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God of War: Ghost of Sparta
File:GOW Ghost of Sparta
North American cover art, featuring series protagonist Kratos.
Developer(s) Ready at Dawn Studios, SCE Santa Monica Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) Dana Jan[1]
Programmer(s) Derek Mulder (Lead Programmer)
Adam Burn (Lead Animator)
Artist(s) Nathan Phail-Liff (Art Director)
Series God of War
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • NA November 2, 2010
Genre(s) Hack and slash, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s)
Media UMD, Download

God of War: Ghost of Sparta is an upcoming action-adventure game, set to be released November 2, 2010, being collaboratively developed by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studio exclusively for the PlayStation Portable. Ghost of Sparta is the second God of War title developed for the PSP and the sixth installment in the God of War series.

Loosely based on Greek mythology and focused on protagonist Kratos, the game forms part of a saga - the God of War series - with revenge as a central theme. This chapter is set to reveal the origins of Kratos and depict his early days as the new God of War.

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Gameplay

The game will feature gameplay similar to previous installments in the series. It is a third-person action adventure game, where the player controls Kratos, containing quick time events, box-based puzzles and boss fights. The game will feature new weapons, magical powers and navigational abilities not present in previous games, and has been cited as featuring 25 percent more gameplay than its PSP predecessor Chains of Olympus.[3]

Kratos' arsenal will include the "Blades of Athena" and the "Arms of Sparta" (a spear and shield). The combat system has been updated to allow Kratos to "pummel enemies to the ground as well as throw them", and perform air-to-air attacks. An "augmented death system" is also being trialled.[4]

The first magic ability confirmed for the game is the electrical attack the "Eye of Atlantis". As with previous games, the weapons and magic can be upgraded.[5]

Plot

Taking place during Kratos' time as the God of War, the story will expand on Kratos' origins and reveal the background on the lost city of Atlantis (mentioned by Poseidon in God of War III).[3] Among Kratos' new foes will be the legendary King Midas and the sea monster Scylla.[6]

The "Origins" trailer reveals that the relationship between Kratos, his mother, and brother (whose name is revealed to be "Deimos") will be explored in the game. The trailer also features the Gravedigger from God of War (Zeus in disguise).[7][8]

Development

The game was announced on May 4, 2010 on the PlayStation Blog. According to Sony, Ready At Dawn will utilize "state-of-the-art visual technologies" that will allow "higher quality environments and characters." Ghost of Sparta will apparently offer "over 25% more gameplay" than its PSP predecessor, Chains of Olympus, while adding more enemies on screen and a greater number of boss encounters. According to Ready At Dawn, development of Ghost of Sparta began in September 2008.[3]

At Comic-Con 2010, Game Director Dana Jan (previously Lead Level Designer on Chains of Olympus) noted that when development began in 2008, the goal was to make the game "bigger" than Chains of Olympus, which had apparently "pushed" the PSP to its functional limits. Jan stated that Ghost of Sparta has taken the PSP to its "absolute capacity", with one additional feature being more on-screen foes.[1] On June 15th, 2010, Sony displayed a cinematic teaser trailer narrated by Linda Hunt during their E3 2010 Press Conference.[9]

The game concept was originally used as a teaser for players who obtained the platinum trophy from God of War III. The trophy revealed a site called spartansstandtall.com - initially featured a simple animation of torrential rain falling into a body of water and a Spartan shield encompassed by a meter on the screen. The meter is speculated to have been filled by players achieving the trophy and reaching the site.[10]

On May 4, 2010, the meter reached maximum and the site was updated for a final time, revealing an image of Kratos standing above the reflection and the logo for God of War: Ghost of Sparta, now being the official site.[11]

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Demo

The first demo for God of War: Ghost of Sparta was available for play at Sony's E3 2010 booth by attendees of the event. Approximately 15 minutes long, the sequence pits Kratos against a variety of foes on both sea and land, with the main opponent being the sea monster Scylla. The sequence also features Kratos using new weapons the "Arms of Sparta" (a spear and shield) and magical attack the "Eye of Atlantis. "[5]

On September 3, 2010, Ready at Dawn emailed registrants of GodofWar.com and SpartansStandTall.com a voucher for the demo[12] and on September 7, 2010, PlayStation Plus members received early access to the demo.[13] On September 28, 2010, the demo was made available to all PlayStation Network members to download from the PlayStation Store.[14]

Release

The game is scheduled to be released in North America on November 2, 2010.

Marketing

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The Ghost of Sparta bundle pack.

