God of War: Ghost of Sparta First Look

Kratos is as mad as ever and takes it out on a mythical sea monster in our preview for this upcoming PSP title.

If you thought Kratos' adventures finished at the conclusion of God of War III, think again. Developer Ready At Dawn is taking another stab at the PlayStation franchise, pumping out a second PSP adventure titled God of War: Ghost of Sparta. The game was playable on the show floor at E3 2010, but we also managed to get a sneak peek at an extra section in the game behind closed doors for this first-look preview.

First up, Ghost of Sparta's storyline takes place between the events of the original game and God Of War II and sees Kratos heading to Atlantis. The demo starts off with Kratos fighting enemies on the deck, dispensing with them the only way he knows how--brutally. Ready At Dawn is aiming to replicate the huge, epic nature of other God of War game openings, and this was clear from this first scene, as you realize your ship is just one of hundreds being tossed around on turbulent seas. After disposing of his first set of foes, Kratos heads belowdecks, and we saw one of the game's new additions to the PSP series--a new running attack move called Hyperion Charge. By holding down L and pressing O, Kratos rushes at an opponent and can either take him down and pummel him on the ground or throw him at other foes. The move even has an air variant, which sees Kratos diving onto opponents mid-jump.

Back on deck, Kratos comes across a gigantic tentacle that had wrapped itself around the bow. At the end of this tentacle was a gaping mouth that would occasionally strike out, with Kratos having to loosen the tentacle's grip on the ship by attacking it. Eventually, a quick-time event is triggered, which ends with Kratos burying his blade deep in the tentacle's mouth.

This just serves to annoy your foe, however, and the ship is picked up and tossed by the gigantic sea creature onto a nearby shore. The mysterious behemoth--the mythical beast known as Scylla--then rears up from the depths, exposing a multi-armed body with six holes in its chest from which long tentacles burst out. What followed was another mini-boss fight, with the Scylla swiping its tentacles at the shore and Kratos rolling to avoid them. As always, a QTE popped up after an intense bout of combat, with the angry Spartan eventually swinging up onto the Scylla's head and taking out one of its many eyes.

Kratos then makes his way into a temple-like structure and comes across another new addition to this arsenal--the Eye of Atlantis. This item shoots out multiple bolts of electricity at enemies, sending them into fits of convulsions. He'll also get a brand-new weapon in Ghost of Sparta. Called the Sword and Shield, this weapon will see the god rock a huge, round shield for defence and wield a large spear that can also be used for ranged attacks. With the shield held up, Kratos can inch his way toward tougher enemies before unleashing a strong spear thrust at close range. But it's not only weapons that will be added in this latest God of War--Kratos will make his way up walls a little more quickly in Ghost of Sparta, with a new ledge jump ability added on vertical sections. There will also now be sections in levels where Kratos can "slide" down steep inclines by using his blade to slow his descent.

After making his way through some Atlantean streets fighting off small groups of enemies, Kratos found himself in a large, open area where he came across a mini-boss named Garron. Garron was a large humanoid with four arms that was carrying a globe that cackled with blue electricity. The creature had pretty slow foot speed but could teleport instantly behind Kratos to deliver some heavy damage. Some careful dodging and sticking to hit-and-run tactics proved successful for Garron, and soon we had finished off this enemy by grabbing his globe and crushing his skull with it. We didn't have long to bask in our sense of achievement, though, as in the distance the massive figure of Scylla appeared, prompting Kratos to speed off in her direction and ending the playable demo.

The extra section showed off behind closed doors takes place farther on in the game and finds Kratos in some underground location with rivers of lava flowing around. Making his way into a cave, Kratos finds a weeping, solitary figure--King Midas, the mythical king whose touch could turn anything into gold. As you approach him, Midas attacks the Spartan, trying to lay his bare hands on him to turn him to metal. Kratos successfully resists (via QTE, of course) and punches Midas unconscious before throwing him over his shoulder. But as he's making his way out, small doglike creatures come out. Putting Midas down, Kratos makes quick work of the dogs and heads back over to Midas where he casually slams his head into the ground (to keep him unconscious and unable to retaliate, of course). Back in the main cavern Kratos puts down Midas, who's now pleading for the God of War to end his life. Kratos complies, throwing the king into a waterfall of lava.

We're not sure what grudge Kratos has against Midas, but we're keen to find out more about this upcoming action game. The game is already looking quite good, with some impressive water effects during the early scenes in Atlantis and an improved character model for the angry god himself. Look for more coverage of God of War: Ghost of Sparta soon on GameSpot.

