Pop! Goes My Heart

I finished playing God of War: Chains of Olympus yesterday after four days of being addicted to the gruesome beast called Kratos! I have not played God of War I or II, and this one is actually a prequel to the first one but can be still played and enjoyed stand alone! Now, I have not been a great fan of traditional action games but God of War is something different.

Fans of the God of War universe have been waiting for this game with bated breath and I have been urged by more than one person to give a shot to the first game however, as I am soon realizing I am more of a hand-held gamer than anything else. I can sit and enjoy a game on the PS2, Wii, or 360 for a few hours but if I am to finish a game, it has to be on a console that I can carry around. Anyhow, I picked up this game when I was stuck in one of the last levels of The Legend of Zelda and I wanted a break. I played God of War for ten minutes and I knew this was going to be the next game after I finished Zelda. And it was.

The game is based on Greek mythology and is a story of Kratos, a Spartan soldier who is haunted by nightmares of his past and is pledged to serve Gods of Olympus. In the beginning of the game, you find yourself slaughtering a few Persian soldiers. Where did these Persian soldiers fit in is something I am not very clear about but I guess if I had played the first two games, it would fit in somehow. However, this is just the first ten minutes of the game so maybe they are there just so you can practice the controls! Then you are faced by a huge monster and the fun begins. The game is extremely generous to you, really. One it allows various difficulty levels: easy, normal, God, and whatnot! Two, in the easy mode it makes the enemy give you health when you kill them. What fun, I say. Enemies are mystical creatures out of Greek mythology and are beautifully done. The graphics of the game is something to write home about. The screen is full of gorgeousness all through the game. The weapons and the magic make for a happy fight and enable you to kill those enemies with reckless abandon. The puzzles and the fights at all levels are fairly easy to get, so I did not find myself struggling much anywhere in the game. However, all this easiness is forgotten when you reach the final boss. Here you fight the wife of Hades*. And she is one killer woman!

The game is an artistic achievement as far as PSP games go. So even if you are not into gaming but appreciate beauty, have a look:  God of War: Chains of Olympus.

Note: This is a spoiler of sorts, I know. But I really doubt anyone is going to read as far as this and even if someone does, I doubt any gamers read my journal. So there.

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