As a pre-order bonus at select retailers, players will receive the God of War: Ghost of Sparta original soundtrack, a Ghost of Sparta PSP theme and PS3 dynamic theme, a PlayStation Network Avatar, a Legionnaire Skin for use in-game, and an exclusive documentary, "God of War Live"; a game directors documentary featuring the game directors of the series, David Jaffe, Cory Barlog, Stig Asmussen, Ru Weerasuiya, and Dana Jan.[15] PSPgo owners must purchase the game between November 2 and November 9, 2010 on the PlayStation Store in order to receive the pre-order items.

The game will also be available in a special limited edition PSP bundle pack, which will include the game, a voucher to download God of War: Chains of Olympus, a UMD of the film Kick-Ass, a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, and a special black and red two-toned PSP-3000.[16]

For a limited time, specially marked boxes of God of War: Ghost of Sparta will include an exclusive voucher enabling a download of the "Deimos Skin" for use in God of War III.[7] The Deimos Skin will also be available in the PSP bundle pack,[17] with PSPgo owners able to receive the bonus skin via the pre-order item system.[18]

Reception

At E3 2010, God of War: Ghost of Sparta received nine awards, including "Best Handheld Game", "Best PSP Game", and "PSP Game of Show" from various media outlets. The game also received three nominations.[19]

References

  1. ^ a b Magrino, Tom (2010-07-24). "Ghost of Sparta spooks Sand Diego". GameSpot. http://comic-con.gamespot.com/story/6270882/ghost-of-sparta-spooks-san-diego/?tag=latestheadlines;title;6. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.classification.gov.au/www/cob/find.nsf/5b6ebdff7f5b9a24ca2575ca00062226/7993a1bff63e0c02ca2577a1005d6c99!OpenDocument
  3. ^ a b c Brian Crecente (May 4, 2010). "God of War Returns to the PSP". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5530564/god-of-war-returns-to-the-psp. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bramwell, Tom (2010-06-16). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta details". Eurogamer. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-details. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b Evans, Shawn (2010-06-21). "E3’10: God of War: Ghost of Sparta hands-on impressions – Kratos fanboys rejoice!". Game Limit. http://gamerlimit.com/2010/06/e3%E2%80%9910-god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-hands-on-impressions-%E2%80%93-the-psp%E2%80%99s-only-saving-grace-returns/. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  6. ^ Clark, Matt (2010-06-17). "Take On King Midas.". MTV Multiplayer. http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2010/06/17/take-on-king-midas-in-god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta/. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  7. ^ a b Chan, Ken (2010-10-07). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta “Origins” Trailer + Bonus". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/10/07/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-%e2%80%9corigins%e2%80%9d-trailer-bonus/. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  8. ^ God of War: Unearthing the Legend, God of War documentary (2010)
  9. ^ Burnes, Andrew (2010-06-16). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta E3 2010 Gameplay Movie & Debut Trailer". Voodoo Extreme. http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/55532/God-Of-War-Ghost-Of-Sparta-E3-2010-Gameplay-Movie-Debut-Trailer. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  10. ^ Stephen Totilo (March 19, 2010). "God of War III Mystery Website Promises Nothing". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5497342/god-of-war-iii-mystery-website-promises-nothing. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "God of War - Ghost of Sparta Official Site". Sony Computer Entertainment. http://www.godofwar.com/spartansstandtall/. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ Chan, Ken (2010-09-03). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta Demo for Spartan Army, God of War Live Recap". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/03/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-demo-for-spartan-army-god-of-war-live-recap/. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  13. ^ Chen, Grace (2010-09-01). "Coming Next Week to PlayStation Plus: God of War: Ghost of Sparta Early Access Demo, Warhawk Game Trial and More". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/01/coming-next-week-to-playstation-plus-god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-early-access-demo-warhawk-game-trial-and-more/. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  14. ^ Chan, Ken (2010-09-27). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta Demo Available Tomorrow". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/27/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-demo-available-tomorrow/. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  15. ^ Chan, Ken (2010-08-02). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta Official Release Date and Pre-Order Pack". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/08/02/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-official-release-date-and-pre-order-pack/. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  16. ^ Fahey, Mike (2010-08-02). "God of War: Ghost Of Sparta Walks The Earth This November". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5602377/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-walks-the-earth-this-november. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  17. ^ Chan, Ken (2010-10-07). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta “Origins” Trailer + Bonus - Comment #48". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/10/07/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-%E2%80%9Corigins%E2%80%9D-trailer-bonus/#comment-464423. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  18. ^ Chan, Ken (2010-10-07). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta “Origins” Trailer + Bonus - Comment #33". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/10/07/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-%E2%80%9Corigins%E2%80%9D-trailer-bonus/#comment-464280. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  19. ^ Levine, Eric (2010-07-08). "God of War: Ghost of Sparta Picks Up 9 Awards, 4 Nominations at E3". SCEA. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/07/08/god-of-war-ghost-of-sparta-picks-up-9-awards-4-nominations-at-e3/. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 

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