Conclusion: The game is just as interesting and arresting visually as it is to play. I love the way certain developers use the PSP hardware to create completely unique looks. In 300 the characters are simple in geometry but the capes are beautifully animated, as are the attacks. There are no visible seams (save for the occasional close-up encounter) and the backgrounds are filled with spectacular touches such as layered clouds, crashing waves and nicely simulated seas.
Excerpt: This is a difficult review to start. I prefer to start reviews on a good note. Hmm… it’s got the guy that narrated the movie narrating the “game”. There, now that the good is out of the way let us begin the rest. As you probably already know 300: March to Glory is based on a movie, based on a graphic novel, based on true historical events. Three of these things are worth experiencing. Care to guess which one is not? In all seriousness 300 does do a few things right.
Excerpt: When it comes to videogames based on films, many gamers realize that the transition between the two isn’t usually as successful as one might hope. While there have been some good movie-based games out there, generally the move is a little bumpy. One of the latest film-based videogames is 300: March to Glory , from Warner Bros, which is based on the film, 300 . So is the transition from film to game a successful one for this visually stunning film?
Summary: In 300: March to Glory, based on Warner Bros. Pictures' motion picture, players take on the role of King Leonidas, who leads the brave 300 Spartans against Xerxes and his massive Persian army in a battle to determine the very fate of western civilization.
Excerpt: Admit it. When you saw the trailers for 300, your first thought was “this would make a kick-ass video game!” And seriously, how could 300 not make a great game? It has mythical beasts, epic battles; and buckets of blood and gore--all excellent prerequisites for an impressive game. How could things get screwed up? You’re about to find out. The game centers on the story of King Leonidas of Sparta.
Excerpt: If you buy only one action game starring a Spartan warrior this year, don't make it 300: March to Glory. If you buy two, then maybe pay 300 a bit of consideration. Based on the upcoming Zack Snyder film (which is itself a retelling of Frank Miller's graphic novel), 300 is a pure hack-and-slash action game, filled with violently bloody combat, monstrous enemies, and some stylish artwork.
Pros: Appropriately gruff voice acting, Great soundtrack, Genuinely brutal-looking combat
Cons: Combat system is clumsy and repetitive, Some needlessly frustrating sequences, Phalanx sequences feel like an afterthought, In-game graphics aren't much to look at
Summary: With marauding armies, heroic underdogs, brutal combat and gore-soaked battlefields, 300 is the perfect blueprint for a bloodthirsty combat game. But while the developers were gifted with all the ingredients for a masterful adventure, they’ve spectacularly failed to capture the spirit, intensity or epic sweep of Zack Snyder’s stirring flick.
Summary: 300: March to Glory is a poor action title based on a very entertaining movie. The developers really needed to spend a lot more time working on this game before release - like, maybe another year or two? Very average.