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By Nicole Tanner
Kratos might possibly be the angriest game character ever created. We all know he accidently killed his wife and child in service to the gods, but his belligerent attitude has often made me wonder what else might have happened lớn him to lớn make him so filled with rage. We get some insight into this in God of War: Ghost of Sparta, which does a wonderful job adding depth to lớn Kratos' character while delivering one of the most fun & beautiful chơi game experiences on the PSP.
set between God of War & God of War II, Ghost of Sparta picks up right at the kết thúc of God of War, with Kratos sitting upon his newly claimed throne looking appropriately grumpy. After all, becoming a god didn't remove the disturbing memories of his past, but now he's being plagued by a vision we've never seen before -- an old woman lying sick on a slab of stone. Convinced he can actually change this vision, Kratos sets off for Atlantis on a quest that eventually takes him back to lớn his home of Sparta and into the realm of Thanatos, god of death.
At E3 this year, reps from Ready At Dawn Studios said they were skeptical about doing another God of War game because they felt they had accomplished all they could on the PSP with God of War: Chains of Olympus. Luckily for us, they discovered they actually could push the system further, và it really shows. Ghost of Sparta is gorgeous. Graphically, it looks better than a big chunk of PS2 games, & is absolutely the best-looking trò chơi on the PSP thus far. Detailed environments featuring constant rain and cascading water và lava create beautiful backdrops and really bring the world to lớn life. Kratos looks wonderful as well. In fact, his character model was rebuilt from the ground up to địa chỉ cửa hàng more detail for this game, such as the fact that he can be bathed in blood during battle, like he could in God of War III.
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As far as the gameplay is concerned, there's nothing super chất lượng here, but that's not a bad thing. You'll still spend your time slaying countless enemies, traversing dangerous domains, và solving light puzzles. Combat has been perfected throughout the series, so there's not a lot khổng lồ improve upon, và too much change would have been jarring. That said, there is a brand new weapon & two new magical attacks that add something new khổng lồ the experience. Kratos starts the trò chơi with the Blades of Athena, which function exactly like blades vì in the other games, including the special moves. However, you unlock the ability to add fire to the blades. Known as Thera's Bane, this power functions similar to the Rage of Sparta in God of War III, with its own separate meter (which replenishes over time) và the ability to lớn activate or deactivate it at will. One important difference, though, is that Thera's Bane is necessary for more than just adding power khổng lồ your attacks. Doors & other obstacles require the nguồn in order to be destroyed, & it's also necessary lớn break through the armor of certain enemies. The other weapon you acquire later in the game is the classic spear & shield known as the Arms of Sparta. This combo is one of the most diverse I've seen in the series as it serves as both a ranged & melee weapon with Kratos able to throw the spear at distant enemies or perform a succession of quick jabs up close. The shield can be slammed into enemies in addition khổng lồ its blocking duties, và most importantly, Kratos can move while blocking with the shield, giving it functionality outside of battle such as walking into fire or freezing wind. The two new magical attacks in the game are the Eye of Atlantis & the Scourge of Erinys. The former is a lightning attack và isn't terribly unique. The latter, however, is a much more creative ball of energy that sucks nearby enemies into it và occasionally delivers green orbs lớn Kratos in the process.
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The game is filled with all the blood and gore, the great voice acting và dramatic music we've come to expect from a God of War installment, as well as the most ridiculous sex mini-game the series has ever seen, where a whole of swarm of women jumps in on the action. There are also more gigantic bosses than in Chains of Olympus, giving the trò chơi more of the awesome sense of scale that's a hallmark of the console versions. Upon beating the game, there are a number of challenges that become available, as well as the Temple of Zeus, where players can sacrifice red orbs in order lớn purchase concept art, videos, and enemies to battle in the combat arena, a free-play area where players can customize a number of settings và rip apart enemies to their hearts' content. Some functional improvements have been made as well, such as showing button prompts on the side of the screen that corresponds to lớn the button's placement on the PSP and using of the analog nub less in quicktime events, which could be terribly frustrating in Chains of Olympus. Load times are still practically non-existent, though the game will occasionally pause in mid-action briefly lớn load, but it's never enough to interfere with the gameplay. Beautiful graphics & solid gameplay aside, where Ghost of Sparta really sets itself apart is in its ability to địa chỉ cửa hàng depth to Kratos, who has remained a largely two-dimensional character throughout the series. We still see his rage, but we also see regret & even compassion as he thanks Spartan soldiers for serving him well. The use of lesser-known mythological figures as the main antagonists also distinguishes the game & is a refreshing change from Kratos' epic battle with Zeus, who surprisingly plays no role in this game. Ghost of Sparta is not perfect, but there's really little khổng lồ complain about. I would have liked lớn see some bigger và more challenging puzzles in the vein of the Hera's Garden puzzle in God of War III. The fixed camera can also make it difficult to see Kratos when surrounded by lots of enemies. Usually this isn't a problem, but there were a few occasions when I ended up grabbing the wrong enemy when going for the one with the circle above his head, simply because I couldn't see Kratos in order to lớn turn him in the right direction.


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Unbelievably, the developers at Ready at Dawn managed to vị trí cao nhất what they did with Chains of Olympus, delivering a longer, deeper, và more graphically beautiful game than even they thought was originally possible. Ghost of Sparta is, without a doubt, one of the best games available for the PSP. Just when I thought I had Kratos figured out, I’ve been given insight into another piece of his past that makes his anger much more understandable. The path less traveled as far as characters và locations makes Ghost of Sparta a very sbellelook.vnificant chapter in Kratos’ story. There’s nothing hugely different about the gameplay, but there really didn’t need to lớn be. Combat works perfectly, và while I could have stood a bit more challenge in the puzzle department, that’s basically the same as saying I could have used a bit more chocolate sauce on my totally awesome delicious dessert.

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