Ah, Greek mythology. An endless well of public domain stories and characters that are perfect fodder for writers, movie makers and video game designers. It is to the credit of this game series that, rather than tell the stories of Perseus,Herakles or Theseus, they instead made up Kratos, in all his bloody, chain-blade weilding glory.
I've played God of War PS2 and enjoyed it immensely. I haven't played the sequel yet, but I'm sure I will. In the meantime, this PSP version of the game is a more-than-adequette substitute.
The game is a prequel to the other two in the series. You play a tiny Kratos, running around eviscerating everyone that gets in your path. You also manage to find time for a little lovin' with some naked ladies, as was the style of the time (interestingly, Kratos never seems to hook up with any boys, as was also the style of the time).
The game looks and plays incredibly well. The graphics are as close to a PS2 as anything you'll see on the PSP, and the controls work well on the smaller console. No complaints there.
I should note that I played this game on the PS3 remastered collection, which probably contributed to my disappointment. The GOD OF WAR series has always been about scale: Titanic production values, epic boss fights, over the top violence, etc. Thus it makes little sense that one would compress what is essentially the video game equivalent of a $200 million blockbuster film, into a handheld system. Everything has to be compressed, which puts the franchise in an odd position since its sense of scale … more
Before he waged war on the gods...he was forced to serve them
The third game in theGod of Warfranchise,God of War: Chains of Olympusfor 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 Warand God of War II, not only does it equal the efforts of its predecessors, in some ways it may even surpass them.
Kratos’ Story TheGod of Warfranchise 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. InChains of OlympusKratos 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...