God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Monday, March 10, 2008

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 9.00
Gamelength: 9.00

Kratos ventures forth to the PSP, delivering death and mayhem to all who would oppose him.

God of War: Chains of Olympus brings the God of War franchise to the PSP, and does so with a fury. As Kratos, you must journey forth and do the bidding of the gods of Olympus. The gameplay is, like the other God of War games, hack and slash with puzzle solving and platforming, and the ratio of all of these components is rather nicely done. The hack and slash aspect is really fun. As you earn more red orbs, you can power up your weapons and magic in order to learn new moves which you can use to obliterate your enemies. Kratos has two basic moves available to him for both of his weapons, a light attack and a heavy attack. Kratos also has access to both a grab and an air grab, which change depending on the enemy. In terms of bosses, there are only four, however each one has their own personality and method to their destruction. In terms of puzzles, the puzzles start off simple enough, but as the game goes on they tend to get more complex. The platforming is pretty straightforward, climbing ladders, breaking down walls with different objects in the environment, smashing down huge pillars to get where you need to go, just the kind of thing you would come to expect from Kratos. The button sequences are cool, especially for the grabs on some of the larger enemies. The magic that you unlock as the game goes on is really fun to use. They’re pretty similar to the magic found in the previous two games, however they still kick major ass. The Challenges of Hades that you unlock after beating the game gives you more to do, and the extra costumes make for a good amount of replays. In all, the gameplay aspect of Chains of Olympus is pretty awesome.

The graphics are absolutely incredible. For a handheld game, they are absolutely gorgeous. There is hardly any lag, it seems to run at a constant rate, and the transition from actual gameplay to cutscenes if near flawless. The details on the characters, especially Kratos, are absolutely stunning, and the particle effects, especially when a torrent of fire is coming your way, or you’ve just destroyed a statue. Kratos looks great, and the trails around his blades look great too. The audio is amazing as well. All the background music is incredible, and fits each location perfectly. It’s very epic, and the choral vocals work very nicely with the ambiance of the environment. The sound effects are awesome, such as Kratos’ yells of savagery, explosions, and bone crunching. The voice acting is really well done, as we’ve come to expect from the God of War series.

God of War: Chains of Olympus is a great game. It’s really fun to play, and the unlockable content gives the game great replayability. If you have a PSP and want to take God of War with you, this is the way to do it. It won’t let you down.

Overall Rating: 9.00

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