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5.0 out of 5 stars The origins of the God of War., 16 Sep 2011
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This review is from: God of War Collection: Volume 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
Chains of Olympus is a prequel to the original God of War in which Kratos defeats Ares and takes his title. In Chains of Olympus Kratos is simply a servant to the Gods and his sole purpose is to destroy the enemies of Olympus. The events in this game lead Kratos to a reunion with his daughter. The events in Ghost of Sparta take place after kratos has defeated Ares. In this game Kratos is on a quest to find his mother and brother and to learn more about his origins.

My biggest concern with this collection was that the two games would look and play like straight PSP to PS3 ports but with sharper graphics. But thankfully it is very easy to forget that these were PSP titles when playing them on PS3. This is classic God of War with dynamic, brutal combat, exploration and massive boss battles requiring context-sensitive actions. The games are no where near as pretty as GOW3 but easily as good looking as the games in the first collection. Kratos and the monsters he fights actually look better in Ghost of Sparta than they do in the games in the first collection. And it is so much easier to control Kratos with a Dualshock 3 than with the PSP controls. Gamers familiar with the GOW titles on PS2 and PS3 will be able to pick up and play immediately. Chains of Olympus is a very good game but it is obvious ReadyatDawn studios were getting used to the PSP hardware. Ghost of Sparta is more polished with more content, better gameplay and more epic boss battles.

The most important aspect of any GOW game is its combat and that means weapons and the enemies to use them on. In Chains of Olympus the Blades of Chaos are Kratos' default weapons but he eventually picks up the Gauntlet of Zeus. The Efreet is a magical attack in which a flaming demon is summoned to pummel the earth with its fists. Bosses in this game include the Basilisk, Charon and Persephone. In Ghost of Sparta Kratos wields the Blades of Athena but eventually picks up the Arms of Sparta (spear and shield). The Eye of Atlantis is a magical attack in which electrical energy is fired at enemies. Bosses in this game include Kratos' mother (not a pretty sight) and his brother. The final boss battle is against Thanatos - the daemonic personification of death.

My television is not 3D enabled so I am not able to comment on those visuals. In summary this collection is everything a God of War fan could want and the PSP titles have been masterfully ported to the PS3. Ghost of Sparta is the better game of the two but no God of War fan should be without this collection.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2011 13:09:59 BDT
Leo20 says:
Great review. Im playing these games in 3D and I have to say that they look absolutely amazing. There is added depth and out of the screen 3D - this looks really neat. Uderwater parts a o the game are worth mentioning too. It llooks like you swim with Kratos. I wasnt sure what the games would look like on a large screen but I have to say that sony made a great conversion.
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