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God of War: Chain of Olympus

by Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony PSP
 Mature
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Sony PSP
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
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Before he waged war on the gods...he was forced to serve them

The third game in the God of War franchise, God of War: Chains of Olympus for PlayStation Portable is a prequel to the first two games in the series published for PlayStation 2, and true the high standards of God of War and God of War II, not only does it equal the efforts of its predecessors, in some ways it may even surpass them.

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Kratos on the shores of Attica
Kratos on the shores of Attica.
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The Blades of Chaos in action
The Blades of Chaos in action.
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Beautiful in-game environments
Beautiful in-game environments.
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Mythological boss battles
Mythological boss battles.
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Kratos? Story
The God of War franchise tells the tragic and violent story of the warrior Kratos and his dealings with the gods. The ancient world would eventually both praise and damn the infamous ?Ghost of Sparta? as the mortal who slayed a god, but long before his battle with Ares, Kratos sought absolution from his past sins by pledging himself as a champion to the gods. These brutal crusades in the name of Olympus became legendary, but would have far-reaching consequences. In Chains of Olympus Kratos is pushed to the edge as he is ordered by the gods to journey to the very depths of the underworld after the world plunges into darkness. There he must face the most feared creatures of Greek mythology and is forced to choose between his own personal redemption and saving the ancient world from certain destruction. It is a choice that will shake the immortals from their perches on Mt. Olympus.

God of War's Epic Gameplay Comes to the PSP
PlayStation Portable has always been head and shoulders above its competitors in the handheld market when it comes to processing power, and in God of War: Chains of Olympus the PSP platform may just have reached its highest level to date. Packed with features like dramatic camera angles, epic set pieces, cinematic cut scenes, stirring audio and seamless fast action gameplay, formerly only available on console platforms Chains of Olympus binds players to the game?s epic adventure, regardless where they are when they join in the action.

Combat Moves, Both Old and New
Nearly as defining as the name of Kratos itself, the trademark sweeping attack moves of the ?Ghost of Sparta? using his weapon of choice the ?Blades of Chaos,? epitomizes all God of War games and Chains of Olympus is no exception.

Although overall the PSP has fewer buttons than the PlayStation 2 controller, developer Ready at Dawn Studios has managed to incorporate nearly all of the attack moves and combination moves from previous games in the series into this new project. This continuity in gameplay not only provides a seamless intro into the game for veteran players, but a gentle learning curve for players new to the series. Add to this new brutal combat moves and an additional upgradable weapon and you have a combat system that will engage players at all levels.

Exploration and Puzzle Solving
From the bright gates of Attica to the darkest dungeons of Tartarus, Kratos? journey and your own will take you through the dark and brutal world of Greek mythology. Here not only will your skill with the Blades of Chaos be tested, but your wits as well.

As you explore the dangers of the ancient world, players must be prepared to use their navigational skills as they press on through labyrinths of challenging puzzles. Some may be simple tests at manipulating the game?s environment to your advantage, while others much more difficult also requiring precision timing of moves, but each will be different and test you in new ways.

An Evolution in Franchise History
More than just a missing piece in the history of the God of War franchise, Chains of Olympus also serves as an evolutionary link between the origins of the God of War franchise and its future. Originally developed for PlayStation 2, the future of the franchise is slated to make its arrival on PlayStation 3 in the form of the highly anticipated God of War III in the not too distant future. Not only is PlayStation Portable designed to work in unison with PlayStation 3 in many ways, but both long-time fans and newcomers to the series who choose to watch and play Chains of Olympus carefully may very well pick up clues as to the direction the franchise will be heading in with God of War III.

Regardless, whether you find yourself playing for the current chapter in Kratos? saga or preparing yourself for the battles to come on the PlayStation 3, God of War: Chains of Olympus is a must have title for any current owner of a PSP or those considering getting in the handheld game with one.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but very sweet. April 19 2008
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW!!! Jan. 22 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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!

