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A truly outstanding handheld achievement
on 16 March 2008
I must say this is a spectacular game, and while not the best God of War title to date, it is a title without equal in it's genre on handheld systems.
Playing in familiar GoW fashion, with one or two annoying if necessary control scheme changes(Holding L+R and pressing X to dodge is not a pleasant addition I can tell you) and looking absolutely incredible for something on a handheld, Chains of Olympus brings us a prequel tale of Kratos in the time just before GoW1, where he travels to the world of dreams and eventually the underworld to confront Morpheus(The god of dreams, not Laurence Fishburne) and save the gods themselves, if he's prepared for the price he'll have to pay to do so...
From the off, it's the usual hacking and slashing and gore filled joy you'll know to expect from a GoW game, with no bodypart severing, nudity or swearing held back. It really is an absolute joy to play with only a couple of real quibbles.
First, it's short. I finished it in just over five hours. Around half the length of GoW2 if I remember right, though saying that, there is a decent amount of replay incentive here, but still, half the length of the last game... slightly disappointing.
Secondly, the aforementioned control scheme issues. For the most part it plays great, but some of the 'quick time' button press sequences are quite difficult, and dodging attacks is just annoying to the point where I just didn't bother with it. It isn't as easy to get to grips with as the last two games.
Beyond this though, everything else is perfect. This game is the best game of 2008 yet in my opinion and an absolute bargain at less than 20 quid.
Buy it now, you won't be sorry you did.