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'Devil 4' will make you 'Cry'

February 26, 2008

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Hands On Review:  God of War: Chains of OlympusIf there was any doubt that 'God of War: Chains of Olympus' was going to be the greatest game ever made for the PSP, the newly released demo from Sony featuring the 'Battle of Attica' level has put that all to rest.

Once dropped into the smoking ruin that is the city of 'Attica' under siege, it is time to immediately unleash those wicked spinning Blades of Chaos against invading Persians.

While you cleave through the baddies on the crumbling rooftop, an enemy fleet below rains fire down on you and the city but conveniently, there's a ballista at your disposal to sink those bothersome warships. As you abandon the disintegrating rooftop for the safety of a room below, more raiders lock blades with Kratos. Once they are dispatched, a belching, club-swinging ogre joins the fray attempting to reduce you to a smear on the floor.

Enter an angry Basilisk minus its fabled death stare. The angry giant lizard chomps and tears the ogre into bloody ribbons. Kratos is next on the menu. The mini-boss battle is complete with the traditional fatality, button tap minigame sequence and a creative but bloody end to the Basilisk's sadistic existence.

Hands On Review:  God of War: Chains of OlympusTaking to the rooftops and driving back the Persians, Kratos is challenged by an ill-mannered mammoth chieftain who is mostly all talk and no action. Not the toughest boss battle of all time.

"You have nothing I want, Persian," bellows Kratos as he beats the Persian's head in with a wooden crate.

That Kratos. He is one resourceful guy.

As the chieftain slumps to the ground, Kratos discovers that he now has the power to summon an Efreeti, a fire elemental who will fight alongside him barbecuing anything in his way. Neat.

The demo ends very much as it began with Kratos slaying another Basilisk who is stomping Attica, Godzilla style.

From the very start, it is apparent that Ready at Dawn has flawlessly shifted the 'God of War' experience from the PS2 to the PSP. With all the bells and whistles of the console cousin, our first peak at 'Chains of Olympus' has us keenly waiting its release on March 4th. Best. PSP. Game. Ever? You can bet on it.

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