A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You are a Spartan warrior who uses violence to battle mythological creatures in order to save the world.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
Third title in the God of War series, and a prequel to the first title.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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