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khoofia_pika
khoofia_pika

Me going to pre-order this, looks awesome! Especially after the newly released trailer... I just hope it's longer than COO.

stiNGrk0
stiNGrk0

Will definately be better than Peace Walker! For some reason I didn't really enjoy that game.. probably because of the lack a second analogue stick. This God of War will be amazingggg no matter what controls ! :D

gobrock
gobrock

omg, my next game in my collection!

mong78
mong78

Awesome write-up!! Now has me amped more than ever!!! http://mmomfg.com/2010/08/26/ghost-of-sparta-demo-0826/ With an event happening in Seattle (US) called PAX where everyone who attends gets a download voucher for the Ghost of Sparta demo, it's seems one for PSN should go up shortly.. *fingers crossed*

satanslegacy
satanslegacy

THIS IS GOING TO BE FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!

P-LONG
P-LONG

G.O.D. my fav game

Nexus_Gage
Nexus_Gage

Can't wait anymore....btw does anyone know if sony has released a playable demo yet?

dark-thunder21
dark-thunder21

i remember god of war one and i still play it it is the best one is gow 1 ^_^

mariobros210
mariobros210

i like the fact that unlike chains u will have more than two weapons

3dmetrius
3dmetrius

looks great until now. must play it.

Joytheconquerer
Joytheconquerer

I cant wait for the game.. Chains of olympus was great and i think it will be greater..

thecoolhh
thecoolhh

Looks great! I hope it is a little longer than chains of olympus

5j3553
5j3553

Playable demo Please? :P

StevoT81
StevoT81

psp has been lacking anything decent lately but motorstorm arctic edge, mgs peacewalker and now this is on its way. Gonna be a killer year for PSP!!

junaid6030
junaid6030

MAAAAN cant wait for its release, according to gamestop.com, gow ghost of sparta has a release date of 12/1/2010. cant wait , it looks so jaw-droppingly awesome.

ziummuiz
ziummuiz

and I will buy GOW Ghost of Sparta UMD to my collection ..

ziummuiz
ziummuiz

UMD is very expensive because for some stupid game. most only use ISO. But security MGS peace walker too high to play the ISO. There are many problems with the ISO. I just guess. I bought MGS peace walker UMD.

Krusher26
Krusher26

They put games like this out for the PSP (along with GoW:CoO, Syphon Filter: DM and LS, Final Fantasy: Crisis Core, Killzone: Liberation, Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops and Peace Walker, etc) and the DS still outsells it? Dang folks.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

I like these God of War games they are very well put together.

detectivepbert
detectivepbert

I'll play this if I ever finish Chains of Olympus. Too busy with Crisis Core at the moment.

akz_chris
akz_chris

im so happy,its an other god of war for psp and i played god1,2,3 and chains of olympuse after all of these fantastic games it will release gow:ghost of sparta and this is really good for me.

Rand401
Rand401

This game is looking sweet.

gordos24
gordos24

and most people say nds has better games.yeah right!!!!!!!!!!(sarcasm)

guidedblue
guidedblue

GOD OF WAR IS A GREAT GAME THERE SPINOFFS ARE GREAT!

killa32130
killa32130

i hope they add lots of extra content after the campaign. Personally chains of olypus was great but after i finished it, i had no real motive to play more after (i played it on hard the first time.) but it was well worth the $20, just hoping the expand more ; )

LegenderyPro
LegenderyPro

Its going to be the best god of war game on psp so far.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Its a lot of spoilers in this article...I am just saying some parts could have been left to secret. Its not like the PSP versions are as long as God of War 3

CustNam
CustNam

I cant wait. Like Rasputin said theres no such thing as too much Kratos. I loved Chains of Olympus, and to this day it is still by far my all time favorite PSP game. If this one is as good as it seems I may have another favorite soon.

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

One can never EVER have too much God of War... One of the best gaming franchises in my opinion

KaiserKasey
KaiserKasey

@ Auto_fan Though you aren't even capable of comparing the two, how can you compare two games of the same series, one of which is using vastly superior technology and the other of which is a handheld. Just enjoy the fact that you have a potentially outstanding GOW experience on your psp and appreciate that you also have it on your ps3.

auto_fan
auto_fan

this game is not good 3 is better!!:(:(:(::(

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

This should be released on the psp2. It's time to retire the old psp sony.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

Isn't the God of War games getting a little bit cliche? You fight on the deck of the ship again like in GoW1. In GoW2 and GoW: CoO and GoW: SotB you start off right in the middle of a battle where two different armies collide. Kratos dies, goes through and gets revived by the Gods and etc. At least the fighting mechanism doesn't get old.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

@dark-thunder21 Now when I think back again, it has been about 5 years since the first release of God of War on PS2. Time passes by so quickly!

dark-thunder21
dark-thunder21

lol auto_fan dont care u can play it when i play gow 1 i was 10 yer lol im now like 16 this game is awesome but this ghos of sparta graphics awesome and they need 2 work a little more

auto_fan
auto_fan

this game is the best game of the world i love this game but i am some 12 jeahrs old lol:):(^^

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

I bet $1 million bucks that it won't be able to handle 30fps, like GT5 or MGS PW.