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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.9
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Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.7
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Overall User Score (20 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Sep 27, 2009)
There are some breathtaking views, and those shiny marble floors look amazing. One notable difference between this and the PS2 games is more frequent save points - very appropriate for a portable title. Chains of Olympus plays well, but it really doesn't benefit from the PSP platform. In fact, there were times when I wish I were playing it on a PS2 instead so I could savor more of the graphical details. Even so, God of War is probably the most playable and polished title you'll ever play on your PSP.
BlogCritics Magazine (Aug 21, 2009)
Control-based challenges and brevity issues aside, Ready at Dawn successfully managed to squeeze the God of War experience into a small, travel-sized package. Those that wish to quench Kratos’s thirst for destruction on the go or are eager to experience more of his back-story should definitely give God of War: Chains of Olympus a spin in your Playstation Portable.
Good Game (Mar 24, 2008)
JUNG , there’s so many nurfed ps2 ports and psp games with Big Brand Tittles that never seem do the series justice. So when a game like this comes along that sets the bar so high, it’s a good sign of what is to come and deserves a 10/10 in my book!
Game Shark (Mar 13, 2008)
Sometimes, the simplest description of something is also the most apt. God of War: Chains of Olympus is God of War on a handheld. Every amazing combo, bloody finishing move, larger than life boss battle and sweeping environment is present here, just smaller but no less impressive.
GamePro (US) (Feb 20, 2008)
If I had to place Chains of Olympus in the pantheon of titles released so far, I'd place it third behind God of War 2 and the original but only because the first two titles were so amazing. Chains is a worthy addition to the franchise. While I want nothing more than to continue on with Kratos' journey towards the top of Mount Olympus and his final battle with Zeus, I was more than happy to take a short detour along the way and spend time with what I consider to be the best PSP title I've ever played. I suggest you do the same.
Gaming Age (Mar 03, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is precisely the brutal action-adventure experience that we all hoped it would be. There's not much else that can be said about Kratos' first big portable adventure, except that it's another must-own PSP title. By the Gods, don't miss it.
100 (Mar 25, 2008)
I can't even use "scaled down" to describe this game--there is nothing small about this handheld entry into the series. The action, the ambiance, the puzzles are all as big as their PS2 counterparts, bringing a fresh fervor to the PSP which showcases its ability to handle such smooth, quick fighting and stunning graphics.
After months of disappointing software, it’s encouraging to see the PSP finding its feet again with titles such as GOW and Patapon. And while it’s unlikely Sony’s portable will ever boast a library as richly varied as the DS, GOW is reason enough to own both handheld consoles.
All in all, the story, graphics, sounds, and overall FEEL of the God of War franchise is perfectly translated over to the smaller-screen. If you've got a PSP and can't decide on your few options of amazing games, pick this one up. Whether you're a fan of the series, or haven't played any of the games before, You won't regret it.
Of course, it's not fair to compare it 1-to-1 with the PS2 titles, which is where my only real criticisms come in, but that's how good COO is - it makes you want to view it as a God of War game rather than a PSP game, and as long as you head in expecting a short story, you're going to find a satisfying experience.
G4 TV: X-Play (Feb 25, 2008)
The PSP hasn’t yet seen a game with this much polish, this much visual punch, or this much bloody satisfaction. Everything feels meaty, be it the clash of weapon on flesh or the substantial amount of gameplay depth and environmental design. Not only is Chains of Olympus a worthy addition to the God of War franchise, it also stands on its own as a triple-A title in the PSP library.
Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 03, 2008)
And ultimately it's a testament to the game that the campaign's short length can't keep us from exalting Chains of Olympus's exceptional virtues. It's just too unbelievably polished, engaging, and entertaining a title to miss. Kratos may have wet our palate, but like every magnificent gaming experience ever made, we're already thirsty for more.
Modojo (Mar 06, 2008)
Overall, you'd be a damn idiot if you didn't pick up God of War: Chains of Olympus. It rocks on every accord and doesn't let you down, unless you're expecting a game that tops the original two releases. It's an excellent follow-up that'll leave you begging for more - which, unfortunately, you won't get, as Ready At Dawn is moving on to consoles. Hmmm, maybe we can see them get to work on God of War III. Couldn't hurt. We'll bug them after they finish up with Okami for the Wii. For now, get to God praising and get this game. NOW.
GotNext (Mar 15, 2008)
Ultimately, God of War: Chains of Olympus is a supremely impressive game that just might be the best title yet for the PSP. Start to finish, it's an engrossing experience that should not be missed by any mature gamer who owns Sony's handheld. It's just that good.
AceGamez (Mar 31, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus takes almost everything that's awesome about its older siblings, including the sex scene mini-game, which has become a series standard, and miniaturized it to fit on the PSP. The game does run a little on the short side and is somewhat taxing on your battery life, but if you can get over those tiny gripes then there is a hell of a lot to like here, from the excellent controls that you'll use to push Kratos through each bloody and epic encounter to the frenetic, satisfying combat and the best graphics and sounds you'll find on Sony's portable to date. We may still only be in March, but Chains of Olympus is sure to be a PSP front-runner when the Game of the Year awards come around. Both fans of the series and fans of gaming in general should be rushing out to stores to buy this game immediately; it's an enthralling experienced that should not be missed by anyone, other than children who are too young for the game's adult nature.
