God of War: Chains of Olympus May 15, 2011 18:34:46 GMT -5
Post by Bytor on May 15, 2011 18:34:46 GMT -5
The visuals are to use a well worn word of mine simply stunning. At this point in time this is the standard other PSP games should/need to be held up to. Attention to detail is almost flawless, frame rates are seamless and it appears as if the developers shrunk the PS2 versions down to fit onto the PSP screen and somehow lost zero in the resolution and little, if any, in the detail. Kratos and the environs are very easy for players of the previous games to get used to, although he's a little smaller, lol, and while I was a tad apprehensive about the PSP's ability to pull off this very artistically rendered game it was done wonderfully and flawlessly! Simply a beautiful and awesome game to look at!
The sounds of battle sound as if they came straight from the PS2 versions and Kratos is as per his norm wonderfully done! I swear, it really is as if they shrunk down a version which was designed for the PS2 (or maybe even PS3!!) and placed it on the PSP. And while we're gushing concerning the sound the soundtrack itself may be even better. The sweeping sounds fit the ebb and flow simply wonderfully providing great ambiance without getting annoying or grating upon the nerves, which is somewhat of a rarity in video games nowadays!
I thought about simply copying the review from God of War because it is for the most part identical. But, and this was a nice but for me, there were a few less "monumental" puzzles. I'm not saying they were necessarilly that much easier, instead let's just say I didn't find myself saying "WTF" as often, lol. Other than that the game mechanics were pretty much the same, after all, why mess with what works.
I'm going to be very mysterious here because the story unfolds as you progress. And while there are no really huge surprises and intrigues it still is a worthy story. The game is actually a prequel to God of War and tells the quest of Kratos to continue his servitude to Ares, introducing you to a few more individuals in the pantheon of Greek mythology. Not a mind blowing story per se but still a very, very enjoyable romp through the Greece of Kratos.
A great game for the PSP. It not only takes nothing away from the series but I feel it actually adds to the mythos. I'm not going to wax too poetic about it's greatness because if you are familiar and fond of the series you not only will not be disappointed but you will love this interpretation of Kratos and his world.