Graphics: 9 / 10
Sound: 10/ 10
Gameplay: 10/ 10
Lasting Appeal: 8 / 10

Overal: 9 / 10
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing. THE BEST GAME ON PSP. Aug. 24 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It is visually astounding. Great story line. Really easy to pick up and play. This title will not disappoint. must buy for any psp owner.
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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God of War March 12 2008
By M. B Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When I saw that I had a package yesterday, I opened it up...and then nerd glee ran through my hands to my arms and then to my heart. Kratos had arrived.

I ran to my shop (actually I walked as fast as a grandma around a shopping mall) to open this tantalizing package of war. Screw work!! Actually I cant do that because I'm in Iraq and I have to get things done to help protect the troops. But once I was done with all the work for the day I popped the game in the PSP and hit the power button.

When I began to play, I couldnt believe the graphics. The PSP is seriously a PS2 in your hands. The game is just beautiful. The levels are nicely done. They even have the camera effect where it pulls out very far just to show you how small you really are compared to your surroundings. Your chains graphical effects look really good and even better as you upgrade them. Even the graphics for little things look great...for instance...when you open a chest under water, the chest begins to release thousands of tiny bubbles while you struggle to open it. I just thought that was a nice little touch.

The gameplay is incredible. Kratos is extremely easy to control. I'm just amazed at how fluid he moves. Bashing baddies...lifting them in the air...grappling them back onto the ground..and then finishing them off is nothing but a few well pressed buttons mashes. Not hard at all. And I'm not talking about the button sequence fighting either. Speaking of those, there are some really good ones in this game.

The sound is sharp and pleasing. The musical score can really put you in a mood to kill every living thing around...but then make you want to stop and smell the ashes of a burning hades. If you've played part 1 or 2, then you know what to expect with the sound effects, and it's here also. Sound great in my Bose Earbuds.

I have only a COUPLE of gripes about the game. I'm not completely done with it, but I can tell the game is going to be short. That's going to be a downer because I really like this game and just dont want it to end for at least 2 week..heh. Another gripe I have is that the game froze up on me once. Only once..so hopefully not again. Just make sure you save every time you get the chance.

Something that isnt a gripe, but a 'Just so ya know', playing on Normal is pretty dang easy. There are 4 modes...Easy, Normal, Hard, and God (which is greyed out at first). If you are pretty experienced with the game, I'd go with playing Hard.

Something parents should think about when pondering if they should get this game for their youngin. This game is based during when Rome was the hot spot. So when you see some of the female Gods, usually they are topless. Also there is a scene where Kratos frees two topless women and well...gets to have sex with them. You dont actually see it, but they show a vase or something rocking around while you hit a series of buttons to pleasure them both. Funny if you are older, but maybe not funny for parents with children.

All in all, I recommend this game completely for your PSP. It is definitely in my top 5 games for the PSP. That would include Ratchet and Clank, FF Tactics, Burnout Legends, and I dont have a 5th one yet..(it'll probably be the new Final Fantasy).

UPDATE:

Well after beating the game about an hour after posting this review, I will say it's definitely a short game. Also make sure you stay for after the credits. Well...you'll have to because you cant skip cut scenes (which I LOATHE that you cant do it in any game).
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Game To Behold And The Greatest Game For The PSP! March 13 2008
By Pasha Supreme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Simply put, this is the best PSP game on the market and one of the most stunning handheld games ever made. The production value is through the roof. I have never played a handheld game that was of this caliber, if it were twice as long I would call it the single greatest achievement on any portable system.

From the moment I started the game, I was emotionally involved and I did not want to put the game down. I had not played the other GOW games, so this was all new to me... and I was hooked. The action was intense, but the puzzles were never complex.

The few issues that I had were with the length of the game, and the thumb pad, some fights hurt!