Game Chronicles (Mar 03, 2008)
God of War is an amazing franchise and God of War: Chains of Olympus is an outstanding achievement, not just for the PSP, but as a worthy installment in this legendary saga. In many ways it plays better than the console version when it comes to controls, and the visuals and sound certainly won't disappoint even the most jaded of gamers. I've only said this for very few titles, but Chains of Olympus is reason enough to purchase a PSP to play it on. Sure, we've seen most quality PSP titles eventually make their way to the PS2, but you won't want to wait for the port...assuming there is one even in the works. I can guarantee that anyone who picks up Chains of Olympus won't be able to put it down. It truly is one of the best PSP games currently available for the system.
98 (Feb 21, 2008)
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the finest PSP game ever crafted and consequently set the bar for future games on top of Mount Olympus.
PSX Extreme (Feb 22, 2008)
With Patapon and God of War: Chains of Olympus, the PSP is looking extremely nice this early on into 2008. And with Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII still on the way, things are going to get better. That said, there's no denying that God of War: Chains of Olympus is arguably the best PlayStation Portable game to date. There is simply nothing on the console that comes close to its polish, gameplay, and production values. To have a game as epic as God of War in the palm of your hands is absolute bliss. This game alone makes purchasing a PSP worthy - no fan of the series, or the action genre, should be without it.
Game Over Online (Mar 07, 2008)
If you asked me a week ago what the best game available for the PSP was, I wouldn’t have been able to give you a definitive answer. I probably would have named two or three excellent titles. Ask me that same question today and the answer is simple, it’s God of War: Chains of Olympus. The controls are perfect, the visuals are stunning and the action is just as thrilling as its PS2 brethren. It is the best game available for the handheld and together with Sony’s other recent releases, Patapon and Wipeout Pulse, I don’t believe there’s ever been a better time to be a PSP gamer.
Gamernode (Feb 26, 2008)
Is it as good as the two PS2 God of War games? Not quite, but it's close. The fact that a PSP port of God of War can be this close to the legendary originals is amazing.
PGNx Media (Mar 07, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is one of the few PSP games that deliver a console experience while tweaking the formula for the PSP. The control system is top-notch, the visuals are remarkable and the game is as fun as ever. It’s a little on the short side (7-9 hours), but it’s action-packed during those hours. Beating the game unlocks some additional tasks and a very hard mode, which does increase the replay value.
NZGamer (Mar 21, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a masterpiece. The bastion of both technical achievements and engrossing cinematic gameplay, it would be difficult to find a game, let alone a PSP title, that accomplishes as much as God of War does.
95 (Apr 01, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus really shows what the PSP is capable of, so if you own a PSP then this game is essential, simple as that.
Gaming Target (Apr 08, 2008)
For those eight hours, as long as you haven’t tired of playing as the Ghost of Sparta on your last-gen PS2, you’re going to entertained by this handheld epic and you’re going to really enjoy seeing what’s on the back cover of the game manual. Maybe the needed co-op mode will be in Kratos’ future after all on PS3.
VGNZ (Mar 27, 2008)
I have had the privilege of playing probably the systems two best games back to back. Patapon was good but God of War – Chains of Olympus is so much better than just good. This game is the defining title of the Playstation Portable and will be I think for some time to come.
GameZone (Feb 21, 2008)
Sure the game is a bit linear, and there are some repetitions in the puzzles, but for a PSP title, this is one of the finest, if not THE finest, games released to date. The story will lure you in, the lack of load times will make the adventure seem seamless and the visual and aural treat will keep you in the game until you get to the very end. God of War 2: Chains of Olympus is the game that sets the standard by which other PSP games will be judged on this year.
GamersMark (May 22, 2008)
Fans of the God of War series and action titles alike will find a very satisfying experience in Chains of Olympus. Pulse-pounding action, mind-blowing visuals, and a well-told story more than makes up for a somewhat short game. My appetite for God of War was satiated and my anticipation for the planned God of War 3 has only grown after learning more about Kratos’ troubled past. If you have a PSP, you are simply missing out if you haven’t played this game.
Purojuegos (2008)
En conclusión, una aventura frenetica que destila accion, sangre y violencia por los poros de nuestra portátil en todo momento, gracias a un espectáculo tanto visual como sonoro pocas veces visto en una portátil. Es un juego que, teniendo una PSP, es pecado dejarlo pasar.
Armchair Empire, The (Jun 30, 2008)
Simply put, God of War: Chains of Olympus is an amazing title. Tragically, this is the last PSP game from Ready at Dawn, which has avowed to never develop for the PSP again, instead choosing to focus on the next-generation consoles instead. That’s a shame, as they really did great work with this game – one that certainly is deserving of a sequel itself.
