God of War: Chains of Olympus

Common Sense Media says

Violence & sex make prequel off limits to kids.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are a Spartan warrior who uses violence to battle mythological creatures in order to save the world.

Violence

Much of the game-play involves slicing and dicing enemies using blades chained to your wrists; blood can be seen during kills. Bigger "boss" characters can be taken down in more graphic ways with impaling and head-bashing -- but the player does not control these moves.

Sex

The game shows topless woman, and features a sexual mini-game. Two nearly naked women are embracing and invite the player to have sex with them. While only moans are heard off-camera, players "partake" in the act by pressing specific buttons on the PSP.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Third title in the God of War series, and a prequel to the first title.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is both violent and sexual. The violence makes up most of the game-play as you fight enemies using blades chained to your wrists. When you take on bigger boss characters, you can do even more to them such as smash their head in with a heavy chest or stab them in the face with a blade (note: with boss characters, the action plays out for you as you simply press the correct buttons at the right time). All the boss enemies you take on in this game are mythological creatures, such as giant beasts, but there are human victims, too. The game contains a sex scene (which is well documented on the web) involving a threesome with two almost naked topless women and lets players partake in the act -- off-camera -- by pressing specific buttons on the controller as you hear the sounds of the sexual act. The visual shown during this scene is of a candlestick holder shaped like a naked woman encircling a candle, which sits on a crate and shakes in time to the moans.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Sony's GOD OF WAR: CHAINS OF OLYMPUS on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) is the prequel to the two earlier God of War games. Once again, you play as Kratos, a Spartan warrior, who battles mythological creatures with the aid of a double-bladed weapon chained to your wrists. Since Chains of Olympus takes place before the events in the first game, Kratos has not yet achieved the status of a god after defeating the powerful Ares. Instead he must venture into mysterious dark environments to fight mythological creatures. In true God of War style, Kratos faces off against huge boss fighters early on in the game -- in this case, a huge fire-breathing lizard-like creature that attacks him on an elevated outdoor terrace; you must duck, roll, and jump to avoid it's claws and bites; leap over its fiery breath; and whack him silly with your chained blades. Eventually you'll be prompted -- with specific buttons you need to press on the face of the PSP, such as triangle, circle or square -- to pull giant columns down on its head to render him unconscious. As you play through this linear game, you will direct Kratos as he attempts to save the ancient world by destroying vicious monsters.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Take one gander at the graphics in Chains of Olympus and players might think they've booted up a console game. But this visually stunning, "Mature"-rated action-adventure hybrid is more than just eye-candy as the gameplay -- while on the short side -- is also extraordinarily good. Gamers will no doubt marvel at the size of the beasts you take on, how fluid the animation is, the slick "camera" angles, and the level of detail in both the characters and environments.

Puzzle-solving, however, is fairly basic, such as pushing or pulling crates and then jumping on them to reach high areas. Another issue is the relatively short gameplay at about 5 hours or so. The game can be played on easy ("Mortal"), normal ("Hero") or hard ("Spartan"), and if completed on any of these three difficulty settings you can access the very hard ("God") mode. Minor issues aside – namely, brevity, linearity, and puzzle simplicity -- God of War: Chains of Olympus is one of the most visceral and gratifying handheld games ever created, and one that pushes the PSP hardware to new heights. Just be aware this is a "Mature"-rated game with inappropriate content for players under 17 year of age.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game is as controversial as, say, Grand Theft Auto and its "Hot Coffee" controversy, because it contains a sex scene. Do you think sex scenes should be allowed in M-rated video games?

Game details

Platforms:PSP
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:March 4, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content (PSP)

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Kid, 10 years old August 19, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

UUUUUUUUUG. ANOTHER VIOLENT GAME THAT TEMPTS KIDS!

My twin sis played it and got farther than our godfather but then Godfather turned it off. We were with littler people and it was nearing to the sex part. very innappropriate
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byESRBrules June 2, 2012
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

NOT FOR KIDS AT ALL??? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH COMMON SENSE MEDIA???

It's a very good game. Loosely based on Greek Mythology (so it may be somewhat informative) God of War: Chains of Olympus is chronologically the second chapter in the series and it focuses on protagonist Kratos, a servant of the Olympian Gods, who opposes the goddess Persephone (who allies with the god Morpheus and Titan Atlas) in her attempt to destroy the world and Mount Olympus. Let's talk about its inapproriate content. There is only one sex scene (threesome) and it's interactive (you must press buttons to hear women moaning), however everything happens off-screen. There are only two (or maybe three) scenes with nudity, and these scenes are not explicit at all (only breasts). Violence is not so strong (there are only two depictions of STRONG violence), and i personally think this game is suitable for 15-16 years and over. Blood and gore are not explicit, and most of the violence is targeted against various creatures (not humans).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written byMikeTheGamer April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Good Game,Not for anyone under 15

God of War isnt as bad as they say but its not for younger ages under aleast 14 more 15 and up, More it counts on maturity becuase the sex is found early but you wont find the other muses unless you go searching for them for kicks and almost every kid now knows more than enough wrong ideas from that so its not as much a problem as you would think.The game contains Voilence and some Sex(muses but only non sexual nudity)Violence isnt really that bad,you can stab in the face and things like that but nothing is ripped apart or even maimed in anyway except maybe bosses if even that.THe Nudity is a sex mini game but nothing explicit compared to Tv nudity now.All the game shows is Breast(can see on any Anime or Manga, even cable tv)It never shows the lower area just a glimpse of her naked body but its covered besides the breast.

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