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God of War: Chains of Olympus, developed by Ready At Dawn (Daxter) for the Playstation Portable is a prequel to the epic Playstation 2 games.
The game succeeds in two aspects, the first being the amazing graphics. The character models, environments, and most impressively animations all look incredible. The game’s second success comes with how well it imitates its older console brothers. The combat retains its balance of accessibility and depth, and the puzzles are once again perfectly balanced.
This being said, the game is not exceptional. Whether it’s a commentary on the nature of portable gaming, or just the structure of the PSP itself, God of War just isn’t God of War when it’s played on the PSP. The controls are cramped, with dodge being pinned to a clumsy combination of triggers and analog control, and the larger than life feeling that defined the console versions almost feels out of place when forced onto the PSP’s small scale.
While Chains of Olympus doesn’t match the greatness of its PS2 predecessors, it stands up as a solid portable game that, like other PSP games before it (Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops), is handicapped by the system’s limitations.
Whether you will enjoy this game or not boils down to a few different things.
Do you enjoy God of War?
Do you have a PSP?
Do you care if its short?
Do you have headphones?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you have no reason not to give this a rent. I'm not one to play games over and over, so I wouldn't buy, but considering its one of the only great games on the PSP its tempting. It truly is an extraordinary package. Because the PSP has been enabled to run at a higher processing speed it might drain your battery a bit faster, but its worth it. This game is eyecandy in the palm of your hand. I booted it up for the first time and was awed at how close the graphics resemble the PS2 counterparts. The gameplay is very similar, nothing too new here, but the way the controls have been ported to the handheld system might impress you quite a bit. I almost like them better on the PSP than the traditional Dualshock's control scheme.
Overall wonderful game, no reason not to put aside a few hours and give it a run through.
Unless boobies offend you of course...but chances are they don't.
Everything we love about the first two god of war games comes together in this pint sized prequel. Not only do the game mechanics work out beautifully for the psp but the graphics rival the PS2 versions. The story doesn an excellent job of introducing the first two games, but is incredably short. When the game is all said and done, there are multiple challenges that add some replay value. All together, I believe my total playtime was just over 3 hours. Even so, the epic proportions of this game let my rating stand at a perfect 10.