God of War Origins Shows a different side of Kratos – Review

For a series as epic as God of War this might of been two games  introduction and originally made for the Playstation Portable (PSP), God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta brought the awesome story of Kratos to a different light the more caring human side of the man who defeated death a few times and became the new God of War after slaying Ares.

The Two stories are brought together on one Blu-Ray disc and given the PS3 HD graphics improvements and a price of $39.99 (meaning about 20 bucks per game) with plenty of extras even after you complete the game.

God of War: Chains of Olympus starts before the first God of War game when Kratos served the gods. He first has to stop the Persians from invading and as he does so a fate worse than death arises as the world begins to plunge into darkness. As man and even gods are falling into an eternal sleep after a weakening Athena tells Kratos that the Sun chariot rider Helios has been kidnapped. Kratos travels to Olympus, Greece and the underworld for answers and to rescue the gods to finally end the memories of his past. He finds his daughter along the way showing his human caring side for his daughter which only makes him that much more angry.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta comes after the events in the first game. Kratos has a dream as someone calls out to him. Kratos suffers from other dreams including killing his wife and daughter but feels he can do something about this. Athena tells him not to, but Kratos, who currently holds the title of God of War after killing Ares in the first title, chooses to ignore her, finally reaching the woman who called him and turns out to be his mother. His mother tells him Kratos’s father had brought her and his brother who were kidnapped and still lives. Kratos had believed his brother was dead for years now and vows to save his brother. As Kratos’s mother dies, she reveals to Kratos her fathers name, and she suddenly transforms into a monster that Kratos must slay. Kratos then goes through any measure not caring for the consequences or whoever stands in his way to save his brother from the hell he has been suffering since childhood. Both games take everything that was great in the other God of War games, creating and adding a different more human look and feel to Kratos as he still brutally takes down anyone and everyone in his path be it god or mortal. No one can stand in his way. The addition of Spartan and Greek Mythology adds a whole new in-game history while creating an amazing action adventure game full of clever puzzles and the amazing cutscenes that have only been graphically improved from their previous PSP look. If you never played the portable titles, it’s a nice way to get into it, especially since God of War Collections released sometime ago.

Visually the games are impressive. They already looked great originally, and now with a full screen along with running at 720p and 3D support, the killings have never looked better. Chain of Olympus is very similar to the first GoW game, while Ghost of Sparta uses a similar style that was used in GoW3. Both games feature original weapons and puzzles. The full soundtracks are still around, including the original voice acting which is great. I really like it when a game uses the same VA’s throughout the series. It’s also been improved, using the Playstation 3 Dolby and now full support of whatever else you want as your opponents scream as they suffer or just to hear the amazing soundtrack.

This is a game you want to replay over and over. Along with special bonuses such as unlockable outfits for Kratos and more difficult modes, you also get special bonus arenas that unlock even more including making of videos, special movies and more in each game.

 

A+

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.