Reviews and Problems with God of War: Ghost of Sparta
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Sex and graphic violence loom large in adults-only brawler.
Common Sense Media
13 February 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that God of War: Ghost of Sparta is an extremely violent hack ‘n’ slash game not intended for children. Action sequences involve lots of blood and cinematic deaths, and there is a sex mini-game that involves a topless woman (the sex act is not depicted onscreen -- players only hear moans). Also troubling is that the game’s vengeful, bloodthirsty hero is not out to save the world but rather acting in his own interests.
Excerpt: Where does a series go after it has reached a conclusion? Do you accept that the story is done, complete, finito? Or do you go the way of Alien and produce sequel after sequel, drawing out the story’s original concept thinner and thinner? Eventually producers turn from sequels to prequels. Exhausting even this way, producers arrived at the ‘interquel’ a word capable of inspiring as much hate and derision as ‘quadriliogy.
Excerpt: The more things change, the more they stay the same. God of War opened with Kratos tearing mythical creatures in half on a boat and now, five years later, God of War: Ghost of Sparta opens with Kratos tearing mythical creatures in half on a boat. Still, story doesn't seem like Ready at Dawn's primary concern - and it certainly won't be yours, either.
Conclusion: God of War: Ghost of Sparta is still a solid God of War game with all of the great combat and style that you expect from the series, but it lacks the epic set pieces and moments that you’d expect. It’s worth checking for PSP owners, but a rental would probably suffice for most since the campaign can be completed in about seven or eight hours.
Summary: God of War: Ghost of Sparta had the nearly impossible task of one-upping Chains of Olympus while also managing to stand out on its own in the shadow of God of War III . For the most part, it succeeds. The graphics are the best on the system, the gameplay is as tight as ever, and the game is significantly longer than its predecessor.
Excerpt: Oh, Kratos. Why can’t he escape all those memories of his past? Kratos might possibly be the angriest game character I have ever seen; I mean he did accidentally murder his wife and son after all. God of War Ghost of Sparta for the Sony PSP is a third person action adventure game set somewhere between God of War and God of War II. This game starts out with Kratos sitting on his throne which he had just acquired. But why does he look so grumpy?
Pros: Must have game, Excellent detail and graphics are impressive, Game play is awesome
Cons: Not much replay potential, once all the videos and few challenges are opened up there is not much more to do except try it on different difficulties, Not appropriate for younger players
Excerpt: God of War III released back in March of this year to wide acclaim, hailed for its fantastic visuals, gameplay, and an overall great ending to the trilogy. Ghost of Sparta , the series' second entry on the PSP, comes as a surprise so soon after what was thought to be Kratos’ swan song. Developer Ready at Dawn has done well to improve upon their previous effort, God of War: Chains of Olympus , in almost every way.
Excerpt: The star of Sony's God of War franchise, the perpetually pissed off Spartan warrior Kratos, has, in just a few short years, attained respect and name recognition that is comparable to gaming's biggest stars, Mario, Master Chief, Sonic, etc. So when the warrior was finally laid to rest in God of War 3, his fitting, inescapable end was accepted by fans with one caveat: Will we ever see Kratos again?