Well I’ve just completed this game, and loved and hated it at the same time !
This is the first time I’ve played through God of War, even though the game is 5 years old. I was first introduced to God of War Chains of Olympus on the PSP a could of years ago and loved it. I remember playing the game for a full weekend solid, only breaking for food, and to charge the PSP battery.
My PS2 was sold a couple of years ago, and wasn’t lucky enough to get one of the PS3’s with the backwards compatibility, so the odds on my playing the original game seems slim to non. So you can imagine my excitement when they announced that they were remastering God of War 1 and 2 and bringing them to the PS3.
I’ve been keeping my eye on the likes of Amazon and Play, etc and watching for the UK release date, which seems to be the 30th April 2010. Being as impatient as I am, I did a little googling and found out that all PS3 games aren’t locked to any region, and an imported game would work, and also earn me Trophies. I did a little looking on ebay and Amazon.com and found it for sales there, so bought myself a copy. I personally ordered from ebay as it was next day delivery, granted it was more expensive, but I didn’t want to wait……and I didn’t have to, it was here the following day !
So, more about the game, I’m still not sure where God of War Chains of Olympus fits into the storyline, but I was a little giddy to find out how Kratos became such a hard arse, and the story didn’t disappoint. Now I’m going to attempt to keep this spoiler free, as there are probably other people out there who haven’t played any of them either.
Essentially, you play the game as Kratos, one seriously hard mo-fo, set in the realm of brutal Greek mythology. You work for and against the God, in hours and hours of fantastic story telling, gorgeous graphics, and a great deal of fun.
As you go through the game you get red orbs for killing people, and opening chests, and this is the currency in the game, used to upgrade your weapons and magic. You initially start the game with 2 flaming swords, which are attached to your wrists by chains (known as the Blades of Chaos), giving yourself a huge range of attack. As the game progresses, you pick up various other weapons, and various magical powers, however I found myself levelling up the original blades, as well as the first magical ability I got.
The game is essentially a hack and slash / puzzle type game, you walk into a room, kill everything in there, work out how to get out, do whatever is needed to get out, move onto the next room etc.
One thing I will say about this game is how cleverly it used the environment. There was a particular room I remember, there was the head of Hades in the main room, after killing things in this room, I took a side room, through a load of other rooms only to arrive back at the same room about an hour later, but about 100 foot above the original room. Again I worked my way through this level, to find myself popping out in the original room again about half an hour later. The clever thing was, at no point did I feel like….”Oh, I’m here again…..”, because the environment would keep changing.
The graphics…..to say this is a 5 year old game, I must say the work they’ve done on re-rendering the game is fantastic, it honestly doesn’t look out of place when compared to some of the games released this year. The only thing in my opinion that does look dated are some of the cut scenes, however the main cut scenes still look fantastic.
The sound…..I was a little shocked that my amp only switch to Pro-Logic 2 for the sound, I would have hoped this would have been remastered to 7.1PCM or at least Dolby Digital.
The gameplay, I loved the combat, I loved the puzzles, I despised the timed jumpy bits !. There were certain areas where I would have to jump over spinning blades, and run along logs with spinning blade, climb walls with spinning blades, which I just found painful ! (in more ways than 1)
There was one particular point toward the end of the game where I had to climb up 2 rotating towers with blades on them, I must spent over an hour trying to work out the pattern the blades were in, so I could climb up, as if one of the blades hit you, then knocked you back to the floor, and you had to start again !, however this is where you get rewarded the gold Trophy of “You Got the Touch!”, as it is a real pain in the arse.
Now I’ve beat it, I now know the story behind Kratos, and now understand where the Blades of Chaos came from, why the white skin colour, and why he was so in with the gods !
I would have loved to have given this game 5 stars, however the crappy, jumping around bits really annoyed me, and nearly got the controller thrown on more than one occasion.
The in game clock suggests that I played the game for 9 hours and 16 minutes, however this didn’t take into consideration the amount of retries, realistically this game took me around 16 hours. I do have God of War 2 yet to play, however I’m planning on having a break before starting to tackle this.
All in all a very fun game, however does have some truly annoying bits….you’ve been warned.
Approx Time taken to beat – 16hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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