300: March to Glory Impressions - Combat, Graphics, and Sound

Warners Bros. Interactive shows off its PSP action game based on the upcoming movie.

300: March to Glory is the upcoming PSP game based on the upcoming 300 film, which is based on Frank Miller's epic (and awesomely brutal) graphic novel. The film and game both follow the story of King Leonidas, who faced off against Xerxes and the Persian army with 300 Spartan soldiers in the battle of Thermopylae. The game is being developed especially for the PSP by Collision Studios, a fledgling developer made up of industry veterans from Activision, EA, Warner Brothers, Gameloft, Digital Eclipse, and Vicarious Visions. We had the chance to get a look at the first few levels of the game, which is set to come out around the time of the movie's release.

You'll leap into action against an entire army in this game based on comic author Frank Miller's graphic novel.

The game will cast you as either Leonidas or as a phalanx of Spartans ready to rock and roll as they face the massive Persian army. The linear game will send you up against hordes of Persian soldiers, broken up by tough boss battles. Besides humans, you'll have to face off against amazingly ill-tempered members of the animal kingdom who've been tapped to stomp you. For instance, we saw a phalanx of Spartans contend with a surly war elephant.

300: March to Glory's gameplay is, for the most part, a whole lot of hacking and slashing. However, it looks like the game won't just boil down to button mashing, since it will offer several features to build on its simple combat system. You'll have light and heavy attacks that you can string together to perform melee combos. You'll also be able to swap between one of three weapons, depending on the occasion and your preferences. Your choices will be a single sword, a handy spear, or dual swords. Each has its own unique pluses and minuses that you'll have to weigh to decide which one is right for you.

For example, spears can be thrown to make an enemy shish kebab, but you'll lose the spear until you find another on the battlefield or take one off a mangled foe. Deciding between single and dual swords requires you to make a choice on how you want to fight. Using a single sword lets you use a shield to block attacks, bash enemies to daze them, and decapitate foes when you throw your weapon, which are all handy abilities to have. On the other hand, wielding two swords forces you to give up your shield, but it beefs up your attack damage by leaps and bounds. The three styles differ enough to allow players some variety in gameplay. Another perk for players is the game's customization options, which let you take the honor you've earned for each kill on the battlefield (which is stored like currency) and use it to upgrade your weapons and combos, as well as power a killing move during your attacks. The combat system differs somewhat when playing as a phalanx, which requires you to guide an entire group of brave warriors to do their business.

The visuals in the game sport a stylized look that feature a variety of different nods to the stunning motion picture. Leonidas and his warriors feature a good level of detail, as does the huge horde of foes you'll be slicing through. Animation is still coming together, but it has moments of fluidity we hope stay constant during the action. The action as Leonidas is very cool and enhanced by slow-motion effects and close-ups when you perform finishing moves. The environment we've seen so far is sparse, but it features plenty of ambient action and a whole lot of arrows that randomly rain potential death on you and your boys. Aside from the graphics, the game's storytelling features a unique, hand-drawn look, similar in spirit to what's been seen in Konami's Metal Gear digital comics for the PSP. You'll see impressively detailed line art that's enhanced by animation and camera pans as the whole bloody adventure unfolds before you.

You'll play either as a lone king or as a phalanx of soldiers.

The audio in the game is still a bit embryonic, but it features elements from the film score as well as bits crafted specifically for the game. The sound effects run the gamut of clangs and clashes that you might hear while in the middle of a battlefield mowing down opponents. The speech you'll hear ranges from the ambient cries heard on the battlefield to the ensuing death cries of your foes. More significantly, you'll hear actor David Wenham serve as narrator in the game, just as he does in the film.

Based on what we've seen, 300: March to Glory shows a lot of promise. The hack-and-slash action has a pleasing amount of variety to it that should appeal to button mashers, as well as to those players who choose to learn the various combos available. The ability to level up your fighting skills offers a nice bit of customization, which should be cool. On top of all that, the storytelling and unlockables should provide fans of the graphic novel some good extras to check out. 300: March to Glory is currently scheduled to ship March 2007, around the time of the film's release.

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Ghosty1212
Ghosty1212

I read the Comic book where both of them were based off of, (movie and game) and it was awesome!!! I can't wait to buy it!!!

mingfu
mingfu

this game sucks !!!!!! the movie was ok

n8berman
n8berman

Thank god I don't come from the mind set that bad graphics=bad game. This game does sound like it might have some interesting game play...I guess I'll have to wait for the reviews. I've been looking for a good reason to turn my PSP on for the past 6 months now. Thank you Sony for all the great games!

pro-newb
pro-newb

sorry, graphics looks..horrid for a psp game....and the weapons..are just weird looking....the graphics itself is a disappointment..wonder what else...

params7
params7

can't wait for this game.

LuffyTubby
LuffyTubby

the movie looks f**king unbeliveable awesome. It will be the best thing since Gladiator. It just has too!