Nehmt euch alle genialen Elemente eines schnelle Actionspiels, paart diese mit der griechischen Mythologie, packt eine nahezu perfekte Kampfsteuerung mit rein und fügt noch den coolsten Antihelden seit langem hinzu und schon habt ihr Chains of Olympus! Es ist wirklich eine Augenweide zu sehen, was für Spiele die PSP technisch bieten kann. God of War ist Unterhaltung auf höchstem Niveau, mit packenden Kämpfen und einem Hauptcharakter, der definitiv in die Geschichte der Videospiele eingehen wird. Schade ist nur, dass die Action relativ schnell vorbei ist. Wer einfach durchmarschieren will, dürfte durchaus die Marke von sechs Stunden knacken können. Doch God of War ist ein Genusstitel, bei dem jeder Kampf ein Vergnügen ist. In diesem Zusammenhang fällt aber leider auf, dass es durchaus ein paar mehr grosse Endgegner hätten sein dürfen.
TotalPlayStation (Mar 16, 2008)
I know I've basically just wasted a good nine hundred words regurgitating the same "hey, it's God of War on the PSP!" line, but it really can't be overstated how much of a technical accomplishment this really is. The PSP, at least judging by previous games, shouldn't be able to deliver a game that pares down some of the most impressive visuals on the PS2. It's just not something I expected to happen -- at least not this early into the PSP's life, and if this is a hint of what's to come from big name developers, the idea of a portable PlayStation just got redefined.
It’s very difficult to say anything bad about God of War: Chains of Olympus. Perhaps the only real downer is the total length of gameplay. Overall the game is really an impressive feat for the PSP, with outstanding visuals coupled with an amazing soundtrack and a storyline that leaves you wanting more. Developers Ready at Dawn Studios have put together one of the most compelling and popular games on to the PSP to date and it is a title that all those who own Sony's handheld should add to their game collection immediately.
94 (Apr 10, 2008)
Ready at Dawn's scaled down version of the critically acclaimed God of War series comes to the PlayStation Portable at just the right time to further bolster the ever-growing appeal of Sony's sexy handheld as its continues to outshine the Nintendo DS portfolio. While a seven-hour freestanding Kratos adventure might be considered a little short by some gaming standards, God of War: Chains of Olympus is quite simply the finest slice of action to grace the PSP since launch and is an essential purchase on every level.
IGN (Feb 18, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a stellar achievement on the PSP. It plays perfectly into the franchise's storyline and offers up the same level of intense action as its console counterparts. It's also the best looking title on the system, without question. Engaging from start to finish, Chains of Olympus is a mandatory purchase for anyone who owns a PSP and doesn't mind getting a little blood on their hands.
If you’re looking for God of War 3, you’ll be disappointed, but everyone else should be happy to be playing one of the best looking, playing, and designed handheld games ever. This is the top shelf of gaming on the go. What other game can offer a ménage à trios on the bus?
3D Juegos (Mar 12, 2008)
Kratos confirma con este título para PSP el fin de su servidumbre con PlayStation 2 antes de que llegue a la “next-gen”. Su manera de hacerlo ha sido a través de un videojuego que calca el estilo de sus hermanos mayores y lo matiza con el que supone el mejor aprovechamiento gráfico de una PSP hasta la fecha. Acción, puzles, luchas, una gran variedad de movimientos y una excelente puesta en escena, además de una impecable realización, son los mejores cimientos para un Dios de la Guerra que demuestra que se encuentra en un inmejorable estado de forma.
Portable Review (Apr 24, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is quite possibly the best game on PSP. Don’t let the complaints fool you: despite the length issues the multiple difficulties and how enjoyable the game is ensure that you’ll get a good amount of playtime out of it. CoO doesn’t equal the previous games in the series 100%, but being almost as good as the PS2 God of War games makes it a lot better than plenty of console games. This game should be on the buy list of every PSP owner, and is one of the better reasons to own the system.
If you own a PSP then you better buy this game. There is nothing else like this on the PSP and Nintendo DS. Chains of Olympus has the same feel as both God of War games on the Playstation 2. You may not get as many hours as some other games on the PSP, but do those other games have a badass like Kratos?
GamingTrend (Feb, 2008)
There are titles for every console that truly define the platform, and God of War: Chains of Olympus is one of those titles. Stunning graphics the likes of which we’ve never seen, an incredible soundtrack that rivals PS3/Xbox 360 titles, standout voice work, and gameplay that is on-par with the two previous PS2 titles makes this a must-own for any fan of the series. With the ability to try out a demo for yourself, you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to take Kratos for a spin, chop, juggle, and slash. Expect to see this title again when we look at the best of what 2008 had to offer.
In conclusion, know that God of War: Chains of Olympus is definitely a must-buy game for all current fans; for those who haven't had the chance to play it yet, this game presents a great opportunity to do so. If you like the action / adventure genre, enjoy mythology, and can't wait to become a badass ancient warrior, what are you waiting for? This prequel has everything you've come to expect from God of War, just in a little disc and on a smaller screen. Have a blast!
All in all, Chains of Olympus is a fantastic game, and one of the best handheld titles in a long time. If you are a fan of the series, or action games in general it should be high on your list. Its nearly flawless gameplay, impressive graphics, and immersive story make it the perfect way to kill some time (and a heck of a lot of other things) on the go.
