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.Read more ›
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amazing graphics and amazing sound clarity. Truly this is a PS2-grade quality title on Sony's smallest platform. Ready at Dawn studios truly showed their marvel with the release of Daxter and GOW: Chains of Olympus just redefined what portables are capable of. Even with the release of Ghost of Sparta this game is a great buy and at $19.99 (at time of review) it is a MUST BUY!
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a prequel to the PS2 series. Although it doesn't take the series beyond what's available in the first two titles, it lives up to the reputation you would expect.
The action in the game is classic God of War. A mostly isometric, top down view of your character, Kratos, as he slices, maims, and dismembers bad guys with his twin Blades of Chaos. These stubby swords can be used as you would wield traditional swords, or Kratos can use the chains which tether them to his forearms to swing the blades in a variety of deadly attacks. There's a generous number of combos available, and you can upgrade them for even more devastating moves.
Along your quest you'll also acquire the Gauntlets of Zeus. An awesome weapon that, due to it's limited range, requires you to get a little more intimate with your foes, however it delivers a powerful punch. Some may be disappointed that this is the only alternate offensive weapon in the game, but at least it is one you'll want to use. On the defense, you will get your hands on the Sun Shield, which can deflect projectile attacks back to where they came from, and offers up some counter-attack moves.
There are three magic attacks also available which provides some form of ranged or area attack. My preference was towards Efreet magic, which summoned a demon-like creature to pound the ground and cause fiery earthquakes. Like your weapons, all magic attacks are upgradeable. Even with the upgrades, I did find the other two magic spells somewhat limited, and it served me just as well to use my regular weapons, except when enemies stayed too far out of reach.
The camera work is as good as any God of War game, which is saying a lot. The controls are also responsive and easy to handle.Read more ›
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