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

mask12345a its not people simply hating this game its that 99% of movie games are god awful poorly planned and no where near what they could be

Slappywhite2001
Slappywhite2001

I look forward to both the game and the movie. Hopefully this can be a standout game for the PSP, it has too many mediocre games and not enough excellent ones.

mask12345a
mask12345a

haters the game hasnt even come out yet

Gogandontas07
Gogandontas07

people, people, dont bash it yet, but dont trust its promises either, just wait, and hope that this does not suck. it isnt imposible to make a good game based on a good movie, its just hard. please, maybe if we all combine our hope then whatever gaming god their is will find mercy in his soul, and will make this a good game!

fl4rty
fl4rty

this game is probably going to suck, The movie will own, anyone remember fight club?

malibu_man
malibu_man

I hope, the game doesn't ruin the image the movie trailer has given of 300, as a movie it looks awsome. I just hope the devolopers can make a game up to the expectations.

dennis8
dennis8

this might turn out to be another one of those repetitive hack n slah games... being that the movie is basically about war and....... war........ i mean... if this game is based on the movie, wat else is ther to do but beat the crap out of the persian army? (and mayb a few animals, as stated above). And with this battle supposed to be 300 vs 1000's of persians, i don't know how many people the psp can handle on screen at once, with the limits of a handheld, i think this game should be better off with a console.... anyways its just my opinion, but i am looking forward to the movie :D

Curly21029
Curly21029

Noooooo! Why are they making a horrible game from a movie that looks so amazing!? (NIN in the trailer? You know it's gonna rock your face! :D )

Rhaxdric
Rhaxdric

Games gonna suck, movie looks so fu**ing awesome though!

EdwardX2
EdwardX2

Looks cool, but I can't wait for the movie. The trailer was so good...

arczero01
arczero01

don't nkow about the game but i can't wait for the movie

ImaCarrot
ImaCarrot

"This is the #1 Red Flag to know a licensed game is going suck royally. Releasing at the same time as the movie its based after. At least when a movies been out for some time and people can appreciate it for it's nuances, than maybe it could stand a chance...maybe." Way to prove your ignorance and lack of buisiness sense. What about Superman Returns (for any system), it wasn't released with the movie (released in time for the dvd).

seijimargera
seijimargera

hmm. I dunno. So far it seems like total crap. But the movie looks awesome. Why can't they leave movies alone and not make crappy games that totally ruins it's reputation? I guess some questions will never be answered.

Death-wing
Death-wing

"XchaoticsX this is so gay!!!!! who puts such a coool game on the psp!??!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?! this game looks graphiccally cool-imagine it on the xbox 360 or ps3" i soooooo agree with you. i have read so many books on the 300 at the hot gates and i really want to watch the movie but i wanna see this game on the 360 or ps3 the way it should be played.

Zenodoros
Zenodoros

This looks rad. Wish I had a PSP, I can't wait for the film. And in reply to an earlier comment - Spartans were indeed 'Greek' - just because Greece wasn't a united country, it didn't mean they weren't Hellenic. They just came from a different breed to the Ionic Greeks of Athens. The Doric Greeks originated from either Thessaly, Phrygia or they may have even been an escaped slave race from the Ionians. You may have been confusing them with the Makedonians, who were Greek in ancient times, but the current country is predominately Slavic. I do not mean to get into a history lesson here... just wanted to clear something up.

rangeraa
rangeraa

why do they ALWAYS talk about how good a game is till its released and then the next thing you know...the controls are wonky and have no depth, the graphics are bad, it runs bad, plays bad...im sure this game will be no different. I don't see how these games could possibly look good to them at one point and then be so terrible 2 monthes later when they are released.

zak234
zak234

After the 300 Spartans, Themistockles traps the persians. They lost and they flew. Years later, Alexander the Great brought Persians to the end.

NeleNel
NeleNel

Looks good. I know for one I'm interested in seeing the movie, I think i'll wait for the review on thie before I pick it up though.

XchaoticsX
XchaoticsX

this is so gay!!!!! who puts such a coool game on the psp!??!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?! this game looks graphiccally cool-imagine it on the xbox 360 or ps3

lithus
lithus

This is the #1 Red Flag to know a licensed game is going suck royally. Releasing at the same time as the movie its based after. At least when a movies been out for some time and people can appreciate it for it's nuances, than maybe it could stand a chance...maybe.

thepyrethatburn
thepyrethatburn

EvilHuman, there is such a thing as a Pyrrhic victory. Yes, the Persians won the battle. No, they did not win it by any sane ratio that would warrant the expression "they kicked the **** out of them." The Greeks had 7000 initially and 6000 left by the third day. Of the remaining 1000, 700 were support personnel. The Persians had 200 thousand to 1.7 million with some figures being even higher (although those figures probably include non-combat personel). The Greeks lost roughly 1000. The Persians lost 20-120 thousand, possibly much higher.

I understand that you may wish to paint a rosier picture of it but, by no sane argument, was this a desirable casualty ratio that Xerxes could maintain and, after this battle, he knew it too. As for this supposed storm, in which the Persians (using the 90% figure) lost, at least, 1.8 million.....nothing says "prove it with nonbiased links" like defensive claims such as you are making.

