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God Of War: Chains Of Olympus!

The latest in the critically acclaimed and very controversial franchise has finally arrived, but on the PSP. Will this portable version of the popular game live up to the GoW name?

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They Will Pay With Their Blood: The latest in the GoW series shrinks Kratos down to portable size this time around, but leaves the classic GoW feel. The story of this GoW again revolves around Kratos and his trademark anger, but this time you are still in servitude to the Gods.

The Gods will drop you into battlefields to do what your good at, and while you are massively killing people you will have a lot of fun.

The story is, as always, not the strongest part of the game. It is merely a well-told excuse to kill various people, soldiers, and legendary creatures in Greek mythology.

Know The Ways Of The Blade: I know that a lot of you are wondering whether of not the controls of this GoW will be hindered because the fact that the PSP has only one joystick. I'm happy to say that the controls feel in no way any different then any of its older console brothers.

You will use a variety of different attacks, both light and heavy, and you will learn to string together attacks fairly quickly. The combat is as gory as ever, and feels the exact same as the console versions.

Have You Been Working Out: One of the first things you will notice about the PSP GoW is how great it looks. GoW is probably one of the best-looking PSP games out, and the various textures are very impressive for a PSP.

As well as the environments, the many different enemies you will encounter (and there are a lot) each have a unique look to them.

Even more impressive about GoW is the fact that the frame-rate keeps its pace even throughout the many areas in the game were multiple enemies populate the screen at one time.

Fighting The Same War: The worst part about GoW (and this is a small quibble) is the fact that the game doesn't feel much different then God of War 2, and plays almost the exact same. Of course, that's not saying God of War 2 is a bad game, but I feel like I've been through this two times before.

Another small flaw in GoW PSP is the fact that you will see the end credits in just less than seven hours. The game doesn't feel empty, but it does feel quite short. Fortunately, there are a few extras that will extend the total playtime by a small amount.

The Hades challenges, and the ultragod mode that will challenge even the most hardcore GoW player are both included to extend the game by some amount.

Rent vs. Buy: God of War: Chains of Olympus is an undoubtedly fantastic game that is nearly without flaws. The only small blemish is that the game is a little too short, clocking in at about seven hours. But that is nothing when you consider that the core gameplay is absolutely amazing, and Chains of Olympus is nearly a GoW 2 portable clone.

Report Card

God of War: Chains of Olympus is an undoubtedly fantastic game that is nearly without flaws. The only small blemish is that the game is a little too short, clocking in at about seven hours. But that is nothing when you consider that the core gameplay is absolutely amazing, and Chains of Olympus is nearly a GoW 2 portable clone. (Krakrabbit.com)


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