God of War Chains of Olympus

Last updated date: June 4, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 94 expert reviews, the Sony God of War Chains of Olympus placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.2
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
551 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
With few exceptions, the combat in Chains of Olympus is just as you've come to know and love.
- GameSpot
March 4, 2008 | Full review
Phenomenal achievement on the system. It's the best looking game there is, period.
- IGN
March 18, 2008 | Full review
Put on some headphones and throw in that signature, brass-heavy Holst-alike score, and it’s a surprisingly powerful experience.
- Trusted Reviews
February 5, 2011 | Full review
this is one of the best-looking handheld games ever made
- Games Radar
February 28, 2008 | Full review
The combat is spot-on, the story is epic as ever and the graphics are sublime
- Push Square
July 14, 2009 | Full review
Nails the addictive combat and flow of its big brothers
- Wired
August 19, 2019 | Full review
God of War: Chains of Olympus is not only stellar title for the PSP, but a stunning game outright.
- Pocket-lint
March 17, 2008 | Full review
The level designs do well in spacing out the action and puzzle portions of the gameplay.
- Engadget
February 26, 2008 | Full review
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.
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Could have used more puzzles, platforming segments, and bosses.
- GameSpot
March 4, 2008 | Full review
One other thing that I'm slightly disappointed with is the short list of boss fights.
- IGN
March 18, 2008 | Full review
This isn’t God of War lite or a decent God of War spoilt by minor visual or gameplay issues – it’s just God of War, with all the scale, beauty, blood, guts, bombast and (ahem) boobs that this entails.
- Trusted Reviews
February 5, 2011 | Full review
there are the environmental puzzles, which aren't really up to par with the devious sequences from earlier games.
- Games Radar
February 28, 2008 | Full review
Level design isn't nearly as good, it's all combat, very short
- Wired
August 19, 2019 | Full review
Slightly different to the God of War titles on the PS2 is the strange lack of platforming and puzzle sections.
- Pocket-lint
March 17, 2008 | Full review
lacking boss battles, lacking emphasis on story, and lack of weapons all revolve around the relatively short gameplay.
- Engadget
February 26, 2008 | Full review
Sure the game is a bit linear, and there are some repetitions in the puzzles
- Game Zone
May 4, 2012 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP. Before he waged war on the gods...he was forced to serve them The third game in the God of War franchise, God of War: Chains of Olympus for PlayStation Portable is a prequel to the first two games in the series published for PlayStation 2, and true the high standards of God of War and God of War II, not only does it equal the efforts of its predecessors, in some ways it may even surpass them. The God of War franchise tells the tragic and violent story of the warrior Kratos and his dealings with the gods. The ancient world would eventually both praise and damn the infamous ?Ghost of Sparta? as the mortal who slayed a god, but long before his battle with Ares, Kratos sought absolution from his past sins by pledging himself as a champion to the gods. These brutal crusades in the name of Olympus became legendary, but would have far-reaching consequences. In Chains of Olympus Kratos is pushed to the edge as he is ordered by the gods to journey to the very depths of the underworld after the world plunges into darkness. There he must face the most feared creatures of Greek mythology and is forced to choose between his own personal redemption and saving the ancient world from certain destruction. It is a choice that will shake the immortals from their perches on Mt. Olympus. PlayStation Portable has always been head and shoulders above its competitors in the handheld market when it comes to processing power, and in God of War: Chains of Olympus the PSP platform may just have reached its highest level to date. Packed with features like dramatic camera angles, epic set pieces, cinematic cut scenes, stirring audio and seamless fast action gameplay, formerly only available on console platforms Chains of Olympus binds players to the game?s epic adventure, regardless where they are when they join in the action. Nearly as defining as the name of Kratos itself, the trademark sweeping attack moves of the ?Ghost of Sparta? using his weapon of choice the ?Blades of Chaos,? epitomizes all God of War games and Chains of Olympus is no exception. Although overall the PSP has fewer buttons than the PlayStation 2 controller, developer Ready at Dawn Studios has managed to incorporate nearly all of the attack moves and combination moves from previous games in the series into this new project. This continuity in gameplay not only provides a seamless intro into the game for veteran players, but a gentle learning curve for players new to the series. Add to this new brutal combat moves and an additional upgradable weapon and you have a combat system that will engage players at all levels.

