God of War: Chains of Olympus

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PlayStation 3


Kratos makes his first appearance on a portable platform in the third title in the God of War series. Chains of Olympus is a prequel set ten years before the original God of War. Gameplay is similar to the predecessors but with some minor changes. Kratos goes through levels killing enemies and bosses, solving box-based puzzles and doing quick time events. He also collects red orbs to power up his weapons and abilities, Gorgon eyeballs to increase his health and Phoenix feathers to increase his magic power.

The game's controls were adjusted to fit the PSP's reduced amount of buttons. Both the shoulder buttons and the analog stick are now required in order to dodge. The most well-known God of War weapon, the Blades of Chaos, are also present. There are several new weapons and magic spells available, including Sun Shield, Efreet spell and Light of Dawn. The game starts when the Gods send Kratos to the city of Attica to defend it from the invading Persian army. But later when Morpheus strikes, Kratos will need to use all his power to save the world once again.


God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Solving one of the box-based puzzles.
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Save point
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Swimming.
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Kratos found a Gorgon eye.

Alternate Titles

  • "ゴッド・オブ・ウォー 落日の悲愴曲" -- Japanese spelling
  • "God of War: Rakujitsu no Hisoukyoku" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

It is the God Of War, but a rather impotent one. PSP dreamstealer (146)
Another short game, another short review PSP Frankenfed (33)

Critic Reviews

Pocket Gamer UK PSP Mar 03, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Gaming Target PSP Apr 08, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
PGNx Media PSP Mar 07, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Wonderwallweb.com PSP Apr 01, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Cheat Code Central PSP 2008 4.6 out of 5 92
ZTGameDomain PSP 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamervision PSP Nov, 2008 9 out of 10 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) PSP Mar 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Blend Games PSP Mar 28, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
EL33TONLINE PSP Sep 05, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
Chances of this being ported? 7 Big John WV (25256)
Feb 20, 2009


1001 Video Games

The PSP version of God of War: Chains of Olympus appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 26, 2009 - Best Handheld Game in 2008 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – PSP Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PSP Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2008 – PSP Action Game of the Year

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