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 Shot from the intro movie
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Opening a chest underwater.
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Eos, Goddess of Dawn
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Solving one of the box-based puzzles.

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

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PSP Apr, 2008 A 100
NZGamer PSP Mar 21, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
ZTGameDomain PSP 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Gameplayer PSP Apr 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
InsideGamer PSP Mar 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Daily Game PSP Mar 22, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Daily PSP Apr 14, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamervision PSP Nov, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) PSP Mar 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Mobile Tech Review PSP Jun, 2008 4 out of 5 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
Chances of this being ported? 7 Big John WV (25257)
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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