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

I agree with ascalon94. Maybe we should take a trip to Constanople.

ascalon94
ascalon94

Hey guys the game looks okay but the movie looks awesome go to 300themovie.com to see it i might get the game because i have a PSP but i will go see the movie

ascalon94
ascalon94

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evilhuman
evilhuman

I'm persian not an "arab" learn the difference, and yes they lost the war in the end but that assault was succesfull which is what this is about it's funny how you say I lie about them winning, then go on and say yes they did win but lost later after greece united *rolleyes* It's a FACT that most of the Persian army was lost due to storm on the ocean furthermore Pheidippides was running to deliver the message that the Persians are invading, not to run there and say "Victory" and die as the "legend" the greek writers created while on drugs came up with. What happened to Greece later? how big of a country is it now? oh.. oops.. and to the arab guy don't come with your crap saying our armies was composed by you, the immortals is what ruled. we might have used you guys as mercenaries but did not force people to fight for Persia. you would have rooted for the greeks? do you even know anything about history? do you know how humane the Kings of persia were during that time?

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

I wonder if playing this game will be like playing the King Kong game... Try as you might, no matter how well you did, King Kong still got shot down off the Empire State building. When you read about the Battle of ThermopyIae, the 300 guys were eventually killed and the position was taken by the enemy. It's like some sort of Greek Alamo story. The game is sure to represent that, so it's kind of a futile effort, isn't it?

mattxavier
mattxavier

The movie looks very polished, hope its not eye candy

racerx737
racerx737

idk why anyone is even arguing about the actual battle, this is a game site, not a history debate class. The game looks tight but I'll probably never play it since I don't own a PSP. I will go see the movie however, which also looks tight.

Max_Hydrogen
Max_Hydrogen

Oh man! Using something that happened thousands of years ago as an excuse to hate each other, way to go. First off, they weren't Greek, they were Spartan and they fought other ancient greek speaking people more than not. Secondly, the Persians of back then have nothing to do with the Persians of today who not Arabe anyway. How can you guys use the the personal pronoun WE when talking about the Spartans and Persians? You weren't there. You're completely unconnected with those events; even if you lived in the modern countries that occupy the land mass were the battles took place, you still are unconnected with it. Saying Arabs smell bad is pretty childish.

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

Hey, AthenianLight You shouldn't get all defensive man, A.) Persia aint arabia. B.) Persias thousands of armies were composed of Arabian armies, mainly because they took out pathetic selves over. Hey, the Greeks did too, kicked us in the head hard.... But its ok, our war mongering spell casting disgraces for human ancestors deserved to be in the middle of one of the hugest fights on earth. Now, i assure you, Arabians are not ignorent of what happened. Racist comments like that make you and that other guy look ignorent. How do you even know he's Arabian. Maybe the guys Persian..... Anyways this is the bottom line. As far as who i would have (and any other Arabian should have) rooted for, it would have to be the Greeks. The ruled us when the time was right.. The Persian empire used us to make it stronger through its soldier expandabilty. Anyways, DONT TRY AND PIN THIS ONE ON THE ARABS. Besides, Im suprised your'e Athenian and show such racism seeing as how in my community, us Palestinians and the rest of the Meditarian races seem to love each other.... tsk tsk.

Doolum
Doolum

Sounds nice.Lets hope its stays to that expectation

spartan_lord
spartan_lord

i agree with athenian light and strategyking lol the greeks pwnd the persians.the greeks recoverd in the end destroying the persians and athens was destroyed by plauge.....read teh books by steven presfeild...."gates of fire" and "tides of war"

AthenianLight
AthenianLight

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grenadexjumpr
grenadexjumpr

"Man i want this game, but i can't watch this movie since the age restriction for 'R' is 21. Oh well.. Shucks.. =S " Age restriction for R is 17 haha. At least in the U.S. Anyway, this game SHOULD be good. The movie can't be bad. The comic is awesome in its own right.

strategyking92
strategyking92

evilhuman is a arab..... why else would he lie about how the persians invaded greece? first off yes the persians did win but not without losing some ten thousand soldiers. this crippled them and united greece..... this may have been a victory but it was a victory that cost the persians the war.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

ah it has a great background story. this will be interesting to see how it turns out

ChargEd
ChargEd

The Spartans did NOT win. Though they inspired the rest of Greece to unite and fend off the Persians. The movie looks really awesome.

evilhuman
evilhuman

you guys are pretty damn stupid first off 90% of the persians that were on the way to that battle died on the ocean cause of a STORM secondly the rest of the persians kicked the **** out of them & went on to BURN down the entire city of Athen(acropolis)

xiaoweiqiang
xiaoweiqiang

The movie is rated 'R' for graphic battle scenes throughout, some sexuality and nudity.. Man i want this game, but i can't watch this movie since the age restriction for 'R' is 21. Oh well.. Shucks.. =S

TheDudeAbides2
TheDudeAbides2

The Spartans held off an army in the millions while other assorted greeks guarded their flanks miles away. In truth it was the 300 sired Spartans(they all had sons) who held off the Persian Army and 20,000 immortals(the biggest guys from around the Persian empire they wore metallic armor)