La primera vez que nos lo pasemos, se nos desbloquearán los Desafíos de Hades que alargarán sensiblemente la vida del juego con retos como matar a cincuenta enemigos con El Genio o 20 sin recibir un solo golpe. También tendremos el Modo Dios, que es la dificultad más alta, una serie de vídeos e ilustraciones y trajes para Kratos. En definitiva, no se nos ocurre ninguna excusa para que no te lleves el juego a casa el mismo día que salga a la venta. CoO es el juego más completo que puedes encontrar en el catálogo de PSP en este momento.
Gamigo (Mar 26, 2008)
Trotz kurzer Spielzeit… God of War: Chains of Olympus ist der absolute Referenztitel für die PSP. Es gibt schlichtweg kein anderes Spiel, welches Sonys kleine Konsole besser ausreizt. Klar, Kratos ist auch auf der PSP kein Waisenknabe und es fließt vieeeel Blut. Zartbesaitete Naturen sollten dies daher immer im Hinterkopf haben. Wer sich daran aber nicht stört, der bekommt einfach das beste Spiel, welches man derzeit für Geld für die PSP kaufen kann. Unbedingt zuschlagen!!!
92 (Apr 03, 2008)
For those of you that have a PSP already God of War: Chains of Olympus is a perfect reason to dust off the unit, recharge it and get gaming again. This game is every bit as spectacular as the PS2 games in the series and you'd be foolish to bypass this thinking it an inferior product. If you haven't bought a PSP as yet, then this game comes bundled with the system and is a stunning pack. Whatever you do, don't bypass this fantastic title.
91 Gaming Portal (May 03, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus je vanserijska igra. Dobra priča, sjajne kontrole i zarazna igrivost upakirane sjajnom vizualnom i audio prezentacijom daju jedan sjajni igraći paket koji unatoč svojim malim minusima poput trajnosti i nedostatka multiplayera ne bi smio spriječiti nikoga od kupnje ove igre. Uostalom, ovo je God of War na PSP-u. Zar ćete dopustiti da Vam Kratosova avantura promakne, makar na ovako malom ekranu? Nismo ni mislili drugačije.
Gaming Nexus (Feb 27, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is one of the best games for the PSP and another great addition to the God of War series. The game is a little on the short sides and the game doesn’t really introduce a lot of new gameplay elements.
Game Revolution (Mar 05, 2008)
The structure is there, the polish is there, and the simple pleasure of slinging chain-swords around is an absolute joy. PSP owners can only hope that future titles match the level of quality set here. The possibility that Ready at Dawn has come this far only to leave the PSP is practically sacrilege against the gods.
God of War: Chains of Olympus doesn't challenge any preconceived notions about the series, but then it doesn't need to. This is exactly what PSP owners have been asking for: God of War in portable form. It's a real shame that the experience lasts such a short amount of time and that the adventure never quite achieves the massive scope of its predecessors, but these are worthwhile sacrifices in light of what is included. Now, about that PS3 sequel...
Ici encore la note générale est très loin de la moyenne des différentes composantes. Mais voilà, God Of War: Chains of Olympus malgré ses défauts réels est un petit bijou. Chacun pourra dire le contraire mais c’est sans aucun doute le meilleur jeu du genre sur la console et un des tous meilleurs jeux tous types confondus sur PSP. Point besoin donc de multiplier les superlatifs pour vous assener cette dernière vérité : God Of War Chains of Olympus est un incontournable, à posséder impérativement.
GameLemon (May 14, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is one of those unfortunate games that has to live up to almost otherworldly expectations due to its pedigree. The previous God of War titles sit atop the PlayStation pantheon, and a prequel from an untested developer is usually a recipe for disaster. However, Ready at Dawn really stepped up to the plate and delivered an excellent experience with their sophomore outing. While the game may be a bit on the short side, and even though there isn't much innovation to be found, there's no reason to nitpick on what is otherwise a terrific experience. Play this game, or Kratos will rip your arms off and beat you to death with them.
Blend Games (Mar 28, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is simply a great game that every PSP owner (above the age of 16, of course…that tacky sex minigame sadly returns) needs to buy right this instant. It will certainly make up for all the entirely lame games that have been piling up on the system for the past few years and will ultimately make you feel like you made the right decision on picking up the PSP over the Nintendo DS. God of War: Chains of Olympus, does not disappoint.
Good Game (Mar 24, 2008)
Also, if you’re a Kratos veteran, you might blast through this in under 6 hours. There is plenty of replay value here however, especially if you like being a giant fighting potato. I’m giving it 9/10 rubber chickens.
Gamer 2.0 (Mar 09, 2008)
Chains of Olympus has been the most anticipated PSP title for quite a while now and while it feels like God of War-lite, who cares? No handheld adventure will ever compare to that of a console, but the PSP-adaptation is still pretty damn sweet. Chains of Olympus features an engrossing story, amazing graphics, terrific sound, and great hack-n-slash adventure gameplay. Granted, the game should only take about 7-10 hours to finish, but games in this genre are never really that long to begin with. God of War: Chains of Olympus is one of the first of many games this year to finally warrant owning a PSP.
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a faithful recreation of the console versions of the game. While this is a really good thing, it is also a bad one since it doesn't bring anything new to the table. While a few more puzzles or a new mechanic would have been nice, Chains of Olympus is still a great addition to the PSP library and worth playing if you are in the market for a new action game.
