What makes it so compelling? Everything that you know and love about God of War is here on the handheld. The battle system is perfect for hardcore and casual players alike. Button mashing will work in the game, especially in the demo, but there's an appreciable amount of depth to the system. Dodges are activated by holding both shoulder buttons, and blocking is triggered with a single shoulder button. There's a slight pause when you block, akin to God of War 2, which has us thinking a counter system will be implemented later in the game. Each battle is fun, and within no time, you'll be ripping people in half, doing combos, and juggling enemies in the air. It's absolutely accessible and instantly rewarding: ideal for a handheld game.
The UMD demo begins as all Chains of Olympus demos have: with the battle of Attica. After the now-familiar battle with a dragon-esque beast, the demo continues to unfamiliar territory. Yet another boss battle, one with the Persian king Efrit. He utilizes a magic attack that attacks the immediate area around him. While it's easy to get around his wide-sweeping sword, players will have to dodge quickly to avoid the long reach of the magic spell. Once again, we get to see Kratos' brutality at play, and a hint of the story that's about to unfold. The Persian king offers money in exchange for his life, but Kratos won't have any of it. Once again, quick button pressing events are scattered throughout the battles, and the incredibly visceral animations that occur make them still feel as fresh as ever. Kratos' bravado makes him a compelling character still, and seeing him literally make the boss' head explode is gratifying.
Gallery: God of War: Chains of Olympus
After the battle is over, you'll earn the ability to cast the same magic as the boss you just decimated. Hold R to activate your magic. A fiery summon appears above Kratos, and he slams down, casting a fiery explosion around him. Like everything else in the game, it's empowering and gives you yet another way to destroy your enemies.
The demo ends rather abruptly after you get the attention of the fiery beast that looms in the distance. A "Coming Soon" title mocks us: it can't come soon enough.
Rest assured, God of War is everything you hoped it would be. If only the full game was hidden away on the UMD somewhere ... but instead, we'll have to just replay this demo over and over again.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
10-01-2007 @ 7:07PM
im one of the unlucky ones that didnt get a demo...:( i already have this game reserved. im so glad you guys gave it such a good review
10-01-2007 @ 7:08PM
Demo please,,, I must have it sir!!!
Andrew MAKE IT SO!!!!
10-01-2007 @ 7:13PM
This game sounds so good! PLEASE sign me up to get one of the copies of the demo and thanks!
10-01-2007 @ 7:15PM
As much as I detest hardcore action games, this one looks amazing. DMC and Ninja Gaiden never did it for me, but this is probably going to be the (I wont say best since there are SO many awesome titles coming out and so many amazing ones have already been released) pinnacle of portable gaming acheivement for years to come; when RAD finishes their next game.
10-01-2007 @ 7:15PM
Damn it! Came home to an empty mailbox today. Hopefully tomorrow. I just wish my mail came before 3:00!
10-01-2007 @ 7:23PM
"Okay Andrew" yoon" just"send" the" demo" and" let' nobody" else" know".(dont worry no one can see waht im saying because were talking in the genious handsome language that only smart and handsome people know)
10-01-2007 @ 7:42PM
10-01-2007 @ 8:02PM
What's the required Firmware for the Demo?
10-01-2007 @ 8:04PM
in case andrew u didnt see my last message PLZ SEND ME ONE PLZZZZZZZZ.PLZ,PLZ.PRETTY,PLEASE,SEND ME ONE OMG SEND ME ONE
10-01-2007 @ 8:20PM
about how long is the demo? I hope its not a short 5 min demo. March is a long way from now.
10-01-2007 @ 8:29PM
i sent a zip file with the themes i found.
some are very cool try them out
10-01-2007 @ 9:03PM
Tim Parsons said...
Awesome, Damnit i hope they make a downloadable Version of this soon
10-01-2007 @ 9:22PM
Is there any handsome boy can provide the DEMO ISO?
I want to play this game ASAP. Thank you!!!!
10-01-2007 @ 9:22PM
I'm probably getting mine tomorrow! I can't wait! :)
10-01-2007 @ 9:49PM
brian phen said...
will it take long to make the downloadable demo
10-01-2007 @ 10:06PM
once again i beg uguys to send me a demo plz guyz plz from da bottom of my heart
10-01-2007 @ 11:31PM
Rodney L. said...
Can't wait to play this. You know, for a minute, I thought I felt a Final Fantasy reference coming on.
10-02-2007 @ 12:03AM
You say God Of War will probably be the best game on the PSP when it comes out. Didn't you just say that about Siphon Filter:LS? You guys through that term around like it means nothing.
10-02-2007 @ 1:33AM
I can almost feel it. Its near.
10-02-2007 @ 2:13AM
Oh~ this is awesome!!!