God of War Ghost of Sparta PSP Preview


Kratos is back on the PSP for another mythical adventure allowing you to rip off heads and impale you enemies whilst on the bus on the way to work. Once again the PSP GOW title is developed by Ready at Dawn who were responsible for the excellent Chains of Olympus. Looking bigger and better than Chains, Ghost of Sparta is hoping to keep the PSP market alive with more epic action.

The section I played featured outside of Atlantis starting on ship at sea before ending up on the outskirts of Atlantis. Fighting though the usual enemy types along with some spider like creatures which are spawned by the big Scylla who features throughout making a nuisance of themselves serving as a boss fight half way through. The preview broadly covered many aspects including combat, typical platforming sections and mini games. These have been influenced by GOW3 and now show the buttons on the side of the screen correlating to their position on the console so O is on the right and X along the bottom etc.. making them more intuitive. The combat arena also makes an appearance for the first time on PSP which will add to the longevity.

The controls work in the same way as the PS3 version with the big differences being having to hold L1 + L2 to roll as there is no second stick. Magic is activated via the d-pad with you holding down right to shoot lightning making aiming a tricky and switching weapons uses down on the d-pad. A new weapon Arms of Sparta (spear and shield) felt over powered, not least because you could move whilst blocking for the 1st time in the series while it’s attacks proved very powerful. The is also a new charge move with L1 + O which pins an enemy to the ground where Kratos proceeds to beat their face in, one problem with this is it leaves you exposed, as the camera zooms in making it hard to see if someone is sneaking up on you.

Ghost of Sparta sports some graphical enhancements including a sexy depth of field affect which enhances the visuals considerably adding a film like quality not really seen on the PSP before. It runs at 60FPS too but there has been a slight sacrifice with the appearance of screen tear but this is only is apparent during cut scenes using the in game engine. It’s not an issue in the slightest as the controls are responsive as ever with no frame rate issues during gameply. On this evidence Ghost of Sparta is looking very promising and should continue the GOW series fine run on this evidence.


Written by: Trev - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by derrickgott007 on September 19th, 2010 [ 871 Points ]

    I played the demo of this, and all I can say is “SHAME ON YOU EVERY OTHER PSP DEVELOPER FOR MAKING CRAP GRAPHICS!”…

    Ready at Dawn Killed it with this game! Here’s my review scores…

    (1 being bad, 10 being best)
    Graphics=17 (no kidding! It gets and extra 7 points because every other developer should have to take classes from Ready at Dawn)
    Control=9 . To me it controlled better than the last one, but still alot of commands to remeber (Block, roll, magic, etc)
    Sound=10 Great music and great sound effects.

    Definate must buy for me!

  2. #2 by drask on September 19th, 2010 [ 75 Points ]

    Shield and Spear sounds fun and makes sense I mean he was a Spartan. I’m gonna have to pick up both Chains and Ghost.

  3. #3 by mulligank on September 19th, 2010 [ 625 Points ]

    Have Chains and gonna get this one for sure.

  4. #4 by GamesOgre on September 19th, 2010

    Looks like a fantastic addition to the God of War game library. I’m looking forward to this one!

  5. #5 by jacobfett on September 19th, 2010 [ 340 Points ]

    this makes me wish i had a psp

  6. #6 by dave on September 19th, 2010

    give it 6 months or a year to be a downloadable game from the PS3 store since it is a new game, I know you can download the other PSP God of war game Chains of Olympus for $20.00 or $30.00 but I never got it, dont know if it will be a good game or not and thats why I never got it, and I love GOW 1,2 and 3 for the PS3. Someone here let me know about Chains of Olympus if it is worth getting and playing and how does it look on a screen size LED 55in thank you.

  7. #7 by dave on September 19th, 2010

    oh just looked up Ghost of Sparta and it comes out Nov. of this year lol so it might be a downloadable 2 years from now on the PS store page on PS3, I thought the game was out already duhhh lol

  8. #8 by Ratchet_Co on September 19th, 2010 [ 65 Points ]

    This game looks amazing for a PSP game. I just wish I had a PSP lol :(

  9. #9 by J-MOS on September 20th, 2010 [ 165 Points ]

    I’m just mad they made this for the psp why not just release it on the ps3? Now I must buy a psp just to play this game dammit!!!

  10. #10 by KISYUYEKI on September 20th, 2010 [ 120 Points ]

    I’m glad having someone very close to me that have one PSP. I’m addicted to it.

  11. #11 by Codyz on September 20th, 2010 [ 55 Points ]

    This is the only God of War title I have left to get, but wow they are great , unique games.

  12. #12 by #7 on October 8th, 2010

    I’m a big fun


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