Overall Product Rankings

1. PlayStation Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
5. God of War Chains of Olympus
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Daxter
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Toy Story 3
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Sony PSP Games

The last edition of the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) was discontinued back in 2014, so to say that this system is past its heyday would be something of an understatement. But the early generation of PlayStation’s games are still some of its best, and many of them are playable on this handheld game console in some form. In a lot of ways, there’s been no better time to be a PSP gamer! For one thing, both the system and games can be found for just a fraction of what they cost when Sony’s flagship portable was released in the mid-2000s.

Back then, that sticker price was one of the main gripes against the PSP, but it was clearly worth it to the millions of gamers who bought one. The PSP was an early adopter of some the bells and whistles that are now commonplace to handheld systems like the Nintendo Switch, like the ability to play it on a television or monitor. And while they’ve stopped making games for it, the graphics hold up well on its 4.3 inch LCD screen.

Those games included nearly every genre there is: Action / adventure (“God of War: Ghost of Sparta,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”), role-playing (“Final Fantasy 7,” “Kingdom Hearts”), racing (“Ridge Racer,” “Need for Speed: Underground Rivals”), sports (“NFL Street 2: Unleashed”) and much more. While solo is the primary way most gamers play on the PSP, you can play with a friend on some designated multiplayer titles if they also have a PSP in the same room. Failing that, you can hook up to Wi-Fi through the system’s internet capability and find other players online. Just bear in mind that Sony’s online support for the PSP has been largely phased out, so the community of players you find online may be less than robust.

While we’re on the subject of online support, it’s helpful to know that Sony has also phased out the PlayStation Store on the PSP, where you would originally go to download games. Barring some inventive tech solutions, the only way you can play the PSP’s games now is on the primary media that it launched with: The UMD, or Universal Media Disc. But that’s not to say your options are limited! Over its lifetime, Sony and other big developers put out hundreds of titles for the PSP. They’re still out there for sale, used and new. And as has been said before, they’re still some of the best.

DYWM Fun Fact

Gamers praise the Nintendo Switch these days for its modular setup and versatility. The PSP wasn’t quite as well known for its non-game potential — at least, not officially. Hackers have found several inventive uses for old PSP consoles, modifying them into robot remotes or rudimentary smartphones.

The Sony PSP Game Buying Guide

  • When you’re buying a PSP game, consider the player. If that player is a young child, you might have to do a tiny bit of homework first. With its slick presentation and sharper graphics, the PSP was initially marketed toward an older crowd of gamers than the Nintendo DS, its primary competition at the time. That’s not to say that the PSP didn’t have games for younger kids. Titles like “Daxter” and “Little Big Planet” are not only some of the system’s top-selling games, they’re great fun, no matter what age you are. But there are more mature games whose violence level might be a concern for parents, such as “God of War: Ghost of Sparta” or “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.” When in doubt, check the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) box on the cover of any game. It’ll not only tell you what age range the game is suitable for, but also the reasons the game is rated that way (violence, language, etc.).
  • Do you plan on playing the game with others? Group play is a highlight of the gaming experience for many, but the PSP — being a handheld, portable device — caters slightly more toward the solo player. That’s not to say you can’t play select games with friends, but since online support for the system has been largely discontinued, your options are a bit more limited. For the most part, you’ll need another player physically present in the room with another PSP to connect to. This can be a particular concern if you’re buying sports games or one-on-one fighting games like “Darkstalkers Chronicle,” where multiplayer competition is a primary appeal.
  • A lot of parents buy games to occupy their kids on long car trips or to buy a little quiet time at restaurants. If that’s the case, consider whether the game needs the sound on to be playable. While it’s nice to hear the soundtrack on “Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core,” that game and RPGs like it usually have subtitles for the dialogue. If a game really needs the sound up, maybe consider another option — or just invest in headphones, so your young player won’t bring the whole room into the game.
  • Another factor to consider is repeat playability. It’s great to binge-play an engrossing new game when you first get it out of the box. It’s not so great to be done the next day when you’ve played through the storyline and there’s nowhere else to go.
  • A word on the software: While you used to be able to download games and even movies through the PlayStation Store, that’s no longer the case now that Sony has phased out the PSP in favor of its newer handheld (the PS Vita). You can still play games on their primary physical format, the Universal Media Disc. That “universal” part is not to be taken at face value, though. Keep in mind that UMDs will work only in your PSP, and not in your larger PlayStation consoles or any other device.