Darkstation (Mar 09, 2008)
Fans of God of War are going to eat this game up. It really is the complete package just on a smaller screen. The experience, although a bit on the short side, provides a great experience and is one that actually could deserve a second go around. It doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, but it refines what it needs to and provides a great PSP action experience. If you own a PSP there is no excuse not to have this game be part of your library.
Hooked Gamers (Mar 21, 2008)
It may still only be March but Chains of Olympus is sure to be a front-runner when the game of the year awards come around. Fans of the series should be rushing out to the store to get themselves a copy and fans of action games in general should give it some serious consideration.
Daily Game (Mar 22, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is both a worthy entry in the God of War series and a hands-down favorite for "best PSP game released yet."
90 (Mar 28, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is at its core a remarkably simple game, but it's presented so well and plays so smoothly that the end result is a must-own PSP title. It'll make you question the visuals of every other PSP game you play and have you longing for more. If you've been after a reason to pick up the PSP this is it. It's only March and the handheld game of the year has probably already arrived.
Gamervision (Nov, 2008)
All in all, God of War: Chains of Olympus is probably one of the best games ever made for the PSP. As a God of War title, it falls in third place, but that’s not a bad thing, those games are just really great. I wholeheartedly recommend buying this game if you already have a PSP, and somehow haven’t already picked this up. If you happen to have more patience than I do, and haven’t yet purchased the PSP system (damn you Star Wars bundle), I would wait until June for the super-sweet bundle SONY is putting out containing a blood red PSP donning a head-shot of Kratos and the game in one package. No matter which way you choose to buy this game, it’s totally worth every penny of the asking price.
Gameplanet (Apr 01, 2008)
Simply put, God of War: Chains of Olympus has everything going for it: spectacular graphics and epic audio; memorable settings and boss encounters; a satisfyingly high body count plus intense, non-stop action balanced with just enough challenge and variety in the form of ‘mini-games’ and minor environmental puzzle elements to keep you playing. Your PSP will beg for mercy.
Video Game Talk (Apr 01, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is a game of mythical proportions. The God of War franchise is rock solid to begin with but considering how well Ready at Dawn brought it to the PSP, I must admit that I'm stunned. Everything from the graphics and sound to the gameplay has been ported successfully. The presumed limitations of just one analog stick are a thing of the past as this title controls perfectly. For so many reasons this is the best PSP game on the market and if you own the system you absolutely must check it out. I must tip my hat to Ready at Dawn. This game completely blew me out of the water and it's an adventure that rivals the console God of War titles.
Gameplayer (Australia) (Apr 04, 2008)
If you’re a fan of God of War on PS2, then you shouldn’t miss this PSP instalment. The narrative fills in Kratos’ story during the years preceding the console games, which is great, and it sacrifices none of its big brother’s gameplay to tell it. As far as PSP owners are concerned, God of War: Chains of Olympus really is heaven sent.
It would have been nicer to fight more colossal bosses and have a few more puzzles but the game is still very good without them. If you have a PSP and you want something that lives up to what the PSP was touted as – a PS2 in your palm, then get God of War. You won't be disappointed.
GamesRadar (2008)
That said, Chains is still an impressive piece of work. If we haven't made it clear by now, this is one of the best-looking handheld games ever made, and the fact that it can stand toe-to-toe with two of the most technically impressive PS2 games is no small accomplishment. More than that, though, this is nothing less than a full-fledged entry in the God of War series, and anyone who wants to get to know Kratos a little better (or just stomp another army of monsters) before God of War III eventually hits should play it.
USA Today (Mar 13, 2008)
Minor shortcomings aside, God of War: Chains of Olympus is an extraordinary good — and good-looking — action game for PSP players.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Mar 25, 2008)
To date, everything about the God of War saga has been epic. The combat, puzzles, and cinematic feel of the games have fittingly met the grand scale of a Greek tragedy. Ready at Dawn has translated this epic feel of the series seamlessly onto Sony's tiny PSP and, apart from the game's short lifespan, Chains of Olympus is a thoroughly welcome new addition to the God of War family.
Digital Chumps (Apr 01, 2008)
I didn’t find a whole heck of a lot about Chains of Olympus that I didn’t like. Ready At Dawn has taken one of my favorite on going sagas in gaming and put together a very competent and satisfying title for the PSP. Any owner of the PSP, familiar with God of War or not, should give this title a serious look. For fans of God of War, this is a must -- it is an excellent tale that takes place in between the first two adventures, and only gets us all more excited about the eventual third installment.
ripten (Apr 03, 2008)
Like a cup of soup to go, except instead of broth and vegetables you get blood, mayhem, upgradeable weapons and killer… well, kill sequences. It’s Cream of Kratos soup, and it always goes down smooth.
Video Games Daily (Apr 14, 2008)
If there were more games that played this well for PSP I'd be spending a hell of a lot of more time with it. Chains of Olympus ticks all the checkboxes a God of War fan could want and constantly manages to surprise you.
Gamestyle (Nov 05, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a fantastic game and a worthy addition to any PSP owner’s collection. It’s easy to bandy around phrases like “system seller” but this game is. A technical marvel that also remembers it’s a game. It’s just a shame that the system it should be selling is one that so many have made their mind up about already.
