The trilogy might be completed and the revenge might be fulfilled, but the visions and nightmares are far from over for our friendly hero Kratos. Ghost of Sparta is the second installment in the series for the PSP. If you didn’t get enough blood on your hands this past March, than get ready for another tour of mayhem as you join the God of War into Death‘s domain.
Story: This new chapter of Kratos is chronologically set after the first God of War game, he is now one of the gods and has taken his rightful place in Olympus and even though he has killed Ares to gain the throne, the visions of his past still torment him. Without able to change all the horrible things he has done, he sets sail off to the temple to Poseidon located within the walls of Atlantis where he finds his long lost mother and the truth of what happened to his brother Deimos.
He discovers that his brother is being held and tortured for life in Death’s Domain, he was taken when he was very young by Ares out of fear of being over throne due to his strange birthmarks. The presentation is quite intriguing and it brings a different side to Krato’s that we haven’t seen much, his family.
Gameplay: If you have played any of the other five GoW games then you are aware of how it is played, very little has been change and there has been some improvements or tweaks just to keep it fresh. One of the new skills that has been implemented is the “MMA” take down move, you can run up to an enemy, pick him up, slam him on the floor, punch him and then finish him by stabbing him in the face, this move can help if you want to have a one on one brawl. The “Rage” ability has been replaced by Thera’s Bane, a fire that wraps around Athena’s Blades and can unleash a tremendous power when activated, the energy bar drains with use but replenishes when it is inactive, similar to the Skill weapons in GoW 3
Graphics: It is almost difficult to believe that a small portable gaming device can hold such a marvelous game like the Ghost of Sparta, don’t be fooled by the size because you will battle against big bosses like Scylla in the first ten minutes. There will be at least seven baddies on screen at the same time, a cyclops might join the fun and the action continues without a hiccup, not to mention the cut scenes are some of the best I have seen on the PSP.
Sound: Just because its on the handheld and not a full blown game like on the console, doesn’t mean that it wont get the same treatment like its bigger brother. All the voice actors reprise their roles, and there is a all new musical score that we are familiar with and that goes very well with the Spartan himself while he rips someone in half.
Wishes or Changes: My biggest issue with this Spartan was how awful the buttons were located for the “Magic”, it was mapped on the D-Pad, the same thumb I have to use to move Kratos on the joystick. It can be quite annoying in the middle of the action when you have to switch to a different magic and everyone is attacking on all sides.
TQ bottom line: If your still not tired of this hack and slash then you are in for a treat but on the other hand if you are bored with the series, it might be old news with a different sauce. No matter what your answer is , the quality is unquestionably off the roof.
This Brave Spartan gets 4 Michelas.
FINAL SCORE: 4 out of 5 Michelas!
(4 Michelas? What does this mean?) 4 Michelas is like drinking 4 of your favorite drinks, you are feeling amazing and socializing with everybody in your group. You are at the peek of your buzz and only 1 michela away from Perfection.
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Developer: Ready at Dawn Studios
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment