First thing on everyone’s mind when playing Hero of Sparta is that it’s a shameless God of War rip-off. Now, shameless might sound harsh but the fact is that they have done seemingly nothing to hide where their inspiration for the game came from.
Everything seems to remind you of the God of War series; the Greece setting, quick time fight events that end in gruesome kills, different colored orbs floating towards you after killing, and weapon upgrades involving a red substance.
On the iPhone, where Hero of Sparta was first released, maybe this was easily overlooked. After all, at the time of release, it was one of the most visually impressive and epic games on the iPhone.
But this is the PSP. We have God of War: Chains of Olympus, the highest rating PSP game of all time. It’s hard not to compare it to that Greek killing machine we all know and love.
But the truth is it’s not fair to compare it, after all, this is a mini we are talking about. It has a smaller budget and a smaller price.
So how does it stand on its own?
While the game starts impressively, with a pretty awesome and well done opening cinematic, you won’t see that quality through the rest of the game.
If you can get past the lack of polish you may just enjoy this mindless romp through the myth filled lands of Ancient Greece.
You take the role of King Argos, a Spartan hero, who must battle his way through several stages of hack n slash glory.
With only two buttons to do the hacking and slashing game play can feel somewhat shallow at times. Another button allows you to block and thus alternating between the three makes for the majority of the strategy you will apply to your killing.
Along your journey you unlock several weapons, all of which can be upgraded. Each weapons special, when activated, unleashes a devastating blast to all surrounding enemies. This drains your special meter, so choosing when and where to use it adds a little depth to the game play.
Cut scenes between the levels break up the action and tell the storyline. The graphics while aren’t impressive are functional.
I guess that’s a good way to sum up the game, its functional. There are many areas it lacks polish, like it was rushed out the door as soon as it was playable.
Hero of Sparta costs close to half what God of War: Chains of Olympus costs and I could recommend it if it was half the game God of War is, but the fact is it’s not even close.
If you are after a quick and simple hack n slash adventure that just gets the job done maybe give this game a look. If you need more depth and polish from a title for it to be enjoyable then look elsewhere.