90 (GAF) (Feb 27, 2008)
If you have a PSP and are a fan of the God of War series: You need this game. If you have a PSP and are looking for a new game to play: You need this game. If you've never played a God of War game in your life, and are unsure about it: Don't worry. You'll love this game.
Extreme Gamer (Mar 11, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is as epic and fun as the first two God of War games. If you ever doubted the playability of the God of War franchise without all the horsepower, don’t fret. Ready at Dawn's work on Chains of Olympus has made it into one of the visually stunning games to be released for the system which makes it so much easier to play. God of War: Chains of Olympus is a must have action game for the PSP with its only fault that is over too soon. Like all good things they must end, and that is why you can replay the game in different difficulty levels. Even if you can’t convince yourself to purchase Chains of Olympus for six hours of gaming, you owe it to yourself to rent this game from your local score and embrace the adventure.
A curse of being a handheld God of War title is the inevitable comparisons that will be drawn to the PS2 titles. However, it is only in the context that the controls or story in this game falls remotely short. When viewed outside of the shadow of its console brethren, the gameplay, action, and cinematic quality of Chains of Olympus still reach legendary heights. This is one of the few must-play titles for the PSP, and it will have you expecting much more of your handheld titles in the future.
InsideGamer (Mar 25, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is even overdonderend en indrukwekkend op de PSP als je op de PS2 gewend bent en dat is misschien wel het grootste compliment dat een handheld-game kan krijgen. Overdonderend is helaas ook de korte speelduur van vijf uurtjes, maar dat, en het magere verhaal, neemt niet weg dat dit één van de beste titels voor de PlayStation Portable is tot nu toe.
GameSpy (Feb 29, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is likely one of the year's best handheld titles. The combat is tight enough to attract both long-time fans and gamers who've never played the PS2 games. It's also one of the best-looking PSP titles to date; the fusion of familiar-looking art and prototypical-looking monsters ably captures that prequel feeling. It's worth noting that there can be some frustrating sections, that the story is good but not great, and that it'll be a brief experience for the voraciously hardcore. Despite these complaints, the bonus content should provide strong motivation for another playthrough. Chains of Olympus is more than another console game grafted to PSP; it's a pint-sized triumph for the platform.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 03, 2008)
While God of War: Chains of Olympus will always be the younger brother of the God of War family, it's a handsome brother, and a brother that bites. With an engaging story, outstanding visuals, and remarkable sound, Chains succeeds on so many levels. With the world of Greek Mythology now delivered in a PSP sized package, the fate of the Gods really is in your hands.
89 (Mar 27, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus ist genau das geworden, was sich jeder erhofft hat – gewohnte Kratosaction für unterwegs. Die Steuerung wurde wunderbar an die PSP angepasst, und die Grafikpower sucht ihres Gleichen. So kolossal und bildgewaltig wurde bis dato noch kein Spiel auf ein Handheld gebracht. Da kann man aus technischer Sicht durchaus von einer neuen Referenz sprechen. Zu schade, dass das ganze Spektakel viel zu früh endet. Selbst angehende Spartaner brauchen nicht länger als 5 Stunden, um den Abspann zu sehen. Veteranen sollten keine Überraschungen erwarten, denn neben neuen Waffen gibt es die gewohnt brachiale Kost, die noch immer toll unterhält, aber keine neuen Innovationen mit sich bringt. So schrammt Kratos ganz knapp am Spieleolymp vorbei, auch wenn es momentan wohl kein besseres Actionspiel für die PSP gibt.
Atomic Gamer (Jul 03, 2008)
It's the perfect title for someone looking for a great experience on a portable system, but if you're getting it as a fan and specifically want to extend out Kratos' adventures, then you might be just a little let down. Not that that should stop you from picking this one up, but we'll have to wait for the next game on the PS3 to really bring the series to new heights.
The price ($40) is a little steep when considering the game's length and replay value, but play through the first 20 minutes and you'll agree - this is what good games are all about. Kratos might not be deserving of a perfect score like last month's Patapon, but he deserves a solid B+. Just don't anyone tell him where I live or work; I like my arms and legs attached to my body, thank you very much.
89 (Apr 25, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus nicely ports the action and epic of the console games to the PSP. Both the graphics, the animations, the fights and the controls are excellent but we do miss some innovation and surprise. It does remain an absolute top game on the handheld though, and a must-have for those that love unequalled action!
88 (Mar 07, 2008)
Die Brillanz der Umsetzung kann man nicht oft genug in den höchsten Tönen loben; nahezu alles, was den Kriegsgott auf der PS2 auszeichnete, findet sich auch auf fast gleichem Niveau auf der PSP - das gilt auch für die spielerischen Elemente, was das Abenteuer umso beeindruckender macht. Überraschungen oder Innovationen solltet ihr allerdings keine erwarten, außer ein paar neuen Waffen sind den Entwicklern keine Neuerungen eingefallen. Darüber hinaus sind die Quicktime Reactions aufgrund des mistigen Analoghebels frustbehafteter als nötig, und nicht zuletzt ist das Spiel sehr kurz. Aber die Action, die in diesen paar Stunden den PSP-Bildschirm ziert, ist die beste, die ihr für lange Zeit auf dem Handheld sehen werdet. Kurz gesagt: Chains of Olympus ist nicht nur eine brillante Technikdemo, sondern auch ein erstklassiges Actionspiel!
