God of War: Chains of Olympus

12 04 2008

ReadyatDawn studios (Daxter) have stunningly recaptured God of War on the PSP. Chains of Olympus opens to Kratos fighting off a Persian invasion in Attica (including a fire breathing basilisk of course). After saving Attica the Sun falls from the sky plummeting the world into darkness and under control of the god of dreams, Morpheus. So of course Kratos must save the world of gods and men. In the first ten minutes ReadyatDawn pulls out your brain and dances on it showing you that God of War is no mini PSP version. Unfortunately, at times it feels like mini God of War.

The easiest way to describe Chains of Olympus is more of the first two God of Wars. Graphically its mind blowing on the PSP. Level design is a bit more linear and straightforward when it comes to puzzles. Most of what would be puzzles are made too easy by an overuse of the do this camera upon entering an area. Combat is as good as ever and the new alternate weapon The Gauntlet of Zeus is ridiculously awesome. Although alternate weapons aren’t new to God of War this is the first weapon in which you’ll enjoy it as much or more then the Blades of Chaos.

The mythology behind Chains of Olympus is on par with the rest of the series but the implantation of the emotional part of the story doesn’t come over as well. Although seeing Kratos’ daughter is emotional it loses its sting as there is no consistent characters other than Kratos. Each section is driven by a new character making the betrayals obvious without any punch. Even more confusing was the lack of any reference to Morpheus except for the beginning of the story. If everything that happened in the dream including seeing his daughter was constructed by Morpheus I would have been really impressed. This is lightly highlighted after the end credits when we see that the gods have used Kratos yet again (perhaps with the aid of Morpheus). However, this is not explained nor is it clear if that were the case what was not part of the dream.

length: 4 hours and 20 minutes
score: 95% | metacritic: 92

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