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 Opening a chest with green orbs inside.
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Kratos uses Light of Dawn.
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Solving one of the box-based puzzles.
God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP Save point

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

Kombo.com PSP Feb 21, 2008 9.8 out of 10 98
Armchair Empire, The PSP Jun 30, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Purojuegos PSP 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
GameCell UK PSP 2008 9 out of 10 90
Digital Chumps PSP Apr 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Atomic Gamer PSP Jul 03, 2008 89 out of 100 89
Lawrence PSP Mar 28, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
DreamStation.cc PSP Jul 01, 2008 8 out of 10 80
AusGamers PSP Apr 11, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79
Factornews PSP Mar 28, 2008 7 out of 10 70


Topic # Posts Last Post
Chances of this being ported? 7 Big John WV (25498)
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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