All said and done, most of the game’s soul lies in the combat system and this had been a very critical area when GOW COO was in production. The unavailability of a secondary analogue stick and the R2 L2 buttons looked like things could get quite out of hand but surprisingly they don’t. To roll now, you use R and L button together with the analogue, and it actually works better over the course of the game as you realize that since you’re already pressing the analogue button in the required direction, you don’t need to particularly think about where you need to roll, where as if you had another analogue stick you’d need to worry about which side you’re rolling on. Secondly since your thumb never moves from the face buttons it is easy to pull off a very quick attack after the roll. The lack of secondary shoulder buttons actually made it easier to access your magical powers, since now they’re all mapped to the face button and R in congruency.
Deaf Gamers (May 27, 2008)
Whilst not perfect, God of War: Chains of Olympus is very impressive and as we said at the top of this review, it’s a game that will help to sell a fair few PSP systems. Of course it’s a game that will also persuade the few who didn’t purchase a PlayStation 2 to go out and purchase that system for the sole purpose of playing the first two God of War titles. The game looks superb and the action is just as impressive here as it was in the PlayStation 2 games. Virtually stripping out the puzzle solving elements does actually harm the experience to a degree however. The length of the game is also a disappointment. Still when a game is this impressive it’s easier to forgive its shortcomings and any God of War fan, or fans of action games in general, should regard this as a must own title.
While I sure won't mind a second analog stick, Chains of Olympus works with what it's given, and emerges as a great addition to an already stellar series.
TechnologyTell (Mar 18, 2008)
Chains of Olympus does a great job representing the franchise on the small game system, reflecting the gameplay, art style and all the theatrics that made the console releases enjoyable. The only real drawbacks are that it suffers from some of the same difficult-to-find paths to the next area, a small quirk with the mini thumbstick for the context-sensitive attacks and the periodic overcrowded arena. Even so, it’s very enjoyable game and well worth the purchase price. Fans won’t be disappointed and newcomers to the franchise may be converted.
Lawrence (Mar 28, 2008)
It may sound like I'm complaining about the game based on the tone of the last couple of paragraphs, but make no mistake - this is a solid game, and incredibly impressive for a portable title. It may not be as epic or action-packed as its console big brothers, but it features a total-package presentation that is rarely, if ever, seen on portable systems. It features great visuals, a great soundtrack, voice acting, and God of War gameplay on a single UMD. Hopefully this will tide series' fans over for a while as they're waiting for the sure-to-be-stunning God of War III on PS3.
85 (Jul 03, 2008)
Regarding myself, I’ve lost a substantial number of childhood evenings going through Greek Mythology. And contrary to popular belief, the game’s box description or Fidel’s Castro’s opinion, God of War doesn’t have more to share with Greek mythology than, for instance, Romania has to do with football. Any Greek heroes, gods and minotaur maniacs will roll their eyes upon hearing this game being associated with the object of their mania, but might I ask, does it really matter?
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a great portable action game and a fine portable distraction until the real deal comes around.
Game Partisan (Jul 09, 2008)
Chains of Olympus is a fun romp, but if you’re expecting the quality of the console titles you’ll be disappointed. The epic action eclipses from the first area of the game, and undulates occasionally throughout the rest of the game. Let it be known though that this title is the most visually impressive handheld title yet, and it plays almost to perfection even without a second analog stick or nub. Kratos has had better journeys, but this godly expedition is by no means a failure– not even close.
Worth Playing (Apr 14, 2008)
Players of the original God of War titles will find the PSP version to be scaled-down and lacking in new features. However, if you enjoy the God of War series, you'll gain some satisfaction in owning a portable version of the game. There is very little I didn't like about Chains of Olympus; I would've liked to have more camera control, and although I didn't care for the controlled Quick Time Event attacks, I'll readily admit that they offered a more cinematic experience when you're fighting the bosses. Parents should keep in mind that the game is rated "Mature" for gore, violence, nudity and sexual content. God of War: Chains of Olympus is an extremely entertaining action title that's certainly worth adding to your PSP library.
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a stellar technological achievement for the PSP. It looks great, sounds great, and has fantastic controls. It is the premier action title on the system, but it also has its share of problems. The incessantly protracted puzzles and oft confusing level design constantly break up the game’s flow. A game that clocks in at around seven hours needs more meaty content and less filler. There are still some phenomenal levels, though, which do help to balance things out. Despite its shortcomings, I still have no problem recommending Chains of Olympus to any PSP owner. Zzzeeeuuusss!
GameSpot (Mar 04, 2008)
Like Grand Theft Auto and Syphon Filter before it, God of War successfully pulls off a console experience on a handheld. Some new ideas and a better mixture of puzzles, platforming, and bosses would have been divine, but Chains of Olympus is an excellent game that delivers most of what you've been praying for--more God of War.
