Saturday, November 27, 2010

Video game number three hundred and thirty four: God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Video game review number three hundred and thirty four in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "God of War: Ghost of Sparta"

This game is a sequel to the other PSP God of War game, Chains of Olympus, which I played last month. I thought that one was great, and somehow...this game manages to improve upon it. I'm not sure how...but they've packed an even better game onto the small screen.

First of all, it features the same great graphics, with cut scenes that look like they're cut straight from the PS3 version. The in game graphics seem to have been stepped up a bit, with more of the zooming camera angles from the PS3, and some HUGE bosses. I faced three different giant enemies in the first few levels, plus lots of big mini-bosses as well.

One in particular was pretty disgusting. It involves a read the paragraph below at your own risk:


A level or two in, you meet your mom, and she's dying. On her death bed, she whispers to you who your dad is, tells you that your brother is still alive, then turns into some kind of beast thing. She's like a werewolf, only she has a giant jaw…and you have to kill her. Aside from the moral implications of killing your own mother in a video game, this whole sequence is just pretty gross. It was also awesome.

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Kratos has some new attacks this time around. I enjoyed grabbing people with the circle button to slam them to the ground and then doing either heavy or light attacks while they are on the ground. It's brutal and really awesome. Eventually, you also get some spinning upgrades to the blades of Athena, and suddenly, you can fight tons of enemies at a time. I thought this was a lot fun as well.

Overall Score? 9/10. Another awesome God of War game, and another one I must own. It's been added to my Amazon wish list, and if I don't get it for Christmas, it's on the top of the list of games from this challenge that I need to buy myself and add to my collection. For the longest time, my PSP was not my system of choice while on the road, but between this game, Loco Roco and Chains of Olympus, I'm going to have my hands full next time I'm traveling.

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