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. No, the developers didn't take any risks in introducing a new look, control scheme or gameplay mechanics, but what they've been able to pull off in a handheld is equally impressive.
The story, graphics, music, control and combat play are all top-notch, resulting in an incredibly immersive and addictive console-like mobile gaming experience you won't soon forget. Kudos to Ready at Dawn Studios for an extraordinary job well done. Let's just say we can't wait to see what God of War goodness is cooking for the PlayStation 3.
Verdict: Buy it