Gamezoom (Apr 03, 2008)
God of War bietet sehr gute Unterhaltung, sowohl für Einsteiger als auch für Action Veteranen, zumindest solange es dauert. Die Spielzeit beschränkt sich nämlich nur auf magere 5 bis 7 Stunden. Damit man sich nicht ganz so schnell nach neuem Futter umsehen muss, gibt es die Möglichkeit nach dem ersten Mal durchspielen mit allen gesammelten Waffen und Upgrades das Spiel nochmal in Angriff zu nehmen. Oder man versucht sich an den Aufgaben des Hades die zwar keine Story vorantreiben, aber den Spieler mit neuen Outfits für Kratos belohnen. Alles in Allem hält sich der Wiederspielwert allerdings in Grenzen.
82 (Mar 19, 2008)
Overall this is just a very safe outing for the series. There are no major chances taken and it shows. Still, this is a very enjoyable outing with Kratos and his blades of chaos. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to spend a wee bit more time with him though.
80 (Jan 20, 2010)
Ready At Dawn simply aimed to recreate the console experience for people who want to satisfy their Kratos-inspired bloodlust on their daily commute, and the studio has succeeded at that.
Boomtown (Apr 28, 2008)
Unfortunately, overall, it just falls short of the mark. Though you'll definitely be aware you're playing a God of War game – so much so that it's hard to write a review without an odd sense of Déjà vu – it makes itself apparent quite early on that it's a diet version. As I said earlier it's not a totally bad thing, but die-hard fans out there might be a little miffed that they're not getting the same level of depth that the first two games put forth. When all is said and done, though, it's still a defining title for the PSP.
Game Positive (Apr 02, 2008)
The God of War franchise has a high pedigree as one of the most polished series on the PS2, so it's not unexpected that Chains of Olympus would be one of the best looking, sounding, and simply fun games ever presented on the PSP console. The game's length is an important issue, and although there are some unlockables along with additional difficulty settings, there is just not enough here. Despite that Chains of Olympus is not God of War III, it still remains an entertaining, if short, entry into Sony's vaunted franchise.
Mobile Tech Review (Jun, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a gory, heart-pounding, button smashing, intense battle. Its graphics and sound are above average, though not by much. Unlike some other combat games, GoW also includes enough variety, such as learning new special moves and facing new enemies, to avoid being repetitive or boring. It’s unfortunate that the game is so short, but if you like action-packed storylines, then you will certainly enjoy the ride - at least while it lasts.
80 (Jul 01, 2008)
Judging by the library of the PSP, God of War: Chains of Olympus is certainly one of the best action games available and something that God of War fans may not want to pass up playing. Probably more of a rental, though if you just want to experience a little God of War on the PSP.
EL33TONLINE (Sep 05, 2008)
The soundtrack in this game is possibly better than that of the PS2 versions, so using headphones is a MUST, however, the voice acting ain’t all that good. Technically I would be surprised if any other PSP game ever comes close to touching it. It sits next to all, or rather few, other PSP AAA titles as standout games on the PSP. To be brutally honest it is a distant third in comparison to the PS2 big brothers. To deem it “God of War Lite” would be exceptionally harsh as its heart is in the right place. This game is to PSP gamers like getting a back rub from a Goddess of Love. A technically jaw-dropping portable romp, even if it lacks the craft of its PS2 cousins.
Killer Betties (Apr 08, 2008)
Whether you’re a God of War fan or someone completely new to the franchise, you owe it to yourself to add this game to your PSP library. Now, though the game is still great, there are some minor flaws that fail to keep up the consistency and exact quality that the series has set so far, keeping the game from being a true classic and deserving of the “system seller” title.
80 (UK) (Mar 11, 2008)
At face value, it's obvious that Chains of Olympus gets things absolutely spot on in terms of look and feel, and it's quite an incredible achievement in all manner of ways: the absence of loading times, the excellent controls, and the slick visuals contribute to it being one of the best examples of how to make a game for the PSP. It's not quite the full God of War experience, but none of this detracts too significantly from a game that is well worth buying despite its compromises.
AusGamers (Apr 11, 2008)
God of War: Chains of Olympus is a grand old purchase for anyone with a PSP, and if you’ve been thinking about picking one up, it’s not a bad reason to do so. It won’t change your portable gaming life, and there’s bound to be a game in the not-so-distant-future the PSP works better for, but as a side thought to the series, or something to hold you over until Kratos kicks Titan arse on PS3, you could do a lot worse than the God of War’s latest tale on PSP.
Factornews (Mar 28, 2008)
God of War : Chains of Olympus est une vraie réussite, affichant une réalisation dont personne n'aurait pensé la PSP capable et un gameplay toujours aussi bonnard. Malheureusement, c'est une réussite sans génie, puisqu'à aucun moment le jeu ne parvient à nous surprendre réellement comme avait pu le faire God of War II il n'y a pas si longtemps. La durée de vie assez réduite pourra également tempérer les ardeurs, puisqu'il ne faudra que cinq heures pour venir à bout de l'aventure. Malgré ces défauts, ce God of War : Chains of Olympus possède des qualités indéniables qui sauront séduire sans peine les novices de la série ou ceux qui veulent simplement voir ce que la PSP a dans le ventre.