GOD OF WAR

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While we"re huge fans of Kratos here in the Push Square office, not every PlayStation fan shares our affection. The spartan warrior"s constant anger grates with many followers, so much so that they are unable to look past the character in order khổng lồ enjoy the game. Despite slotting awkwardly between the first and second God of War games, God of War: Ghost of Sparta attempts lớn explain the reasoning behind Kratos" fury. Ready At Dawn use the second PSP spin-off as a method khổng lồ shine a different light on the warring character. Don"t get us wrong, Kratos is still flippin" furious in Ghost of Sparta — but some new elements of his character are exposed here, making it essential from a narrative stance. Some of the areas Ready At Dawn cảm ứng on can be ham-fisted, but Ghost of Sparta will change your perception of Kratos, even if you still come away disliking the anti-hero.

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God of War: Ghost of Sparta brings with it the traditional phối of platforming, combat và insane boss-fights. The formula fits perfectly on the PSP, largely due to God of War"s fixed camera perspective. Many other games depend on the second analogue stick, but God of War is not one of them and thus the transition lớn Sony"s handheld is perfect. Ready At Dawn strike the balance và pacing just about right in Ghost of Sparta, with a little less emphasis on combat than in their previous PSP release, God of War: Chains of Olympus.

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If there was any criticism lofted at Ready At Dawn"s previous PSP title, Chains of Olympus, it was targeted towards the relatively brief campaign. Ghost of Sparta is notably longer, with a campaign spanning roughly six-to-ten hours depending on difficulty or play style. The game achieves its length with original nội dung — there"s very little repetition here, so it"s not artificially extended. It feels lượt thích a good length for the game"s narrative, và because the campaign is so well-paced it lends itself to multiple playthroughs.


Technically there are prettier games than God of War: Ghost of Sparta, but this is a PSP game, built for a handheld designed to fit in the average sized pocket — not that you"d know it half of the time. Take our word when we state that God of War: Ghost of Sparta is without doubt the prettiest trò chơi on the PlayStation Portable. It"s incredible what Ready Of Dawn have achieved; in terms of technical prowess on comparative hardware Ghost of Sparta might potentially outstrip God of War III. While the game"s mix piece moments are the most breathtaking, its overall fidelity is astounding throughout. Textures are detailed, while visual effects such as rain, snow & fire embers trumpet the PlayStation Portable as though it"s a new piece of hardware. It"s hard to lớn believe that we"re potentially experiencing the last holiday season with the current PSP as Sony"s flagship handheld — especially with the system outputting visuals of this quality.

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Aside from some neat interactive narrative twists, God of War: Ghost of Sparta plays exactly as you"d expect. That"s no bad thing; God of War is one of the few franchises that perfected its game play style first hand, và any tweaks at this point would be for change"s sake rather than for the benefit of the experience. Ghost of Sparta does implement most of God of War III"s improvements — QTEs now appear on-screen relative lớn the PlayStation"s face-button layout, & Kratos can also now wrestle characters to the ground. That said, combat still largely boils down khổng lồ Square-Square-Triangle, though new weapons & power-ups do offer something fresh. Thera"s Bane is perhaps the biggest new addition to Ghost of Sparta"s combat, allowing Kratos to charge attacks with an added dose of fire. This helps you lớn break enemy armour, mở cửa doors and add extra power khổng lồ standard attacks. It"s neat.

There"s no loading. UMD is frequently touted as a format with poor load speeds, but God of War: Ghost of Sparta rarely ever pauses lớn stream in the next section. Throughout our time with the game"s eight hour campaign we saw little more than three loading screens; an impressive feat for a trò chơi so technically demanding.


God of War in its current format feels done. The formula is still as brilliant as it was when David Jaffe invented it in the mid-2000"s, but four titles later it"s beginning to lớn overstay its welcome. As a love letter khổng lồ fans, Ghost of Sparta is everything it could possibly be (and perhaps some more), but there"s a sense that Kratos" narrative is done. We don"t believe God of War as a franchise is over, but we presume when Sony Santa Monica return to lớn it, they"ll have a new cast and new chơi game ideas lớn experiment with. The formula needs a refresh và we"ll be interested khổng lồ see the direction it heads next.

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Conclusion


In terms of comparative hardware, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is potentially more impressive than God of War III. Some of the visual effects are astounding, with a great art direction & solid level design lending itself perfectly to lớn Ready At Dawn"s technical ambition. The gameplay is familiar, và perhaps on the verge of needing an overhaul, but as a love letter to fans, Ghost of Sparta is unrivalled.

Excellent 9/10

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A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy"s covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count khổng lồ prove it. He also likes tennis games way more than you.


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Mon 6th Feb 2012

Starting it tonight (PS3 version). Finished CoO last week, which was underwhelming in almost every way, but I played it to get to lớn this one which I"ve already heard is much better. & then GoW3 finally.

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Mon 6th Feb 2012

I loved this game too, better than god of war 3. Need lớn get the GOW collection to lớn play this in HD now.


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Tue 7th Feb 2012

I just picked this up as part of the controller bundle. I"m not a huge GOW tín đồ but enjoy this one more than GoW1 and GoW2. Impressive little gem coming from a handheld!


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Tue 7th Feb 2012

I missed it when it first released on PSP. I nearly bought the HD collection that released on ps3 but now that I"m getting a VITA, I might tải về this game from the SEN (Playstation Network changed to lớn Sony Entertaiment Network).

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rhejr I think Chains of Olympus was a pretty good first GOW PSP game. It"s short but necessary for the story and fleshing out Kratos.