If you have a PSP, you have to play this game... I hope this is the harbinger of the future for the PSP, because it proves that Sony's little console is quite something!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah baby, Kratos is finally here on the PSP March 5 2008
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
God of War stands as one of Sony's best original franchises, and now the vengeance-driven Kratos and his deadly chains have come to the PSP. Fans of the series will also be more than happy to know that God of War: Chains of Olympus stands as the best action title to hit Sony's portable system yet, as it nearly flawlessly brings everything that has made the God of War series so good, and packs it into one small disc. Taking place before the events of the original God of War, Chains of Olympus finds Kratos as general serving the gods, and also finds him struggling with obeying his orders, or doing what he feels he should. Undoubtedly the best looking game to hit the PSP yet, God of War: Chains of Olympus retains the excellent production values, addictive combat, tight controls, solid puzzle elements, and unlockable extras that will keep you glued to the game. The only real downside to Chains of Olympus is that as a whole, the game is too short. This one flaw is acceptable though, as Chains of Olympus boasts a brilliant score, more fantastic voice acting, and some dynamic action sequences that are easily the best to be seen on the PSP yet. All in all, God of War: Chains of Olympus is a more than welcome debut of Kratos on the PSP, and is by far the best action game to hit the PSP yet. Needless to say, if you own a PSP, God of War: Chains of Olympus is an absolute must own, and the definition of "killer app".
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God of War: Chains of Olympus......... March 5 2008
By blackaciddevil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Sad but true, I've never played God of War before. I've heard so much about the game and, considering it has David Jaffe's involvement in its' history, you'd think I'd have already played it. Alas, I haven't. Yet, I see the commercial on tv for this game and hear rantin' & ravin' from my friends about the game, I decide to get the PSP installment. Man (or Woman, whatever the case may be..;)), I was missing out on this for this long?? This game blew me away. It's exciting, addictive and challenging. God of War: Chains of Olympus is simply put 'the best looking title' on the system, bar none, yet. I've never seen graphics look quite this good on the system. Honestly. If graphics can get any better than this on the PSP, I'll be amazed. The environments were simply breathtaking, nothing like I've seen before. Course, Ready At Dawn made Daxter visually appealing for its' time.

For an action game, this game truly delivers. Especially where the story is concerned. Makes me wish some developers would make portable versions of some of my favorite games(like Shadowman, Bloodrayne, Legacy of Kain or Devil May Cry).

There's plenty of bonus content in the game that makes playing through a few times more appealing but I have a problem with the game's length. It is just too short for this kind of game. I managed to get through it in a little over 8 hours. It is, however, a portable game so I have to take that into account. Memory restrictions and whatnot, withstanding, it should be understood.

God of War: Chains of Olympus is a remarkable achievement on the PSP. It's a 'must-have' purchase for all owners of a PSP. This game just goes to prove that Ready At Dawn is a force to be reckoned with in the handheld world. I'm expecting great things from this bunch on their next game.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spartan is on the PSP - PREPARE FOR GLORY! March 8 2008
By The Matrix Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, it's been a long time coming, but Kratos has made his way to the small screen of our PSP's, and it was well worth waiting for!

From the description of the game on Amazon, it talks about epic gameplay on the PSP - but Chains of Olympus does more than this...it makes me forget that I'm playing on a PSP! Why? Because the graphics are absolutely breathtaking! The camera angles are a perfect match to the Playstation 2 counterparts of God of War and God of War 2.

In a nutshell, you get to follow along with Kratos in his forced servitude to the Olympian Gods.

There are a lot of combat moves, most of which are transfers from the other God of War games...but had to be changed with the lack of a second analog stick. Surprisingly, after a few hours of playing, you won't even notice because you adapt to the gameplay quickly. There are new weapons to power up, but the good ol' Blades of Chaos are right where they belong, in Kratos' hot little hands.

The boss battles are excellent. However, some of them will take a little intuition to figure out exactly how to defeat them, but hey, that's what God of War is all about...try, try again while slicing and dicing!

As far as the puzzle solving goes, some are definitely easier than others. Anyone familiar with the first 2 God of War games or Resident Evil should be able to figure out most of the puzzles without too much difficulty.

My only gripe about the game: As other reviewers have mentioned, it takes about 7 to 8 hours to solve it, and the PSP battery will not last anywhere near that long. But even if you run out of juice, you can plug the PSP in to recharge, and you'll pick up right where the game left off!

This is one of the best features of the PSP, being able to turn the unit off and pick up the gameplay when we're ready to.

With the unlockable content, advanced gameplay and extra costumes, God of War: Chains of Olympus is a MUST HAVE for the PSP.

Eat well, Spartan...FOR TONIGHT WE DINE IN HELL!!!
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