the enemies is where the fun's at - pressing certain buttons when commanded and watching the awesome epic gore abound. Enemies from the other God of War games, such as gorgons, are all present here, along with the Blades of Chaos and a new, fantastic weapon called Zeus' Gauntlet and a bunch of magic skills for you to upgrade.
The graphics and music are epic and amazing like the other two games - Chains of Olympus defintely pushes the power of the PSP and is a great game to show off to your friends. You'll scale the walls of the underworld , jump across large chains, smash statues, swim through beautiful waters, and much more. Graphically, it is defintely one of the best games on the PSP and one of the most beautiful handheld titles ever made.
In terms of replayability, there is a nice bunch of things for you to do. Once you complete the main game on one of the difficulty levels, you'll unlock God mode (the most difficult mode), Five Challenges (which when completed earns you one of three costumes that change Kratos' appearance and alter his abilities), and "Making Of" videos and character and environment galleries.
Though everything else is great, the game's biggest fault lies in it's length. It took me only four hours to complete my first time through. It was a great experience though, and is really fun and wonderful eye candy. Overall, If you are a fan of the God of War games, or just action games in general, then this is a must-buy...in fact, you should give this game at least a rent. All PSP owners must play this game!
-Amazing graphics for a handheld
-Just as epic as the other God of War games
-Super fun gameplay
-Good replay value
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: God of War: Chains of Olympus (US, 03/04/08)
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